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    Quote Originally Posted by theRBK View Post
    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...)
    I have tried both with IS on and off, same result...should have tried weighting the tripod down with my bag. Could be due to the 2X too.
    Canon 30D, G11, 50 f1.8II, 10-22 f3.5-4.5, 24-70 f2.8L, 70-200 f2.8L IS, EX580II

  2. #82

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    Quote Originally Posted by airfins View Post
    I have tried both with IS on and off, same result...should have tried weighting the tripod down with my bag. Could be due to the 2X too.
    try it out before making an expensive purchase... as well some people would recommend applying downward pressure on the tripod and/or directly down onto the lens by pressing down with their body weight/arm strength to have additional stability... YMMV

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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

    I used the Benro for my birding previouly and i regreted becos the tripod "vibrates" when fully extended. That changes my view on tripod and my final choice is on Gitzo GT3530LSV which till now had not failed me.

    Just for info.

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    Thks for the replies, I will do more testing on my current setup first before deciding to jump ship and which ship to jump onto
    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 DeSwitch View Post
    I used the Benro for my birding previouly and i regreted becos the tripod "vibrates" when fully extended. That changes my view on tripod and my final choice is on Gitzo GT3530LSV which till now had not failed me.

    Just for info.
    Vibrate as only when the shutter is operating or under what circumstances? My 190MF4 last section has very thin legs so its not very stable when depressing the release button, a cable release is critical
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    I used to have the Markins M10 and sold it away. I am currently using a sub $100 ballhead and it's awful. What a mistake. I am looking at getting the Arcatech GV2. Does anybody know where I can buy it locally?

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    my RRS ballhead came yesterday together with my lens plate and D3 L bracket.

    really love the finishing and the looks of it.

    + shipping and GST, comes to about $1050.

    my friend helped me matched it with a gitzo GT1540.

    this really looks like a good kit for travelling.

    my 190b manfrotto will be exiled for good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeanie View Post
    my RRS ballhead came yesterday together with my lens plate and D3 L bracket.

    really love the finishing and the looks of it.

    + shipping and GST, comes to about $1050.

    my friend helped me matched it with a gitzo GT1540.

    this really looks like a good kit for travelling.

    my 190b manfrotto will be exiled for good.
    You can't go wrong with Gitzo. At least you know the French airport won't deliberately crush your tripod.

  9. #89

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    Quote Originally Posted by lsisaxon View Post
    You can't go wrong with Gitzo. At least you know the French airport won't deliberately crush your tripod.
    french and italian are good friends?

    cos my gitzo is made in italy wor.

    i still kind of sore not getting the titanium one though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jeanie View Post
    french and italian are good friends?

    cos my gitzo is made in italy wor.

    i still kind of sore not getting the titanium one though.
    Probably because it's manufactured in Manfrotto's facilities now.. Bogen, Manfrotto and Gitzo have been acquired by Vitec Group which makes Vinten video tripods.

    http://www.nikonians.org/tripods/tripods_3.html

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    Don't think you made the wrong choice. Titanium is light but flex easily and last "forever". Carbon fibre grade is light also but stiff and limited lifespan. Not sure if camera will "bounced" back after you release the shutter in the case of Ti since it springs due to flex. Right logic ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Old Boy View Post
    Don't think you made the wrong choice. Titanium is light but flex easily and last "forever". Carbon fibre grade is light also but stiff and limited lifespan. Not sure if camera will "bounced" back after you release the shutter in the case of Ti since it springs due to flex. Right logic ?
    i thought titanium is one of the toughest material on earth?no?

    anyway, my main consideration is weight.
    and with that combi, it's acceptable in my context.
    i wont know till i go trekking/travelling with it..
    carbon fibre has limited lifespan?you mean it will 'disintegrate' over time?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeanie View Post

    i still kind of sore not getting the titanium one though.
    chezburgr i can haz?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeanie View Post
    french and italian are good friends?

    cos my gitzo is made in italy wor.

    i still kind of sore not getting the titanium one though.
    Titanium heavy leh.

    Weight and overall stability still my most impt. considerations when considering a tripod. Only one brand gives me that...Gitzo.

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    Yes that's what I mean. It'll disintegrate overtime, more because of the epoxy. If scratched , CF can break very easily.Ti is tough but not stiff. Very good for cyclist who wants comfort because it flex and absorb minor vibration.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeanie View Post
    my 190b manfrotto will be exiled for good.
    Exiled?? I dun mind helping to keep it in good condition for you...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Old Boy View Post
    Yes that's what I mean. It'll disintegrate overtime, more because of the epoxy. If scratched , CF can break very easily.Ti is tough but not stiff. Very good for cyclist who wants comfort because it flex and absorb minor vibration.
    are you sure?!?!??!?

    so if car parts that's made of CF are scratched, it will break easily?
    correct me if i'm wrong but i dont think so lei..
    from what i know, carbon fibre is 6x stronger than steel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zac08 View Post
    Exiled?? I dun mind helping to keep it in good condition for you...
    please lah...pro like you wont use such tripods one lah!

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    btw guys, what's the diff between a 3section tripod vs a 4 section one?

    friend told me 1540 is shorter when not in use, so ideal for travelling.
    but for weight limits and stability, will one matter over the other?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeanie View Post
    are you sure?!?!??!?

    so if car parts that's made of CF are scratched, it will break easily?
    correct me if i'm wrong but i dont think so lei..
    from what i know, carbon fibre is 6x stronger than steel.
    CF is 6x stronger than steel for the same weight. So if it's 6x lighter, then it's only just as strong..

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