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Old 17th August 2010
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Re: Tripod. Which one? Usual question.

Sure, I was interested in that Redsnapper deal at 99 but wondered if I should spend proper dosh on something I had no chance of trying first ... so I didn't.
Second tripod arrived today : Linhof Pro with snap-fit Aluminium legs, very posh. Small non-QR plate with levelling bubble. All mod cons from something at least twenty years old. Probably forty!
So now thanks to the power of the thieving auction site and my powerful run of luck I have two tripods which fit the bill very nicely!
I shall post pics tomorrow ... probably.
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Nice one Ulfric. I'd never heard of Linhof until now. A quick Google shows it to be well known for high quality. I can't wait to see the pictures of it.
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Re: Tripod. Which one? Usual question.

OK Paul.
Here's the Linhof. Polished aluminium with flippy catches on the INSIDE of the legs.


Here's the Slik. Knurled Alloy twisty catches. Lovely black 'powercoated' head.
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Re: Tripod. Which one? Usual question.

Your new Linhoff is truly a thing of beauty. What makes it even better is the camera you have mounted on it
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Re: Tripod. Which one? Usual question.

I've just paid 24.99 for one from Argos..........not used it yet but it's sturdy and the reach (with the centre extended) exceds my height (tiny 5' 5").
What on earth do these tripods do differently that they charge 300 + for?
Cost nearly as much as a camera setup........doesn't seem right to me.
Forgive my ignorance.
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I've just paid 24.99 for one from Argos..........not used it yet but it's sturdy and the reach (with the centre extended) exceds my height (tiny 5' 5").
What on earth do these tripods do differently that they charge 300 + for?
Cost nearly as much as a camera setup........doesn't seem right to me.
Forgive my ignorance.
Does it have an alloy head, because if it is plastic it will flex & bounce with heavy lenses on the camera? The solid reliability (& brand name) of better tripods are why they cost so much. I found a good compromise in the Velbon Sherpa 600R.
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Re: Tripod. Which one? Usual question.

Thanks Ross.......it does have a plastic head but as i said in my original post, it seems very sturdy......the reviews i read prior to purchase all praised it 4.5 out of 5.
I agree with the brand name, like everything else in life 25% for the product 75% for the name.
I'll get out n about and give it a try this weekend (weather permitting, thats a sad statement for August) and post my results and impressions (bet you didn't know I did impressions lol).
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Re: Tripod. Which one? Usual question.

Well they look nice and solid.. However personally I would miss the ability to go portrait mode on the camera easily.

I am a firm beliver in tripods, it's just a shame that I hardly ever use mine

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Re: Tripod. Which one? Usual question.

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... personally I would miss the ability to go portrait mode on the camera easily....
Unlike the Linhof (any angle), the old Slik tilts to exactly 90 degrees very smoothly;

Portrait mode a go go.

See yesterday's new lens!
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Re: Tripod. Which one? Usual question.

Slick must have improved quite a lot since I had one, it was awful and wobbles worse than a lass on her first stilitoes. Linhoff were a well known large format cameras so there tripods would be good but rather heavy then came toe Benbo great etc for botanical for getting down low but you needed three arms to set it up (Heather Angel used to use them)
but for now the Giottos is a good compromise, just wish I could afford and justify a carbon fibre model. Glad you have got it sorted now. All you need to do is use it all the time?????
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Re: Tripod. Which one? Usual question.

Give RedSanpper a look.

Unbeatable quality for the money, easily the match of Manfrotto/Giotos.

Good range too, includes 3 and 4 section legs, carbon fibre, etc.

Their ball head is also superb.

99 quid buys you 3 or 4 section aluminium tripod, with:

Changeable centre columns (one short one long)
Anchor hook on centre column (to add ballast weight if necessary)
Bubble level on tripod body
Twist grip leg releases
Twist grip feet which can be rubber/spike
Reversible thread to mount virtually any tripod head
Ball head with Arca-Swiss style QR plate and twin tension controls
Sturdy and comfortable bag to carry it all in.

People will look at the price and doubt the RedSanpper, but I'm yet to find a person who has one who has anything bad to say about them.
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Give RedSanpper a look.

Unbeatable quality for the money, easily the match of Manfrotto/Giotos.

Good range too, includes 3 and 4 section legs, carbon fibre, etc.

Their ball head is also superb.

99 quid buys you 3 or 4 section aluminium tripod, with:

Changeable centre columns (one short one long)
Anchor hook on centre column (to add ballast weight if necessary)
Bubble level on tripod body
Twist grip leg releases
Twist grip feet which can be rubber/spike
Reversible thread to mount virtually any tripod head
Ball head with Arca-Swiss style QR plate and twin tension controls
Sturdy and comfortable bag to carry it all in.

People will look at the price and doubt the RedSanpper, but I'm yet to find a person who has one who has anything bad to say about them.
I couldn't agree more Rob, my Redsnapper RS-284 & RSH-12 Ball Head has been one of my best buys. The quality far far outweighs the bargain price. Highly recommended.
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Slick must have improved quite a lot since I had one, it was awful and wobbles worse than a lass on her first stilitoes. Linhoff were a well known large format cameras so there tripods would be good but rather heavy ...
These two are quite the opposite.
The slik seems 1960s, 1970s, maybe just maybe as late as the 1980s. Very solid, very good. Before your time? After your time? The thing is : Slik must have deteriorated enormously since this one was made ...

The Linhoff is lighter and less sturdy but I'm sure is a 'portable' type. Super-cool slightly adjustable centre column to level it. I love it.
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I've just paid 24.99 for one from Argos..........not used it yet but it's sturdy and the reach (with the centre extended) exceds my height (tiny 5' 5").
What on earth do these tripods do differently that they charge 300 + for?
Cost nearly as much as a camera setup........doesn't seem right to me.
Forgive my ignorance.
Stand up on hills, in strong winds, hold cameras with huge telephoto lenses perfectly still, get down to ground level for macro shots, make adjustment effortless, weigh next to nothing, last a lifetime...
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