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    Tripod suggestions

    Hi, I have been using my DSLR tripod with my Sinar Norma but really it's not fit for purpose and I need to invest in a proper heavy duty tripod for a large format camera.

    Does anyone have any suggestions? Preferably something that won't cost an arm and a leg.

    thanks

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    Re: Tripod suggestions

    Indoors or out?

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    I use a Berlebach Report 3002 for my Norma. It is a basic, fairly inexpensive wooden tripod that certainly is up to the task at hand.

    Since you have a Norma I can recommend that you fit whatever tripod you get with a dedicated two-way head for monorail cameras. Sinar made a good one but they tend to be somewhat pricey. Another option is Plaubel. I have a NK 6 head from Plaubel that works very well. It operates smoothly, is easy to use and coupled with a Report 3002 it holds a 8x10 Norma with a 480 mm lens securely.

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    Berlebach tripods are quite sturdy and would certainly work fine. I don't know where you are located, in Europe there is a very similar tripod range made by Wolf in Freiberg, Germany: http://www.wooden-tripods.com/index.html, also worth checking out.

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    Re: Tripod suggestions

    Honestly, I think you'll find your answer faster by reading some of the many threads which allready exist on this subject.

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    Re: Tripod suggestions

    Quote Originally Posted by uhner View Post
    I use a Berlebach Report 3002 for my Norma. It is a basic, fairly inexpensive wooden tripod that certainly is up to the task at hand.

    Since you have a Norma I can recommend that you fit whatever tripod you get with a dedicated two-way head for monorail cameras. Sinar made a good one but they tend to be somewhat pricey. Another option is Plaubel. I have a NK 6 head from Plaubel that works very well. It operates smoothly, is easy to use and coupled with a Report 3002 it holds a 8x10 Norma with a 480 mm lens securely.
    The four digit Report tripods like the 3002 are all now discontinued and out of production. The new models in the Report series have 3 digit product codes like 302 and unlike the older series have more pre-set leg angles and the tops are user interchangeable from a flat top plate to a leveling top plate to a regular center column to a leveling center column, etc. Each of the top modules come with a special spanning wrench that lets the user change from one type to another almost immediately.

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    The Sinar Norma Pan Tilt head is optimal for the Sinar, most people swear by them and they are excellent heads... but only for Sinar cameras.

    Below the head, a Gitzo #3 series for field work with a 4x5 and moderate lenses. A heavier #5 series for 8x10 or extremes. Carbon Fiber if you can afford it but there are good bargains with older metal Gitzos.

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    Re: Tripod suggestions

    There is a Berlebach tripod right now on this site quite reasonably. I have a Report 2042 which is quite nice, if you want something sturdier, I'd go for a Ries J100, though a good bit more money.

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    Ries Tripod have a lifetime warranty. The new ones are even better than the old styles. Comparing a berlebach to a ries is like comparing a Yugo to a Mercedes.

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    I have a Ries Tripod made before the current owners. I like it over the last tripod I was using. I have put a 20 x 24 on one that had a 2meter bellows.
    I did have a chance to try a new one with the new knobs. I like the star knobs. The new one had a round knob at the tripod mount, the star knob is much easier to use and easier tighten down the camera.

    I would get the Reis well worth it.
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