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barrett14

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Re: Looking for tripod advice...
« Reply #30 on: February 24, 2012, 08:42:47 AM »
I was originally looking to buy a used Gitzo 1541T but after someone recommended to me the Benro C2691TB1 I think I am going to go with that. He gave me a contact that can get me an educational discount for $395...  What is the deal with those ebay auctions that sell for even less?

Was glad to read some of you guys that have used this tripod had positive things to say. I think I am going to order one today.

How is the ball head itself? What is the real difference between that and a $300+ markins?

One last thing - the Benro is listed on their site at 3.8 lbs but not sure if that weight includes the ball head. The gitzo was only rated at 2.1 lbs... 
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Re: Looking for tripod advice...
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Re: Looking for tripod advice...
« Reply #31 on: February 25, 2012, 02:42:13 AM »
I got mine on eBay after the recommendation from a couple others on the forum who had done the same.  I was nervous about ordering from China, but we all got the real deal.  Mine was $360 including the shipping. 

The ballhead is much, much better than I ever expected it to be.  It's smooth, solid, and works with any alfa-swiss plate (one comes with it).  I put an old, all-metal FD 300mm f/2.8 L lens on mine and it doesn't phase the ballhead or the tripod one little bit. 

I've had mine for a couple months now and I absolutely feel like I bought the right thing.  It's super-easy to take anywhere with me.  The leg diameter is quite beefy.  And it's built to last.  If I remember all my research, the total weight including ballhead is under 4 lbs.  Regardless, the whole package is so much lighter than my Slik aluminum tripod that I simply don't notice the weight.  That telephoto lens weighs more...
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Re: Looking for tripod advice...
« Reply #32 on: February 25, 2012, 08:43:36 PM »
Yep the benro is a great tripod although i use a custom novoflex ball head setup instead but the carbon legs are very good quality the benro ball head is good though i gave that away since i use diferent one. I also have the benro gimal and it is really nice with the big lens
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Re: Looking for tripod advice...
« Reply #32 on: February 25, 2012, 08:43:36 PM »