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EJWilkins 
Tripods - which one is yours?
19 May 2007 at 00:52 GMT
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If you have a tripod which one is it, and why did you choose it?
David from the Hebrides 
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19 May 2007 at 14:43 GMT
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I have a very, very sturdy one from Cullmann which has a wonderful feature whereby you can unclick the legs at the top and simply lift (or drop) the whole thing so easily- difficult to describe or imagine, but a joy to use! It also has a superb ball-and-socket head, which you purchase separately, that has a spirit level in, making getting your horizons straight easy.
However, I never use it for 90% of my work, because it is so cumbersome!!
If you are looking to buy a tripod, and intend going cross-country, look at the weight very carefully! Also, check out their minimum and maximum height range they will reach to- sometimes they are quite limited!
Quite a few use a monopod (ask Tadpole Paul) but they have a drawback where it is difficult, and sometimes impossible, to change from landscape format to portrait quickly.
 
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25 May 2007 at 15:44 GMT
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I have the Manfrotto 055pro. They are well made and very sturdy not too light but thats a good thing.
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26 May 2007 at 19:59 GMT
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In my experience, Manfrotto is the best brand for tripods. Their designs are very well thought out - little things like the catch for the quick release lever etc. On the downside, they do cost quite a bit, and are not light to carry.
pixelpixie 
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28 May 2007 at 13:44 GMT
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Like Andrew, I have a Manfrotto 055Pro. There are numerous heads you can buy to go with it and I chose a proball 308RC. I needed something sturdy enough for a medium format camera. This one allows you to use the central pole in a horizontal position as well as vertical which can be really useful.I have trapped my fingers numerous times in the levers that allow you to extend the legs and I find it heavy work to carry it on hikes but it's manageable. All said, is a very good tripod and I've never regretted the outlay and I've had it for many years now.

Because I found this tripod too heavy for me to take on long treks, a little while ago, I bought a Gitzo carbon fibre G1127 with a G1276M head. No good for medium format cameras but great for 35mm and great for those really long treks. I prefer its untwist and twist mechanism for extending the legs to the Manfrotto.

Manfrotto and Gitzo are the best but it's also very much about what you need your tripod for that will determine your choice. Gitzo is very expensive but I much prefer the way that tripod works to the Manfrotto. To date, I have used the Manfrotto much more because of my Mamiya but when I use the D100, it's the Gitzo every time.
 
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2 Jun 2007 at 19:09 GMT
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I have a Benbo Trekker which I bought used but as new. It comes in a canvas bag with shoulder straps and can be carried like a rucksack.

It is more versatile than a standard type tripod and is particularly good for macro photography at low levels.

Having said all that ,I am generally too lazy to carry it about and tend to use a Manfrotto 790B monopod
John Cartlidge 
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3 Jun 2007 at 18:03 GMT
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hi, I use a Benbo, great for low level shots as you can slay the legs right out.Have had this for many years and have had to replace the feet a couple of times but thats all.
John
EJWilkins 
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9 Jun 2007 at 00:42 GMT
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What about the other brands, Velbon, Giottos and so on?
paul 
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9 Jun 2007 at 20:31 GMT
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Going well down market here - I had a very tight budget (i.e.none really) and spent about 18 on Hama tripod off Amazon. I would love a better one but it does the job and is light to carry around (comes with a neat shoulder bag too). I hang the camera bag from the hook underneath to give it a bit more stability when it gets blowy. Bottom line is, better to have any tripod than none at all.

I have a useful monopod too that i take if out walking. It doubles as a walking pole and so doesn't feel like an extra bit of kit. It is a Cam Cane and I'm not sure how available they are these days. It has a round knob on the end which is comfortable to use as a walking stick and a rubber socket that screws onto the camera that sits on this. Very quick and easy to operate but only for landscape format shots. It doesn't handle a portrait format well at all
 
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Hi, I have a Giottos, cant remember the code, it's heavy but built like a tank,rock solid and has a built in compass so I can find my way home
 
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13 Aug 2010 at 20:39 GMT
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Hello,
I have a "Cam Cane"- do you know where I can find a site for this company, I would like to see what the rubber socket that fits on the the top of it looks like and if they are available, my cane does not have one.
Thank you.


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