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Need a tripod, Benro A2970F or Vanguard 263AT

 
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Jan 19, 2014 18:29 |  #1

Really like that style of tripod for what I shoot and really enjoyed a friends Vanguard 264AT. But would prefer just a 3 section.

Any opinions on one over the other, or another suggestion?

I looked at a manfrotto 055xprob and really didn't like it much.

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Jan 20, 2014 07:52 |  #2

I've not seen or used a Vanguard tripod but I have a Benro A2970T which is a twist lock version of the 2970F. I like it a lot; hefty (4.7 lbs), very stable and great value for money. I don't particularly like flip locks but the Benro locks are huge and very sturdy and I'm sure they will last.


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Jan 20, 2014 09:33 |  #3

peter_n wrote in post #16620513 (external link)
I've not seen or used a Vanguard tripod but I have a Benro A2970T which is a twist lock version of the 2970F. I like it a lot; hefty (4.7 lbs), very stable and great value for money. I don't particularly like flip locks but the Benro locks are huge and very sturdy and I'm sure they will last.

Thanks for the input Peter. I went with the A2970F. I had really bad luck with the twist locks on my older manfrotto so I wanted to try the flips this time :)




  
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Jan 20, 2014 10:03 as a reply to  @ Scoobert's post |  #4

Just picked up the Vanguard 263AB 100 and love it. Looked long and hard at Manfrotto and others. I wanted full variation for macro etc. and it offers great flexibility and stability combined.
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Jan 20, 2014 10:57 |  #5

Scoobert wrote in post #16620729 (external link)
I went with the A2970F. I had really bad luck with the twist locks on my older manfrotto so I wanted to try the flips this time :)

I've always used twist locks and never had a problem. There's a reason why all the high-end tripods have twist locks - better stability. However, having seen and used Benro flip locks I've no doubt that they'll last a long time as they're really big and solid.


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Jan 20, 2014 11:21 |  #6

peter_n wrote in post #16620934 (external link)
I've always used twist locks and never had a problem. There's a reason why all the high-end tripods have twist locks - better stability. However, having seen and used Benro flip locks I've no doubt that they'll last a long time as they're really big and solid.

Thanks for the lesson, since I am pretty much just a beginner I had no idea the twist were on the high end stuff. Since I tend not to shop in that area :) I just remember all the problems I had with the manfrotto and the legs "drifting" down.
My order has not shipped so i was going to change it to the A2970t....Benro no longer has twist locks on their tripods, with exception of the travel versions.:confused:




  
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Jan 20, 2014 18:20 |  #7

Scoobert wrote in post #16620990 (external link)
My order has not shipped so i was going to change it to the A2970t....Benro no longer has twist locks on their tripods, with exception of the travel versions.:confused:

You can find the A2970f model in the states but the T model was available on ebay from a seller named DC-Stuffs. Came in from China. But I don't see it listed any longer. :confused:

However, I have the A2970f and recommend it highly. The flip locks work very well, never a problem.


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Jan 20, 2014 18:22 |  #8

jbrackjr wrote in post #16622106 (external link)
You can find the A2970f model in the states but the T model was available on ebay from a seller named DC-Stuffs. Came in from China. But I don't see it listed any longer. :confused:

However, I have the A2970f and recommend it highly. The flip locks work very well, never a problem.

Thank you for your input Jack, It's on its way to me now :cool:




  
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Jan 20, 2014 18:40 |  #9

Having just moved over to a Benro, I much prefer their twist locks over flip locks. The flip locks have too many points where they can come loose (had this problem with my Manfrottos) and slide loose; whereas the twist locks (at least on the Benros) are "integral" in how they connect together.

The previously mentioned DC-Stuffs, on Ebay, ships the models that the US distributor doesn't carry (primarily non-travel, twist lock models) and was very good to shop through.


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Jan 20, 2014 21:15 |  #10

I got my A2970T from Australia last March or April when they seemed to be disappearing, although I read more recently that Benro are still making them.

jbrackjr wrote in post #16622106 (external link)
However, I have the A2970f and recommend it highly. The flip locks work very well, never a problem.

+1. After using the Benro flip locks I can believe it!


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Jan 21, 2014 17:40 |  #11

I have an A2970T which I absolutely love. You can place it in all sorts of weird angles. I coupled it with a Fancier 6664H bullhead (40 bucks) and it's rock-solid.




  
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