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    hey guys, any tripod to recommend?

    Looking for:
    tripod leg able to go all the way flat to allow v. low shots
    ball head
    black color
    total weight <2.5kg
    max capacity at least 3.5kg

    budget: <$200

    Thanks

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    the old manfrotto 190prob and 486rc2... but that will burst ur budget slightly.

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    how much will it be?

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    I have a 141 RC manfrotto head to let go. Aint sure how much it can fetch now. Its a quick release plate.

    http://www.pbase.com/sjackson/image/40510183

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    Quote Originally Posted by wdEvA View Post
    how much will it be?
    around 250 to 270, Brand new (depending on where you get it from)

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    Quote Originally Posted by FilterFunk View Post
    around 250 to 270, Brand new (depending on where you get it from)
    what kind of material?

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    Quote Originally Posted by garou12 View Post
    what kind of material?
    alu..

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    personally i want to avoid alu tripods coz from experience they break too easily on me...how much does the cheapest carbon fiber ones cost these days?

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    Quote Originally Posted by garou12 View Post
    personally i want to avoid alu tripods coz from experience they break too easily on me...how much does the cheapest carbon fiber ones cost these days?
    so your experience comes from which tripod?

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    don't remember the brand but i've used a couple of them and they were either filmsy or unsteady because they kept tilting over even after i tightened them and set the composition...

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    Quote Originally Posted by garou12 View Post
    personally i want to avoid alu tripods coz from experience they break too easily on me...how much does the cheapest carbon fiber ones cost these days?
    unless you are talking about those $20-40 kind of aluminium i would be really impressed if you can break a $200-300 manfrotto/slik/benro/etc aluminium tripod under Normal usage..

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    Quote Originally Posted by FilterFunk View Post
    unless you are talking about those $20-40 kind of aluminium i would be really impressed if you can break a $200-300 manfrotto/slik/benro/etc aluminium tripod under Normal usage..
    erm... yeah. unless TS happened to load the latest sigma big mama...

    anyway, the latest manfrotto 190XB tripod looks good. manfrotto re-designed the centre column. now, u dun need to remove the entire column just to lower ur tripod to the ground. they have a very clever, IMO, locking mechanism for the column now. check it out at the usual reputable dealers ard peninsular/city hall area!

    http://www.manfrotto.com/Jahia/site/...d=68|69&idx=71
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    They prob were that cheapo kind wouldn't surprise me. How much does the one you recommended run for?

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    Quote Originally Posted by garou12 View Post
    personally i want to avoid alu tripods coz from experience they break too easily on me...how much does the cheapest carbon fiber ones cost these days?
    Woah. How did ya did it?

    I have three sets of alu. Manfrotto tri & monopods who have travelled offshore, highlands or overseas wif me. Still in good pristine condition so I still cant find any valid excuse besides weight to convert them to carbon.

    Care to advice?

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    Quote Originally Posted by garou12 View Post
    They prob were that cheapo kind wouldn't surprise me. How much does the one you recommended run for?
    FilterFunk has already given a good ballpark figure. just need to add another $50-$100 for a decent tripod head to go with it.

    if costs is a concern, get them in Buy/Sell. there are plenty of decent tripods on sale most of the time.
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    You mean you have to buy the head separately?! Sorry if i sound dumb but i've never shopped for tripods before...

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    Quote Originally Posted by garou12 View Post
    They prob were that cheapo kind wouldn't surprise me. How much does the one you recommended run for?
    then why generalise that all alu tripod break easily?

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    Quote Originally Posted by garou12 View Post
    They prob were that cheapo kind wouldn't surprise me. How much does the one you recommended run for?
    Quote Originally Posted by garou12 View Post
    You mean you have to buy the head separately?! Sorry if i sound dumb but i've never shopped for tripods before...
    Now I catch ya ball. Most of da Cheapo alum. tripods have their heads mounted on da centre column and they r usually not mobile. So many a times when tightening da head cause da setup focus off. It's worth it to spend within ya limits for a good setup.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ExplorerZ View Post
    then why generalise that all alu tripod break easily?
    coz i was told that alu tend to be more fragile...but now i know better thanks you

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    hope that helps in your selection of your desired tripod that is within your budget!

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