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Feb 25, 2013 01:28 |  #1

Hiya's onto my next purchase,

I am looking to upgrade my Tripod, I have a cheapie Velbon 803 Sherpa atm. I have been looking lately at tripods and see one that gets recommended a lot is the Manfrotto 055XPROB which is an aluminium one, I am also looking at the Manfrotto 055CXPRO3 carbon fibre. I was leaning toward the carbon fibre as it will counter a bit of the head weight from the BH-55, someone also suggested the Benro Carbon fibre, but its not really to much lighter than the aluminium one and I can't find to much detail on them, however I won't really be doing much hiking or anything.

Keeping in mind I mainly shoot seascapes so sand and salt water will get into everything.

What are your suggestions?

Thanks
Dan


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Feb 25, 2013 02:35 |  #2

Sounds like you're looking for a Gitzo Ocean Traveler.




  
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Feb 25, 2013 08:10 |  #3

I'd agree with the above assessment, not a traveler though especially with your ballhead. Gitzo have an Ocean systematic range that would suit your application depending on the size and weight of your gear and your height. They are however seriously expensive. If you're good about doing maintenance, carbon fiber brands like Benro and Feisol are popular as well as the more expensive Gitzo and RRS models. Or you can just buy a solid but inexpensive aluminum tripod that you replace very couple of years.

As for the ballhead, the BH-55 is highly regarded but it's very heavy. Also maybe not the best design for your application? If you're dealing with sand and salt water all the time take a look at the Acratech heads, their open design means they can be washed under a tap after being used in extreme environments.

In general, also take a look at the tripod FAQ for ideas and reviews.


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Feb 25, 2013 15:52 |  #4

Captured Exposure wrote in post #15649033 (external link)
Hiya's onto my next purchase,

I am looking to upgrade my Tripod, I have a cheapie Velbon 803 Sherpa atm. I have been looking lately at tripods and see one that gets recommended a lot is the Manfrotto 055XPROB which is an aluminium one, I am also looking at the Manfrotto 055CXPRO3 carbon fibre. I was leaning toward the carbon fibre as it will counter a bit of the head weight from the BH-55, someone also suggested the Benro Carbon fibre, but its not really to much lighter than the aluminium one and I can't find to much detail on them, however I won't really be doing much hiking or anything.

Keeping in mind I mainly shoot seascapes so sand and salt water will get into everything.

What are your suggestions?

Thanks
Dan


I had the benro and gave it to my daughter - I found the screw adjustments for legs really annoying - takes a long longer than using the levers and they needed too many turns to secure the legs - many times I put it up and then suddenly the whole thing would slowly subside as one leg got smaller!
I had to tighten them so much, that after a few times, my hands really hurt.

A now getting the manfrotte 055cxpro3


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Feb 26, 2013 08:22 |  #5

Got to ask Dan - how much do you want to spend?




  
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Feb 26, 2013 10:12 |  #6

Yea really, whats the budget for this setup exactly? Thats very much a deciding factor for most.


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Feb 27, 2013 03:30 |  #7

rick_reno wrote in post #15653477 (external link)
Got to ask Dan - how much do you want to spend?

Hiyas, thanks for the responses, I was looking at around $350 or maybe stretching it to $400 Australian dollars and the Manfrotto I can get around that price. And I already have the BH-55 head to looking at other heads is sorta out.


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