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Feb 04, 2014 20:46 |  #31

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Is there any way you could get to a store to try out the different tripods in person? That is the best way to choose, IMO, because then you can really get a feel for each tripod and how it operates as opposed to reading opinions and looking at pictures online.

What I dislike most about the 1 series Benro is not the legs, but the B0 head. If you are set on the 1 series, try find the legs without the head, then pair them with a head of your liking. The B0 really is a horrid little thing (again, IMO).

My tripod setup weighs about the same as the C2680, I believe, and I use it all the time for hiking, I don't think a slightly lighter tripod would make much difference.

If you get the 2680 from Peter's link, it only costs about $20-30 more than the 1 series you were looking at, which I consider a great deal given the difference in stability and the ballhead included in the package.

I'm not trying to push the 2 series on you btw, it is just from my experience trying out Benro tripods, that I wouldn't want anything less than the 2 series for a DSLR :)

I know that the b0 isn't a great ball head but I figure it is better than the boo that I was going to get, and I see the 1 series for 300 bucks and the one peter linked as 360, so if there is somewhere that you can find it for 320 I might give it a try. as far as the weight goes the 3.1 lbs that the 1 series is is already .6 lbs over the max I wanted to carry and the one peter linked would be 1.1 lbs over the target weight. I would love the 2 series just for the leg diameters but I just don't think I would carry it as often (as it is the 1 series will prolly stay home more than the tiny sirui I linked to begin with. I know that I will probably have to replace the b0 head at some point, but it should work for a little while. What I would really like to have is this.

http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …CT_3442_Rapid_T​ripod.html (external link)

http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …_33NS_Ball_Head​_Gold.html (external link)

but that is 170 bucks over budget (wish I could swing it) so for now I will go with somethign cheaper and replace the head first then get new legs (pretty sure I can smooth it over better with the girlfriend if I buy it seperatly and she doesn't catch that it will be an almost 600 buck triopd lol.


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Feb 04, 2014 20:48 |  #32

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+1. Where you live would be what, a 7-8 hour drive to somewhere like Billings? A long way but I do agree with Tom's advice. I live in a big city and make sure I can see and use a tripod before I buy one.

Yah I would love to try them out first but the only place around here (withen 200 miles) that sells tripods that I know of only sells manfroto. Billings is like 9 hours but Spokane washington is only 4 or so hours away and much bigger. but for the extra it would cost to get to spokane and back would cover the difference between what I can afford and the feisol kit I want.


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Feb 04, 2014 20:51 |  #33

ohh and I don't really plan on using the monopod, I just like the trans-functional because it is a little taller with the column down. but I guess it would be nice to have the option. (and it is also good advertisement for resale when the time comes.


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Feb 04, 2014 21:10 |  #34

mine1 wrote in post #16664259 (external link)
What I would really like to have is this.

http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …CT_3442_Rapid_T​ripod.html (external link)

http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …_33NS_Ball_Head​_Gold.html (external link)

but that is 170 bucks over budget (wish I could swing it) so for now I will go with somethign cheaper and replace the head first then get new legs (pretty sure I can smooth it over better with the girlfriend if I buy it seperatly and she doesn't catch that it will be an almost 600 buck triopd lol.

Just one thing to say about that. My 3441T (same legs as the 3442, which I have the parts to transform it into), is absolutely perfect for me, and worth every penny :)


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Feb 04, 2014 22:01 |  #35

yah that was supposed to say 270 bucks more not 170.


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Feb 05, 2014 06:23 |  #36

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... but for the extra it would cost to get to spokane and back would cover the difference between what I can afford and the feisol kit I want.

So why not eat beans for dinner for a few days and get the Feisol kit you want? Then you won't have to go through all this aggravation to get something that you don't really want? :confused:


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Feb 05, 2014 09:19 |  #37

well at almost 2x the cost the financial adviser would not let it happen:)


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Feb 05, 2014 14:33 |  #38

You can eat the beans on your own and the financial adviser won't know how much you're salting away by doing that... My better half has no clue how I spend my money and doesn't care, and vice versa.


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Feb 05, 2014 14:45 |  #39

well I am a student (means I am eating beans already) and it would take me many months to save another 260 bucks lol


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Feb 05, 2014 15:16 |  #40

True enough, I ate plenty of baked beans when I was a student too. You might want to look at used tripods; if you know what you're doing you can do really well. You seem to have done your own research so look on this forum and also on the FM (Fred Miranda) forum. You might find something you like.


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Feb 05, 2014 15:24 |  #41

thanks I will check out the fredmiranda forum. I check this one all the time but pretty much never see any pods for sale, and when I do it is a 800 buck gitzo.


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Feb 05, 2014 17:23 |  #42

Man that fred miranda buy/sell forum gets more business than this one does lol. 15 pages in and only a few days back.


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Feb 21, 2014 23:59 |  #43

well been looking for something used that is better than the 1681, but I am just not finding anything , seems the only tripods that people sell are either ancient manfrottos or gigantic gitzo's.


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Feb 22, 2014 12:52 as a reply to  @ mine1's post |  #44

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Feb 22, 2014 18:38 |  #45
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Not good form for a representative of a retailer to be bringing up prices from other sources. Stick to helping with customer issues rather than sales.




  
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