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Thread started 31 Jan 2012 (Tuesday) 13:59
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Dolica ZX600B103 carbon fiber tripod and ball head for $99 @ Costco.com

 
Gandroid
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Jan 31, 2012 13:59 |  #1

Is this a good one?

Found it on SD:

http://slickdeals.net …ll-head-for-99-Costco-com (external link)
Costco link:

http://www.costco.com …partial&Nty=1&t​opnav=&s=1 (external link)


-guna :)

  
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Jan 31, 2012 14:09 |  #2

Not really enough info to answer - it entirely depends on what size/weight/balance of camera/scope/whatever you'll be mounting to it, or what height you need.

State your purpose and you'll get some informative answers.


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Feb 01, 2012 00:17 |  #3

thinking of some portraits and some night shots...all indoors.

I am going to jump on it...if it doesn't work costco has a great return policy :)


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Feb 01, 2012 08:11 |  #4

Let me know what you think of it. I am in search of a back-up travel tripod for jungle and beach work in Costa Rica. I want something that works well but if it gets stolen, broken or lost I'm not out much money.

Thanks,

Greg


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Feb 01, 2012 08:55 |  #5

GregBeaver wrote in post #13805742 (external link)
Let me know what you think of it. I am in search of a back-up travel tripod for jungle and beach work in Costa Rica. I want something that works well but if it gets stolen, broken or lost I'm not out much money.

Thanks,

Greg

I ordered one, Greg, for travel and off camera flash use. I'll let you all know about it's build quality and sturdiness


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gizmo17
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Feb 01, 2012 13:54 |  #6

I was also looking at that Dolica at Costco. I'm looking for a tripod that'll support my 60D and new 70-200mm mkII lens. Not sure what I would use it for aside from taking pics of the family, indoor and outdoor. I would probably take it with me for some outdoor landscape photos as well. I got a bit of sticker shock when I looked up the prices of other tripods people recommend (Manfrotto carbon fiber $700+!). I won't be using my cheapie $8 tripod anymore!


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Feb 01, 2012 16:40 |  #7

It is rated for 13lbs, so it should be enough for the camera and the lenses that you have now.


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Feb 01, 2012 17:35 |  #8

If I had a $2k+ lens the minimum Tripod I use is something like a Manfrotto 055XPROB Pro Tripod Legs with the Manfrotto 327RC2 Joystick Head with Quick Release. I have this setup and I use it alot with my Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG OS lens. You could try different, cheaper, 11lbs+ ball-head if you don't like trigger type or if you want to shave $50 - $60 off the top on a Manfrotto. I paid a bit under $330 for the set, new, and I couldn't be happier. The Costco one may hold up to "back-up" duty fine, maybe even hold it's own against tripods costing 3x as much.. but, I think it's mush more likely the it won't last long as a "big lens" mule.

I'm just curious why you would put a $2k lens on a $99 tripod? I'd guess, based on your lenses, you aren't in dire straights finacially... I would suggest that you don't skimp on your tripod... :)




  
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Jesse ­ Webb
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Feb 01, 2012 22:05 |  #9

I had the non-carbon version and it wasn't that sturdy for a 70-200L. I sold it and picked up a CF Travel Angel Benro rated for 26lbs. Shop around, I picked up the Benro new for about $250 on an eBay auction (it is the previous version of this one (external link)).

I would say this would be fine for a small setup but IMHO from owning the non-carbon version, it just isn't very sturdy (no surprise for the price). I recommend a pass if your using a larger setup like the 70-200L. 13lbs isn't much for a rating (reality is the ratings are a bit bogus...you want a lot of wiggle room if your using this outside of your home).


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gizmo17
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Feb 01, 2012 22:54 |  #10

Thanks for the advice, it makes sense. While I was able to afford the lens, I feel like spending so much on a tripod is kind of a waste. Guess I'll have to rethink this and hopefully find some good deals on tripods.


Canon 60D / Canon 50mm f1.4 / Sigma 17-50 f/2.8 OS / Canon 530ex ii
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Feb 02, 2012 18:14 |  #11

gizmo17 wrote in post #13810703 (external link)
Thanks for the advice, it makes sense. While I was able to afford the lens, I feel like spending so much on a tripod is kind of a waste. Guess I'll have to rethink this and hopefully find some good deals on tripods.


Its costco. get it and if you decide its not for you. take it back.!




  
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Thunderbutt
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Feb 02, 2012 20:30 |  #12

freddyttt wrote in post #13815282 (external link)
Its costco. get it and if you decide its not for you. take it back.!

That's my plan. ;)


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Feb 02, 2012 20:50 |  #13

I have a one that looks very similar, works fine. See no reason for me to spend more on a tripod right now, thus one serves my needs just fine. Here is a link to my review.

https://photography-on-the.net …/showthread.php​?t=1121180


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Feb 05, 2012 02:10 |  #14

More details in here: https://photography-on-the.net …/showthread.php​?t=1144054

Thinking if I should get one, but I really want a 16 inch.


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