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Sturdy Tripod

Been using a Manfrotto tripod, which is a fairly lightly built bit of kit.

When the extension in the middle is raised, I think the whole tripod is a bit shaky.

Not wanting to spend a fortune, what would be a reasonable tripod to go for.

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Re: Sturdy Tripod

The oft quoted guide is:

* Light
* Cheap
* Rigid

Choose any two out of the three.

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Re: Sturdy Tripod

Rigid and cheap I would think...........
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Re: Sturdy Tripod

Try a Benbo Once you get used to them they are unbeatable
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Re: Sturdy Tripod

Manffrotto 190 suits me.
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Re: Sturdy Tripod

Red Snapper are very sturdy and great value for money.
I use to have one and was very happy with it. I sold it to Ricoh on here http://e-group.uk.net/forum/showthread.php?t=36470
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Re: Sturdy Tripod

Looked for a Benbo Once, could not find that model

Seems to be a brand called Benro as well.

Anyway, thanks for suggestions, the Red Snapper looks good, but feel that the legs need that bracing.

K&F seem to have a some good models, on Amazon.

Again, many thanks for input and suggestions.

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Re: Sturdy Tripod

The Red Snapper is very sturdy Mark, no need for a brace at all. In fact its a bit on the heavy side due to its very robust construction.
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Re: Sturdy Tripod

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Originally Posted by Jim Ford View Post
The oft quoted guide is:

* Light
* Cheap
* Rigid

Choose any two out of the three.

Jim
I've never really agreed with that, a truly rigid tripod is neither light or cheap.
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Re: Sturdy Tripod

How often do you really need to raise the centre section?
I use a manfrotto 190 and may only have used it in the raised position a couple of times in ten years. I find it quite rigid otherwise.

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Re: Sturdy Tripod

Yes, thanks form the reply.

Sapper also uses the same Manfrotto.

I use the tripod mainly for Astro, and I do raise the centre column to try and see through the eyepiece rather than the screen. I find the eyepiece (EVF) is better for focusing. I need reading glasses otherwise.

Thus I thing raising the centre column makes the tripod a bit more shakey than not raising it.

I do also use the shsss (Canon) remote release, but still feel the set up is a bit shakey.......

Thus not so good astro shots

I have actually had quite good results by just hand holding shots at the moon, but they are inconsistent, and are probably slightly shakey despite what I have just said.

Thus looking for a rock solid tripod, it won't need to be carried any significant distance, so within reason weight is not a factor.

Will look at this Manfrotto version, and thanks for time replying
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Re: Sturdy Tripod

Which camera body are you using if an E-M1. mk1 or mkii I think they both allow you to use a phone or tablet linked by wifi and I find this not only give a bigger viewing screen but also allow shake free shutter release.

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Re: Sturdy Tripod

If you want stability, this one extends very high without raising a centre column, but is not cheap.
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Manfrotto-5.../dp/B001ASVNMK
And you will need this too to use it, https://www.amazon.co.uk/Manfrotto-5...DBBEK7AC8YKMSX
Plus a head.
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Re: Sturdy Tripod

You could try this
https://www.7dayshop.com/products/ha...-case-u1004161

Cheap, I know, but strong.
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Re: Sturdy Tripod

One thing a lot of people don't consider is future proofing prospective purchases. My newest tripod (20+ years old) dates back to the days of me using a 5x4 and a 600mm on 35mm. But that didn't mean I wouldn't be using a 10x8 or an 800mm at some point in the future so the tripod was chosen with those possibilities in mind.
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