A new tripod?


jeallen01

Link Posted 24/03/2013 - 20:08
Evening

In this thread I mentioned that I have just bought a gimbal mount for the K-5, grip, and some long lenses to be used at aishows - but also that my existing tripod really isn't up to supporting the weight very stably, so I think I need a new one!

So, I would appreciate some advice on choosing something that will:
- Carry a weight of 4kgs when standing on (probably wet!) grass stably (and that probably means some form of cross-braced legs)
- Have a tripod bush height of at least 1.5m
- Carry a decent head that rises to at least 1.6m (which will probably have to be bought separately, so suggestions for that , and with a decent free-moving head, as well maybe?)
- Not cost a bomb (so carbon fibre is probably out of reach - but total portability is not a prime concern as I won't be going hiking with it!).

Thanks in advance.

John
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K-3 II, K-3 and a K-70 from SRS (having now relegated the K-30 /"K-50" to a backup body), & some Sigma and Pentax lenses (and a lot of old 35mm gear!)

davidstorm

Link Posted 24/03/2013 - 20:22
I would recommend (as I always do) a Redsnapper. The legs are not braced, but they will easily take 4 kilos. I've never come across anything better at even twice the price.

Regards
David
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AndrewA

Link Posted 24/03/2013 - 20:29
davidstorm wrote:
I would recommend (as I always do) a Redsnapper. The legs are not braced, but they will easily take 4 kilos. I've never come across anything better at even twice the price.

Regards
David

Another vote from me for the Redsnapper, miles better than the Velbon I had before and cheaper by £20 too
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Algernon

Link Posted 24/03/2013 - 21:03
Manfrotto's are quite good and robust enough to buy SH.
Gitzo's are good but expensive.

Do you need a head under the gimbal? Wouldn't the tripod
be level enough especially with a bubble on it to level
it up.

Your talking serious money for a good head such as Arca
or Novoflex. Have a look for any tips on Youtube.

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Algernon

Link Posted 24/03/2013 - 21:23
You don't need another head under the gimbal see here.....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PiBVg9nwr3c

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Algi

swarf

Link Posted 24/03/2013 - 22:09
+1 for Redsnapper - fantastic quality for the money.
K-5iiS; K-r; ME Super; ME; DA* 16-50 f2.8; DA 18-135 WR; DA 55-300 WR; HD DA 15mm F4 ED AL Limited; FA 50mm f1.4; A50mm f1.7; DAL 18-55mm; M40mm f2.8; + assorted non-Pentax lenses

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Papa_Lazarou

Link Posted 24/03/2013 - 22:47
Just bought a Redsnapper this week, quality at a sensible price.

Smeggypants

Link Posted 25/03/2013 - 05:52
Algernon wrote:
You don't need another head under the gimbal see here.....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PiBVg9nwr3c

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What an annoying video. woman sounds, and looks, like one of those parrots on the US propaganda channels
[i]Bodies: 1x K-5IIs, 2x K-5, Sony TX-5, Nokia 808
Lenses: Pentax DA 10-17mm ED(IF) Fish Eye, Pentax DA 14mm f/2.8, Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8, Pentax-A 28mm f/2.8, Sigma 30mm F1.4 EX DC, Pentax-A 50mm f/1.2, Pentax-A 50mm f/1.4, Pentax-FA 50mm f/1.4, Pentax-A 50mm f/1.7, Pentax DA* 50-135mm f/2.8, Sigma 135-400mm APO DG, and more ..
Flash: AF-540FGZ, Vivitar 283

Algernon

Link Posted 25/03/2013 - 08:26
Smeggypants wrote:
Algernon wrote:
You don't need another head under the gimbal see here.....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PiBVg9nwr3c

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What an annoying video. woman sounds, and looks, like one of those parrots on the US propaganda channels

I posted that one because she could string her words together and
talk faster than 10 WPM which seems to be the usual for Youtube
reviewers

This was the first one I looked at .........

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KcOX76FNpeU

At least you can make a cup of tea whilst he thinks of
the n e x t.... w o r d

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Half Man... Half Pentax ... Half Cucumber

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Algi
Last Edited by Algernon on 25/03/2013 - 08:27

jeallen01

Link Posted 25/03/2013 - 20:38
Thanks for all the above replies - had never actually heard of Red Snapper tripods before, but having had a look at the website, I see you guys mean.

Just looks like a matter of deciding which one to buy - in that context, does anyone have comparative experience of the 3 and 4 section Re 283 and 284 versions? (Apart from the lower retracted and extended heights, my guess is that the 3 section should be slightly more rigid because there are fewer sliding joints involved?)

OTOH, the RS 324 has the flip locks which I guess might be more postive (but it's also a fair bit heavier).

John

PS: Algernon & co, I see what you meant about not needing another head under the gimbal mount - thanks for that too.
K-3 II, K-3 and a K-70 from SRS (having now relegated the K-30 /"K-50" to a backup body), & some Sigma and Pentax lenses (and a lot of old 35mm gear!)

jeallen01

Link Posted 29/03/2013 - 13:17
Bump - anyone got any comments in response to my last questions below?
jeallen01 wrote:
Thanks for all the above replies - had never actually heard of Red Snapper tripods before, but having had a look at the website, I see what you guys mean.

Just looks like a matter of deciding which one to buy - in that context, does anyone have comparative experience of the 3 and 4 section Re 283 and 284 versions? (Apart from the lower retracted and extended heights, my guess is that the 3 section should be slightly more rigid because there are fewer sliding joints involved?)

OTOH, the RS 324 has the flip locks which I guess might be more postive (but it's also a fair bit heavier).

John

PS: Algernon & co, I see what you meant about not needing another head under the gimbal mount - thanks for that too.

Thanks in advance.

John
K-3 II, K-3 and a K-70 from SRS (having now relegated the K-30 /"K-50" to a backup body), & some Sigma and Pentax lenses (and a lot of old 35mm gear!)

davidstorm

Link Posted 29/03/2013 - 13:47
I haven't used the 4 section one and cannot really see the benefit of 4 sections, other than the smaller size when not in use. I would guess the 3 section is marginally more rigid, but these tripods are so solidly made and so robust that I don't think it will make a great deal of difference in practice. I don't think you have anything to be concerned about either way.

Regards
David
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CoDa

Link Posted 29/03/2013 - 13:50
Hi John,

I have a Redsnapper RS283 with the RS528 head which I do not use now. (CSC camera so light weight)

I have only used it about 6 times approx, I do have two quick release plates and the case with it.

I would sell this for £55.00 + P&P at cost.

Regards
Colin

“Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little.”
Edmund Burke (1729 – 1797)



jeallen01

Link Posted 29/03/2013 - 16:07
CoDa wrote:
Hi John,

I have a Redsnapper RS283 with the RS528 head which I do not use now. (CSC camera so light weight)

I have only used it about 6 times approx, I do have two quick release plates and the case with it.

I would sell this for £55.00 + P&P at cost.

Regards

Colin - sounds like a deal! Will PM you straight away!
K-3 II, K-3 and a K-70 from SRS (having now relegated the K-30 /"K-50" to a backup body), & some Sigma and Pentax lenses (and a lot of old 35mm gear!)

CoDa

Link Posted 29/03/2013 - 19:59
PM replied to
Colin

“Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little.”
Edmund Burke (1729 – 1797)



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