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Recommend me a Tripod

Discussion in 'Other Photography' started by jasonbc, Feb 26, 2014.

  1. jasonbc

    jasonbc New Member

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    Same again any experiences with tripods, the one i have the legs start to creep down when i put the 150-500 on it so it ain't that safe for the lens. It's years old and seen better days so time to upgrade but not spend a fortune.

    The shop i went in Truro this morning had al the Manfrotto ones with different heads and i'd be looking around the £250 mark for one of them and a head but i like the idea of these

    http://www.wexphotographic.com/buy-mefo ... e/p1537662

    The idea you can also use it as a monopole aswell as a tripod and it will take 8kgs which is plenty, i emailed MeFoto and they recommend the next one up as it takes 12KG and has a bigger platform to screw the big lens on which they say will make it more stable

    http://www.wexphotographic.com/buy-mefo ... m/p1537724

    Any idea's ???
     
  2. Boris

    Boris Administrator Staff Member Forum Supporter

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    Much as I'd love to spend a few hundred quid I only really wanted a tripod to do some long exposure and still life stuff ao I bought one of these https://www.calumetphoto.co.uk/product/ ... hterm:7300

    It's pretty solid and I have no problem with my full frame DSLR and 100-400mm lens. The included 3 way head isn't as handy as a ball head and I'm keeping my eyes open for a manfrotto ball head but until I find that I'll stick with it.

    Other things to note is is four section so a good bit taller than an manfrotto 190 and I can happily use it without contorting myself or needing the central column extended.

    The only thing I don't like about it is the quick release plate which works fine but looks too easy to release with just a single lever to move (manfrotto need two levers operated). I always end up checking and double checking before I'm happy.

    I bought it of ebay from calumet as a customer return and paid about £35 delivered.
    http://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/calumet_photographic_uk

    Basically its way better than the price suggests but there are better out there if you have deep pockets. Go and try them though as there are some real shockers out there
     
  3. jasonbc

    jasonbc New Member

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    I looked at those Manfrotto's in the shop this morning and they legs over there cheaper than them not sure it they were carbon fibre but you still have to buy a head to go in the legs and the cheapest one they had was £69.99 and the dearest was £249.99 so not really wanting to spend that kind of money.

    I also went to www.swoptics.co.uk in truro They are dealers for Velbon and they had quite a selection there prices i were given are:-

    450r sherpa £89
    200r Sherpa £79
    one off the above will only take 3kgs and the other takes 4kgs but they still felt flimsy when the legs were extended and locked in place
     
  4. Mikey

    Mikey Administrator Staff Member Forum Supporter

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    I bought a manfrotto one second hand. It's a bit bulky but really solid. I've also got a monopod.
     
  5. Barftone

    Barftone Active Member

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    Manfrotto 055 alloy secondhand are a good solid base. Carbon fibre is around the 200 mark. Lighter but not sure if it as stable.
     
  6. Boris

    Boris Administrator Staff Member Forum Supporter

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    The carbon fibre ones are really impressive and equally expensive but I would have the be planning to trek a fair distance on a regular basis to even consider the additional outlay
     
  7. Sunnybrook

    Sunnybrook New Member

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    I bought a Manfrotto 055PROB second hand for about £100. It's a bit heavy, certainly, but super solid and stable, for which I have been eternally grateful after I became ever more frustrated with my old Jessops tripod flexing. The 055XPROB is a little more useful when you want to extend the column horizontally because you don't have to unscrew the head first. One of the attractions of the 055 is that it goes quite high, which is useful if you're tall.

    I use a muckle Manfrotto 410 geared head on top of the 055 as that suits the type of photography I do.
     
  8. jasonbc

    jasonbc New Member

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    when i went into my local shop this week i made a note of there prices a manfrotto 190l tripod was £144.99 + what ever head you decide you want. Below is what they were charging for heads.

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    So i was just looking on wex and seen this deal which is more than adequate for what i want and includes the head.There was another on there £149 but then you get hit with postage costs this one is a few quid over so i save a few quid on not paying the postage ( i'm not Scottish )

    http://www.wexphotographic.com/buy-manf ... d/p1540608
     

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