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  • Patrick
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    Originally posted by Caz View Post
    Thank you both for your suggestions. I hadn't considered the bean/bead bag option! Since I take a lot of images of flowers, not sure whether that would be the option.

    The reason I'd gone for the kit option is that it included a quick release plate. True, the 190 doesn't appear to weigh a great deal more, but it's the fact that you then have to buy a head to go with it (which increases the weight) - and that's when I really get confused!
    The Bean Bag would be great for taking flowers, many pro natural history and serious amateurs use them.
    I have just bought one and was amazed how stable the camera and lens are, its very much easier and quicker to re-compose than a pan and tilt.

    Patrick

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  • Caz
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    Originally posted by STEPHEN
    Caz, with the camera and lens setup you mention, a cheap lightweight setup such as the ones you link to maybe just throwing your money away IMO

    Consider the Manfrotto 190B with a suitable ball head. Will last you for many years and its not too heavy.
    Originally posted by Patrick View Post
    I know its not what you are looking for but there are circumstances when a Bead Bag can do the job for you.
    True you need somewhere to give support and rest the bag, but some photography like wildlife it can be very stable but more flexible in use.
    I intend experimenting with one on a tripod without the pan & tilt Head which reduces the carrying weight considerably. Jacobs do a lightweight bean bag made from Wax Cloth, over priced but very good quality.

    Patrick
    Thank you both for your suggestions. I hadn't considered the bean/bead bag option! Since I take a lot of images of flowers, not sure whether that would be the option.

    The reason I'd gone for the kit option is that it included a quick release plate. True, the 190 doesn't appear to weigh a great deal more, but it's the fact that you then have to buy a head to go with it (which increases the weight) - and that's when I really get confused!

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  • Stephen
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    Also, as a lightweight option, the Joby Gorillapod is worth thinking about. I've just taken delivery of the compact digicam version this morning so I can use my G9 on it whilst away on holiday in a couple of weeks time.

    I've made a decision not to take my 1D and lenses this time, they are too big and heavy for use in Florida and I'm going to manage with the G9. Actually looking forward to using the G9 with the Gorillapod.

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  • Patrick
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    Originally posted by Stephen View Post
    Caz, with the camera and lens setup you mention, a cheap lightweight setup such as the ones you link to maybe just throwing your money away IMO

    Consider the Manfrotto 190B with a suitable ball head. Will last you for many years and its not too heavy.
    I know its not what you are looking for but there are circumstances when a Bead Bag can do the job for you.
    True you need somewhere to give support and rest the bag, but some photography like wildlife it can be very stable but more flexible in use.
    I intend experimenting with one on a tripod without the pan & tilt Head which reduces the carrying weight considerably. Jacobs do a lightweight bean bag made from Wax Cloth, over priced but very good quality.


    Patrick

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  • Stephen
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    Re: Tripod Recomendations

    Caz, with the camera and lens setup you mention, a cheap lightweight setup such as the ones you link to maybe just throwing your money away IMO

    Consider the Manfrotto 190B with a suitable ball head. Will last you for many years and its not too heavy.

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  • Caz
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    Hope you don't mind me re-opening this thread.....
    I need to get a new tripod since the Manfrotto monopod and cheapo tripod I borrow will shortly be leaving when I become newly single again...

    I got an email from 7dayshop this morning with the Manfrotto 785B on special offer: http://www.7dayshop.com/catalog/prod...ucts_id=104438

    However, having weighed my Canon 400d with the 300mm lens on, it exceeds the maximum weight... so have been having a quick search...

    Has anyone got any experience/recommendations/don't do it any cost for this one: http://www.purelygadgets.co.uk/showp...hp?prodid=7224

    I really don't want to carry a heavy tripod due to back problems, did treat myself to a new Tamrac daybag because the one that came with the camera was an over the shoulder job...

