What Brand of Tripod Do U Use Now?


claystevens

Link Posted 11/02/2014 - 02:56
Looking for a reliable tripod for daily use (portrait, product, and landscape mostly). I know Manfrotto is great but it exceeds my budget. What's brand is your current one? I'm considering about the Beike ones. Any words would be appreciated.

Smeggypants

Link Posted 11/02/2014 - 04:58
I use a manfrotto. Paid about £60 for it second hand 5 years ago. Unless it dies in a fatal tripod accident I doubt I'll never need to replace it. :
[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

JonSchick

Link Posted 11/02/2014 - 05:49
Red Snapper. Bought secondhand on this forum a few years ago. Very happy with it.

Steep

Link Posted 11/02/2014 - 08:53
Benbo cos I like wrestling octopusses and an ancient heavy duty Slik video tripod. If you're buying new I'd recommend Redsnapper, good quality kit that isn't too expensive. If they are still out of your budget I'd wait and save a bit more till you can afford one.

Gwyn

Link Posted 11/02/2014 - 09:09
Velbon Carbon Fibre Sherpa, because it is tall enough not to need to use the centre column, and steady as a rock.
I took my camera and Bigma to a shop and tried out various tripods in my price range, including Manfrotto and Gitzos, and the Velbon was the one which met my requirements at the time.

If I have some money I'll probably buy a travel tripod at some point, since, although it is very light the Velbon is also very long and a pain to pack.

gartmore

Link Posted 11/02/2014 - 09:12
I'm still using the Velbon I bought in 1976 although it has a had a Manfrotto head for the past twenty years. As Smeggypants says a good one should outlast you
Ken
“We must avoid however, snapping away, shooting quickly and without thought, overloading ourselves with unnecessary images that clutter our memory and diminish the clarity of the whole.” - Henri Cartier-Bresson -

Gwyn

Link Posted 11/02/2014 - 09:44
My Velbon has a Markins head. I had the head before the tripod.

Smeggypants

Link Posted 11/02/2014 - 09:55
gartmore wrote:
I'm still using the Velbon I bought in 1976 although it has a had a Manfrotto head for the past twenty years. As Smeggypants says a good one should outlast you

Yup, following Armageddon all that will be left on earth is Cockroaches and well made tripods



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[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

swarf

Link Posted 11/02/2014 - 09:56
Red Snapper RS283, used with a couple of different heads - not the lightest, but solid, stable and well made. VERY good value compared to some of the better known names.

Phil
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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TonyM

Link Posted 11/02/2014 - 09:58
+1 for Red Snapper

vic cross

Link Posted 11/02/2014 - 10:29
UNI-LOC. Designed by the people who designed the original Benbo. As steep says. It's like wrestling with an octopus to start with but it is the most versatile waterproof tripod you'll find. Look it up.
CHEERS Vic.
Born again biker with lots of Pentax bits. Every day I wake up is a good day. I'm so old I don't even buy green bananas.

johnriley

Link Posted 11/02/2014 - 10:59
Quote:

Yup, following Armageddon all that will be left on earth is Cockroaches and well made tripods

And the slowly decaying Pentax MG that's in my garden. Project Decay....

I use a Manfrotto 055 and it's sturdy and reliable. Tripods just need to be functional.
Best regards, John

Smeggypants

Link Posted 11/02/2014 - 11:01
johnriley wrote:
Quote:

Yup, following Armageddon all that will be left on earth is Cockroaches and well made tripods

And the slowly decaying Pentax MG that's in my garden. Project Decay....

You'll have to teach the cockroaches to use a Manfrotto in the process of taking the images
[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

stub

Link Posted 11/02/2014 - 13:01
I'm with Manfrotto 055 and 498 ballhead. Solid as a rock. As stated, will never need another one.
K-1Gripped K-1 ungripped K-5ii K7 Various lenses

Stuart..

LennyBloke

Link Posted 11/02/2014 - 13:20
A tripod is worth spending a little extra on to get build and stability, some of the cheaper makes are quite flimsy and not always up to the job.

Manfrotto tripods do appear second hand fairly frequently (LCE quite often) at reasonable prices, and the heads can be found at fair prices too.

I use an 055 (heavyweight) or a 190MFV (lightweight) depending on what I'm doing.
LennyBloke
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