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Old 26th February 2009
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Tripod Recommendation?

It's new-tripod time so I'm looking for recommendations...

  1. it needs to fold down to 40cm or less
  2. it needs to go up to 1.5m height
  3. and take the weight of a 1.8kg camera/lens combo
  4. and costing less than 150 (plus head)


I've tried searching and researching but not coming up with much and really don't have the time just now, so if anyone has or has used a tripod with similar criteria, do let me know here
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Re: Tripod Recommendation?

Probably on the small side I have a Velbron Ultramax SF
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Re: Tripod Recommendation?

I buy my ones at boot sales, charity shops, school fetes and church bazars.

Excellent value, most paid 10...

Probably not what you want to hear though. So go to a good shop, check out the make model you like then buy it on ebay for a third of the price.

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Re: Tripod Recommendation?

Hi Mark

I purchaced an Opticron Carbon fibre tripod a few months ago although designed for spotting scopes I use mine with a sidekick Gimbal Head and my E500, Ownuser Battery Grip and Bigma It is very stable and lightweight, I oftern carry this setup around all day and can reccomend them I have included a link to their web site, mine was purchaced fron InFocus at Titchwell Norfolk but they should be able to give you a list of suppliers or sell one mail order.

http://www.opticron.co.uk/Pages/traveller_tripod.htm
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Re: Tripod Recommendation?

I've got the Velbon Sherpa Pro 631EL, it's brilliant. (more about it -here- )

I bought it second hand, had to wait a while for one to appear at auction but it was worth the wait. They've updated the range since then, you'll find more on the Velbon uk site.

It's worth going into a shop (LCE for example) and trying heads because they're all so very different. I've got a Gitzo offset ball head, which I chose because I liked it and also because the 'lock' can't come undone by accident if you catch it in thick gloves or clothing.
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Re: Tripod Recommendation?

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I buy my ones at boot sales, charity shops, school fetes and church bazars.

Excellent value, most paid 10...

Probably not what you want to hear though. So go to a good shop, check out the make model you like then buy it on ebay for a third of the price.

That's where my Velbon Stratos came from. 3 complete with pan and tilt head and two camera plates.

Tripods really don't hold much second hand value.
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Re: Tripod Recommendation?

A good one ?:
Manfrotto 055XDB with Low Angle Att.

Goes super low and can hold a E520 with 7-14mm with ease.

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Re: Tripod Recommendation?

I have a "Walkabout" bag in which I always have a "HAMA" Clamp. It's a great "get out of trouble" mount that really does a good job.

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Re: Tripod Recommendation?

Velbon Sherpa Pro CF545 - carbon fibre, light and solid. Got a Manfrotto 322RC2 pistol grip head on mine.
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Re: Tripod Recommendation?

I just bought a Manfrotto 190XPROB with the 804 head, 125 from Morris http://www.morrisphoto.co.uk this is an excellent site to browse accessories etc, they were the cheapest by far and free delivery next day.

The tripod is supurb, sturdy and well built but may be a bit long and possibly heavy for you, ckeck it out on the web site.

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Re: Tripod Recommendation?

Mark, Like Stephen I've got a Velbon CF545 an think it's excelent value for money at 120.
http://www.bristolcameras.co.uk/p-ve...545-ph157q.htm

It doesn't quite make 1.5m fully extended and folds to 44cm rather than your required 40cm
It's 4 leg sections and is fairly rigid. In order to fulfil your required spec, it looks like you will need a 5 section tripod and there aren't many of those around.

It seems you will need something like a Gitzo GT1550T 5 Section Traveller, but I'd start saving now if I were you.
http://www.waltersphotovideo.co.uk/p...m_nooverride=1


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Re: Tripod Recommendation?

Thanks for the suggestions folks, I'll check them out when I have some spare time.
I was at jessops in kensington today with some time to kill so decided to check theirs out, a suggestion for all jessops staff - when a dude comes in with two big camera bags he's serious about photography, when he spends 15 minutes checking out your tripod display maybe, just maybe, if you got off your **** and went over there, there may be a sniff of a sale? - with the (lack of) service I've had in a few camera shops recently it's no wonder I do most of my buying online!
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Re: Tripod Recommendation?

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I buy my ones at boot sales, charity shops, school fetes and church bazars.

Excellent value, most paid 10...

Probably not what you want to hear though. So go to a good shop, check out the make model you like then buy it on ebay for a third of the price.

This is one of the reasons local camera shops are shutting. Please, go to a camera shop and then do a deal with them.
I wanted to buy a keyboard some time ago and my local music shop which has been around for ages told me that they don't stock them anymore 'cos folk were doing just what you are suggesting.
And then folk moan 'cos our local high streets are full of charity shops!
Rant over.

I would have thought that you wouldn't get a half decent tripod with head for that sort of money anyway.
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This is one of the reasons local camera shops are shutting. Please, go to a camera shop and then do a deal with them.
I wanted to buy a keyboard some time ago and my local music shop which has been around for ages told me that they don't stock them anymore 'cos folk were doing just what you are suggesting.
And then folk moan 'cos our local high streets are full of charity shops!
Rant over.

I would have thought that you wouldn't get a half decent tripod with head for that sort of money anyway.
See my previous post about lack of service, if these shops 'need' my business I'd expect them to have someone appear when I take the time to check-out their stock of tripods. 15 minutes looking at tripods, 3 members of staff and only 2 other customers, no-one came over. They don't deserve my money.

Perhaps this is also a significant reason why shops are a dying breed?
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See my previous post about lack of service, if these shops 'need' my business I'd expect them to have someone appear when I take the time to check-out their stock of tripods. 15 minutes looking at tripods, 3 members of staff and only 2 other customers, no-one came over. They don't deserve my money.

Perhaps this is also a significant reason why shops are a dying breed?
I agree with you Mark.
But we should not just put up with it, we should have a go at them, or better still, the manager, it just might get the message across.
It seemed to work with Digital Depot???
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