Recent content by johnf3f

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    Need advice for a sturdy tripod and head

    I haven't used that particular model as I gave up on Manfrotto ball heads some time ago so I couldn't comment.
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    Need advice for a sturdy tripod and head

    I use the Manrotto 410 which I find pretty good though it is not light! I have tried the Manfrotto 405 which is better IMO but more expensive. Note I normally use my 410 head with shorter lenses than my 100-400 but (with my 1DX attached) it does a decent job. Geared heads are slow but they do...
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    What should I replace my 7D II with?

    Naturally the 1DX2 would be my preferred choice - but they are pricey! Have you considered the 1DX Mk1? Currently I use a 7D2 and 1DX (Mk1) and for the majority of the time the 1Dx is the better camera by a significant margin. Note I am very focal length limited as Canon do not currently make a...
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    Need advice for a sturdy tripod and head

    For longer exposures with long (ish) lenses then the Sirui K40X is well worth a look. Mine happily supports any lens I have (up to my Canon 800mm F5.6 L IS) though at silly focal lengths you need a remote and let things settle down for a second or two - even Gitzo/RRS tripods are not THAT good...
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    Need advice for a sturdy tripod and head

    Glad to hear you are happy with your tripod. I knew you would be because I use it's siblings. They are great kit and I have, yet, to do any worthwhile m maintenance on any of mine. Cracking tripod - enjoy!
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    Ended: This is the last day to save on the revolutionary Peak Design Travel Tripod

    Tee Hee! Never thought of something like that. I have different tripods for different uses. As I find Gitzo tripods to perform excellently and I bought all of mine at very sensible prices . I live in the Uk so my entire Gitzo collection (GT3320BS,GT2531,GT4542LS,G1550T(used) and GM2541 + a...
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    Ended: This is the last day to save on the revolutionary Peak Design Travel Tripod

    Still more than I paid for any of my 4 Gitzo tripods (3 new and one used) - I don't think this one is viable. Looks cool but just too expensive and hopeless flippy leg locks too!
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    Need advice for a sturdy tripod and head

    Happy new toy! Well you "Bit the Bullet" big time - still you won't need to replace it for decades, or ever?
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    Need advice for a sturdy tripod and head

    Chz will just shower it with praise, I know I would!
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    Need advice for a sturdy tripod and head

    It was on "Sale" at the time but I buy when the price is right. Remember this is, currently, my most expensive Gitzo. A fair while back I picked up a G1318 carbon centre column for systematic tripods for £100 (Aud 182) which I thought was pretty good. The trouble was that it came with a G1329...
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    Need advice for a sturdy tripod and head

    I also have a Sirui mono pod (P424) and it is an excellent piece of kit, unfortunately I have not been able to get any of their "Systematic" style (R series?) tripods at good money hence my Gitzo tripods. I have played with a few Sirui tripods and they are pretty good. As to their K--x series...
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    Are high end DSLRs officially dead now?

    Graphic.Artifacts makes a good point. Whilst Mirrorless has advanced by leaps and bounds they still leave much to be desired for certain uses/users = me. Having said that for many uses ML cameras are distinctly better but the manufacturers have yet to produce a top quality ML body, with a full...
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    Need advice for a sturdy tripod and head

    I didn't realise you were in Australia. Here, in the UK, Gitzo tripods are as expensive as anywhere else but we (or at least I) seem to be able to find Gitzo tripods at sensible prices. Currently my most expensive is my GT4542LS (4 series Systematic) which was about 682 in your money - that was...
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    Need advice for a sturdy tripod and head

    Forgot to mention heads. Whilst I am a Gitzo "Fanboy" as far as tripods are concerned I have been underwhelmed by their heads. If you like ball heads then I like the Sirui K x range, a Sirui K30x should fit your needs nicely. My K40x is great but a bit heavier - swings and roundabouts.
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    Need advice for a sturdy tripod and head

    I moved from the Manfrotto 190 to the 055 XB Pro and thought it was the "Dog's Dangly Bits". Fortunately I then tried out a Gitzo - well that was the end of that, I have never looked back. Just my 2p. In my opinion + experience the 055 is barely comparable to a 1 series Gitzo Mountaineer. The...