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    Hi all,

    Can someone recommend me a not so expensive, light, and steady tripod?

    Something that I can carry around easily.

    The tripod need to be able to support the weight of D50 with kit lens or 50mm or 55-200mm VR and SB600. Thanks in advance.

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    any tripod can tahan that weight.

    190prob with a 488 head will set u back $300++, i find this setup very light, total weight about 2kg++, i go around sg with that setup for about 5hours also dun feel much.
    Last edited by ihub88; 15th May 2007 at 04:57 PM.

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    I currently have Manfrotto 190PROB and 486RC2. Thinking of selling it because feeling it's a bit too heavy for me...

    Quote Originally Posted by ihub88 View Post
    any tripod can tahan that weight.

    190prob with a 488 head will set u back $300++, i find this setup very light, total weight about 2kg++, i go around sg with that setup for about 5hours also dun feel much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kevyan View Post
    I currently have Manfrotto 190PROB and 486RC2. Thinking of selling it because feeling it's a bit too heavy for me...
    light tripod dun come cheap

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    Have you considered carrying a monopod instead?

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    you should be looking at carbon fibre tripod about 1kg max, with ballhead around 1.2kg thereabout for lightweight travelling. But usually most can't take more than 4kg. Depending on your setup, I find it sufficient for travel shooting. Btw I'm using Gitz G1058, but I think recently I saw the Benro offering similar spec for way less money. You can consider that. Look at the mass consumer subsection

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    u may look at Benro, i bought one from MS color at 155, it comes with a good bag, a manual and a toolkit. It is light weight ! i end up bringing it along nowadays..

    Last edited by raincool2005; 15th May 2007 at 05:58 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kevyan View Post
    I currently have Manfrotto 190PROB and 486RC2. Thinking of selling it because feeling it's a bit too heavy for me...
    you can consider cheaper and lighter setup from feisol, PPCP or giottos. but certain things are not to be seen from the specs. you wouldn't know unless you used it frequently to know how smooth and steady it is, or unless you open it up to see for yourself.

    i prefer my manfrotto for its quick release, but uses gitzo (<0.8kg) for quick urban travel. however both of them are expensive, esp with recent price-rising from manfrotto (due to cathay?).

    also dun judge by weight load alone, becos some manufacturer have over-estimations. go by the degree of off-axis length and get heavier tripod for that.

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    I use a Manfrotto 718B. Doesn't weigh too much and does the job well.
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    Honestly speaking, do you all feel Manfrotto 190PROB and 486RC2 are heavy?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kevyan View Post
    Honestly speaking, do you all feel Manfrotto 190PROB and 486RC2 are heavy?
    yes to me... im too used to my 330dx.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kevyan View Post
    Honestly speaking, do you all feel Manfrotto 190PROB and 486RC2 are heavy?
    depends on the kind of activities, and the build of the person.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kevyan View Post
    Honestly speaking, do you all feel Manfrotto 190PROB and 486RC2 are heavy?
    everything add together less then 10kg will be fine IMHO

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    Huh? Are you kidding me? The difference between 190PROB and 330DX is just 400g leh....

    Quote Originally Posted by ExplorerZ View Post
    yes to me... im too used to my 330dx.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kevyan View Post
    Honestly speaking, do you all feel Manfrotto 190PROB and 486RC2 are heavy?
    depending on the person.
    But if you ask me, I would say it's quite heavy. Like my Slik500DX which was my first tripod(about 2.5kg), now it's sitting at home most of the time eversince I got my gitzo cf. Will be looking to sell it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kevyan View Post
    Huh? Are you kidding me? The difference between 190PROB and 330DX is just 400g leh....
    guess you have not hold them side by side before... the weight different is

    Im not saying 190prob + 486 is heavy, but once you tried 330dx and probably a 486 head, you wun feel like carrying the 190 combo...

    and btw 190prob is rated 1.9kg without head, while slik 330dx is rated 1.6kg with the default pan-tilt head. so there different altogether is close to a kg...
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    heavy tripod is good. take steady photos and when not doing that, build up ur muscles..no need to go to gym lah!
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    Quote Originally Posted by sambition View Post
    heavy tripod is good. take steady photos and when not doing that, build up ur muscles..no need to go to gym lah!
    ya... but you will be swearing whole day if going on a whole day walking trip.

    imho, 330dx is the best balance between stability and weight for my current setup.

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    I missed out the part about with/without head weight... you are right...

    Any idea how much is 330DX? And where can I get them?

    Quote Originally Posted by ExplorerZ View Post
    guess you have not hold them side by side before... the weight different is

    Im not saying 190prob + 486 is heavy, but once you tried 330dx and probably a 486 head, you wun feel like carrying the 190 combo...

    and btw 190prob is rated 1.9kg without head, while slik 330dx is rated 1.6kg with the default pan-tilt head. so there different altogether is close to a kg...
    Quote Originally Posted by ExplorerZ View Post
    ya... but you will be swearing whole day if going on a whole day walking trip.

    imho, 330dx is the best balance between stability and weight for my current setup.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kevyan View Post
    I missed out the part about with/without head weight... you are right...

    Any idea how much is 330DX? And where can I get them?
    search for tripod price list in this forum, best is go down shop and have a feel urself..

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