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Jun 13, 2011 18:35 |  #16

My heaviest lens is the Sigma 85 and with my 60D it comes out to roughly 4ish pounds. Would a $100 Slik or Benro or even $160 Manfrotto not hold up to some basic conditions? I say this because I find these brands to be reoccurring and trustworthy (although at higher price points). I find it hard to believe that once they drop below the $200 mark there's an exponential decrease in these brand's quality. That is, their tripods (because they weren't "expensive") will just suddenly shatter and drop my equipment.

To clarify, I do not hike. I rarely do landscape, but I wanted a tripod to try things out. If anything, I'd use a tripod to play with IR and take some portraits (at some point down the road).

Also, are tripod prices ever-decreasing or fairly constant?


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Jun 13, 2011 18:43 |  #17

Glueeater wrote in post #12587872 (external link)
My heaviest lens is the Sigma 85 and with my 60D it comes out to roughly 4ish pounds. Would a $100 Slik or Benro or even $160 Manfrotto not hold up to some basic conditions? I say this because I find these brands to be reoccurring and trustworthy (although at higher price points). I find it hard to believe that once they drop below the $200 mark there's an exponential decrease in these brand's quality. That is, their tripods (because they weren't "expensive") will just suddenly shatter and drop my equipment.

To clarify, I do not hike. I rarely do landscape, but I wanted a tripod to try things out. If anything, I'd use a tripod to play with IR and take some portraits (at some point down the road).

Also, are tripod prices ever-decreasing or fairly constant?

Prices stay fairly constant, technology improves over time and prices drop on old stuff, but not a whole ton.

You'll be just fine with cheaper tripods if you choose carefully and have realistic expectations about how steady it will be and how much you can load on it. It's not like a $100 set of tripod legs is likely to fail, it's just that the mere possibility that it could fail is enough that many won't risk putting their gear on it.

There is a good point being made though. Even though you can get by with less, it's probably best to spend a little more here now if you think you'd be upgrading later anyway. Then again, it'd be nice to just have it now to start using and worry about upgrades later.

I'd look HorusBennu (on ebay), Giottos, Benro and Manfrotto in that price range. I haven't used the cheapest Horusbennu ones but I'm very impressed with their higher end legs which are still quite a bargain so I assume the low end is at least decent.


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Jun 13, 2011 19:57 |  #18

Now I'm looking at HorusBennu NEO-1128TT…

I knew making this thread would result in me spending more money.


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Jun 13, 2011 20:58 |  #19

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Now I'm looking at HorusBennu NEO-1128TT…

I knew making this thread would result in me spending more money.

That one does look nice and the pic with the jug and the 50D/grip/lens makes the tripod look strudy. Go for it and let us know how it goes.


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Jun 13, 2011 21:27 |  #20

Glueeater wrote in post #12588268 (external link)
Now I'm looking at HorusBennu NEO-1128TT…

I knew making this thread would result in me spending more money.

Rather than buying a cheap tripod which could cost you a LOT of money if it isn't stable and falls over, start saving to get something decent as your first tripod.

In the meantime, you could buy or make a very good bean/sand bag that would hold your camera more steadily than ANY cheap tripod as long as the bean bag is placed on a solid surface. The price could be negligible if you have access to sewing resources and materials.


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Jun 13, 2011 22:20 |  #21

Lots of new photographers use the weight of their gear as a primary spec in their decision to purchase. Remember that you may be loaned longer glass, experience heavy wind, and vibration are a real possibility.

All of these factors, including usable vs actual height are factors to be considered too. Aluminum vs CF vs wood are also factors to be considered.


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Jun 13, 2011 22:28 |  #22

Aluminum is the way to go IMO for 75% of photographers. CF is really nice and light and strong but a lighter tripod would make it more top heavy. I would LOVE a CF tripod but it just doesn't make sense for My needs.

But for those who hike and bring their equipment, then it would be well worth it for them.


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Jun 13, 2011 22:49 |  #23

It's not just for weight savings, although that becomes a nice feature if you're carrying it around. The biggest benefit carbon has over aluminum is better vibration dampening.


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Jun 14, 2011 03:30 |  #24

SkipD wrote in post #12588823 (external link)
Rather than buying a cheap tripod which could cost you a LOT of money if it isn't stable and falls over, start saving to get something decent as your first tripod.

Horusbennu stuff has been getting great reviews all over the place, so I think they're a pretty safe bet.


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Jun 14, 2011 17:59 |  #25

Sirrith wrote in post #12590061 (external link)
Horusbennu stuff has been getting great reviews all over the place, so I think they're a pretty safe bet.

With due respect, these products haven't been around for long enough for members to see if they'll fall apart. I'd go with the tried and true.


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Jun 14, 2011 19:58 |  #26

Sirrith wrote in post #12590061 (external link)
Horusbennu stuff has been getting great reviews all over the place, so I think they're a pretty safe bet.

I'm not sure what you call "all over the place", but this thread is the first place I have even seen the name.


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Jun 15, 2011 03:19 |  #27

SkipD wrote in post #12594604 (external link)
I'm not sure what you call "all over the place", but this thread is the first place I have even seen the name.

Wow. 15k+ posts and this time is the only time you have seen Horusbennu? Check out the Horusbennu thread started by themadman: https://photography-on-the.net …/showthread.php​?t=1017625


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Jun 15, 2011 09:02 |  #28

Glueeater wrote in post #12587872 (external link)
My heaviest lens is the Sigma 85 and with my 60D it comes out to roughly 4ish pounds. Would a $100 Slik

Seriously, look at Slik 700DX. Just the legs are less than $90 and it's SOLID!!! Spend the rest on a good head. My combo is Smith Victor BH8. You can spend 10x more but the pic will come out the same.

I also have the Dolica as a travel pod. Got some great shots during my 3 week trip to China. It works.. but nothing like the Slik.


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Jun 15, 2011 09:44 |  #29

just ordered the Slik 700DX and cannot wait until it arrives. i was slightly worried about the weight but I am not taking it hiking on a ten mile trip.




  
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Jun 15, 2011 11:58 |  #30

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just ordered the Slik 700DX and cannot wait until it arrives. i was slightly worried about the weight but I am not taking it hiking on a ten mile trip.

Dont think you will have any regrets - Very happy with mine. It is not light - but neither is anything else I own.


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