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Old Jan 29, 2010, 11:28 AM   #1
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Default Manfrotto 785B reviews?

Does anyone use this tripod? I've seen some reviews on it but they basically just show the unboxing and the features. I'm looking for someone who has actually used it. I like the way the head works but I question its durability. Does anyone have any input?

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Old Jan 30, 2010, 2:53 AM   #2
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If you damage the head there is no replacing it, you need a whole new tripod. It is very flimsy. And not very stable, there is allot of flex in the legs. Get a better tripod if you are in the market for one, cullmann nanomax or a slik in the same price range. I was looking at this in the store, and I though I broke the head when testing it. And the sales guy told me, that the head of the display has been broken couple times. It is just a price point tripod with a high end name. You can do allot better.
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Thats kind of what is was thinking. The head and locking mechanism seem pretty weak.

Is there anything else available with that type of head?

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Old Jan 30, 2010, 11:10 AM   #4
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not really, the ball head would be the closest. I would just get a regular pan head if you are looking for an inexpensive tripod. I have both a pan head and ball head for my cullmann magnesite tripod, and they do a fine job. The ball head is more compact. The pan head is more precise.
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Old Jan 30, 2010, 11:16 AM   #5
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If you are looking for a good >50 dollar tripod, the cullmann nanomax 220 is pretty nice. has a plastic head like the manfrotto, but is better made. If you want a better made tripod, you will need to move up in price to about 80-90 dollars. Then you will find the all metal heads.
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