Try Manfrot 190xprob + 486rc2. I am using this. Not too heavy. But will need to stretch your budget a bit.. I can't remember how much I'd paid for it to be exact but definitely above $200.
Just get a combo that is stable enough to last for quite a while. Don't skimp, want light want cheap later wind blow then ho say liao!
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Gitai seems not a bad choice... Gitai also from china ar?
Dont be so paranoid of china product
There is nothing wrong... You get what you paid, simple as it is
I would say Benro, maybe A350.
Anyway Benro is a china company. If you want to search China prices, you have to know their chinese names. Benro in chinese is 百诺. Here is one of those price guides, you have to be able to read chinese tho.
If you want to see other brands, it helps to know the chinese names for brands:
Velbon = 金钟
Gitzo = 捷信
Manfrotto = 曼富图
are the harder ones.
Actually prices in China are always almost much better, since they have no sales tax. China prices are usually in line with HK prices.
Just to give you an idea of prices in other things, I asked for quote for D90 + 18-105mm VR kit at a Nikon dealer in Shanghai. Opening price is 7100 RMB. That is around 1540 SGD. This comes with standard all-china warranty (includes HK). No mention of freebies, but since this is opening price, can negotiate one. Everything in china is negotiable.
In China now, photography is very popular. Walk on the street also see rich aunties and uncles with D3x, D300. Scary. There is now an entire mall in Shanghai that is dedicated to all camera equipment. You can find a lot of china made accessories for very cheap. Orient Photo's (OP) main branch is in Shanghai also, at a popular camera/electronics mall near Shanghai railway station. Across the street from the mobile phone wholesale center.
Last edited by daredevil123; 19th August 2009 at 08:53 AM.
China do not necessary mean lousy quality. It all depends on how the factory is managed. Did you know the Hyundai cars built in Beijing are more dependable than the ones built in Korea? Yes I also jaw-drop the first time I heard it.
Benro was even a lot cheaper a while back. They started out as a company doing 'cheaper look-alike versions' of branded tripods. The early versions are sometimes crappy but now they are now a name brand in China and getting brand awareness internationally.
No la.. I not looking down on China brand or something just ask only. Ultimately i just want a tripod that serve my purpose can already. Their prices really very competitive.. i think if buy a carbon fibre tripod is about the same as buying an aluminum here...
Thing is, if you can stretch your budget a bit, getting the manfrotto 190XProB with 486rc2 head is a very good choice. Price should be around 300 (+ - $20-30). This setup will last you for quite a while, until you start getting those ultra long bazooka lenses.
I mean if you spend 50% more on your budget, and you can have a quality product for many years of constant use, I think it is worth it. If you read chinese, read this equipment guide. It is excellent.
http://www.midphoto.com/chinese/essa...phyreview3.htm This site is more geared towards landscape and travel photography. But you can get the idea. Especially the point that "a stable tripod is more important than a good lens for landscape photography".
Last edited by daredevil123; 19th August 2009 at 09:30 AM.
190XProB with 486rc2 also a good choice... guess i need to replan my spending for this month again... i really tight on budget. but you know which place allow you to try out the tripod?
Really thanks a lot... will try Gitai, manfor190XProB with 486rc2 and benro ba