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Velbon DV-7000 tripod-opinions?

jimbro 5 37 Scotland
20 Jan 2013 9:28PM
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 8 8.0k 13 United Kingdom
20 Jan 2013 10:20PM
What are you using it for? It wieghs over 3kg which I would not want to carry round..
jimbro 5 37 Scotland
20 Jan 2013 10:27PM
Landscape and wildlife which means a lot of walking
Guess at 3kg, this one's not suitable
KNS 8 106 2 United Kingdom
21 Jan 2013 1:04AM
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 5 37 Scotland
21 Jan 2013 10:22AM
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 8 8.0k 13 United Kingdom
21 Jan 2013 10:55AM
I'm confused - if you already own it surely you already know if it is a problem.

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 5 37 Scotland
21 Jan 2013 2:18PM
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 6 759 United Kingdom
21 Jan 2013 2:25PM
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 5 37 Scotland
21 Jan 2013 2:33PM
Didn't know you could tighten them
I'll have a look this evening
mikehit 8 8.0k 13 United Kingdom
21 Jan 2013 2:41PM
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 5 37 Scotland
21 Jan 2013 3:59PM
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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