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Discussion in 'Beginner's Corner' started by gavin caventer, Jun 17, 2019.

  1. Hello I've just brought a Nikon d3500 camera was wondering where a good place to buy equipment from I'm wanting to get a tripod thanks sorry in this post in the the wrong section
     
  2. GeoffR

    GeoffR Well-Known Member

    If you were to give us a clue as to where you are it would be easier to suggest specific stores etc.
     
  3. PeteRob

    PeteRob Well-Known Member

    I use London Camera Exchange. I wouldn't rush into getting a tripod unless you very specifically want one for, for example, night time use. Now modern cameras have adjustable ISO the need for tripods has diminished considerably. The choice depends very much on your kit. I take the view that a tripod is a once only purchase so it is worth getting one that will last.
     
  4. I am in market rasen lincolnshire
     
  5. PeteRob

    PeteRob Well-Known Member

  6. GeoffR

    GeoffR Well-Known Member

    Thank you.

    I too would suggest LCE, they know what they are doing and their pricing is fair. I also agree that a tripod is becoming a piece of specialist equipment, if you are anything like me it will stay at home to be used once or twice a year.
     
  7. PeteRob

    PeteRob Well-Known Member

    I quite often carry mine about, with a very heavy gimbal head on it, when I go birding. I find it good exercise and it balances the weight of carrying the camera + telephoto in one hand and the tripod in the other. Mind you I rarely actually use it, as I prefer to walk and take opportunistic hand-held photographs, but if standing in one place for a while it is helpful.
     
  8. GeoffR

    GeoffR Well-Known Member

    So you just take it along for the exercise, a bit like a dog except that it doesn't fetch?
     
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  9. PeteRob

    PeteRob Well-Known Member

    It often works out like that! But walking around a RSPB reserve isn't a great distance.
     
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  10. Chester AP

    Chester AP Well-Known Member

    Before you look at tripods, you need to decide if you will want to use a long and/or heavy lens with your D3500 body. If yes, you'll need something that will take the weight without moving about (cheap tripods can be a bit flimsy). If no, a lighter tripod should do.
    Look at the latest AP issue on sale today: there's a helpful article about buying tripods and tripod heads, with some recommendations.
    Also, you'll need a remote control or cable release (cheaper and often more reliable) to fire the shutter without making the camera vibrate: this is important if you are using long exposure settings of the shutter speed (which is probably why you want a tripod).
     
  11. peterba

    peterba Well-Known Member

    ... and he doesn't have to carry plastic bags full of... unmentionables. :eek:
     
  12. I am wanting to do landscape photography and was going to get a 79-300mm lense eventually
     
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  13. Chester AP

    Chester AP Well-Known Member

    If you want to use a long lens, try to find one with a tripod mount collar on it. This will allow you to balance the camera body and lens better on your tripod. A long lens mounted on a camera body, and the tripod attached to the camera body, means that the weight of the lens may make the tripod/camera body/lens less stable unless you have a heavy tripod and more expensive tripod head.

    If possible, get the lens first, the go shopping for tripods and take the camera body and that lens with you.

    You haven't said anything about a budget, but the LCE website is a good place to start: searching on Nikon mount and '300' displays lots of 70-300 zooms. If you live within travelling distance of a branch, take you camera body with you (to make sure of autofocus and exposure reading compatibility), and and try some lenses. You might find a tripod too.

    www.lcegroup.co.uk/Secondhand-Search/? Order=Latest&View=Grid&SHMake=Nikon&SHModel=300&SHType=Lenses&Location=&Results=12&showfit=1
     
  14. Thanks for the good advice
     

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