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Jan 23, 2011 21:30 |  #1

I have an old tripod, I won't even say which one as it's just that terrible... I'm in the market for something around the $150-$200 range, it has to be stable of course, lightweight would be a bonus but most importantly it has to be easy to screw on tripod and stay firm regardless of lens and position. It also needs to reach around 6 feet...

I ask you guys because the reading I've done has confused the heck out of me... Gitzo, Manfrotto, etc... tons of out there and it's all very confusing.

Also, should I be looking for something with a ball head?


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Jan 24, 2011 03:15 |  #2

Based on your specifications, you will need to double or triple your budget in my opinion.


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Jan 24, 2011 03:53 |  #3

Search eBay for triopo. Same as Benro but cheaper. I just ordered one yesterday.


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Jan 24, 2011 06:59 |  #4

If you're talking $150-200 for legs another $150 for ball head you could make it happen, but even a good $150 head might have trouble properly holding your 70-200 IS II unless you shopped used.

For $200 total it's not really possible. Maybe shop used? Or do you have a usable head so that you can buy legs now and replace the head later?


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Jan 24, 2011 08:08 |  #5

Slik 500HD

best bang for the buck.

http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …RO_500DX_Tripod​_with.html (external link)


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Jan 24, 2011 09:31 |  #6

elogical wrote in post #11703333 (external link)
If you're talking $150-200 for legs another $150 for ball head you could make it happen, but even a good $150 head might have trouble properly holding your 70-200 IS II unless you shopped used.

For $200 total it's not really possible. Maybe shop used? Or do you have a usable head so that you can buy legs now and replace the head later?

I dont have any equipment right now, I will need the whole setup.

I've done a little more reading and the Manfrotto 190XB looks good I think, it's not quite the height I wanted but I can live with it. I should also mention I'll rarely be shooting portrait orientation on the tripod. Anyone have thoughts on this tripod?


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Jan 24, 2011 09:32 |  #7

That looks really good, are you using one? I've never heard of Silk?


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Jan 24, 2011 10:13 |  #8

A Manfrotto aluminum tripod with the Manfrotto 496rc2 head. Will be very stable, not lightweight. For that, you'll need to spend more.


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Jan 24, 2011 10:17 |  #9

I have the Sirui N1205 with a Sirui G20 ballhead. It is light, functional and even has a removable leg used as a monopod. It is made of carbon fibre material and is very reasonably priced.


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Jan 24, 2011 12:02 |  #10

synapxe wrote in post #11703922 (external link)
That looks really good, are you using one? I've never heard of Silk?

Slik is a japanese company that has been producing tripods since the 1950's.
They are known for their cost effective sturdy designs and excellent build quality.

http://www.thkphoto.co​m/products/slik/slik-01.html (external link)

I've used Slik tripods for the last 20 years, at the moment I'm using their 824CF tripod, the 382CF monopod and the 500dx.

https://photography-on-the.net …hp?p=10742062&p​ostcount=2


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Jan 24, 2011 18:32 |  #11

Further digging... What's everyone thoughts on this...

Manfrotto 190XPROB Tripod Legs with 804RC2 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head vs 496 RC2 Ball Head?

And either of these setups vs the Slik500HD?


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Jan 24, 2011 19:37 |  #12

synapxe wrote in post #11707249 (external link)
Further digging... What's everyone thoughts on this...

Manfrotto 190XPROB Tripod Legs with 804RC2 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head vs 496 RC2 Ball Head?

And either of these setups vs the Slik500HD?

The Manfrotto 190xprob and the larger 055xprob have been the middle range standard for a long time.

The xprob models have the feature of the being able to angle the center column horizontally, while the Slik has a split center column so you can shorten it to get it closer to the ground. Both styles of tripods have the ability to invert the center column to get the camera even lower.

A lot of people have said the 190xprob is too small and have gone for the larger 055xprob.The Slik is actually in between both the 190xprob and 055xprob in it's physical specifications, it has been popular because of the lower price point and simple rugged design.

If you need to carry the tripod a fair distance, then it's better to get the smaller lighter setup, the 190xprob or even consider carbon fiber. For studio shoots or location work (where you don't need to carry the tripod too far) I'd consider the heavier larger tripods like the 055xprob and the Slik 700 for extra stability, as they can reach a fair height without having to raise the center column.

If you need the ultimate portability plus excellent stability and vibration dampening then you would need to consider carbon fiber, there are quite a lot of CF tripods in the 300 usd price point.


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Jan 24, 2011 22:04 |  #13

Slik is rather well-known and acceptable as a provider of good-quality tripod legs, and their heads
also have a following of users for their quality. I can't comment on Slik products, as I've never used them, but the general concensus is that their products are of above-average quality.

However, I can support lannes in his mention of the Manfrotto 055XPROB legset. It's not especially light in weight, but it's an extremely solid legset for the price, and it extends to a great
height before you'll need to extend the center column. I've honestly had no troubles or concerns when lugging this tripod through various abandonments, through steam tunnels and across steam pipes, and even between pipes which were a tight squeeze. Coupled with a 488RC2 head, it's been a fantastic tripod for my uses.

If you don't need the extra height of the 055, then go for the 190.


However, you're not going to grab anything within your $150-$200 budget which suits your needs.
Up your budget by around $100, and you'll be able to buy something much more substantial.


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Jan 24, 2011 22:11 |  #14

Slik pro500 dx. I have one for sale lol.


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Jan 24, 2011 22:17 |  #15

synapxe wrote in post #11707249 (external link)
Further digging... What's everyone thoughts on this...

Manfrotto 190XPROB Tripod Legs... 496 RC2 Ball Head?

For a small DSLR and a light lens, it will be fine. Throw your 7D and 70-200 on there and your not going to like it so much.

055 series...at a minimum for your listed gear. Shop around used. You can find 055's with 488 or 498 ball heads for roughly 200 used.


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