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    mdpontin  106016 forum posts Scotland
    10 Sep 2012 - 10:45 PM

    I've recently bought an Olympus OM-D E-M5 and a couple of lenses, and I'm enjoying - amongst other things - having a camera system which doesn't require a wagon train to transport everywhere. Wink (My other system consists of a Canon EOS 5D (Mk I), a Canon 24-70 f/2.8 L, and a Canon 70-200 f/4 L and a few sundries, not to mention an EOS 40D body and a Panasonic HD camcorder which I often end up leaving at home just to save weight).

    I have a Manfrotto 190 tripod, which although excellent is again a fairly unwieldy piece of kit to lug around, in my opinion.

    I'd like to get a smaller, lighter tripod to use with my Olympus system since I'm trying to get away from either turning myself into a pack horse or leaving my gear at home. I realise that there's a trade-off, namely that lighter/smaller tripods are inclined to be less stable, particularly when fully extended, but I'm sure a reasonable compromise can be found.

    I spotted a Manfrotto 732CY (carbon-fibre) in Jessops today, which looks to be around the size and weight that I'm looking for. I was wondering if anybody on ePHOTOzine has this tripod and could share their opinion of it? Also, I'd be interested in other recommendations too.


    Last Modified By mdpontin at 10 Sep 2012 - 10:46 PM
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    Caisiel  2 Wales
    10 Sep 2012 - 11:07 PM


    New to all this forum stuff but hope i can share a bit of experience, I have a big heavy manfrotto 055 xpro with head which I used to throw on my back when cycling, it's great for studio.....only, Then I got the expensive carbon one, but still large and cumbersome even with a bag (for me). I since got one or two of the larger gorrilapods, easy to carry, which work great with camera, grip and 70-200F2.8, (the focus model approx 80-100, would cater for your full kit range), it may not be what you are exactly looking for but really opens up your thoughts on taking a shot. you can plant them on a fence post pretty sturdilygorrilapod
    Hope this helps


    KevinEllison e2 Member 72507 forum postsKevinEllison vcard England
    11 Sep 2012 - 12:15 AM

    How about the Olympus OM-D thread, page 132, Paul Morgans choice of Hama traveller compact pro from Amazon - (not the "mini-pro" - thats a bit too skinny etc). I went for one, for travel lightness and it's quite impressive.. Nowhere near the cost of that manfrotto you mention.
    Sorry I can't copy/paste link etc.. Haven't figured it out on this playbook touch screen...!
    Or slightly more meaty, but very compact is the Velbon ultra rexi L that Pete reviewed on here..one of those lives in the boot of my car - love it..

    Paul Morgan
    Paul Morgan e2 Member 1315463 forum postsPaul Morgan vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
    11 Sep 2012 - 1:39 AM

    The Hama mini Pro and travel pro are pretty identical with regards to leg thickness, hight and stability.

    But the travel pro would be better for low level stuff as the legs splay right out, it has a quck release plate and spiked feet as well.

    I opted for the cheaper mini pro and use it with quite an expensive head I one on here, its actually a bargain for 17 Smile


    Last Modified By Paul Morgan at 11 Sep 2012 - 1:41 AM
    mdpontin  106016 forum posts Scotland
    11 Sep 2012 - 7:42 AM

    Thanks all. I'll check these links out as soon as I get a moment.

    Terry L
    Terry L e2 Member 10577 forum postsTerry L vcard England5 Constructive Critique Points
    11 Sep 2012 - 9:09 AM

    I can highly recommend the Velbon ultra Rexi L tripod http://www.ephotozine.com/article/velbon-ultra-rexi-l-tripod-review-16157

    mdpontin  106016 forum posts Scotland
    11 Sep 2012 - 3:05 PM

    The Velbon looks good, Terry. I'll have to find a local supplier and take a look at it "in the metal".

    I haven't got around to looking at the Hama ones yet. Gorillapod - a very versatile and useful piece of kit, but for landscapes, etc., I think a "normal" tripod would be necessary as well. There aren't always convenient trees, fences, etc. to wrap a gorillapod around!

    mikehit  56532 forum posts United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
    11 Sep 2012 - 3:33 PM

    I will second the Velbon - compared to my Manfrotto 190ProB, it collapses smaller, extends higher and is lighter than the carbon fibre version. This all means it wobbles less (and is more stable) when strapped onto the side of a backpack.
    The main advantage of the Manfrotto (for me) is that it has a column that switches horizontal for doing macro work.

    seahawk e2 Member 7565 forum postsseahawk vcard United Kingdom
    15 Sep 2012 - 11:24 AM

    Recommend the Velbon - I use one and can't fault it.

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