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Question Tripod recommendation

Can anyone recommend a good lightweight tripod (not too expensive) please.
Currently have 2 Manfrotto tripods, one an old 144 (I think) and an 055 both with good but heavy heads. Finding these increasingly heavy to carry so looking for lighter alternatives. Would like it to have flexible legs / center column for low level work as well as being a reasonable height for normal work.
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Re: Tripod recommendation

I have a Manfrotto 190 series which is not too heavy, also a Giottos Vitruvian aluminium which is lightweight, http://www.giottos.com/pro_view.aspx?nid=8&typeid=15. The aluminium is lighter than the carbon fibre for some strange reason.
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Re: Tripod recommendation

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Can anyone recommend a good lightweight tripod (not too expensive) please.
The oft quoted rule on choosing a tripod is:

* Light
* Strong
* Cheap

Choose any 2 out of the three.

So going by your criteria, it's going to be not strong!

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Re: Tripod recommendation

Really depends on your requirements...

I got one of these for an awful lot less than the advertised price at the Photography show:

https://www.manfrotto.co.uk/190-carb...-camera-tripod

And this head (for macro adjustment)

https://www.manfrotto.co.uk/xpro-gea...lt-tripod-head

This is significantly lighter than my small lightweight aluminium tripod, but massive in comparison, but, I'm more than happy to move it around when using the camera tripod outdoors (e.g. for static high resolution stationary shots at airshows) - it's probably a little too bulky to use up a mountain though!
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Re: Tripod recommendation

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I know many won't agree but if you want cheap, cheerful, strong and well made, 7dayshop have some very good products at unbeatable prices and are a very well respected online retailer. Def worth a look at least

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I have a tripod from them which was only 13. It's nothing special, but works OK for routine shots round town in the evening, and has never let me down.
Not strong enough for long telephoto shots, or long exposures in adverse weather but lived in my car for many years.
I've since picked up a used Slik Shogun (only slightly better in capabilities but came with a much nicer pistol style head!) that's taken it's place. This came from a local charity shop for 30.

IIRC the 7 day shop one has now been passed down to my daughter.
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Re: Tripod recommendation

I agree, & Day Shop may have just what you want, I always look there before looking elseware-Well worth the effort
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Re: Tripod recommendation

I use a Benro IT15, has detachable mono pod. Cost 59.99 Amazon. Had it 2 years now. Doesnt have a large boom style head. Good quality carry case. Stirdy for the money. Unfortunately not carbon.
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Re: Tripod recommendation

You need to work out what type of tripod you need in the first place. What will it be used for, what features are you looking for and what type of head will you be using. Then brands and models can be recommended.

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Re: Tripod recommendation

Hi thanks everyone for your recommendations, had a good round and decided to get the following one.
Sunpak DigiPro 665RFC Carbon Fibre Tripod as it had the right balance of weight, stability etc that we were looking for.
Also picked up one of these at the same time so my hubby and I both have lighter ones ;PrimaPhoto Foldable Kit.
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