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    jimbro
    jimbro  137 forum posts Scotland
    20 Jan 2013 - 9:28 PM

    I already have a Hama mini traveller tripod and it's nice and lightweight for carrying but not the steadiest, especially on uneven surfaces
    Does anyone have experience of the Velbon DV-7000?
    I've read a few reviews and it gets a good review.
    I was thinking of the DV-7000 tripod legs and a 3 way head

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    mikehit
    mikehit  56320 forum posts United Kingdom9 Constructive Critique Points
    20 Jan 2013 - 10:20 PM

    What are you using it for? It wieghs over 3kg which I would not want to carry round..

    jimbro
    jimbro  137 forum posts Scotland
    20 Jan 2013 - 10:27 PM

    Landscape and wildlife which means a lot of walking
    Guess at 3kg, this one's not suitable

    KNS
    KNS  5106 forum posts United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
    21 Jan 2013 - 1:04 AM

    Very sturdy, nicely damped head - as one would expect with a video tripod - but heavy..... Love mine, but only use it at home - carbon fibre for walkabouts Smile

    jimbro
    jimbro  137 forum posts Scotland
    21 Jan 2013 - 10:22 AM

    Am I looking at this the wrong way?
    I already have the Hama Traveller Mini Pro Tripod with 3D Ball Head which weighs less than 1kg and can hold up to 10kg
    The Ephotozine review had lots of good things to say and the only -ve was it may be too short for some
    I'm only 5'9" so don't think that should be a problem.

    mikehit
    mikehit  56320 forum posts United Kingdom9 Constructive Critique Points
    21 Jan 2013 - 10:55 AM

    I'm confused - if you already own it surely you already know if it is a problem.



    Quote:
    not the steadiest, especially on uneven surfaces

    I don't understand this comment with 3 legs it should be quite stable on uneven surfaces.

    jimbro
    jimbro  137 forum posts Scotland
    21 Jan 2013 - 2:18 PM

    I really need to get out and try it properly.
    I've only had a look at it at home but I thought the legs looked flimsy(hopefully, I'm wrong) but I haven't had the chance to try it out in the real world

    I suppose I was getting caught up in what I call "gear envy" reading about all the Giottos, Gitzo and Manfrotto tripods but maybe mine is good enough if I give it the chance first

    We have a saying like this in fly fishing
    Sometimes, the flies catch more anglers than fishWink

    AlexandraSD
    21 Jan 2013 - 2:25 PM

    Not sure if this helps but what about the next model up? Hama traveller compact pro? It has a good working height, its higher than my manfrotto tripod thats for sure, and 4x lighter, probably has the same ball head as your model, i could be wrong.

    You say its a bit flimsy, your tripod, have you thought about tightening up the leg joints? Needs to be done now and then on quite a few tripods, specially on the one i mentioned above, when i got mine one of the legs flopped about really badly, fixed with an allan key, now firm and steady.

    jimbro
    jimbro  137 forum posts Scotland
    21 Jan 2013 - 2:33 PM

    Didn't know you could tighten them
    I'll have a look this evening

    mikehit
    mikehit  56320 forum posts United Kingdom9 Constructive Critique Points
    21 Jan 2013 - 2:41 PM

    I understand now: it is not so much the stability on rough ground as the strength of the legs. I see the tripod has 4-section legs - it is quite common for the last section to be quite thin and therefore unstable and given the price I am not surprised you are looking at getting something more solid. Some tripods have a hook that you can hang a bag from to give it more stability - does this one have that feature?
    If it is size you are worried about, then you could look at the Belbon Ultra Rexi-L or others in that range (there are some in the reviews section on this website). These collapse to 30cm or smaller and are light for tripods of their stability (though you need to add the cost of the head).

    jimbro
    jimbro  137 forum posts Scotland
    21 Jan 2013 - 3:59 PM

    That's it exactly, the bottom section is quite thin
    No hook on it but I'm not bad with a hammer,etc so it shouldn't be too difficult to add one
    Might give that a go and see how it works

    If not, I'll start looking

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