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Tripods

Discussion in 'Everything Film' started by AdrianW, Jul 18, 2001.

  1. AdrianW

    AdrianW Well-Known Member

    I've decided that I'm not getting enough support.. So I've decided to get a new tripod ;-) I'm currently using a Benbo Trekker and I'm very happy with it, however I'm going overseas soon so I was wondering if there were any lighter alternatives? The Gitzo range of carbon fibre tripods look interesting, but one my main interests is macro photography, and for that I need a tripod that can go right down to the ground - which AFAIK the Gitzo range don't..

    Does anyone have any recommendations, or shall I just stick with my Trekker?
     
  2. Steve L

    Steve L Well-Known Member

    Adrian
    I've been looking at this issue recently, also thinking of changing my Trekker which I use with a Monfrotto MG460 head for my Mamiya RB67 with no problems at all. The tripod and head weigh around 3 lbs.
    Buying a CF model would save me around 1 to 1.5 lbs. Saving 50%? Not really. As a pecentage of the total weight I carry around, saving 50% on the tripod alone is not worth the £250 a CF model costs. In addition, there is only one CF model on the market which is as versatile as the Benbo; the Gitzo explorer, which also has independant legs. It costs around £300!
    IMHO CF models are not worth the silly prices being charged. Stick to your Benbo and spend £40 or so on the Manfrotto MG460 magnesium head. A superb combo.
    HTH
    Steve
     
  3. AdrianW

    AdrianW Well-Known Member

    Thanks Steve! I had a quick look on the Gitzo website, but I can't seem to find any reference to the Explorer.. Any ideas?
     
  4. Steve L

    Steve L Well-Known Member

    Adrian
    Try www.warehouseexpress.com. They are selling the 3 section model for £299 and the 4 section one for £339.
    Steve
     

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