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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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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.
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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