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Aug 31, 2014 03:13 |  #1

hi interested to upgrade to a best for buck carbon fibre tripod and apologies if this has been done to death in the past - budget is $300 to $450 max

amateur - so not interested in the super doper mega dollar ones just looking for a no frills good solid CF unit to handle a 7D and my 100 - 400 lens often with the E111x 1.4 fitted and the tamron 150 - 600 from time to time ( and don't really use a tripod all that often ) - do have Sirui K30x BH that I use on the current verbon alloy unit and happy with that BH

any suggestion by some that have one of the no frills CF units and use it with a reasonably heavy lens, that is in or close to my budget range would be much appreciated - also cant really decide re 3 legs versus 4 legs so what are the advantages or disadvantages ??

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C:- 7D Mk11 ; 7Dc ; 600D & SX10 IS / L:- EFS 10-22 f3.5-4.5 USM ; 55-250 f4-5.6 IS 11; 18 -200 f3.5-5.6 IS ; & EF 16- 35 f4 L IS USM , 24-105 f4 L IS USM; 70-200 f4 L IS USM; 100-400 f4.5-5.6 L IS 1 USM (V1 and V11); + C 1.4 Ext Mk3 & Tam 150 - 600 f5-6.3 DI VC USD.

  
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Aug 31, 2014 06:48 |  #2

I bought a meFoto carbon Globetrotter that I really like. It gets down to a small size, and with the included carrying case, is a pretty small carrying size. It has 4 sections in the legs, and one can be unscrewed to make a monopod. Personally, I prefer the clip type locks on legs, this has the screw type. It's $370 and includes a ball head. I've found that head can't lock down very well with long lenses, so you may be using your current head.


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Aug 31, 2014 16:47 |  #3

Whilst the lenses you mention are quite light (or very light in my book) they are still long lenses so you really need a tripod with the same vibration damping qualities as the top models.
Having used one a few times I would consider the Feisol 3342 as the absolute minimum. Something a bit bigger would be better but more expensive!

http://www.feisol.net …od-ct3342-rapid-p-30.html (external link)

Alternatively have a look out for a good, used, Gitzo 3 series or similar.


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Aug 31, 2014 17:17 |  #4

i sear buy the induro CF and own the smaller CT014 one,this or the gitzo 3 series will never fail you.


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Aug 31, 2014 17:41 as a reply to  @ blanex1's post |  #5

I think the Manfrotto's are great tripods for the money. Check out the 055 CX3. They have a $100 instant savings on them right now which puts it under $300.


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Aug 31, 2014 17:55 |  #6

Look at Benro and Sirui. Ive had my Benro CF tripod for 2 years now and its perfect. Gets the job done, super light and stable.


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Aug 31, 2014 18:16 as a reply to  @ Tony_Stark's post |  #7

MeFotos are parented with Benro. I got a Benro video head for my meFoto tripod and see that they keep the same graphics and everything. My impressions of the MeFoto tripod (and therefore Benro as well), is that the carbon fiber does make it very stable....it's designed to be strong yet light and portable.


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Aug 31, 2014 19:05 |  #8

I bought a Siriu T2204x with a K-20x ballhead about a month ago. $369 for the pair. Folds up small and is lightweight. My only real gripe is the unextended height is a bit short for me, but that's the tradeoff for a shorter folded length. Makes it convenient to carry. Can't really complain for the price.


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Aug 31, 2014 20:01 |  #9

Another vote for Sirui, I just brought the T-2205x myself, haven't very tried it with heavy lens yet. And have you look at dpreview site yet? www.dpreview.com/artic​les/5352974021/travel-tripods-5-carbon-fiber-kits-reviewed (external link)




  
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Aug 31, 2014 21:24 |  #10

3 Legged Thing?


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Sep 01, 2014 00:09 |  #11

I have a Manfrotto 190CXPRO4 which I'm quite happy with. It's very light and sturdy enough to hold a 5D and 300mm f/4L IS. It's $245.25 on B & H right now, which is probably $50.00 less than I paid for it 5 years ago. Mind you, that's sticks only; no head. It met my requirements when I bought it: light, and it folds up very small. It could be a touch taller extended, but that's a minor issue which bugs me only rarely. My only real complaint is the ball head I bought to mate with it: it's a heavy little bugger. If I'd spent a bit more on the head and got a lighter model, this tripod setup would be a dream come true. I'm not too upset about it. This tripod will probably out-last me, so there's plenty of time for me to get a lighter head.

Which brings me to another point: buy the tripod you really want. Don't cheap out. There's no use in buying one that you'll have to replace in a few years. A good tripod can be a lifetime purchase, if you treat your tripod well. The problem, of course, is that sometimes one tripod cannot do every job equally well. My Manfrotto is an excellent travel tripod, but possibly something else might be better for in the studio. In the studio I'd probably want something a little taller and heavier. Out in the field, well, it weighs 3.65 lbs and has a minimum height of less than 20". I worry about it, though, with the 300mm f/4L IS mounted in a stiff breeze. You have to decide what you really need in a tripod and find the best one you can within your budget.

PS. The best course of action is for you to go down to your local camera shop to see these tripods and heads in person. Like so many things, the right one will just feel right.



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Sep 01, 2014 01:22 |  #12

Remember to look at only 3 legged options. Manfroto and Gitzo rock.




  
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Sep 01, 2014 03:55 |  #13

thanks for the input all - looking hard at a manfrotto 055 its just a bit over budget - like the flip open legs locks type and 3 legs it will be - not too keen on the centre extension though but if get a highish one then the centre leg wont extend very much so more stable that way - plenty of good suggestion in the replies so thank you once again
cheer rob


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Sep 01, 2014 08:26 |  #14

My Sirui is a beast. It costs money in the short term, but pays in the long run.




  
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Sep 01, 2014 15:35 as a reply to  @ RGNY's post |  #15

Here's my take, FWIW.

I like Benro tripods a lot. I know there are now several chinese tripods that compare with these such as Sirui, Induro, Feisol, etc. These are the brands I'd be looking at, though Induro are overpriced. I also suggest collet leg clamps vs flip locks. Collets make for a stiffer joint and don't get snagged on things.

My current go to everyday tripod is a Benro C2580 with a Markins Q3 ballhead attached. Damn good setup.

Regarding Manfrotto tripods. They're pretty good, not great. Not real stiff for their weight, IMO, and I've had lever lock hardware failures twice in maybe 10 years. I still have a Manfrotto 055 MF4 that has been relegated to use with a spotting scope only, with a video head. Never had a collet fail on Gitzo or Benro.

Regarding the heads available from these chinese companies, I can't say much as I haven't kept up there. I did have a Benro ballhead from maybe 8 years ago and it was pretty mediocre, for what that's worth.

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To the OP: The title of your thread is Carbon Fiber-Best for Buck……

That would not be a carbon 055 Manfrotto. I have one and it's not it.




  
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