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Tripod guidance please

keith selmes 13 7.2k 1 United Kingdom
12 May 2013 9:52AM

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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Evertonian 4 729 England
12 May 2013 11:18AM

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 16 18.7k 6 England
12 May 2013 3:47PM
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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