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Old 03-21-2013   #41
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Great review, and disturbingly thorough
Thanks & I did laugh at your description, you do get to be a bit anal when you're in software though... The fact is that the tripod is pretty well made and you get about 85% of the quality of a Gitzo at about 1/2 the price.

The two leading high-end manufacturers Gitzo and RRS have very high prices and big margins on their products. Probably the best travel tripod you can buy is the RRS TQC-14 and it costs $850. You don't need to spend that kind of money to get stable and durable support, but it can be difficult to get past the labels in peoples' heads and their perceptions of manufactured goods from certain countries. Hence the grimy details of construction and usability and the comparisons with the Gitzo equivalent.

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I was looking for a tripod last year and Roger Hicks pointed out his essay about this useful photographic accessory. It's probably loads more than would be relevant to your specific case, but it was a very educative read.

At the end, under Roger's advice, I settled on a Sirui T 005X. It's les than 12" long and is available also in a pricier carbon version that's not only lighter but also holds more weight. I have the regular aluminum version, which comes with a smallish ball-head, good up to 8 lbs. I believe the price was just around $120. The build quality seems very good to me, but I never had a top-end tripod to compare.
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If you are backpacking and use trekking poles already, one option is the Novoflex basic ball mini tripod. Adding 3 trekking poles, a full height tripod is formed.

http://www.novoflex.com/en/products/...ods/basicball/
I don't normally use a tripod. I still have one around for those occasions when it is really needed. But I have recently decided to go the trekking pole approach as well. The one I picked up from Amazon has a top that an be unscrewed and used as a monopod as well. I have not had a chance to use it yet.
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Here is a video of the Sirui that I found on YouTube...amazing to see people's fascination with unboxing videos extend to tripods, but useful nonetheless to give you a sense of size.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fL4zm-Boc5o
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Sirui T-025

i like the looks of this one, carbon fiber...wonder if it's worth the extra $$?
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Here is a video of the Sirui that I found on YouTube...amazing to see people's fascination with unboxing videos extend to tripods, but useful nonetheless to give you a sense of size.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fL4zm-Boc5o

I hope this person never gets a Leica ... I may not have enough bandwidth!

Very thorough though ... and I did watch it right through. Seems very well made and I can get one locally.
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Sirui T-025

i like the looks of this one, carbon fiber...wonder if it's worth the extra $$?
I have this one -- it's great. Has worked perfectly in every situation I've needed it for. Very light, very compact, easy to set-up.
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I have this one -- it's great. Has worked perfectly in every situation I've needed it for. Very light, very compact, easy to set-up.
I'm leaning heavilly towards this tripod (Sirui T-025) ... and I can get one locally for $219.00 from Mainline Photographics.

I already have a Manfrotto for the larger cameras up to my Crown Graphic and P67ii (which tests any tripod IMO) ... it will ne nice to have something that folds down this small and yet still appears to very strong.

The little Sigma will look very sexy on that Sirui.
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And I meant to add ... thanks for all the input from everyone. I think I know a lot more about tripods than I did previously.

I would love the Gitzo Traveller of course ... but that is a hell of a lot of money for something I really won't be using all that often.
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Lots of good info here already, but when I went through this exercise recently I wound up with an Induro Carbon 8X CT214. Not cheap, but it is wonderfully strong and stable for its weight. I paired it with an Acratech head, but that is another story...
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There seems to be as many opinions about tripods as there are photographers! I think all I can do is say what tripod works for me. I use the Slik Sprint Mini GM. Weight 0.7kg. Extended length 1.54m; folded length 0.43m. I go trekking and this tripod just fits in my rucksack. I don't rue its weight when I'm struggling up a mountain. I hang my rucksack off it for extra stability. It works and is not too expensive! Good luck with your search!
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i am such a gear slut...just put an order in for the Sirui T-005...expedited shipping...
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... I wound up with an Induro Carbon 8X CT214. Not cheap, but it is wonderfully strong and stable for its weight. I paired it with an Acratech head, but that is another story...
As you probably know Induro is an upscale Benro brand for the US market with different design detail to the Benro equivalents. Which Acratech head did you get?


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Joe, will you need to order another bag to accommodate the Sirui?
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"i am such a gear slut..." It ain't Dickens but close enough for me..


Requesting permission to invoke your quote when I'm looking at something that I truly don't need?


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humm .. nice tripod.. http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/post/40672404

Report back on quality and ease of use.. pls

Looks like it will hold an M or F body nikon with normal (non tele) lens.. ?

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Joe, will you need to order another bag to accommodate the Sirui?
I think it might fit in the retro 7...
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To add to what's been said, there is also the Velbon Ultrek 43 series. Less than 12 inches with ballhead, 61 inches extended and quick to deploy. Used it for a year and has no problem taking a Rolleiflex on it.
Ability to hold a Rolleiflex is not actually that much of a test of a tripods worth. Weight is comparable to a DSLR, but the mass is centred above the tripod head, whereas the DSLR may have a zoom lens extending out from the tripod centre. (I realise the thread is not about DLSR use but in general, an SLR with a long lens is a better test of tripod stability and ability to control vibration). And the Rolleiflex shutter and absence of retracting reflex mirror is as smooth as it gets. You can put a Rollei TLR on a surprisingly flimsy tripod and get good results (providing it's not windy, that is). Assuming, of course, you are using a cable release, or the self timer, which, if one is using a tripod in the first place, you probably should be.

