Manfrotto 785B. Any good?


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dandruff

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Hi guys i accidentally came across a Manfrotto 785B today. wow it was super light! comes with a ball head and qr and spirit level and all for only $110.

has anyone tried it before? will it support a slr with grip? or would you recommend any other good and light tripod for <$200?

thanks!
 

CS TAN

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Hi guys i accidentally came across a Manfrotto 785B today. wow it was super light! comes with a ball head and qr and spirit level and all for only $110.

has anyone tried it before? will it support a slr with grip? or would you recommend any other good and light tripod for <$200?

thanks!
I think it will barely support an entry level DSLR such as Canon 350D/400D with standard lens. I use this tripod with my Canon PowerShot S5 IS and I was pushing it with a 430 EX Speedlite on top already. Having said that, it is relatively light and good for travel use for just my S5 IS.
 

chengsing

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had this b4 and sold it after using once.
yup its good for lightweight travel but not really suitable for dslr. on top of that you can't change the ballhead.. :(
for less than 200 there are quite a few to choose from
eg
slik sprint pro gm
PPCP (under mo forum)
Benro (under mo forum)

maybe a details of your setup and usage would be better for the folks here to advise you..

just my 0.02c :)
 

Gengh

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I have it. It's great for bringing around, since it's so small and light. However, after some months of use, the ballhead has become looser than it used to be. If I have my Sigma 18-200 zoomed to 200, I can't safely point the camera at a downward angle without the ballhead giving way. Worse if I have my flash on... It's also not stable enough to stop the camera from shaking when you press the shutter, so you'll have to use the 2sec timer for those night scenes.

That said, I'm still alright using it, since I do value the portability, and I do not have any big and heavy lenses. But I can foresee buying a replacement when I can justify it...

Oh and I think I got it from CP for $99, supposed to be some offer at that time.
 

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i had this tripod, great for travelling as it is very light weight and extends up to almost eye level, versatile leg positions. used a d80 with kit lens with not much prob, but think it won't be able to take anything heavier then that especially in portrait position. tried using it with a d200 plus 18-200 vr, barely able to hold it in certain position...
 

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maybe a details of your setup and usage would be better for the folks here to advise you..
Thanks for all the feedback guys.

I am using a Canon 350D with batt grip and usually with a sigma 18-200 and a 430ex.

can the ppcp tripod handle this?
 

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Thanks for all the feedback guys.

I am using a Canon 350D with batt grip and usually with a sigma 18-200 and a 430ex.

can the ppcp tripod handle this?
your setup without the grip and flash is easily 800g already. i won't recommend doing it if u are ever gonna tilt your camera in any direction. in fact, i think a buffer of 500g to 1kg is a safer bet for any tripod setup and your gear's total weight.
 

averynkh

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****!! i bought it at $150 today at lucky plaza!!!
the boss said it cost $200+ actually and said can sell me at $150
and i took it!!

am i been cheated? :cry:
 

davee78

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****!! i bought it at $150 today at lucky plaza!!!
the boss said it cost $200+ actually and said can sell me at $150
and i took it!!

am i been cheated? :cry:
Dun dwell into it...let it go and move on..:) I once bought an Hoya IR Fliter 72 for $150...:bsmilie: ..nearly fainted when I found out , nah after a while...life goes on...dun let the "narrow minded and bad merchants" affect us..just listen to some "quando quando quando" and continue to take photos:D...oh ya, I bought it at Chinatown...guess that's the last place Singaporeans should go shop:bsmilie:
 

averynkh

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i din kow.. at first the boss said this tripod costs about $200... then he reduced to $170... but i was still feel it is a bit ex then i wanna leave, and he said $150... then.. i bought it... :cry:
 

averynkh

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Dun dwell into it...let it go and move on..:) I once bought an Hoya IR Fliter 72 for $150...:bsmilie: ..nearly fainted when I found out , nah after a while...life goes on...dun let the "narrow minded and bad merchants" affect us..just listen to some "quando quando quando" and continue to take photos:D...oh ya, I bought it at Chinatown...guess that's the last place Singaporeans should go shop:bsmilie:

so did u mean chinatown can get a reasonable price?
 

davee78

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so did u mean chinatown can get a reasonable price?
I mean " no Singaporean in his sane mind, would go Chinatown to buy camera":bsmilie: Guess I was insane on that day when I bought it there:confused: I remember the boss telling me he sold a UV filter to angmoh for $200...
 

averynkh

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sorry ya.. ask smt... but i hope u guys will understand my poor eng.. hehe

the tripod right, that piece which plug to bottom of the camera that one
that time when i first time to use it, i found that on that piece, it has hole at side, and that hole got another red color small thing in it, as long as with that red color thing in that hole, that piece unable to plug to camera, so i just removed it... wat is that red color thing and purpose? later on i try to post a pic... thanks&#65087;&#65087;
 

peekarwe

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The red plug is for mounting cameras or lens with a pilot hole in front of the screw mount. It's to ensure that the camera is indeed aligned and facing forward.
 

peekarwe

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errr... I have have a camera or lens now that has that forward mount. But basically, if you can't see where it goes, you dun need it. :)
 

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