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PostPosted: Tue Aug 25, 2009 3:31 pm 
G’day guys.

I’ve been taking photo’s forever, but never had a tripod. I’d more than love experienced advice :-) I’ll keep it simple and to the point as possible.

Situation:
Never owned tripod before. My life is pretty much travel. This time round, I’m currently paused for 8-9 months for work/cash, in the middle of a 3 year journey.
(Caribbean (2008) --> South America (2008) --> UK (2009 to work) --> Middle-East (2010) --> Africa (2010). I travel very poorly and very rough.

My Kit the Tripod will support:
Canon EOS 40D Body
Tamron 17 - 55mm Lens
Total Weight: 1256g (2.76lbs)

Tripod limitations:
- Needs to be really light, 1.3kg or under (2.9lbs). (MOST IMPORTANT).
(As it’ll be on my back for a year possibly, and I’ll be going for numerous 1 – 2 week long hikes in mountains with alot of other equip).

- Needs to fold up small
(needs to be concealed at times, fit under bus seats & elsewhere).

- I’m not sure about this one; I really wouldn’t like to spend over $150 USD! (I’m poor & saving remember)
(...is this possible?, what about some of the choices I found below)

Manfrotto
785b Modo Maxi w/ Ball head - $59
7303YB w/ Ballhead - $114
7322YB w/ Ballhead - $94

Velbon
Ultra Maxi-L w/ 3-way pan/tilt head - $129 (Thinking this could be a possible candidate??)
Ultra LUXi-L w/ 3-way Pan/Tilt head - $159

Slik
Sprint Pro II w/ 3-Way Panhead - $94
Sprint Pro II GM w/ Ballhead - $89

As you can see I'm kind of favouring that Velbon as it will support my kit, fold up nice and small and can extend to a reasonable height. (but then again, they all kind of do?) Are Velbon comparable to Slik & Manfrotto?

...or simply is $150 not enough, and I 'should' be splashing out on a carbon fibre. (keep in mind the weight).

Cheers,
Clint!


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I would go for the Manfrotto 7303YB w/ Ballhead :)

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I have the Velbon Ultra-Luxi and it performs really well - much stiffer than a light Manfrotto (I do have a number of larger Manfrottos, so I'm not biased against the brand) and I can have the legs extended in under 10 seconds.

Takes a Nikon D90 easily with 16-85.

Short but on the slightly heavier side.

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