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When the spec. of a tripod gives the max. load as xx pounds it needs to be taken with a very large grain of salt.



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As you probably know Induro is an upscale Benro brand for the US market with different design detail to the Benro equivalents. Which Acratech head did you get?
I didn't know about the relationship betwen Induro and Benro -- thanks for that!

I opted for the Acratech GPL ballhead and the combo is both strong and lightweight. I've used it to support up to a light 4x5 with no issues.
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I opted for the Acratech GPL ballhead and the combo is both strong and lightweight. I've used it to support up to a light 4x5 with no issues.
I bought an Acratech Ultimate in January after my Markins Q3T locked up in the cold and I lost patience with it. So far it's been fine even though it looks like a piece of surveying equipment! This is my first Acratech and I'm hoping that it lives up to its billing as an extreme environment head.


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so keith, have you decided/bought one yet?
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I have a Linhoff Giant (bought after being frustrated by a tripod that wasn't tall enough) and a Linhoff Baby, but the tripod that offers the best combination of height, low weight, and sturdiness is my Cullman 2502.
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i have a manfrotto 190pro with a small manfrotto ball head...too heavy for my tired old bones to carry about...maybe this new one will make that different for me.
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I bought an Acratech Ultimate in January after my Markins Q3T locked up in the cold and I lost patience with it. So far it's been fine even though it looks like a piece of surveying equipment! This is my first Acratech and I'm hoping that it lives up to its billing as an extreme environment head.
I have the Acratech Utimate on another tripod, a carbon Gitzo that I keep in another location. It is a little smaller than the GP and works great. The only reason I got the GP is that it can work as a gimbal as well. The beauty of these heads, aside from their size and weight, is that dirt and gunk can't really get inside (as least not in a way that it can't be easily removed). They are also beautifully engineered and built.
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so keith, have you decided/bought one yet?

I've decided to go with the carbon fiber version of the one you got ... $220.00 is brilliant value IMO and it will really only be used for my smaller cameras as I have a Manfrotto for the bigger muthas!

I've noticed that my 67ii really tests the Manfrotto ... the jolt from the shutter on that thing is impressive.
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i bought the carbon fiber version as well.
i once saw a photographer walk a cheap, lightweight tripod across the room by putting his pentax 6x7 on it and firing the shutter...funny as hell!
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The MeFoto GlobeTrotter is very nice, especially for the money.
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http://www.amazon.com/Davis-Sanford-.../dp/B002W0N7VA

I'm really surprised nobody has mentioned this one!

I really loved mine until it got stolen. Best bang for your buck methinks.
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I have the Acratech Utimate on another tripod, a carbon Gitzo that I keep in another location. It is a little smaller than the GP and works great. The only reason I got the GP is that it can work as a gimbal as well. The beauty of these heads, aside from their size and weight, is that dirt and gunk can't really get inside (as least not in a way that it can't be easily removed). They are also beautifully engineered and built.
I agree about the build quality, it is excellent. I have mine on my travel tripod and I got it because of the open design, it won't lock up in the freezing cold and you can wash sand and other gunk out of it under a faucet.

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arrived...comes in a nice carry bag with rope straps...seems well built...thin legs but light weight...i think it will easily handle the fujis...
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I'm leaning heavilly towards this tripod (Sirui T-025) ... and I can get one locally for $219.00 from Mainline Photographics.

I already have a Manfrotto for the larger cameras up to my Crown Graphic and P67ii (which tests any tripod IMO) ... it will ne nice to have something that folds down this small and yet still appears to very strong.

The little Sigma will look very sexy on that Sirui.
I cribbed off you and got the Sirui T025. It is beautifully made. It has the Gitzo style antirotation legs, so each leg can be let out with one turn of one hand, and also has the Gitzo-style reverse folding legs, for minimum packed length. The QR plate is great, and very secure. I have complete confidence in it, at any angle. The separate panning adjustment is indispensible, and not just for panoramic shots, but for any careful set up where isolating one plane allows for the final adjustment. I've just returned from my first outing with this, in a dark and very packed tramway shed, with kids all over the place ringing the bells. It was perfect for removing the camera repeatedly as I moved about.
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I cribbed off you and got the Sirui T025. It is beautifully made. It has the Gitzo style antirotation legs, so each leg can be let out with one turn of one hand, and also has the Gitzo-style reverse folding legs, for minimum packed length. The QR plate is great, and very secure. I have complete confidence in it, at any angle. The separate panning adjustment is indispensible, and not just for panoramic shots, but for any careful set up where isolating one plane allows for the final adjustment. I've just returned from my first outing with this, in a dark and very packed tramway shed, with kids all over the place ringing the bells. It was perfect for removing the camera repeatedly as I moved about.


I'm glad you like it ... I'm highly impressed with mine!
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