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    good day,

    I'm planning to buy a tripod this weekend, need help in choosing 1.
    I'm planning to buy the VELBON CX-888. is that an OK tripod?

    if u have other suggestion pls post... if u know also the price pls include the price..

    Hoping you could help... thank you...

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    Quote Originally Posted by phatwell83 View Post
    good day,

    I'm planning to buy a tripod this weekend, need help in choosing 1.
    I'm planning to buy the VELBON CX-888. is that an OK tripod?

    if u have other suggestion pls post... if u know also the price pls include the price..

    Hoping you could help... thank you...
    I did recommend Manfrotto 7302 YB, retailing at S$190? However, like all in the posts, you need to know what kind of set-up and so forth.... Cheers...

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    Actually, the choice for branded tripods with a budget is not as many as you think. Yes, there are MANY if you visit stores but if you have a budget in mind and know more of less the features you looking for... not really. I'd recommend, in order of value for money, in my opinion of course, Velbon, Slik, Gitzo, Vanguard and Manfrotto.

    The CF series of Velbon is very similar to Slik but more affordable with no compromise. Gitzo, needless to say but expensive. Vanguard is quite a hit which many don't seem to see but it seems to be a better alternative to the overly-mentioned, over-rated and infamous Manfrotto. But these starts from about $200 and without a head with the exception of Vanguard which has a decent ballhead. Before I go further... what's your budget for a tripod and head?

    Of course, there are the knock-offs like Benro, Fancier....err, Tripodo, sorry this brand name cracks me up LOL.
    Last edited by rendition; 15th July 2009 at 06:24 PM.

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    your weight of your cam is critical.

    If you end up with ballhead, make sure it is strong enough to hold in position when you do portrait perspective shoot.

    Realised my problem when tried positon my cam to portrait shot, cam was too heavy for the ball head to hold its position correctly.

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    i remember seeing another similar one by Catchlight on which batt to use...

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    Quote Originally Posted by iMac08 View Post
    i remember seeing another similar one by Catchlight on which batt to use...
    Rather sad that people need to do this. Definitely impolite towards all those members you have contributed content and information in numerous guides and price lists.

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    Not Velbon. Gitzo+Arca Swiss Ball head. Benro if lower budget.
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    Benro if lower budget.
    Do try before buying at Benphoto as some people including myself feel that the Benro A-series feel quite flimsy. They are much lighter than Sliks though

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    Default Re: what tripod to buy?

    Quote Originally Posted by phatwell83 View Post
    good day,

    I'm planning to buy a tripod this weekend, need help in choosing 1.
    I'm planning to buy the VELBON CX-888. is that an OK tripod?

    if u have other suggestion pls post... if u know also the price pls include the price..

    Hoping you could help... thank you...
    Like what was mentioned, at the end of the day we need to consider:
    1. What's the weight of your current load, and what do you foresee your future load on the tripod to be? You may have a 3.5kg set up now. But soon one day, you find that with accessories & telephoto lens it goes up to 5.5kg... So a max 5kg tripod & head would not be wise. Therefore, consider a tripod & head that will last you for the foreseeable future.
    2. Portablility. If travelling is your criteria, then light weight is the key.
    3. Of course, price lah... no need to say..

    Personally I find Gitzo good. Manfrotto comes a close second (just my view). But it would be a good idea to get a ball-head which can fit Acra swiss ball type plates for future flexibility.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Octarine View Post
    Rather sad that people need to do this. Definitely impolite towards all those members you have contributed content and information in numerous guides and price lists.
    maybe the site not user friendly enough for ppl to retrieve the infor?

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    THANX Guys! this helps a lot...

    Since im on a budget, I'm narrowing it down to either VELBON or VANGUARD...

    which will be ur bet... i hope i can decide by Friday.. hahahahaha

    anyways i own a canon 450d and i usually use my 55-250mm lens.

    PS: special thans for REDITION and Rashkae of a detailed rply and for the links, respectively.

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    wow so many threads !!! soon you can add this one to your list

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    I reckon you'll go with Vanguard. For a $250 budget, you can get the Alta+ 264AB model which comes with a very decent magnesium alloy ballhead which also allows you to pan. I believe you'll get a bag as well.

    The Velbon, I'm only familiar with the Carbon Fiber series and all of them look decent to me but for the legs itself, it's already about $395 for the 6-series which rises up to about 1.70m. Maybe the 5-series will do for you, very light and if I remember correctly, $320?... Visit this shop, K-13 Marketing, at Peninsula level 2... smack right in front of escalator. Nice chap too in the shop...

    Personally, am using the Velbon NeoCarmagne 640(A) with Manfrotto 488RC2 (lil heavy though). Very similar to Slik 813 CFII. Good luck.
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    I bought my Vanguard 264+AB from K-13 Marketing too, the cheapest i found so far after my window shopping @ Funan. Good Tripod !

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    Quote Originally Posted by night86mare View Post
    wow so many threads !!! soon you can add this one to your list
    No point. They don't read them first anyway.
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    hallo everyone i am new here,,,
    i own canon 400d, the lens is 17-85mm.
    i use my camera just as hobby and family documentation.

    can anyone give me recomendation for a manfrotto tripod which the price is lower that $100?
    or do you have another brand to suggest?

    thanks very much

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    Quote Originally Posted by megaloman View Post
    hallo everyone i am new here,,,
    i own canon 400d, the lens is 17-85mm.
    i use my camera just as hobby and family documentation.

    can anyone give me recomendation for a manfrotto tripod which the price is lower that $100?
    or do you have another brand to suggest?

    thanks very much
    Please try to follow the links posted above. Your question is a very common one. even a search for "manfrotto" will get you many results.
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    can anyone give me recomendation for a manfrotto tripod which the price is lower that $100?
    Here...

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    Just to share, I bought a promotional price with free ballhead of the above at CP yesterday for $90 nett. Otherwise on normal times, the gorilla slr-zoom which can take up to 3kg of camera load costs $88 without ballhead. The ballhead is worth $37.

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