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    Default tripods: aluminium or CF??

    hi guys. i juz sold off my fancier tripod ft-6222a coz i realised dat its too bulky for travel. currently i'm looking into getting the benro travel angel series 269M8+BH1.... problem is i duno which material to choose: aluminium or CF? am i right to say the following? did i miss out on anything?

    CF pros: lighter in weight, more rigid (ie. less flex),
    CF cons: more expensive, less stable (due to lightweight)

    am pretty much going for the aluminium version but i juz wana make sure i get the facts right coz i dun like to make uninformed decisions...

    all constructive comments are welcome

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    Default Re: tripods: aluminium or CF??

    Yes a lighter setup will probably provide less mass coupling to the floor and not be as resistant to vibrations. But u can always weigh it down with loads on the centre column.

    A ( sturdy ) CF tripod is a great travelling companion overseas, and doesn wear the user down

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    Default Re: tripods: aluminium or CF??

    CF if you could afford one (ain't cheap). Being lighter.... it's much easier on your back Like - giantcanopy - said, hang your camera bag to the centre column to add weight to the tripod to increase stability.

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    If you can afford, CF is the better option as you'll be using it for travelling. Extra weight that's shed, will be helpful to your back and shoulders.

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    CF is lighter and studier, and will cost you a fair bit more.

    Lighter and more compact tripods will make you bring them out often when you travel.
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    sigh... tink the answer is unanimously CF!

    am going to buy the aluminium version and so i was trying to lie to myself dat aluminium is better than CF

    since all voted for CF, i will juz save abit longer and go for CF. dun wana buy the aluminium version n regret n sell away to get CF in the end.

    Thanks guys!

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    If i m richer, i will get CF. Alum is heavy! especially when u carry it around w a heavy head.
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    Default Re: tripods: aluminium or CF??

    Quote Originally Posted by Prince View Post
    If i m richer, i will get CF. Alum is heavy! especially when u carry it around w a heavy head.
    i thought the votes would go 50-50, with some prefering a heavier and more stable aluminium and some prefering the lighter and stronger CF....

    guess i was wrong there....

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    CF has better vibration absoption than alu

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    Default Re: tripods: aluminium or CF??

    Especially if you're using it when travelling.. Weight is an important factor to consider.

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