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Oct 05, 2014 23:04 |  #1

I've begun the process of looking for a better tripod. I'm looking for something lightweight and sturdy. I primarily use a 7D and Canon 100-400 lens. I would like to get a carbon fiber tripod, but the big names are so expensive. Being an amateur, I can't really justify a Manfrotto or Gitzo CF tripod at this time. There are a few brands I came across tonight and I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions: Feisol, Sirui, Induro, and Slik (my current tripod is a heavy, aluminum Slik).

Specifically, these are three tripods that stood out to me:

http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …OD_CLASSIC_4_SE​CTION.html (external link)

http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …Section_Carbon_​Fiber.html (external link)

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

I know that last one is aluminum, but it's so light that I would consider purchasing it. Any suggestions are appreciated. Thank you for the help!


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Oct 05, 2014 23:28 |  #2

My concern for all three of these would be they are not very tall each in the neighborhood of 51+ inches high fully extended. How tall are you? Will you be leaning DOWN to look in the view finder?


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Oct 06, 2014 06:12 as a reply to  @ Inspeqtor's post |  #3

If you are going to be standing up when using the tripod the three that you mention are going to be too short. Consider spending another $100 and get something like the Sirui 3204 which has a maximum height of 58.3" without extending the center column.




  
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Oct 06, 2014 06:34 |  #4

Inspeqtor wrote in post #17196101 (external link)
My concern for all three of these would be they are not very tall each in the neighborhood of 51+ inches high fully extended. How tall are you? Will you be leaning DOWN to look in the view finder?

Personally I have never wanted a very tall tripod and have been very happy with having to bend my legs slightly!

I use a Manfrotto CF tripod and have been very happy with once I swopped its ballhead for something decent. But the OP seems to place even Manfrotto out of financial reach where I'd have thought it was very definitely in the "reasonable" end of the market.


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Oct 06, 2014 07:35 |  #5

I don't think you can use "budget" and "carbon fiber tripod" in the same sentence :lol:


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Oct 06, 2014 09:53 as a reply to  @ Edle's post |  #6

I use this one.

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

It's branded as a Mefoto Globetrotter in Carbon Fiber. Cost me $369 and works well with my D810 and a 24-120 or a 70-200 f/4. Rated to hold up to 26 lbs.


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Oct 06, 2014 11:41 |  #7

I use the feisol tripod that you linked to. It's a very strong and sturdy tripod. With the camera mounted on a ball head (I use a feisol ball head as well) the view finder is just about eye level for me and I am 5'4". It's a great tripod but it is made for uscahort people.




  
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Oct 06, 2014 12:48 |  #8

induro carbon fiber tripods are vary good and strong,i got there CT014 the smaller one for travel its hight will go to 5.5'' but it packs vary light,i'm vary happy with it price is just a little under 300.


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Oct 06, 2014 13:10 |  #9

If you can wait a bit, there are likely to be sales and/or rebates before the year is out.


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Oct 06, 2014 13:38 |  #10

I have been using this CF Sunpak for a few months now and have had no issues.

http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …ultra_pro_423_c​arbon.html (external link)

Actually, one of the legs loosened up on me but a quick tightening of one of the screws solved that quickly. Great budget tripod w/ a ball-head if that's what you're into :)


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Oct 06, 2014 17:50 |  #11

Just my 2p
I have wasted money on cheap inadequate tripods myself (Manfrotto 190 and Manfrotto 055 XB Pro) and don't want to see you doing the same. I would suggest that you get a good tripod that will perform properly and last a very long time.
The top brands like Gitzo and RRS prices look a bit scary to say the least! However, if you hunt about a bit they can be got at slightly more realistic prices. Also have a good long look at the secondhand market! A friend of mine picked up a near mint Gitzo G1327 and I got a good condition Gitzo G1329 Mk2 - we both paid 100 GBP (about $170 in your money)! Either of these tripods will easily cope with any lens that you may buy in the future - both are regularly used with Canon 600mm and 800mm lenses. It pays to be patient and look around.


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Oct 06, 2014 19:27 |  #12

I bought the Induro CT404, the design kind of looks like the newer Gitzos. Although I haven't had any experience with Gitzo or RRS, this tripod is built like a tank. There are smaller versions that would probably fit your budget and needs. Here's the link to the one I purchased.

http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …404_carbon_8x_t​ripod.html (external link)




  
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Oct 06, 2014 19:51 |  #13

3LT has some great budget tripods and more importantly one of the best customer services.

http://www.amazon.com …on-17-60lbs/dp/B006SRM3IG (external link)

Great tripod and head for under $500. (just the legs it's $380 I think)


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Oct 06, 2014 21:01 |  #14

Bearmann wrote in post #17197089 (external link)
If you can wait a bit, there are likely to be sales and/or rebates before the year is out.

I'm not in a huge rush, so I can wait for a little while. Is that something Manfrotto or Gitzo typically does later in the year?

Inspeqtor wrote in post #17196101 (external link)
My concern for all three of these would be they are not very tall each in the neighborhood of 51+ inches high fully extended. How tall are you? Will you be leaning DOWN to look in the view finder?

I'm about 5'10" and would rather not have to always lean down. I figure I'd rather get one that was tall enough where it wasn't necessary to lean down. I can always make it lower if I needed or wanted to.


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Oct 06, 2014 21:03 |  #15

johnf3f wrote in post #17197676 (external link)
Just my 2p
I have wasted money on cheap inadequate tripods myself (Manfrotto 190 and Manfrotto 055 XB Pro) and don't want to see you doing the same. I would suggest that you get a good tripod that will perform properly and last a very long time.
The top brands like Gitzo and RRS prices look a bit scary to say the least! However, if you hunt about a bit they can be got at slightly more realistic prices. Also have a good long look at the secondhand market! A friend of mine picked up a near mint Gitzo G1327 and I got a good condition Gitzo G1329 Mk2 - we both paid 100 GBP (about $170 in your money)! Either of these tripods will easily cope with any lens that you may buy in the future - both are regularly used with Canon 600mm and 800mm lenses. It pays to be patient and look around.

I have been, and will continue to, browse the used market. I haven't found much these days, but I know that different times and seasons the used market seems to have more options. I appreciate the feedback. I would obviously prefer a top brand like Manfrotto or Gitzo. I'm not wild about Manfrotto's aluminum options (like the 190 and 055). They just seem too heavy for me.


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