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Ideas for a new Tripod
« on: August 20, 2013, 01:35:34 PM »
I had a Manfrotto 055PROB which I loved except for it's weight... it was too heavy to strap to a back pack and hike around. Now I am

I would like something between 2-3lbs
Can collapse to 6 " from ground for macro (no 12" center columns)
Can support 10lbs (My biggest lens is the 70-200 mk.II)

Some nice to haves would be small folded footprint (prefer 12-15")
Ability to convert into a monopod, but not at the expense of 2 requirements above.

Price range : up to $400

What would you guys get?
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Re: Ideas for a new Tripod
« Reply #1 on: August 20, 2013, 02:50:33 PM »
It's still a bit heavy and folded is still large...
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Re: Ideas for a new Tripod
« Reply #2 on: August 20, 2013, 03:02:10 PM »
heres a review i made of a tripod that answers all of your requirements

http://dimazlotnyk.com/news/index.php?NewsID=23

hope that helps ;)

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Re: Ideas for a new Tripod
« Reply #3 on: August 20, 2013, 03:28:27 PM »
I've been happy with a Redged Carbon Fiber tripod.  It is light and strong and has nice locks.  Someday, I'll look for a better head, but for now it is fine and easy to carry.
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« Reply #4 on: August 20, 2013, 04:19:29 PM »
« Last Edit: August 20, 2013, 04:22:01 PM by Dylan777 »
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Re: Ideas for a new Tripod
« Reply #5 on: August 20, 2013, 04:31:48 PM »
Brian Three Legged Thing.

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Re: Ideas for a new Tripod
« Reply #6 on: August 20, 2013, 05:30:43 PM »
I've been happy with a Redged Carbon Fiber tripod.  It is light and strong and has nice locks.  Someday, I'll look for a better head, but for now it is fine and easy to carry.

+1 thanks!
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« Reply #7 on: August 20, 2013, 05:35:49 PM »
Brian Three Legged Thing.

X1.1 Brian Evolution 2 Carbon Fiber version looks good.
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Re: Ideas for a new Tripod
« Reply #8 on: August 20, 2013, 05:43:19 PM »
One more you might want to have a look at. I have the Sirui T-1205x for travel and the M3204x for casual every day. They are very nicely made for the money. Here's the link for a compromise solution that may interest you:

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/822243-REG/Sirui_BSRN1204_N_1204_4_Section_Carbon_Fiber.html

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Re: Ideas for a new Tripod
« Reply #9 on: August 20, 2013, 08:38:58 PM »
My recommendation: Velbon Ultra REXi L (+ Sirui ballhead)

Max Height: 153 cm / 60.2"
Low Height: 9.5 cm / 3.74"
Folded Size: 36 cm / 14.2"
Tripod Weight: 1.3 kg / 2.89 lbs
Maximum Loading Weight: 5kg / 11.02 lbs
Recommended Loading Weight: 4kg / 8.82 lbs
Leg Width: 30 mm / 1.18"
Leg Sections: 5
Head Screw: UNC 3/8 & 1/4 Screw
Construction: Magnesium alloy

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Re: Ideas for a new Tripod
« Reply #10 on: August 20, 2013, 10:43:05 PM »
I have one of these.  Packs up tight, pretty cheap, ARCA-Swiss type ballhead on top, surprisingly stiff for what it costs.  One leg comes off to be a monopod, and the center column is two pieces so you can take the bottom part (which has a retractable 3/8"-16 stud for the hook that comes with it) off and use it right down low.

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Re: Ideas for a new Tripod
« Reply #11 on: August 20, 2013, 10:51:57 PM »
Feisol is another choice, CF and fits your budget well.

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Re: Ideas for a new Tripod
« Reply #12 on: August 21, 2013, 05:20:13 AM »
Thanks guys. Since I was visiting, Manhattan, I had one of the BHPhoto guys talk me into a Sirui T2205x with Benro V0 200598 Ballhead. Seems to fit the bill...

What I like about the 2205 is that it sits already pretty low with the extra low riding accessory center column, but then I can reverse the center column and hang the camera upside down for more options. Also has rubber feet with sliding spikes that move in and out smoothly.

Anyone used these before?
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Re: Ideas for a new Tripod
« Reply #13 on: August 21, 2013, 04:51:24 PM »
Thanks guys. Since I was visiting, Manhattan, I had one of the BHPhoto guys talk me into a Sirui T2205x with Benro V0 200598 Ballhead. Seems to fit the bill...

What I like about the 2205 is that it sits already pretty low with the extra low riding accessory center column, but then I can reverse the center column and hang the camera upside down for more options. Also has rubber feet with sliding spikes that move in and out smoothly.

Anyone used these before?

Uh, I guess you missed my above post. They are very well built for the money. My small one is slicker than S___ and very transportable. The larger one I have is also excellent, though if I had to find fault, it would be that the center column slides a little rough, particularly at the joint between the main/4" parts. Not a problem for me since I picked that model so I wouldn't have to raise the column. You might want to consider this ball head instead of the Benro. It's quite good and you can keep it in the family.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Sirui-KX-Series-Ballhead-K-20X-With-Max-Load-of-25kgs-for-DSLR-Camera-Tripod-/261265749326?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3cd4a6f54e

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Re: Ideas for a new Tripod
« Reply #14 on: August 21, 2013, 05:51:33 PM »
I hope I'm not hijacking this thread, but I have a scenario I'd like to run by the tripod pros: I have been eyeballing a RRS TVC-34L for a while and was planning to get one. Of course, the $1045 price tag is something that prevents me from buying it on impulse.

I see Gitzo is having some cash back on their Mountaineer legs, and I have been considering a GT3541L (and removing the center column). It's currently $830 with $200 cash back, making it effectively $630. That $415 difference vs the RRS set will exactly cover the cost of a BH-55 Pro setup.

Of course, the specs don't align perfectly. They are both 4.7 lb (Gitzo should be modestly less with CC removed). The Gitzo will only be 59" tall vs the RRS's 68", and the Gitzo has a 40 lb rating while the RRS has a 50 lb load rating. However, I will not be mounting anything bigger than a 70-200mm 2.8 IS II for the near term.

Anyway, I guess I'm just shamelessly asking for opinions from knowledgable individuals if the savings is worth the offset in specifications. I don't want to fall into the trap of upgrade-itis (a familiar affliction to me), but I would think the Gitzo base will serve the needs of an advanced amateur for the forseeable future.

Thanks in advance for any guidance or opinions you all could offer.
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Re: Ideas for a new Tripod
« Reply #14 on: August 21, 2013, 05:51:33 PM »