I am looking to upgrade my budget tripod which also has an incorrect size release plate... I've got around 300USD and is looking for something to last me for a while. I'll most probably will be carrying it out for walks rather than drive. I've got a modest range of kits D70 and an assortment of medium size lenses and a cheap/light 70-300 as telephoto...
I m looking to upgrade to maybe a D300/700 range body in about a year and possible gun for the 70-200 VR 2.8 too...
The tripod i've narrowed down is
1)Slik Pro 814 II CF (ard 280USD for just the legs and maybe a triopo ball head for 80 USD) = over budget.. (rated at 5.5kgs)
http://cgi.ebay.com/Pro-Ball-head-B-2-f ... 3ca4e4d712
2) Triopo CF legs GX1228 similar to Gitzo?? 155 USD for legs (rated at 10kgs)
http://cgi.ebay.com/Photography-Tripod- ... 3ca25d00e4
3) Jusino TV-254C - a CF leg tripod with a ball head, only 145 USD for the lot (rated at 8 kilos)
http://cgi.ebay.com/Pro-Photography-TV- ... 4ce9832907
Just wondering if anyone has tried out the other brands other than the slik? Being chinese brands i m just a bit worried about the quality, although their specs say they can handle much heavier loads than the near 300USD slik..Or maybe i shud look for a better ball head? The chinese brands seems to be the Cheapest CF legs i've seen...