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21 Aug 2010 12:42 AM  

Hi Steve, I have to buy a new tripod has I had to leave mine in Thailand due to having too much luggage when I left to return to Australia. Also I wanted to upgrade to a larger one has this one only extended to 1.2m. These are the two that I was looking at, could you tell me which one would be better in your opinion?

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23 Aug 2010 04:53 AM  
Charles –

I wish I knew these models but I don’t. I can comment that ‘generally’ ballheads are superior for our uses than pan and tilt heads which were designed with video cameras, but a good pan&tilt head is better than a crappy ballhead.

What is your budget? That might be a better space to work from. Most of the time I only recommend two brands, Gitzo and Manafrotto. Gitzo’s are expensive and are for legs only.. about $500 USD for a set of legs and another $500 or so for a good ball head like the Acra-Swiss B1 or the RSS BH series. These are lifetime tripods. I’ve even backed my truck over mine (twice!) by accident, leaving the bag on the ground, and they’re fine.

Manafrotto, a decent one, isn’t ‘cheap’, but they’re the minimum that will work properly..

The issue with tripods..

• They need to work right and be used right or it’s not worth using one at all.

• Generally, the less expensive the tripod the more care needs to go into using them to make them effective. In other words, the more difficult they are to use properly, the more time needed to set them up, etc.

• Ballheads are better for most photography uses than any other, pan&tilt being the least useful and gimbels being superior for wildlife and moving sports/cars/objects.

• There are definite techniques which really help use these correctly. A tripod by itself can actually make things worse if not used correctly. Think ‘tuning fork effect’ and you’ll be close.


Have you considered a good monopod? They’re often available at a lower price point, for instance you can use a swivel attachment for $19 vs. a $500 head.. and they actually fit some uses better.

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24 Aug 2010 08:03 PM  

Steve, I've decided to buy this tripod for $90. I know it's not of the build quality of a Gitzo or a Manafrotto but I don't have a lot of money to spend and this tripod fits my budget at this time. A Monopod would be good, but I like taking long exposer photographs and monopods are not good for that.

Here are the Specs for this Tripod:
Mmagnesium alloy tripod,Pull-out button angling adjustment, ensuring single adjust of each leg
Typical regulating design of elevator, offering the different damping effect depends on the weight of your camera,Invertible center column, realizing your lowest angle shooting, Flip leg locking system, giving a more convenient leg handling,Ball head handle with secured clip.

Dimension:
1. Max operating height: 1500 mm
2. Min operating height: 0mm
3. Leg sections: 4 parts
4. Folded height: 550 mm
5. Max tube diameter: 23 mm
6. Panhead height : 105 mm
7. Net weight: 1515 g
8. Max. load capacity: 4 kg

Ball Head (with center column) :
Height: 410 mm.
Load capacity: 4 kg.
Tripod mount thread: 3/8"
Camera mount thread 1/4"
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25 Aug 2010 02:36 PM  
Charles, I tried to find what brand these are and look for some reviews or something solid to base an opinion on and I can't find a thing. What they look like, is one of the many Chinese imports you see on Ebay.

I'm afraid with tripods they must support the camera 'perfectly' of they're self-defeating. This means "close" in function means nothing at all. It's not like a lens where a less expensive model will still take images, but with a slightly less image quality.. When a tripod doesn't work well the problem actually gets worse. Vibration is that way.

So I don't know if these are good or not. I can tell you I've never seen or heard of a decent tripod in this price range.. but that doesn't mean there isn't one. There are many things I haven't seen.

I would encourage you to read Thom Hogan's Article. This used to be called "Tripod 101" when he originally wrote it in 2003, and has since circulated over the internet and had become the standard reference to point someone to when considering a tripod purchase. Recently he re-wrote it to reflect updates and improvements in products and knowledge.. and its really worth a read. http://www.bythom.com/support.htm

Cut&paste it (sorry, the reply boxes don't have an HTML editor to embed links)into your browser and give it a read. Ask if you have any questions.

If you buy one of these, do let us know how it works out for you.
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25 Aug 2010 03:11 PM  
Charles.  I was trying to add some features to the reply box.  Basic features like bold, italics, and underline. 

Will you give them a try and tell me how they work for you?
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25 Aug 2010 06:04 PM  

Steve I know that it is a budget tripod, but for me it's one of these or nothing. Has $100 was the max I could justify spending on this item. I have used similar ones in the past and they did the job for me, you just have to be more careful with them. Once I get it, I will give it a thorough testing and post the results here with accompanied photos of the photos I took with this tripod.

Ok, now to test this TXT Editor!
I enjoy reading this website and have found it to be very informative and I like the way it has been designed.
Some Lightroom & Photoshop Tutorials would be great, has these are the two most used programs by people like Me!

Have you though about replicating your article you publish on another website here?

This would be great has then we'd be able to have all the information at our fingertips without going somewhere else to read it.

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26 Aug 2010 04:09 AM  
Posted By Charles on 25 Aug 2010 06:04 PM

Have you though about replicating your article you publish on another website here?
This would be great has then we'd be able to have all the information at our fingertips without going somewhere else to read it.


It is all here.. in the Articles section.  All indexed and divided up into logical topics.. and we even provided a search engine to help make a more directed search.  Or did you mean something else?



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