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    thanks zac.
    ok...
    so, if i want a whole tripod setup,

    i will need to get

    1)the legs, eg, gitzo
    2)RRS plate with screw lock instead of lever lock
    3)plates, eg L plate, lens plate.
    4)a ball head.

    anything else i missed out?

  2. #62

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    thanks zac.
    ok...
    so, if i want a whole tripod setup,

    i will need to get

    1)the legs, eg, gitzo
    2)RRS plate with screw lock instead of lever lock
    3)plates, eg L plate, lens plate.
    4)a ball head.

    anything else i missed out?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeanie View Post
    thanks zac.
    ok...
    so, if i want a whole tripod setup,

    i will need to get

    1)the legs, eg, gitzo
    2)RRS plate with screw lock instead of lever lock
    3)plates, eg L plate, lens plate.
    4)a ball head.

    anything else i missed out?
    alternative feet for difficult terrain...
    This is only for those who travel to difficult terrain...

    Mebbe a liquid level to get the perfect level tripod.
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  4. #64

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    Quote Originally Posted by tanjonhan View Post
    try GT0540, max height 142cm..10cm higher than the 0530 one...weights only 780grams and folds to 48cm.(GT0530 folds to about 53cm)

    Add it with a kangrinpoche NB-3a..total weight 1.13KG..its light..tripod can take 5kg..

    if you want light..with a reasonable height(if you are around 1.7m), this is a good choice..

    In my opinion, benro angel series, it folds down to a very short height, but it has like 5 sections..haha...
    You won't go wrong with Gitzo but they are expensive.. I can't afford the carbon fibre ones.

  5. #65

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    Quote Originally Posted by zac08 View Post
    alternative feet for difficult terrain...
    This is only for those who travel to difficult terrain...

    Mebbe a liquid level to get the perfect level tripod.
    a good plate comes with the liquid level mah.
    and my d3 has this 'digital level check' too IIRC.
    difficult terrain you think i will go?
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    Quote Originally Posted by lsisaxon View Post
    You won't go wrong with Gitzo but they are expensive.. I can't afford the carbon fibre ones.
    actually, the carbon ones aint that light compared to aluminium ones.i wonder why they always use that as selling point.my big gitzo is carbon lei...i dont find it light at all.

    you cant afford?
    dont make me spill your secret hor...

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeanie View Post
    actually, the carbon ones aint that light compared to aluminium ones.i wonder why they always use that as selling point.my big gitzo is carbon lei...i dont find it light at all.

    you cant afford?
    dont make me spill your secret hor...
    Okie, okie.. I cannot justify..... I'm using Benro CF.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeanie View Post
    goose, i dont understand your first para.sigh...i was looking through the website and seriously, i've no idea exactly WHAT i'm suppose to get.
    can someone help?
    Yeah, what zac08 said....

    Quote Originally Posted by jeanie View Post
    as for the L-plate, apparently, they fixed the problem already because in their website, they showed that the plate can be shifted to accomodate the cables..i dont think they mention it but i think that's why they designed the plate to be 'movable'.
    Hmm.. ok, I see now, they made a change to the bottom screw so that it can slide sideways.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeanie View Post
    you cant afford?
    dont make me spill your secret hor...
    I spilt it yesterday, but it was quickly replaced with a smilie....

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    Quote Originally Posted by gooseberry View Post
    I spilt it yesterday, but it was quickly replaced with a smilie....
    hahhaha.
    imagine i post here.
    no one would believe he cant afford the CF gitzo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeanie View Post
    actually, the carbon ones aint that light compared to aluminium ones.i wonder why they always use that as selling point.my big gitzo is carbon lei...i dont find it light at all.
    Hahaha, this is Marketing with the big letter M. Consumers are not always rational......

    Well, if you compare the entire setup with head and maybe, the tripod bag and the strap, the difference may not be that significant and you pay so much more.

    Now, the last time I use my M055 tripod was like almost a month ago, trying to shoot the moon.
    I love big car, big house, big lenses, but small apertures.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smallaperture View Post
    Hahaha, this is Marketing with the big letter M. Consumers are not always rational......

    Well, if you compare the entire setup with head and maybe, the tripod bag and the strap, the difference may not be that significant and you pay so much more.

    Now, the last time I use my M055 tripod was like almost a month ago, trying to shoot the moon.
    CF tripods should be lighter for the same class but the heads which are not CF are heavy also, so a CF tripod with a heavy head may feel unbalanced when you're carrying it, making it feel heavier.

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    Not all CF tripods are the made the same way nor weigh the same. The Gitzo 6X is the lightest because of the higher percentage of carbon. Other CF tripods have varying amount of composite material and because they are usually table rolled carbon tubes, have higher proportion of glue = heavier. Even Gitzo's Basalt models are quite similar to the Manfrotto carbon composite ones in terms of weight. The weight difference of the Gitzo 6X CF tripods is very noticeable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lsisaxon View Post
    Okie, okie.. I cannot justify..... I'm using Benro CF.
    Looking to get another set of legs, is Benro CF and head stable? Any things that I should be aware of? Thks
    Canon 30D, G11, 50 f1.8II, 10-22 f3.5-4.5, 24-70 f2.8L, 70-200 f2.8L IS, EX580II

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    Quote Originally Posted by zac08 View Post
    Mebbe a liquid level to get the perfect level tripod.
    get leveling base...

    Quote Originally Posted by jeanie View Post
    actually, the carbon ones aint that light compared to aluminium ones.i wonder why they always use that as selling point.my big gitzo is carbon lei...i dont find it light at all.
    other than weight (it should be lighter...), carbon fibre is also stiffer than aluminium so there is less vibration and flexing, thus should make it more stable...

    Quote Originally Posted by airfins View Post
    Looking to get another set of legs, is Benro CF and head stable? Any things that I should be aware of? Thks
    My M158n6 CF Benro tripod has served me well for just under 2 yrs now... reasonably light, yet stable with a D200, SB800 and 70-200 mounted...

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    Quote Originally Posted by airfins View Post
    Looking to get another set of legs, is Benro CF and head stable? Any things that I should be aware of? Thks
    So far so good with my D70s setup. I never overload my tripods, so I don't foresee much problem if you don't overload the tripod also.

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    Recently used my 30D with 2X and the 70-200mm on my Manfrotto 190MF4 but the pictures on Mr birdy was not sharp at all.... suspect that the tripod is not stable enough for this setup, need to do more testing Saw the Benro on that outing, looks strong
    Canon 30D, G11, 50 f1.8II, 10-22 f3.5-4.5, 24-70 f2.8L, 70-200 f2.8L IS, EX580II

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    What about the new PPCP tripod, the Stetige? I don't think it's up to the standard of a Gitzo or Arca-Swiss, but maybe can it compete with benro and possibly manfrotto?

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    Quote Originally Posted by airfins View Post
    Recently used my 30D with 2X and the 70-200mm on my Manfrotto 190MF4 but the pictures on Mr birdy was not sharp at all.... suspect that the tripod is not stable enough for this setup, need to do more testing Saw the Benro on that outing, looks strong
    if instability is due to tripod, you might want try to weigh it down, say with your camera bag... that can help to stabilize the tripod...

    of course, non-sharpness might be due to other variables, like using the 2x extender will reduce sharpness of the setup...(does the Canon 70-200 need to switch off IS for tripod use? no experience here... for Nikon 70-200 VR its recommended if tripod and head is locked down...)

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