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Jan 05, 2012 19:35 |  #1

I posted a couple months ago for suggestions for a quality regular tripod and the majority suggested the Slik Pro 700 DX. I picked that up and love it, but it's really big and a bit heavy to carry around, and I am about to sell it to fund a smaller one since I will be abroad in a month.

I guess any suggestions once again? I am looking at anything less than $200, that could probably fit onto my North Face Recon, which I will be using as a camera bag along with a BBP DSLR Holder.

I don't want something that'll break from being carried around too much, which I experienced with two cheap Sunpaks earlier on.

I guess I plan to be walking around in the city a lot, and just want to grab long exposures at night and such.

Any input is appreciated! :D




  
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Jan 05, 2012 20:03 |  #2

I don't own one but I like this. It may be too small for your needs.
https://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthre​ad.php?t=989115


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Jan 05, 2012 22:14 |  #3

How about a Benro Travel Angel? Half the size and weight of the Silk. My close friend loves his CF one, though I've been looking at the Aluminum version for myself.


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Jan 06, 2012 01:11 |  #4

Check out Vanguard Tripods. I have the Alta Pro 284 CT Carbon Fiber, 4-section tripod. It's nice & lightweight, solid and only weighs something like 3.97 lbs. Check them out. I got mine from my local camera shop on a "Dealer Saturday Event" & got 25% off the regular price. I packed mine on our trip to Alaska & to Yosemite in 2010. It worked great.


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Jan 06, 2012 12:32 |  #5

Solix wrote in post #13654838 (external link)
How about a Benro Travel Angel? Half the size and weight of the Silk. My close friend loves his CF one, though I've been looking at the Aluminum version for myself.

Benro Travel Angel line is very, very good and comparable to Gitzo.
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Jan 06, 2012 12:48 |  #6

I like the Feisol 3441T. If you're under six feet tall, then the 3441S (Standard). I've used it for several years. It will cost you more, but you get what you pay for, with any of these sticks.


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Jan 06, 2012 15:59 as a reply to  @ tvphotog's post |  #7

I know this is over the price range you listed, but I needed to mention that B&H has just further reduced the price of the Mountaineer GT 0531 to $340, after the rebate ($380 purchase price).
Leave the column at home and you have one hell of a travel tripod.
Buying one myself as soon as they get back from Temple...


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Jan 06, 2012 16:11 |  #8

^^^^^ Up the money quite a bit if you want the best and buy those legs!

Then put a Markins Q3T head on it and youre set!


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Jan 06, 2012 16:29 as a reply to  @ ben_r_'s post |  #9

Oben B&H exclusive, never used or seen one in person myself but the specs are impressive for the price .

http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …ems/ci/17723/N/​4208717438 (external link)

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Jan 07, 2012 15:06 |  #10

Dang, thanks for the suggestions! I'm looking into all of them right now




  
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Jan 10, 2012 19:29 |  #11

Anything that's carbon fiber for around $100 range?


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Jan 10, 2012 19:35 |  #12

Good, cheap, light. Pick 2. A $100 CF that's more than 2 ft. high (with the center column extended) isn't going to happen. If you want a reasonable size (42" extended without using the center column) CF, figure on around $300+. Sorry, but that's reality.


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Jan 10, 2012 19:48 |  #13

EOS mE wrote in post #13682508 (external link)
Anything that's carbon fiber for around $100 range?

http://www.amazon.com/​gp/aw/d/B001M5PT1C (external link)

Never used one myself others have recommended it before as per price point.




  
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Jan 10, 2012 22:45 |  #14

Take a look at these. http://www.benrousa.co​m …ods-CF-TwistLockLegs.html (external link)
I just got the biggest one, which is C3180, but weirdly not showing on the site.
That flat design might come useful if you don't have too much room to waste.
Quality seems to be great, but the time will tell. I sold Manfrotto's 055CX and no regrets so far.


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Jan 11, 2012 11:10 |  #15

Gitzo linked above (Gitzo stuff can these days be found for not much more, and in fact sometimes less, than some of the "off" brands) is a good bet... If you get a pair of $100 legs you'll be replacing them in the future anyway... :P

I recommend horrusbennu stuff highly... C-1540T legs are as good as it gets imho, super light, sturdy, extremely simple construction, EXTREMELY easy to take apart and clean, every bit as good as the Gitzo ones imho...unfortunately, you can't find them on ebay anymore, I was told they were too much of a copy of some gitzo ones but I dunno how much truth there is in that... C-2540T (or TM, come on, you know you want the cool looking magenta!) are pretty nice, and cheaper than the 1540 series, though. The FX ones are nice and TINY but then aren't as usable as a regular do everything tripod as the 1540 and 2540 are. Since the 1540 isn't available easily I'd probably just buy the Gitzo at this point (they cost about the same anyway, and the comparable gitzo isn't that much heavier anyway, an un-noticeable amount).


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