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keith selmes
12 May 2013 - 9:52 AM

Quote: A good second hand Benbo Mk 1 may not be the easiest to use but for about 40 delivers as much support as 300-400 tripods.

Agreed, and once you get the hang of it it's not really difficult, and is really versatile.

Quote: I'm actually after a travel tripod if anyone's got any ideas????

I bought a Velbon Ultra Rexi L, which is very good. Difficult to find any better I would think. I'm using it with a Joby ball head from the larger Gorillapod. Very useful combination.

The Velbon is nowhere near as steady as the Benbo in a strong breeze, but it's a lot more portable.
The Benbo takes a lot more weight, e.g. a 5x7 Kodak Specialist, which the Velbon can't, but I don't go far with that sort of weight anyway. I have used the Velbon with an MPP 4x5 camera, so I don't envisage any problems with DSLR kit. (I won't be using a Canon 600/f4 !)

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12 May 2013 - 11:18 AM

Quote: ut I find that researching tripos is 10x harder than any other piece of equipment!

Yes pictures don't help you to know how sturdy they are. Best try to look at a few somewhere before buying. Carbon fibre for portability, strength and weight for general use. Look for a hook at the bottom of the colums so that weight can be added if required for added stability.

Paul Morgan
Paul Morgan e2 Member 1315347 forum postsPaul Morgan vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
12 May 2013 - 3:47 PM

Hama do a nice little travel tripod and its a gem of a bargain for its cheap price, I have the old version of this, it gets used a whole lot more than my other tripods.


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