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Old Nov 10, 2010, 6:47 AM   #11
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Choices are always difficult. I have a manfrotto 055 which is super heavy and solid. good for car based travel. but just today, i'm looking at bicycling with a 'pod and the manfrotto is out-of-the-question. my lighter/smaller tripod is a junker. so thanks for bringing this up. makes me think (and search/read).

This site has a lot of good ideas. Perhaps it'll help you decide. perhaps it'll make your decision tougher. They have some negative comments about the ball head included in the package mentioned. I don't know.
http://www.naviquan.com/pages/Gear
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Old Nov 10, 2010, 11:16 AM   #12
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if you find a light tripod with a hook you can hang your bag on it to make it more sturdy
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Has to be carbon? The aluminum equivalent is much cheaper and heavier by less than 1/2 lb. Same dual action ball head.

http://www.adorama.com/BEC0681TB00.html
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Has to be carbon? The aluminum equivalent is much cheaper and heavier by less than 1/2 lb. Same dual action ball head.

http://www.adorama.com/BEC0681TB00.html
Actually, I bought this one. But it's Carbon Fiber, no?
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Old Nov 10, 2010, 2:04 PM   #15
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that is a really good tripod better the manfrot
gitzo is another good brand as good as benro
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Choices are always difficult. I have a manfrotto 055 which is super heavy and solid. good for car based travel. but just today, i'm looking at bicycling with a 'pod and the manfrotto is out-of-the-question. my lighter/smaller tripod is a junker. so thanks for bringing this up. makes me think (and search/read).

This site has a lot of good ideas. Perhaps it'll help you decide. perhaps it'll make your decision tougher. They have some negative comments about the ball head included in the package mentioned. I don't know.
http://www.naviquan.com/pages/Gear
Hmmm.... thanks. I'm trying not to regret my decision but this site is helpful.
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Old Nov 10, 2010, 4:31 PM   #17
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Hmmm.... thanks. I'm trying not to regret my decision but this site is helpful.
yeah. i didn't read all of the reviews. looks like plenty of good info and opinion.
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Actually, I bought this one. But it's Carbon Fiber, no?
Sorry, I meant this one.
http://www.adorama.com/BEA0691TB00.html
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Old Nov 11, 2010, 5:53 PM   #19
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I was really surprised how much difference a half pound or less can make with tripods. When I was looking, weight and sturdiness were my two highest priorities. I looked at a basalt tripod that was rated the same as the CF tripod I bought. It wasn't THAT much heavier, but after playing with it for a while, I was surprised how much of a difference it made. A couple of miles into my first hike and I was really, really happy I hadn't compromised with a heavier tripod. With the amount of stuff I end up carrying on a hike, every ounce/gram counts.

There are also a technical reason why you might want to choose a CF tripod over an aluminum one - aluminum transmits vibration more than CF so it means being more careful and leisurely with your photography (which isn't a bad idea anyway). Personally I think the difference is small and wouldn't make any difference for me because I'm fairly slow and deliberate all the time, so any tripod would be steady by the time I push the remote.

Another reason to choose CF - aluminum feels colder when using it in below freezing temperatures.
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You are correct about the weight. My suggestion was to keep close to his $200 price tag per his initial post.

Cold? Record low in my area is somewhere in the high 50's, lol.
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