Which Tripod should i choose ? Need advice


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Hi,
had been undecisive between this 2 tripod product but was unable to decide on one...
anyone can advice on this ??

1) Fancier Professional Tripod $88
• Lightweight - weighs only 1.3kg (including ball head)
• Super strong - made from Aluminum alloy
• Heavy Duty
• Quick Snap locks
• Quick release 3 postion leg locks
• Detachable & reversible centre column (w/screw)
• Includes a heavy duty high quality padded nylon case with large shoulder pad
• 1 compass + 2 bubble spirit levels. 1 on the tripod and 1 on the ball head
• Quick release plate with safety lock
• Unique one hand operation (when mounting the quick release plate)
• Changeable paded / spike legs (screw design)


2) YongNuo Tripods Y-580

Specification:
Sections: 4
Maximum Height: about 1.7m (with ballhead)
Minimum Height: about 17cm
Length (Kept Size): 55cm (with ballhead)
Max Load: 9kg
Price: S$99


3) Yongnuo Travel Tripod....
 

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Which camera are you using it with?
 

zac08

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Go look in the other tripod reccomendation threads....

Dun skimp on this piece of equipment. You wouldn't want to see your tripod collapsing or falling over with your camera, right? :sweat:
 

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Agree with - zac08

Get the best tripod you could afford. I have to change my old PPCP tripod to a better Benro one afte my lens gotten heavier. Spend more money again :sweat:
 

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It is amusing that people will want to skimp on equipment which supports or houses the cameras like tripod and bags :dunno:

I think the tripods you mentioned may be fine for light-weight setup but quite risky if you upgrade to heavier lenses. Also, can the included ball head support nose-heavy setups? Even the Manfrotto 486RC2 is not able to support my D80 + 18-200 without drooping when in portrait orientation.
 

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It is amusing that people will want to skimp on equipment which supports or houses the cameras like tripod and bags :dunno:

I think the tripods you mentioned may be fine for light-weight setup but quite risky if you upgrade to heavier lenses. Also, can the included ball head support nose-heavy setups? Even the Manfrotto 486RC2 is not able to support my D80 + 18-200 without drooping when in portrait orientation.
the 486 can't support even a 18-200 on a D80?

my 488 can support my d80 with grip(wiht both batteries) and an 80-200f2.8...
 

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the 486 can't support even a 18-200 on a D80?

my 488 can support my d80 with grip(wiht both batteries) and an 80-200f2.8...
obviously 488 is better.

But I must say Manfrotto BH is too "solid", but it one of the best compare china made BH at the price range.
 

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It is amusing that people will want to skimp on equipment which supports or houses the cameras like tripod and bags :dunno:

I think the tripods you mentioned may be fine for light-weight setup but quite risky if you upgrade to heavier lenses. Also, can the included ball head support nose-heavy setups? Even the Manfrotto 486RC2 is not able to support my D80 + 18-200 without drooping when in portrait orientation.
I think is because of the tripod, not the head.


I use the 488 head as well.
Can last me a very long time.
 

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zac08

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486 has only one control to lock the ballhead and panning.

488 has 2 different controls and the 488 does slip slightly too when loaded with heavy gear. I tried mine last night with D200, with grip and a 70-210 pull-push.

I had to aim slightly higher before I lock down to allow it to slip a lil bit downwards and get the correct position.
 

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I think is because of the tripod, not the head.

I use the 488 head as well.
Can last me a very long time.
No, it is to do with the head and not the tripod.

the 486 can't support even a 18-200 on a D80?

my 488 can support my d80 with grip(wiht both batteries) and an 80-200f2.8...
That is the reason I later switched to the 488RC2 then later the Markins Q3.

I don't like tripod which comes with ball head and at a cheap price. To do that, they have to cut corner somewhere and I am not keen to find out with my camera + lens just where did they cut corner...
 

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When I started out in June, bought a Fancier (was about $120, then).

As I liked shooting night panos and landscape, eventually found that the head is not good.

Later, bought a 486RC2, still had a slight droop. Don't get me wrong, the 486RC2 is a good product.

But when using a 70-200, a slight 1mm or so, will cause the framing to be out.

Eventually, settled for a Gitzo 1541 with a Markins Q3 head.

Quite expensive, but no issues and no problems whatsoever.

The old saying, "You pay for what you get".
 

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When I started out in June, bought a Fancier (was about $120, then).
As I liked shooting night panos and landscape, eventually found that the head is not good.
Later, bought a 486RC2, still had a slight droop. Don't get me wrong, the 486RC2 is a good product.
But when using a 70-200, a slight 1mm or so, will cause the framing to be out.
Eventually, settled for a Gitzo 1541 with a Markins Q3 head.
Quite expensive, but no issues and no problems whatsoever.
The old saying, "You pay for what you get".
That is the exact same setup I eventually bought but that may be too expensive for the TS.

If TS must choose between the two tripods he selected, I think the Fancier will be a slightly better choice because it has three-section legs instead of four and thus should be more sturdy.
 

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Yes, Invest into a good Tripod and will last you very long long....!!!!!!

Don't just buy a tripod for temp....
look at a long run.....is not later you need to spend extra $$$ to purchase tripod.
that will be a waste of $$$....

Same for the Ball Head too... get a good one.

I have a CF tripod and 488RC2 BH.
but the BH still will drop a bit mounted a heavy lens.
Now I felt I should get a better BH in the first place.

So now I'm saving up to get a better and light weight BH.

Just my 1 cent....
 

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i brand that important ??

i can only fork out around <200.

any recommendation ?

i would prefer light and short when folded type for travel lo.

thank
 

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i brand that important ??

i can only fork out around <200.

any recommendation ?

i would prefer light and short when folded type for travel lo.

thank
Benro will be cheaper than most.... being a copy version of Giotto. Go to MO section and look for Jack006.

More 'famous' brand will be Giotto or Manfrotto... both is as good as its gets, if you could pay the price of course.... :sweat:
 

yyD70S

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Some members of our forum came up with the blow equation a few times...

Cheap and light "usually" not good
Good and light "usually" not cheap

and many more!

I believe.


i brand that important ??

i can only fork out around <200.

any recommendation ?

i would prefer light and short when folded type for travel lo.

thank
 

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It is amusing that people will want to skimp on equipment which supports or houses the cameras like tripod and bags :dunno:
it is simple reasoning -

if i buy an expensive tripod, i'll take good care of it. this means, no plunging of the tripod into sand, no using it to bushwhack..

it will just end up being a white elephant that i admire and home and take out occasionally to shoot very clean places, like my home.

what then, is the use of the money spent?

my advice is, if you think the same way as me, get a good, reliable, recommended tripod that is not too expensive, abuse it, and never trust it entirely. even gitzos can collapse, it's just a lower chance. i started off with a slik sprint pro, after that died on me, a ppcp v2, now using a manfrotto prosumer tripod. whatever works for you, so long as you use it. cheers.
 

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Cheap and light "usually" not good
Good and light "usually" not cheap
cheap and light tripod usually not good
good and light tripod usually not cheap
cheap and good tripod usually not light

how to forget the last one! :hammer:
 

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