Heaviest I've loaded on it is as follows:-
Arca Swiss C1 Cube - 1kg
Nikon D3 - 1.3kg
Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8 - 1kg
That's a total of 3.3kg and the tripod stood up pretty well. Pretty happy with it.
On the other hand, the 190 isn't something I would consider lightweight and compact and I pretty much prefer the Gitzo cloned G lock on the 2205X. Very few options out there that can beat the 2205X for the price.
I am currently using a Jusino AX-255C with a BT-02 head. It's slightly cheaper than the Sirui and it's basically the same! The tripod alone is only 1kg!! If you include the head it's just ender 1.3kg and has a removable leg as well.
I used to own a Manfrotto 190D with a 141RC 3-way head.... Man... that tripod is really heavy... it is a workhorse and has been with me over 10 years and is virtually indestructible... but it's the weight that is keeping it at home... so I've sold it ever since I got the Jusino... U can get the Jusino from EastGear near Lavender MRT... It's probably the best photographic accessory I've purchased for the last 5 years!
I look like a Carrot to the TK ppl cos of my office wear. HAHA gg to try out later
Last edited by rhino123; 26th January 2012 at 01:23 PM.
Try Uncle Philip.. He's the most friendly, soft-spoken sales person there (tall, lanky and sea specs).
I always go to him, and he is sooo frank, sometime, he'll flip the booklet (for the price they should sell with GST incl). and tell me very frankly - that's the Best price.
Please don't expect them to sell any lower than GST incl. prices, or even at the GST incl. price. They need to pay rent too.. So like $5 - $10 above is ok...
Save more, can try Gitzo + Markin. Then the only reason you'd need to change is cos you're feeling rich after receiving your bonus.. That combo worked well for me for 2yrs +. Still going strong... Cheers...
The DIFFERENCE is not in the "Cue", it is in the SKILLS...
As for tripod, I have used the 190 and it is not only heavy, it is not stable enough for me with a big lens. I think Sirui is a better choice as its design is closer to Gitzo, which are definitely steadier than its sister brand, Manfrotto. In the old days there is only pricey Gitzo if you want that stability, now there are so many brands like Sirui and Benro, so isn't the choice easy?
Yes I went Cathay Photo, and I got Carrot for the UV filter. NB I still buy my DSLR from them.
The tripod is 4 months, condition should be quite good, with warranty and receipt still inplaced. Bro/sis do you think it is a good deal.