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« Reply #45 on: July 22, 2013, 08:26:35 PM »
Yeah, Paul, that happens. But this is a 3-month old thread - the OP has likely either bought a tripod by now, or has learned to get by without one.  ;)

Have you considered this as a math problem?  1D X + 35L + RRS tripod = 42?   ;D
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« Reply #46 on: July 22, 2013, 08:27:47 PM »
Or saved up for a Gitzo by living on baked beans for 3 months.

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« Reply #47 on: July 22, 2013, 08:56:55 PM »
It happens at every turn on these bloody boards.  1DX, 35L and spending $$$$$$$ isn't the correct answer to every question!

When I started to get interested in bird photography I asked questions on the form... A lot of advice was about purchasing expensive gear, but the best advice came from Jrista concerning landing perches and a hunting blind so the birds didn't see me..... but the very best advice came from a photographer friend who said "fill you pocket with sunflower seeds, spread some out, sit with a good book, and be patient"

As far as tripods go.... I have a 35 year old Manfroto and a five year old carbon-fibre manfroto.... They are probably the least expensive of the stable tripods. You can pay more for a bit better or you can pay less for a whole lot worse. I do NOT recommend carbon fibre unless you carry it a lot. You really need weight for a truly stable tripod.
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« Reply #49 on: July 22, 2013, 11:38:21 PM »
Has anyone tried that inverted Arca Swiss ball head?

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« Reply #50 on: July 22, 2013, 11:51:49 PM »
Has anyone tried that inverted Arca Swiss ball head?

The Acratech GP, or the Arca Swiss P0?  There are a few users here who have and recommend the former, haven't heard much about the latter here.
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« Reply #51 on: July 23, 2013, 12:01:02 AM »
And twist lock legs do suck.
That's a matter of personal preferences. Some prefer twist locks, some don't

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As someone who used Manfrotto flip locks and now uses RRS twist locks, I find the latter easier on my fingers* and a lot faster to set up and break down.  Plus, ever tried cleaning sand from your Manfrotto leg locks?   ::)

Ever pinch your finger in a Manfrotto flip lock?  Extra points if you've done it in -25°c temperatures!!1!



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« Reply #52 on: July 23, 2013, 02:14:11 AM »
Ever pinch your finger in a Manfrotto flip lock?  Extra points if you've done it in -25°c temperatures!!1!
I admit I managed to pinch skin on my finger in a twist lock tripod, so I'm not sure which type of locks are the greater health risk :-) I got a nice linear bruise that lasted for a week or so.

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« Reply #53 on: July 23, 2013, 04:29:46 AM »
http://www.adorama.com/SL700DXLT.html
... solid as solid can be for the price.

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« Reply #54 on: July 23, 2013, 04:02:39 PM »
Has anyone tried that inverted Arca Swiss ball head?

The Acratech GP, or the Arca Swiss P0?  There are a few users here who have and recommend the former, haven't heard much about the latter here.

The latter...

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« Reply #55 on: July 23, 2013, 05:39:16 PM »
Manfrotto 190XPROB. Great solid tripod, adjustable legs, decent height, and at a pretty good price.
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« Reply #56 on: July 23, 2013, 05:54:17 PM »
in the market for a manfrotto 150prob? i've got a minty one i need to get out of here.

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« Reply #57 on: July 24, 2013, 12:20:16 PM »
Ever pinch your finger in a Manfrotto flip lock?  Extra points if you've done it in -25°c temperatures!!1!


One of my older Manfrotto tripods not only had the vicious flip locks, but the edges of the fliplock had this very sharp plastic flashing.  Crikey, they could not have made it more dangerious unless they put metal teeth on it.

Not keeping your finger out of the way is a mistake you make ONCE with some of the older Manfrottos.  Yikes that hurt!

My newer one still has the flip locks but the edges are at least more rounded.
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