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peak4
3rd May 2008, 07:07 PM
Hi, Does anyone have any direct experience of Triopo Carbon Fibre Tripods?
They seem to be made for a German company (Stead) in China.

They seem quite keenly priced in the UK, but I'm still a bit loath to buy one mail order without a recommendation from some one reliable and impartial.
Their web site is at
http://www.triopo.cn/en/product.php?action=type&id=2

with the UK distributer at
http://www.stableimaging.co.uk/tripods-c-1.html

There's a US one on ebay here
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Pro-Carbon-Fib...dZp1638Q2em122

I'd be looking at a 4 section one as it's easier to pack; though I'm slightly put off by it having twist lock legs as I've always prefered cam locks. For size weight and cost reasons, I'd like to get away with the G-1128 rahter than the G-1228.

I've also notice that a German shop has started listing on ebay with a similar item, but with cam locks.
Foto Walster, do any of out German readers know anything about these?
http://foto-walser.biz/shop/default.aspx?TY=item&ST=1&IT=1211

I'm looking for something fairly light and short when packed, but capable at a pinch of carrying E-3 and Sigma 50-500mm, without annoying the bank manager too much.
I know I want the earth for a song, and you only get what you pay for, but there are bargains to be had without being stung for a brand name, if only one can find them. I've looked at the Feisol web site, but they are getting well out of my price range when you add the extras, P&P, VAT import duty etc.
Thanks for reading my drivel.
( Cross posted on the US 4/3 site too http://www.fourthirdsphoto.com )

sanke
4th May 2008, 06:19 PM
I have not seen or heard of these tripods before, but they look like the giottos tripods with a different head.
If they are then they should be very good & quality built,I have the giottos & find it very light for its size & extremely sturdy.
Hope this helps.
Karl

yorky
4th May 2008, 07:24 PM
likewise, I have never heard of them but if they are cheap enough they are no doubt worth a try.

Ellie
4th May 2008, 11:27 PM
If you're sure they'll take the weight of your camera then why not give it a go, and let us know how you get on. I know somebody who's got a Giottos, they're really pleased with it.

I'd be a bit wary about using too cheap a head though, some of them aren't quite up to taking the stresses of a heavy camera and lens.

ianc
5th May 2008, 09:10 AM
If you're sure they'll take the weight of your camera then why not give it a go, and let us know how you get on. I know somebody who's got a Giottos, they're really pleased with it.

I'd be a bit wary about using too cheap a head though, some of them aren't quite up to taking the stresses of a heavy camera and lens.

The Giottos are just about to appear in a lot more dealers in the UK. They are going to be distributed by Dayman who distribute Lowepro and used to distribute Manfrotto. I have had a look at the new Giottos range of legs and heads and they are very impressive especially the ball and socket head.

Ian C.