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Old Mar 16, 2013, 3:13 PM   #11
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Agree here. I had to get a part for my Slik Tripod and I found a place that carries all the parts for it.
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The first thing to do is look at a tripod, then look up or call to see if you can get replacement parts if you break it or lose something.

If you can't fix it, don't get it. If you can't abuse it, you won't use it.
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Old Mar 16, 2013, 4:35 PM   #12
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now this thread has got me off shopping too.. I really need a tripod I can put in my suitcase. My suitcase is your standard Samsonite overhead bin sized carry on. It has 21" of space inside.

Carbon fiber is out of the budget, I'm considering these three brands

Slik Sprint Pro II
Benro A-150EXU
Manfrotto MKC3-H01
Manfrotto 7301YB
Manfrotto MK394 PQ

I'm leaning towards one of the first two as all the compact manfrottos don't seem to be so great.

Anyone recommend one over the other?
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Old Mar 16, 2013, 4:38 PM   #13
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I like my Slik U212 a lot. Very robust.
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I like my Slik U212 a lot. Very robust.
The u212 is nice but folds to 26-28" which is just too big for travel.
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James - did the 212 come with the quick release plate? and if so do you use it? and if so can you tell me whether or not it blocks the battery door when mounted on your e-pl2?

Ideally I'd like to keep the quick release plate on the camera all the time, if I can't swap the battery without taking it off then that won't work.
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It came with a device that screws into the tripod mount on the camera and then you set the camera on the mounting pad and clamp it tight onto the pad with a lever. So in essence, it is a quick release. You cannot get at the battery door on the U212, it has a large flat rubberized pad.
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James - did the 212 come with the quick release plate? and if so do you use it? and if so can you tell me whether or not it blocks the battery door when mounted on your e-pl2?

Ideally I'd like to keep the quick release plate on the camera all the time, if I can't swap the battery without taking it off then that won't work.
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It came with a device that screws into the tripod mount on the camera and then you set the camera on the mounting pad and clamp it tight onto the pad with a lever. So in essence, it is a quick release. You cannot get at the battery door on the U212, it has a large flat rubberized pad.
James, what I am asking is whether or not you can open the battery door with the "device that screws into the tripod mount on the camera" still attached to your camera, but no longer on the tripod.

I ask because I'd like to be able to leave that "device that screws into the tripod mount on the camera" on the camera and get a second receiving plate for my monopod so that I don't have to screw things on and off.
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I gotcha now. Yes, you can leave the device on the camera and open the battery door with no problem.
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thanks James, it sounds perfect!
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Well looks like i am the proud new owner of a slik sprint pro ii tripod.... $60 ebay
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