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Should mention that a little WD40 frees up the twist locks on the Ultra Rexi; extend the legs, apply WD40 with a cloth then close legs so that it is transferred inside the leg sections. Works a treat and keeps damp out.
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Nice tip, will try that.
Thanks everyone for all your suggestions
Anyone used a Manfrotto befree tripod yet????
In the end I bought the oben tripod whilst in New York, ok not as stable as the 055 but I was happy with the results. This was a 2 minute exposure in blustery conditions.
Any other suggestions?
If you can find a convenient wall to place a folded jacket on you can do that, place the camera on the jacket and use delayed action to release the shutter.
Bear in mind if you buy a tripod in a shop in USA local taxes (rarely less than 10%) are added at the till, and on return to UK it is a crime not to go through customs and pay 20% VAT and any purchase tax. You can end up paying more than buying in UK.
When you book your ticket with many airlines it is possible to include a second case for a lot less than paying excess baggage. Prices have probably gone up since and I went to USA 5 years ago but this option cost only £25 extra in 2008.
There's a tax and duty free allowance isn't there ?
You can bring in other goods worth up to £390 without having to pay tax and/or duty.
You must make a declaration to customs when entering the UK from non-EU countries if:
you exceed your allowances
the goods are for commercial use - see link below for information on merchandise in baggage
you have 10,000 euros or more (or its equivalent) in cash
you think you may have banned or restricted goods
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