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Old 19-05-2009, 01:59   #1 (permalink)
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Suggestions please....
I have a ol' tripod, that wobbles more than a jelly, and I need something a bit more solid....

The Manfroto Monopod I have works, but, I still get slight instability on zoom in reduced light... my hands are not as steady as they once were.

I have the option of a Miranda MT7, "On sale" at Currys for a damn good price, does anyone know if its any good?...

Camera to go on it will be the Canon EOS 350 D (aka "Rebel" in USA), with a Cosina 100 - 400mm zoom (hefty beast) on the front, as I need something to keep this thing still whilst taking shots at full zoom...

What can anyone suggest please?...
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Old 19-05-2009, 08:30   #2 (permalink)
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Don't know the tripod but see it max's out at 3kg (seems good value tho') - why not ask to try your camera/lens on it?
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I just recently bought a Redsnapper Click Here Tri283 tripod £49.95 and a TB12 ballhead also £49.95. I'm extremely pleased with both, when I have my Canon 40D and 100-400 L (both heavier than yours I think) on the tripod it's very stable. At less than half the prices of Manfrotto but quality is as good it's a good choice. On another forum I go to the reviews on this tripod and ballhead have been very good, never seen a bad word against it.

I don't know about the Miranda tripod, it looks a bit on the too light side for me and I don't think I'd be trusting my kit on it. It looks similar to a tripod I had previously and the legs setup appears the same, not a very wide spread and the 3 arms linking to the centre column were the same on my old tripod...a pain in the butt. Sometimes the locking barrel you see just above the arms would stick, a few times I had to tap the arms quite hard and the ended up getting bent out of shape. Also it doesn't look like you can get it very low because of the 3 arms attached to the legs.

Redsnapper comes with a short centre column you can swap over regular one.

At the end of the day I think no matter what tripod you have, if you have a long heavy lens on and a good sized camera you will always get a very slight movement when you press the shutter button with your finger, unless of course your using mirror lockup and a remote to fire the shutter.
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Old 19-05-2009, 16:33   #4 (permalink)
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At the end of the day I think no matter what tripod you have, if you have a long heavy lens on and a good sized camera you will always get a very slight movement when you press the shutter button with your finger, unless of course your using mirror lockup and a remote to fire the shutter.
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I wish I could.... but I cant get a remote for that camera....

I have tried using the timer with some success, but its more somewhere to rest the thing, as the left hand just cant balance the thing freehand these days.

- why not ask to try your camera/lens on it?
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I did that very thing.....
The tripod, I had out on the floor today at the shop.... gawd... someone say it was "Light"?... the thing is over twice the weight of my Old one... I compared it against a more expensive one (over £50) in the shop, and the Miranda felt a hell of a lot more stable, and quite sturdy construction....
I dont need "Lightness", weight is not a consideration here, I need something STURDY, and so far this thing is ticking many of the boxes...

I am over 6ft tall, and I didnt need to extend it all the way to get the camera to eye level, so unless I see anything better, I may just grab the thing whilst its going cheep...

Next stop, Jessops tomorrow, to see what they have......

Keep the idea's coming folks
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Old 19-05-2009, 19:10   #5 (permalink)
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I wish I could.... but I cant get a remote for that camera....
Thought you said a 350D?
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I wish I could.... but I cant get a remote for that camera....
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Thought you said a 350D?
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Damn Salesman LIED to me....
I tried getting one a few months after I bought the thing, and was told you couldnt get one.... I gave up thinking remote at that point and stopped looking.

Many thanks, and readers may now assume correctly what my next purchase is going to be....
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That tripod looks almost identical to the one I got from argos..

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Shop Online with Argos.co.uk - your Online Catalogue for Home Shopping

Almost... but not quite.... I think....
I looked at that one, but one review said it had no case, one said there was no carry bag, one said it had no instructions on how to use...

What would you say about the one you got... is it any good?...

The main reason I didnt look at Argos yet is the inability to see the damn thing before you buy... IF I can find what I am after cheaper in Argos, they get the business, but I definitely have to see and feel how the thing operates before I pay for it on this subject.

Mind you, instructions on how to use a tripod.....
Thats a bit like sticking instructions on tooth-picks isnt it?...

Also, the Argos one "Claims" an 8kg load.... how sturdy is yours with a camera on it?...
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The tripod from argos.. well i did go to my local a few months back and asked for a look before i bought it .for me it was too flimsy and felt like cheap plastic. in my honest opinion.
i ended up buying the slik 400 pro from amazon after looking at fiona's reveiw in the equipment Reveiw section on the site ,i bought for £64+ delivery and i must say it's a great tripod, in my budget, sturdy i use a 40d with the 70/300 sigma with it no problems at all ... It is a bit heavy i suposse . but if you want something that dosn't tipple over in the wind.
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Using the Manfrotto 055 XPROB, good & steady its spot on.
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TBH, you get what you pay for.. the 'moving' parts aren't particularly smooth, but it hold the camera steady.. not sure I'd trust it holding 8kg though!
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Thanks everyone for your help....
Will keep on searching for a bit, will let you know what I go for....
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