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Aug 04, 2012 23:05 |  #1

I have $200 to spend on a good tripod set.
I'll need it for architect/pano/landsca​pe.

I'm thinking Manfrotto 055XDB or Manfrotto 055XPROB and a ballhead.
The reason for ballhead is that I shoot portrait too.
And maybe DIY L-plate or nodal panohead

What do you think? What would you suggest?

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Aug 05, 2012 05:48 |  #2

I bought a four-segment-legs Benro about a year ago... liked it much more than the Manfrotto. Very sturdy, very smooth functioning, compact, really nice carrying bag, high quality in all respects. A year later I am still very happy with it.

I think I paid $218 for the version I bought. Ordered it from HongKong (or China, I can't remember now).




  
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Aug 05, 2012 10:33 |  #3

Up your budget a little more and go with the tried and true: LINK (external link)


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Aug 05, 2012 16:01 |  #4

I went with the 055XPROB and a Vangaurd SBH-250 ball head (external link). I have yet to come across a situation where I thought I needed something more!


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Aug 06, 2012 22:48 |  #5

thanks guys... i ended up with 055XPROB Tripod Legs Kit w/ 498RC2 Midi Ball Head & 200PL-14 QR Plate


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Aug 06, 2012 23:27 |  #6

Awesome. Well done.


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Sep 04, 2012 08:41 |  #7

I just purchased this same setup. Very Nice


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Sep 04, 2012 09:22 as a reply to  @ bjbsav's post |  #8

Congratulations on finding a tripod! I'm also looking for a tripod, and instead of making a new thread, do you mind if I hijack this one? :)

I've made a list of the options I'm looking at. The 055XPROB is on it, along with eight other models. Are any of these definitely better or worse than the others? If anyone here has any comments regarding any of these setups, I appreciate your feedback. Thanks!

The list is here: https://docs.google.co​m …bHgybjhPeHYwZDJ​IZlE#gid=0 (external link) (Note: All measurments are in metric units: cm and kg).




  
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Sep 06, 2012 18:01 |  #9

I just bought Benro A1692TB0 and I am very pleased even thought its not Carbon fiber... and its under $200.00 here is a link on eBay.. (external link)


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Sep 06, 2012 20:11 |  #10

Drumlin wrote in post #14946024 (external link)
Congratulations on finding a tripod! I'm also looking for a tripod, and instead of making a new thread, do you mind if I hijack this one? :)

I've made a list of the options I'm looking at. The 055XPROB is on it, along with eight other models. Are any of these definitely better or worse than the others? If anyone here has any comments regarding any of these setups, I appreciate your feedback. Thanks!

The list is here: https://docs.google.co​m …bHgybjhPeHYwZDJ​IZlE#gid=0 (external link) (Note: All measurments are in metric units: cm and kg).

I went through the similar process and ended up with FEISOL 3442.

You really need to know what you want. for me the folded length is important and the height without CC is equally important. with that consideration my list shorted to only two choices (3401 and 3442). then i bought 3442 because the local dealer does not have 3401.

by the way, in addition to the "stated support weight" that has no industry standard to compare, you probably want to check the diameter of the last section of the leg - that will tell you something.


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Sep 08, 2012 22:06 |  #11

captevo wrote in post #14824015 (external link)
thanks guys... i ended up with 055XPROB Tripod Legs Kit w/ 498RC2 Midi Ball Head & 200PL-14 QR Plate

Congrats. A sturdy choice.


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Sep 09, 2012 06:02 |  #12

Thanks for the input, guys! I ended up ordering a Sirui N2204 + K-20X kit. Really good specs for a reasonable price. Looking forward to receiving it in a couple of weeks!




  
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Sep 09, 2012 09:38 |  #13

Drumlin wrote in post #14966893 (external link)
Thanks for the input, guys! I ended up ordering a Sirui N2204 + K-20X kit. Really good specs for a reasonable price. Looking forward to receiving it in a couple of weeks!

What convinced you to buy that one? I'm not familiar with the tripod. It wasn't on your list.


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Sep 09, 2012 15:35 |  #14

tvphotog wrote in post #14967414 (external link)
What convinced you to buy that one? I'm not familiar with the tripod. It wasn't on your list.

It came to my attention on another forum. The Sirui brand has received some very favourable reviews. What closed the deal for me, was the combination of the high end specs and material, and the appealing price tag.

If you compare the Sirui N2204 to the Feisol 3441T, the Sirui is almost as tall, is shorter when folded, and supports a heavier load. It is a bit heavier, but sports a few nice features that the Feisol doesn't have, like the monopod option. You can se an unboxing video here: https://www.youtube.co​m/watch?v=ZOevriaMTxQ (external link)




  
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