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    Hi,
    I am thinking to get a sturdy tripod.
    Any recommendations?

    Anyone care to share what's their first tripod? At least gives me an idea of where I can start looking. =)

    Thanks

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    manfrotto.

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    Manfrotto 190XPROB

    It's heavy and sturdy. If you want light and sturdy it will surely cost a bomb, such as Gitzo ones.

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    Can try the manfrotto 190 series, very popular, very strong, but heavy and may be too short if u are a 6 footer.

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    Manfrotto is a very popular choice but I find it too heavy to lug around, so I had a shot with the PPCP V2 and it's still serving me well.
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    How much are we looking at for the Manfrotto 190XPROB?
    Also how much is a PPCP V2 ?

    Thanks.

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    what is the weight of your gear?

    actually i think sturdy is one thing.. do you want it light and portable too? it's always a trade off..

    for me i chose to go for a lighter and "less sturdy" manfrotto modo 785shb.. it's not "unsteady" per se.. but it's max carrying weight is really limited and it's much shorter than most tripods.. in fact i dun think it will be able to serve me in the long run if my gear expands..

    but since i dun have too much $$ to expand in near future it somewhat served my purpose for now.. and i'm able to carry it around on almost all occasions since it slips into my backpack / slingbag easily (which is kinda a good thing i guess)..

    p.s. i am using d70s with kit lens.. =)

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    slik gt a number of good choices at pretty light weight class, dx330/340... ppcp looks just like the built of the dx340 iirc except it comes with a default ballhead over the pan and tilt by slik.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fabianaino View Post
    How much are we looking at for the Manfrotto 190XPROB?
    Also how much is a PPCP V2 ?

    Thanks.
    For the PPCP ones, you can check out the Mass Order section.
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    I think that first or last tripod, what you need should meet the requirements of your likely set-ups... so its difficult to give recommendations without that info

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    You may try Benro as well if you don't mind Made In China. I am using A500EX.....whole set (leg + head + bag + kit) cost me $188, whereas Manfrotto XPROB cost $180 for the leg ONLY.

    Check out this link http://forums.clubsnap.com/showthread.php?t=201502
    Last edited by pckee; 25th January 2008 at 11:53 AM.

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    Maybe you should stated your budget and setup, easiler for us to recommand a specific model. And don't forget most of the tripod don't come with a head.

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    Manfrotto 190XPROB...

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    Oh ya...I forgot ... Is a budget or 200 sufficient?
    I want some time not too heavy to lug around.

    I am looking at something I can hang around my lowe pro AW4 bag, that would be great. Also for this price, is is possible to have a ballhead which that rotate and hold the camera firmly so that I can take vertical photos?

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    to know whether a light, mobile and affordable tripod can be stable as well, would need to know what you are going to mount on it

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    I feel the question being ask a bit funny. Why ask ppl for their 1st tripod? If its a good tripod, it should be the last tripod they use that you should be getting. Just buy the best and you will not worry about tripods for a very long time. Gitzo G3530LSV, thats my last tripod. If you thinks its expensive, from my experience is that I wasted more $$$ buying other brands which ended up collecting dust and taking up my store room space. I should hv listen to advise given to me when I was looking for my 2nd Tripod.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeSwitch View Post
    I feel the question being ask a bit funny. Why ask ppl for their 1st tripod? If its a good tripod, it should be the last tripod they use that you should be getting. Just buy the best and you will not worry about tripods for a very long time. Gitzo G3530LSV, thats my last tripod. If you thinks its expensive, from my experience is that I wasted more $$$ buying other brands which ended up collecting dust and taking up my store room space. I should hv listen to advise given to me when I was looking for my 2nd Tripod.
    I do share the same feeling above.

    I start off with Manofrotto 190XPRO, change to Mamiya AY702 and now using Gitzo GT2540EX. (All within a year)

    Still remember laughing at one of my lady friend whom brought a Gitzo as her 1st tripod, told her she should invest on lenses instead. End up i'm the one wasting the money.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leong23 View Post
    I do share the same feeling above.

    I start off with Manofrotto 190XPRO, change to Mamiya AY702 and now using Gitzo GT2540EX. (All within a year)

    Still remember laughing at one of my lady friend whom brought a Gitzo as her 1st tripod, told her she should invest on lenses instead. End up i'm the one wasting the money.
    err ...you can sell your Manofrotto 190XPRO or Mamiya AY702 to me? hehe

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    Quote Originally Posted by fabianaino View Post
    err ...you can sell your Manofrotto 190XPRO or Mamiya AY702 to me? hehe
    Haha... pm if you are interested.... now put at home collected dust. The Mamiya CF tripod is already reserved by my friend.

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    benro+bh @ $120?

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