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Old May 18, 2003, 12:10 PM   #1
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Just bought this tripod. Seriously, this is one deep sh*** equipment if you want stability, it is very light and tall (if you like that), but stability is non existant... and it is impossible to get the camera to stay still on the mount, the slightest touch turns the camera while the mount stands still.

My advice, if you want stability, buy manfrotto or something like it.
If you want something very light and the ability to photograph from eye-level, the velbon can be useful.
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Old May 19, 2003, 2:59 PM   #2
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I agree, Manfrotto/Bogen products are not cheap, but still affordable.
You can also look in the carbon fiber line if the weight is important ?
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I agree, Manfrotto/Bogen products are not cheap, but still affordable.
You can also look in the carbon fiber line if the weight is important ?
I like my cheap and heavy Bogen, and love my Gitzo Explorer - which isn't light. The carbon fiber version of the Gitzo cost about $300 more.

Heavy is good in a tripod - it adds stability. Something like a cast iron frying pan - the best there is, but you don't want to haul it on a long hiking trip. Even with a light tripod, you will do well to add weight when shooting. That weight can be rocks, spare batteries, ... but the tripod has to be able to hold it. So having a light camera does not mean you will be happy with a flimsy tripod.
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Heavy is good in a tripod - it adds stability. Something like a cast iron frying pan
Yah, and, hum ... beside, it can also serve you in self defense in remote location, just in case :mrgreen:
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