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Same weight and size as the Velbon, doesn't pack down as tight and 3 times more expensive
But the detachable monopod looks good...
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My god the price of some of these i could have a holiday for, sorry guys just my thoughts but nice kit.
Giottos Vitruvian VGR8255 & MH5310-630 yep they look goood but far too expensive for this trip - would mean I would have less travelling money.
see here might get at a good price
I`ve got the old version of this and it does its job, you can even fit your own head.
I use a Vanguard SBH100 on my Ultra Rexi - it's a bit heavy but the new version is supposed to be lighter and more secure. Otherwise I cannot fault the SBH100.
I use a Vanguard BBH-200 head on my little Hama thanks to an ephotozine competition
I'll check out the Vanguard.
Just an update on my tripod choice for my 6 week journey down under - After reading Petes review of the Velbon Ultra Rexi L and the reccomendations of several people I went into Wex and had a look - had to say I was very impressed. My biggest worry was that it wouldn't be man enough to carry my D800, 24-70mm lens and Vangaurd SBH300 ball head, well my worries were unfounded. It is compact, Lighter than my everyday tripod and will fit into my suitcase for flights. It seems very well made and the twisty legs have certainly improved - by the end of my 6 weeks travelling I will probably have got used to them - actually they work really well and lock tight with no drift downward. The price is another added bonus - such good value for a really good quality tripod - so Im happy another thing I can tick off my list.
Thanks everyone for your suggestions.
Only 4 weeks to go now - YEHHHHHHHHH
You made a good choice, hope you get as good results with the Rexi as I do with mine. If the twist locks are a little sticky open the legs out and rub them down with some WD40 using a cloth (don't spray it on directly), then retract the legs. I found this did the trick. Repeat occasionally as necessary.
Have a good trip!
Been following this as I'm on the search myself for a "travel only" tripod to take on holidays, my everyday one is just to bulky.
The Velbon was on my list too but folded height with head was a little too much for me. Thought I'd post my other findings just in case anyone looking
Not well know but this Dutch manufacturer (Redget) makes a pretty good travel tripod.. currently top of my list
A newish model made by Benro: Mefoto Backpacker
Another not so well know make but very good quality by most accounts:
Obviously all of these are compromised in such as their lightweight and portability make them less sturdy than a heavyweight but I've read reviews on them all from full frame camera owners suggested they are capable of supporting them securely... long exposure photos in gale force winds obviously aren't going to work out too well though
My favourite is still the Gorillapod Focus. I've used that thing in places that categorically forbid normal tripods by attaching it to handrails/ church pews and the like, and never had an issue. Plus it weighs next to nothing. Pricey, but at least I know I can always use it.
Glad the Velbon Ultra Rexi worked well. I have one and think it's brilliant for travel, sturdiness, weight and compactness. It's also very quick to unlock twisting all leg sections at the same time. My only gripe with it is that the grooved plastic feet are a bit unkind to my city-dweller palms when I lock the sections but it's certainly the best compromise tripod I've ever used.
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