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Tripod. Which one? Usual question.

So I'm shopping for a tripod and need the following ;
Height: long tripod legs, not so fussed about a long centre column.
I was trying a manfotto 055xproB which had long enough legs but could've done with less centre column. The smaller tripod had thinner and shorter legs and a short centre column so couldn't reach the required height at all!
Compact head with no quick-release plate as I hate the beggars : maybe that'll restrict me to only ball-heads, not a big deal.
Flippy catches on the legs, not turny knobs.

So who has the ideal tripod and what did you pay for it?
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Re: Tripod. Which one? Usual question.

I use a Manfrotto 190XDB Tripod + 486RC2 ball head. I find it excellent build quality, very stable, even with my e30, hld-4 and 70-300mm and the head is compact and quick release, if you look around on ebay you can get them as a set quite cheaply (I think the 486RC3 is now replacing mine)

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Only thing I see you meation the legs, this tripod has the turny knobs, but from tripods I have had in the past I find the knobs last longer, it only takes one good turn to lock in place on this model
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Re: Tripod. Which one? Usual question.

Tripods are a very personal piece of kit, although I suspect not a universally popular view, IMO there is only one make...Gitzo... my legs and off centre ball head cost almost the same as a three bed semi, but the quality is second to none easily worth the second mortgage Personally I wouldn't be without mine.
There are to many in the range for me to be specific to your needs but it may be worth asking the great god google
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Re: Tripod. Which one? Usual question.

School fete, Church Bazare, Car boot sales are great places to get one. Most I've ever paid is 10

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Re: Tripod. Which one? Usual question.

I/we already have two car-boot and cheapo tripods, now we'd like something more reliable and less frustrating.
I'm seeing a LOT of stuff on that there e-bay thing ... bidding on a couple.

Thanks for the comments fellas.
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Re: Tripod. Which one? Usual question.

I must second Neil's view on Gitzos. They really are the mutts nuts, but at a price. But you only need to buy one.
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Re: Tripod. Which one? Usual question.

Mine's a Slik. Bought it as a lightweight full height version but at a reasonable price.
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Re: Tripod. Which one? Usual question.

Large Manfrotto. A couple of hundred pounds a decade ago. Solid as a rock. So big, so reliable and so heavy that I hardly ever use it...

Cheapish Cobra rubbish tripod with QR plate and click lock legs. 30 a decade ago. Fairly rigid and not that bad considering, and quite light so I do use it

Moral. Big, expensive and solid are good, but you also need it to be light as well. Carbon fibre?? $$$$
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Re: Tripod. Which one? Usual question.

I've also got (bought before my Gitzo) a carbon-fibre Velbon Sherpa, which is quite good and not over expensive. I did have it on sale some while back, but no takers.
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Re: Tripod. Which one? Usual question.

Not so much which one, but ones. I have two tripods - a Uni-Loc and a Gitzo 1541T.

The Uni-Loc is quite bulky, heavy, very stable, can be used to work at all heights from ground level to about 6 5, and also converts to a monopd.

The Gitzo 1541T very stable, very light, and when used with my Gitzo GH1780QR head folds down to about 13 long.

Both tripods are great, but for carrying long distances the Gitzo has the advantage.
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Re: Tripod. Which one? Usual question.

The other things to give some serious thought to go with your tripod is what kind of head to use with it, and what weights will the tripod and head be required to hold.

There is nothing worse than trying to photograph something, and as you look through the viewfinder, finding that your tripod/head is slowly sinking

This is well worth a read - http://www.bythom.com/support.htm
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Re: Tripod. Which one? Usual question.

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The Uni-Loc is quite bulky, heavy, very stable, can be used to work at all heights from ground level to about 6 5, and also converts to a monopd.
You can also get a sort of 'foot thing' for the Uniloc that converts the monopod to a 'duopod'. I've got one, but have never used it!

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Re: Tripod. Which one? Usual question.

Try looking at Giotos, they are up market Manfrotto's but the centre colums does a few useful tricks like lying flat etc and are around 100 upwards, strangely Jessops were doing good deals on them on line? otherwise look at benbo's
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Re: Tripod. Which one? Usual question.

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The other things to give some serious thought to go with your tripod is what kind of head to use with it, and what weights will the tripod and head be required to hold.

There is nothing worse than trying to photograph something, and as you look through the viewfinder, finding that your tripod/head is slowly sinking
That sinking feeling is what is happening with one of the old tripods, and the new car-boot one is too 'stiff' although I'm not using that one so don't know what it means.
The tripod will be mainly holding an Oly e-600 with lightweight 40-150 or a Sony alpha-450 with any old Minolta-AF lens : not heavy either.
Personally I want a head like the Manfrotte lightweight pan&tily with the three-sided handles. I'll find a pic ...

It works nicer for me than the bigger head with the more sticky-out handles.
BUT I do NOT want a quick-release plate!
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Re: Tripod. Which one? Usual question.

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Try looking at Giotos, they are up market Manfrotto's but the centre colums does a few useful tricks like lying flat etc and are around 100 upwards, strangely Jessops were doing good deals on them on line? otherwise look at benbo's
I'm with Yorky here. Ibought 1 from Jessops for 100 and it is great. Can set it in a host of possitions. Centre collum also. Very steady, and also great customer service. Highly recommend...

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