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Old 07-11-2006, 09:36   #1 (permalink)
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Tripod advice

Hi,

Im looking for a tripod that is

a) light enough to carry when trekking.
b) strong enough to use with a fairly large zoom - I currently have a sigma 50 - 500mm
c) Can be used with the head close to the ground for macro shots.

Any recommendations?

Also, Im going up to London for the day to take a look. Can someone recommend some good camera shops for tripods?

Thx, Dan
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Old 07-11-2006, 09:46   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Tripod advice

You didn't mention price

Take a look at the manfrotto mag fiber tripods... v nice if cash isn't an issue.

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Re: Tripod advice

Velbon do cheaper Carbon Fibre solutions that would also match your requirements.

I use a set of Velbon CF 530Pro carbon fibre legs that will do everything you ask for and although I got them at a discount price from Warehouse Express Online and they are now discontinued, a quick check there reveals that they have the Velbon CF 630Pro on special offer of £139 down from a RRp of £280

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Re: Tripod advice

Hi Dan,

Firstly I will admit to wasting far too much money on tripods by buying the wrong one

I do a fair bit of hiking and have found the Gitzo Basalt 1298 very comfortable to carry and sturdy enough to hold my gear (I aint got a Bigma though ).
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Thanks, I'll take a look at these.
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Re: Tripod advice

Millwood, I have reviewed the Velbon Sherpa Pro Carbon Fibre tripod which I think is an excellent choice and would meet your needs perfectly.

Take a look here:
Pixalo Photographic Equipment Reviews - Sherpa Pro CF-641EL -

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Re: Tripod advice

Of course the Benbo is the definitive hiker's tripod - if you fancy arm wrestling an octopus (they take some getting used to - like putting up deck chairs!)

And you can get 'em at OK prices on eBay (and they're sealed against water seeping into legs!)
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Re: Tripod advice

Just to add - Check out BENRO (not benbo)- they are a chinese copy of the manfrotto carbon fibre - I got a head from them (copy of a kirk) direct from a seller in china who accepted paypal and I couldn't tell the difference in quality or use.

I suspect they may even come from the same factory....

eBay.co.uk: BENRO C-228 N6 Carbon Fiber Tripod = NEW ARRIVAL =FedEx (item 160048174813 end time 11-Nov-06 18:34:58 GMT)
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