HERE. Is that the same item?
Clamp looks like arca-swiss type. Versatile...
Sirui carbon fibre one is about $280 am I right?
The only problem, so far are the lock-screw for the ball head. The knob gets lose fast (adhesive failing), causing it to rotate without un-screwing lock to the ball head (hope it make sense). The shop where we bought it actually replace the defective ball head assembly. The shop where we bought it (AP @ Funan) actually advise not to over tighten, there are two screw actually locking the ball. One good side, you can convert one of teh tri-pod leg into a mono-pod..., the weight not heavy for its design and height.
My take: the design is good, but the workmanship + the material used might be compromised, its cheap at <S$200 for a cabon fiber material. Besides I think this is China made. I am planning to get an adhesive de-bonder, clean & change the adhesive (look for an-aerobic like a thread locker), buy a good knob from Ikea, preferably metal cause some plastics are just not adhesive friendly. apart from this Im happy
Hope this helps...
Last edited by Teroy01; 18th August 2010 at 03:12 PM.
Fotopro's factory is located in Zhongshan, China in Guandong province. There are many factories there. Sirui is also located there as with many photo equipment manufacturers. Fotopro's factory seems quite a bit smaller than Benro or Sirui. It is one of the smaller manufacturers like MeFoto. WeiFang (makers of fancier) is bigger, but their focus is on low end tripods more. Giottos is a Taiwanese company, but their manufacturing is in Shenzhen, which explains why their costs are higher and products are slightly more expensive. Velbon is a japanese company, and is manufacturing mostly in China. They also have factories in Japan and Taiwan. Slik is a company owned by Tokina group. I think their tripods are still made in Japan? (not sure)
The most popular asian tripod brands in China are Giottos (ballheads only), Velbon, Sirui, Benro and Weifang. Fotopro and MeFoto are not that popular in China.
Last edited by daredevil123; 18th August 2010 at 03:13 PM.
I'm using the Fotopro color travel tripod. It's very easy to deploy which has the quick lock function so you just twist 1/2 round and the tripod extends. I've taken 30s long exposure shots at night near esplanade when the winds were strong, no issues. My setup is only D90 + 18-105mm kit lens, but its definitely sturdy enough to hold a larger lens from the feel of it. Anyway the specs of the tripod can be found in their Mass Sales thread. A sample pic while using this tripod, only 20s though.
Nikon D90/AF-S 18-105mm VR/AF50mm 1.8D/MB D80 Grip/GC584/Vitacon W.A. M. Converter.
currently in shanghai now, just went to xin guang building and tested the sirui T-1005x with G10 after reading much good reviews. G10 ballhead didn't "sag" and legs are quite stable enough, however, to qualify, my "heaviest" setup was 50mm f1.4 manual lens, <700g, i din bring the 70-300mm as traveling here on business. & I didn't expect to find sirui much cheaper here. Think i will go there to try it again tmrw, and maybe get the G20 to give me more assurance. only think is the warranty is 6 yrs local china.
Last edited by daredevil123; 19th August 2010 at 04:49 AM.
If you lock the ballhead and find that the camera still moves, then the ballhead has creep. On a long lens or with macro photography, that creep is usually very noticeable.
I was gonna suggest too, that for the similar price as fotopro tripod, can get Sirui basic model, which has garnered good reviews from a number of CSers. So if I had to make a choice, I would go for the Sirui just to follow the crowd... hahaha