    Any suggestions appreciated for a good, lightweight tripod that doesn't cost the earth!
    Carol

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  • ash
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    Hi Ben ive read a few responses and agree that you would be better spending double and get a tripod that will last you a long time, I understand that you are into nature photography, well a tripod for 50 quid is not going to suit an slr with a big lens on.
    If its a ball head, which you need, always look at the weight it can handle, an slr with a big lens for wildlife is heavy, bear this in mind.
    I bought the manfrotto 190 xprob, for 80 quid, I then realised that for a suitable ball head from manfrotto was going to cost nearly the same again.
    After alot of research I came across a small company that actually manufacture there own stuff. Photoskill produce very substantial quality products at very reasonable prices.
    I purchased the ps4061 medium ball head, and I am very impressed with the build quality for the money, and will screw directly onto the manfrotto.
    Here is a link for you:
    http://stores.ebay.co.uk/photoskill

    hope this helps.
    cheers
    Ash.

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  • Pol
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    Originally posted by jojo View Post
    I hasten to add I don't use that wobbly centre thing - do ya think I'm some kind of amateur or what
    jo

    'course yer not some kind of amatcha!

    One of our sons once wound that wobbly thing right up and off. It was the same son who knackered Davids D700 Velbon video tripod thingee.

    They called me a "kit snob" when I got my Manfrotto but I didn't care - I just sat back and watched them argue over who had mucked up the D700 and who was gonna get the 'wobbly thing' back into the centre column of *David's* Velbon 750. Anybody who values their earholes doesn't go within 6ft of any of my kit.

    Pol

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  • jojo
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    Originally posted by jojo View Post
    (must admit don't like the wobbly wind-up centre column though)
    jo
    I hasten to add I don't use that wobbly centre thing - do ya think I'm some kind of amateur or what
    jo

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  • Pol
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    The Velbon 750N isn't too bad - just not really robust enough for rough terrain imho. David also has a Velbon Video tripod somewhere around the place but I never used that one. I think it is (or was) a D700 and I seem to recall one of our sons hammering it when he used to use it at College.

    The 750N has an integrated 3-way pan/tilt head and a split column so it can be a handy thing to have around the place for a low level macro and I've also used them for off-camera flash.

    It's certainly an acceptable tripod to have around the house and garden as well as on the street - though I'd still avoid using the centre column! I must admit I'd rather have the Manfrotto with me - if David's willing and able to carry it for me. He's a good lad and he's possibly lurking too so I have to say that).

    Pol

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  • ekkl
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    http://www.whatdigitalcamera.com/equ...ipod_11362.phphttp://www.morrisphoto.co.uk/Product...oryid~158.html

    If you want, I can post mine to you and you can have it for a week or so if you want to try before you buy just let me know if you want.

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  • Patrick
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    Originally posted by Pol View Post
    I never use that feature - I just raise the legs higher instead.

    A raised centre column just makes the set up top heavy and less stable imo, especially if there's a long lens attached.

    Pol

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  • Pol
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    Originally posted by jojo View Post
    Blimey Pol, I just bung me 30D on top and off I go! (must admit don't like the wobbly wind-up centre column though)
    jo
    I never use that feature - I just raise the legs higher instead.

    A raised centre column just makes the set up top heavy and less stable imo, especially if there's a long lens attached.

    Pol

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  • jojo
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    Blimey Pol, I just bung me 30D on top and off I go! (must admit don't like the wobbly wind-up centre column though)
    jo

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  • Ian
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    Originally posted by coupekid View Post
    ok, thanks for all the advice everyone.

    I cant believe that no one can recomend a tripod for under 80quid!

    The Manfrotto is a very nice tripod, but at 80 quid, plus the head, its a little out of my price range. I have been using a Velbon tripod, which is cheap and cheerful, and served me very well. However, one of the locking legs has now bitten the dust, which after so many years, I dont think is too much to complain about. So maybe, I will look at getting another of the same.

    Next time someone wants advice on a cheap car, I will recomend a Ferrari!

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