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Discussion in 'Gear Talk' started by GlockPride, Dec 6, 2018 at 6:12 PM.

  1. GlockPride

    GlockPride Sharpshooter

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    Alright gents and ladies,
    I’d like some help, an education if you will. I know we have a few “shooters” of high quality pictures on here. We recently got a new Nikon and we are interested in a lightweight tripod for shooting pics. However, I also want to be able to convert it to shoot a rifle off it. Maybe some sort of adapter.
    What am I looking for with this?
    Is there something lightweight, compact good for both?
    What kind of budget might I be looking to spend? I’m thinking around $100, but I could be way off.

    Any thoughts/helps/hints would be appreciated.
     
  2. k4ylr

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    tl;dr You aren't going to get anywhere close for $100. You can find a serviceable DSLR tripod for near $100 but you aren't going to be shooting off of it.

    A DSLR-specific tripod won't have the backbone to support a rifle and a set of legs that will support a rifle, will be a big PITA to pack for a camera.

    For a decent shooting tripod, expect to spend $200+ on legs and an ARCA mount if you want to go with made in China. Expect to spend near a grand for something like a RRS set up or similar with beefy legs and ARCA mount. If you want a hog saddle style cradle, add another few hundred.

    You might be able to put together something serviceable with a set of SLIK700DX legs and a Demon DB-46 head. The head should support the rifle OK but the legs have a capacity that's pushing close to what a PRS-style rifle would weigh. You would then also need an ARCA rail for your rifle and a plate for your camera.

    If you're looking to run something like a hog saddle, you'd need to reassess your budget entirely.
     
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    Yes? What would you like to know?
     
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  5. GlockPride

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    Brands, quality, what to make sure and get and what to watch out for. Just a friendly heads up and help a fellow board member shoot better pics and shoot better.
     
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    That’s great and basically what I’m looking for at this time. That’s doable in the budget. 1k ain’t in the cards, but $150-200 would be an option.
     
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