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Jun 13, 2011 13:40 |  #1

Just looking for some feedback about the following combo:

Ball Head:
http://www.amazon.com …1?ie=UTF8&m=ATV​PDKIKX0DER (external link)

Tripod:
http://www.amazon.com …2?ie=UTF8&m=ATV​PDKIKX0DER (external link)

I know a lot of people will come in here and say +100-200$ to my budget and I could get something really nice. Thing is, I'm saving up for a trip to India this Winter, and $100-200 makes a big difference to me. I'm also looking at other lenses/filters I could buy with $100-200 for a tripod that will NOT be a workhorse for me.


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Jun 13, 2011 13:45 |  #2

consider this...not bad for $40 complete setup.

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Jun 13, 2011 13:59 |  #3

The "cheapness" of the Dolica kind of turned me away. Anyone have thoughts on it?


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Jun 13, 2011 14:34 |  #4

Given your budget, I think that Benro combo is hard to beat.


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Jun 13, 2011 14:34 |  #5

Since you aren't going to be spending much on the tripod, you might as well save the extra money and go for the Dolica, it has good reviews everywhere.

Otherwise take a look at Horusbennu stuff, they're cheap and get good comments too.


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Jun 13, 2011 14:39 |  #6

Save your money and get a good tripod. Buying an inexpensive tripod now just means you'll be spending twice because you'll have to replace it quite soon. Go on sites like Ebay and Craigslist and look for a Manfrotto 3021; they are very inexpensive and will last a lifetime.


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Jun 13, 2011 15:29 |  #7

the Dolica should be fine unless you working in veyr windy conditions




  
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Jun 13, 2011 16:48 |  #8

Get a Manfrotto aluminum tripod, the heavier the cheaper. Such as this one.
http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …tion_Aluminum_T​ripod.html (external link)

Both the tripod and the head will last a lifetime. They are very stable. You can spend more money for lighter stuff, carbon fiber, fancier ballheads, but this will take you anywhere you want to go.

These are quality products, guaranteed by the company and B&H. If you go cheaper, you will only end up with poorly made stuff. For most other brands at this price, look at the warranty. If you use it regularly, that's when the item will fall apart.


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Jun 13, 2011 17:02 |  #9

tvphotog wrote in post #12587249 (external link)
Get a Manfrotto aluminum tripod, the heavier the cheaper. Such as this one.
http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …tion_Aluminum_T​ripod.html (external link)

Both the tripod and the head will last a lifetime. They are very stable. You can spend more money for lighter stuff, carbon fiber, fancier ballheads, but this will take you anywhere you want to go.

These are quality products, guaranteed by the company and B&H. If you go cheaper, you will only end up with poorly made stuff. For most other brands at this price, look at the warranty. If you use it regularly, that's when the item will fall apart.



Would this support a gripped 7d with a tele lens?


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Jun 13, 2011 17:07 |  #10

Have you considered getting a slik tripod?
http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …10_Able_300DX_T​ripod.html (external link)
I have one and it works perfectly for the last couple of years




  
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Jun 13, 2011 17:07 |  #11

xghostx wrote in post #12587314 (external link)
Would this support a gripped 7d with a tele lens?

Don't think I would try it. It says the load capacity is 8 lbs. The 7D and a long lens is about 5-6 lbs. A good gauge is that the load capacity should be three times what you're putting on it.

There's a lot of talk about how load capacities are not standardized, etc. However, I think you're safe if you follow the 3X rule.


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Jun 13, 2011 17:25 |  #12

I would recomend a table tripod... like manfrotto 709b (external link)

I have had mine for 15 years, and it is still working. It is excelent to bring with on travel. It is cheap, and when you buy a bigger one, you will still love to use the small one when it is more practical to go light weight. Don't let the size scare you, there is always a tree, car, wall or something to put it on.

So, instead of buying a tool that you would love to get changed into something better. Buy something that almost fits youre needs and will be useful even afther you have bought youre dream tripod.


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Jun 13, 2011 18:18 |  #13

xxhaxx wrote in post #12587345 (external link)
Have you considered getting a slik tripod?
http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …10_Able_300DX_T​ripod.html (external link)
I have one and it works perfectly for the last couple of years

Any other thoughts on this one?


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Jun 13, 2011 18:24 |  #14

The main issue I have with the OP's post is that the gear could end up on the ground - HARD. Cheap tripods are just that - cheap. Save a few more pennies and buy a good used one. I just picked up a great Benro here and saved about 100 bux off of the new price. If the gear falls than that cheap tripod becomes very expensive.


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Jun 13, 2011 18:31 |  #15

At one point, I was looking at a $150ish price range for a tripod but after reading and looking around, I decided to save up and get a better tripod for the $300 range. It's a bit more one heres why I waitied
-Tripods are universal, one buy and be done instead of buying another one and spending more money
-Putting a $1000ish equipment on a $100 cheap tripod that can break easily, not a good idea
-I plan on getting tele lens so more weight and the 8lbs limit is cutting it real close to my comfort zone
-Even though legs and head can be sold so you can trade up, it's just easier to spend a bit more at first and not worry about selling and getting another one

The one I'm looking at is Manfrotto 055xPROB legs and Manfrotto 808RC4 head. I love pan heads over ball head. Just personal preference.


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