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First of all can I just say thanks for the input on this topic, I'm really grateful that you took some time to help me out and it's been very useful!

I was on the verge of ordering a red snapper but then by chance managed to find a Slik Pro 400DX in new condition for just £40 so I decided it was too good an opportunity to pass up (even if I do end up spending twice in the long run).

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Sounds like a TERRIFIC deal !
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I have two Benbo tripods ! At first I hated the first one my Darling Nick bought me for a prezzie .. but then I learned how versatile it is - I can even tilt the camera on top 360 so it is at ground level HANDY for MACRO of small wildlife !
I've got a 'Uniloc'. It's a very similar design to the Benbo, but doesn't suffer from 'Benbo Creep'. You can also 'mix-and-match' the legs to create a very long monopod. I've done this, which enabled me to hoist the camera about 12 ft into the air.

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I've got a 'Uniloc'. It's a very similar design to the Benbo, but doesn't suffer from 'Benbo Creep'. You can also 'mix-and-match' the legs to create a very long monopod. I've done this, which enabled me to hoist the camera about 12 ft into the air.

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I sold my Benbo tripods after trying a Uni-Loc in the mid 90's. They're great when shooting in mud, water or 2 feet of snow.
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Re: Tripod comparison/advice

WoW! 12 ft in the air, thats awesome!

I think I like and use most, the facility to have the camera post upside-down, or the tripod legs almost flat/only 8/10 inches off the ground - for flowers/butterflys.

I did suffer Benbo creep - until my DH instructed me of the "mechanism" and how it tightens
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WoW! 12 ft in the air, thats awesome!
I'm 6ft 4", so the Uniloc was added to my height!

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I'm 6ft 4", so the Uniloc was added to my height!

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Jim I am so glad you posted this ! I went to sleep thinking, how on earth would you get a tripod 12ft ??? and this morning I looked at my tripod and thought "must have extra legs that fix on ... or something" and its been going around in my head ...

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My Slik PRO 400DX arrived this morning. Very happy!

It's much chunkier than I thought it'd be but that's what I wanted. The condition was literally as new (wrapped in original bags in the box). Build quality seems really good (got a nice 'feel' to it).

Now I just need to get some practice using it and experimenting with my shots... time to investigate ND filter choices.

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Its such fun to do a good deal ! and I expect the seller was pleased with the cash for unused kit
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Re: Tripod comparison/advice

I have a need for a lighter tripod. I presently have an old jessops copy of the benbo tripod (Uniloc) which I purchased years ago and served me well with my old Olympus 35mm film cameras. However it's heavy and bulky and I rarely take it out on trips as it's not pleasant to hump around.

I now use an E450 and the biggest / heaviest lens I use, is probably a 600mm mirror lens.

What I need is a travel tripod which won't make my back ache on long walks. I really like the idea of a carbon fibre tripod and wish I had 'Gitzo' money, but the truth is I'm on a limited budget and can't really afford more than £80-£100. I've been watching ebay for the manfrotto's but they all seem to end at really high prices.

Can anyone comment on the Carbon Redsnapper tripod from personal experience?

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Re: Tripod comparison/advice

Ouch, the Jessops Major Carbon Fibre Tripod (mentioned earlier in thread) is now £80 if ordered/reserved online. Comes with a bag and the head can be changed too. It's a bargain at that price !

http://www.jessops.com/online.store/...6932/show.html
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Re: Tripod comparison/advice

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I have a need for a lighter tripod. I presently have an old jessops copy of the benbo tripod (Uniloc) which I purchased years ago and served me well with my old Olympus 35mm film cameras. However it's heavy and bulky and I rarely take it out on trips as it's not pleasant to hump around.

I now use an E450 and the biggest / heaviest lens I use, is probably a 600mm mirror lens.

What I need is a travel tripod which won't make my back ache on long walks. I really like the idea of a carbon fibre tripod and wish I had 'Gitzo' money, but the truth is I'm on a limited budget and can't really afford more than £80-£100. I've been watching ebay for the manfrotto's but they all seem to end at really high prices.

Can anyone comment on the Carbon Redsnapper tripod from personal experience?

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I bought an alloy Red Snapper plus the ball head very recently and am extremely pleased with it. However I think that the carbon fibre version may have been discontinued.

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Re: Tripod comparison/advice

I'm going to have a look at the jessops major and if that doesn't float my boat I'll have to save up a bit longer. Thanks for all the advice.

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Re: Tripod comparison/advice

Sod it!
Going on a cruise next week, so I couldn't resist the Jessops Major.....Thanks again.

It was £80 with a bag and free next day delivery. I'd be silly not to get one.

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Re: Tripod comparison/advice

Another vote for RedSnapper - love mine and very good value.

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Re: Tripod comparison/advice

My Jessops major arrived today. Just in time for the cruise. £80 got me free next day delivery and a carry bag with a nice neoprene shoulder strap. The tripod feels very well made and has all the expected features. They also supply a short centre column and an allen key for....er....erm...tightening something up???

Yes, the only thing missing is any instructions. Ho-Hum I'll work it out!
Honestly though; I am really pleasantly surprised. Nice tripod!
I'll do a little review when I've field-tested it a bit.

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