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Old 24-07-2011, 13:08   #1 (permalink)
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Hi all,

I am fairly new to photography and would like to buy tripod. My friend recommended that I buy Manfrotto 190XPROB. I have absolutely no idea as to what is considered good/bad/indifferent in this area and would appreciate any advice from more experienced users. Don't know if that would make any difference at all but my camera is Nikon D90. Many thanks.
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Old 24-07-2011, 16:34   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Which tripod?...

Welcome to Pixalo Tiggerkid

Your budget will have an impact on what tripod you eventually get, along with your intended usage. The recommendation from your friend is a good one, but it is not the only option.

If you are going to be carrying the tripod a lot - walking or trekking, you might be better going for a carbon fibre one that will be very light. Something like the Velbon CF535 or equivalent for instance. Bristol Cameras used to sell these for about £115 and gave a free head too, but it has probably been superseded now. If you are not going to be carrying it much, an aluminium tripod will be cheaper but heavier. Not all tripods come with heads so watch out for that.

Don't forget you can buy used kit that becomes available when people upgrade.
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There are several good makes and a lot more than several very average makes. I bought a cheap tripod to begin with and I never used it because it was a pain to use. I now have a Manfrotto and love it. Its well made and does what its supposed to without any fuss. Search the forums here, its where I got most of the info I needed when I bought mine
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I have a Manfrotto 190XPROB myself with an 804RC2 Head and it is an excellent balance between stability, weight and quality. I also have a lightweight Velbon but it was when I saw it swaying in the wind that I decided that I needed something more stable. I actally managed to break one of the clamps on a leg of the Manfrotto Tripod; it was my own fault. However, I was pleased to find that it was easy to order a replacement part which came with instructions and the necessary tool to fit it. I chose this tripod as a result of a forum recommendation myself.

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AT the mo I think Manfrotto are the best, there are others its all about finance really, if its to be used indoors there's not a problem most will do, if its for outdoor use then you need a good un! and of course the heavier they are the better, thats my opinion anyway.
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There are a lot of variables with tripods. Like everything budget, but also height (max min and folded), weight (carbon is lighter stiffer and more damped than metal but costs much more), cheap carbon is worse than good aluminium? Clamp locks or twist legs? Do you want a moveable centre column?

Types of lock are a bone of contention, most pros like twist legs but they take some getting used to, because of this some of the top brands dont have clamp locks as an option. Most importantly what do you want to use it for as no one tripod is perfect for all tasks? With a tripod you can usually have any 2 of sturdy light or cheap.

This article is (Justifiably IMO) almost world famous for being prophetic for anyone who has been around the tripod block a few times. The good news is this is pre e-bay so at least now if you buy second hand and sell second hand when you realise he was right you haven't burnt so much.

Pixalo also has some user reviews to peruse which are well worth a look. Here
Then you start on heads which are the same again except here the goal is precision and stability. Again there are lots of different approaches which depend on personal preference and the type of photography.
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Give the thing a wobble....

I got to Cury's at just the right time and managed to grab a Manfroto at approx quarter of its real worth in a "Everything must go" sale....(Just before they merged with PCworld...)

However, I took my camera, attached it to the thing, and saw how stable it was before I paid any money.

It came in a sturdy boot-proof carry case, invaluable on its own, it has a sturdy quick-release mount that attaches to the camera, also invaluable, and its heavy enough to be solidly built but light enough that it isnt a pain to carry....

Other than that, its all personal choice, which has a lot to do with what you want it for.
I also have a Manfroto Mono-pod, worth its weight in gold for the occasional times I get a bit off the beaten track.
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I'll admit to having half a dozen tripods of which I regularly use.......... half a dozen! Vary from a fiver extremely-light-yet-sturdy that I use for flash through mini Benbo (macro/waterfalls when hiking), Benbo Trekkers (serious macros/waterfalls when hiking) to Benro which I got principally for the 500mm (sturdy and one leg unscrews to become a monopod). I've a couple of others (eBay for a few quid) that I use to get birds from various rooms in the house, so are permanently set up. As a result I always have a tripod to hand and it's always the best one for the job!
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Hi guys, I am new here, but I would really appreciate if you give me any info on velbon tripods, DF-40 D-600 or Victory 460? I have couple on my watch list on ebay and my budget is very tight up to £40.00 and it will be my first tripod, so would you recommend something from above?

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Hi guys, I am new here, but I would really appreciate if you give me any info on velbon tripods, DF-40 D-600 or Victory 460? I have couple on my watch list on ebay and my budget is very tight up to £40.00 and it will be my first tripod, so would you recommend something from above?

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Make sure that if the tripods include a head that it is a three-way one. I think that the D-600 might be a video tripod and will only have a two-way head. This is from memory though, so I might be wrong.
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