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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · Recommend a Aluminium Tripod


It seems like the only type of tripod worth mentioning and buying is carbon fibre. What's wrong with a solid & well built Al / alloy tripod if you don't need to travel with it everywhere?

If you had to choose one what would it be?



Jul 19, 2012 at 09:08 PM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Recommend a Aluminium Tripod


I bought a Benro A3580F four months ago and couldn't be happier. It's well priced, stable and very light. The difference in weight to carbon fibre seems negligible too. I have now kissed Manfrotto goodbye, perhaps forever.


Jul 19, 2012 at 09:30 PM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Recommend a Aluminium Tripod


In winter a CF tripod is much - just saying...


Jul 20, 2012 at 06:09 PM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Recommend a Aluminium Tripod


..better (is there an edit function here ?)


Jul 20, 2012 at 06:09 PM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Recommend a Aluminium Tripod


Yes, there is an edit function.

CF does have the capacity of seeming warmer than metal simply because it doesn't transfer heat as well as metal.

If weight is not a factor, aluminum is the way to go as it is far less expensive than carbon fiber.

Edit to add: The edit button is at the bottom right of your post, by the quote & buttons.



Jul 20, 2012 at 07:38 PM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · Recommend a Aluminium Tripod


runamuck wrote:
Yes, there is an edit function.

CF does have the capacity of seeming warmer than metal simply because it doesn't transfer heat as well as metal.

If weight is not a factor, aluminum is the way to go as it is far less expensive than carbon fiber.

Edit to add: The edit button is at the bottom right of your post, by the quote & buttons.


+1



Jul 20, 2012 at 07:52 PM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · Recommend a Aluminium Tripod


I agree aluminium is the way to go. Can you recommend one if you had to choose just one?

$150 used, for just the legs, is about where my budget is.



Jul 20, 2012 at 09:17 PM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · Recommend a Aluminium Tripod


Manfrotto 055, or 190 (which is a bit smaller).

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/504845-REG/Manfrotto_055XPROB_055XPROB_Aluminum_Tripod_Legs.html

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/479927-REG/Manfrotto_190XPROB_190XPROB_Pro_Aluminum_Tripod.html



Jul 20, 2012 at 09:43 PM
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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · Recommend a Aluminium Tripod


I recently bought an Induro tripod and so far I like it really well. It seems very well made and nicely finished. It has 'twist lock' mechanisms on the legs which I like better than lever-type leg locks. Since I bought one of the smaller models, I couldn't justify (for myself) spending the extra money on the carbon-fiber model.


Jul 21, 2012 at 01:27 AM
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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · Recommend a Aluminium Tripod


Edit to add: The edit button is at the bottom right of your post, by the quote & buttons.

Thanks, actually I (on firefox 12.0) don't see either, must be a browser (or adblock) problem. Thanks anyway


Regards

Claus


P.S: OK The five buttons appear if I disable adblock and reload, nice to know

Regards



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p.1 #11 · p.1 #11 · Recommend a Aluminium Tripod


ClausC wrote:
In winter a CF tripod is much - just saying...


Cloth tape on aluminum. Problem solved. And better grip when carrying.




Jul 21, 2012 at 01:42 PM
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p.1 #12 · p.1 #12 · Recommend a Aluminium Tripod


You can also use foam pipe insulation. Measure the diameter of the top tube and get the split foam. Apply as if it were a pipe.


Jul 23, 2012 at 04:18 AM
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p.1 #13 · p.1 #13 · Recommend a Aluminium Tripod


dcains wrote:
Manfrotto 055, or 190 (which is a bit smaller).

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/504845-REG/Manfrotto_055XPROB_055XPROB_Aluminum_Tripod_Legs.html



X2 for the Manfrotto 055!

I've been using mine for a decent while now and i love it. It also has a rubberized grip on two sides for comfortable carrying for those winter folks.



Jul 23, 2012 at 06:58 AM
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p.1 #14 · p.1 #14 · Recommend a Aluminium Tripod


It's back. In all it's unsung 8 pounds of glory. The Dynatran 858
http://www.ebay.com/itm/BRAND-NEW-AT-858-B-AMVONA-DYNATRAN-SLR-DIGITAL-CAMERA-TRIPOD-AND-CARRYING-BAG-/190696035879?_trksid=p5197.m1992&_trkparms=aid%3D111000%26algo%3DREC.CURRENT%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D14%26meid%3D813238067591024274%26pid%3D100015%26prg%3D1006%26rk%3D1%26

Looks like somebody found a bunch in a warehouse somewhere.




Jul 23, 2012 at 04:45 PM
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p.1 #15 · p.1 #15 · Recommend a Aluminium Tripod


I still haven't found one I really like.

So far the Induro AT313 seems interesting. It has a reasonable height with center column retracted at 62" (don't want use it the extended the center column).

The lowest it can go is 7". Not overly heavy and good weight capacity.

Looks like a solid performer for indoor and out.

Does anyone have any experience with Induro? Are they cheap Chinese made tripods like Benro seems to have a bad rep for?



Jul 26, 2012 at 11:20 PM
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p.1 #16 · p.1 #16 · Recommend a Aluminium Tripod


I posted @9-10 down. Anything specific?


Jul 27, 2012 at 09:42 AM
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p.1 #17 · p.1 #17 · Recommend a Aluminium Tripod


Induro and Benro are the same, but they have improved vastly the past year or so.
Actually, Induro has come up with their own unique products not available from Benro or anyone else so I guess they are trying to be a separate entity now.



Aug 28, 2012 at 12:19 PM
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p.1 #18 · p.1 #18 · Recommend a Aluminium Tripod


there is nothing wrong with alloy tripods as long as you understand their usability and you. there is no reason in reality to use a CF tripod in a studio type situation or when no distance carrying involved.

you also have the Manfrotto line of tripods to look into.

http://www.manfrotto.us/?ref=1

the induro line of tripods was specifically brought out to be a seperate design, build (different manufacturing facility) and distribution network from benro from day one.





Aug 28, 2012 at 01:37 PM
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p.1 #19 · p.1 #19 · Recommend a Aluminium Tripod


I have a Slik 700DX that is pretty good. I pulled the head and put a used Arca BH-1 ball head on it and I like it much much better now. Lever locks are ok for me, and the center column can be split, so I usually only run it with half a center column to keep me from being tempted to go too high and lose stability.

Paul



Aug 29, 2012 at 04:14 AM
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p.1 #20 · p.1 #20 · Recommend a Aluminium Tripod


I own a Induro AT313 with Induro BHS2 for about a year now, and I have to say the stability is EXCELLENT especially for its price point and I love the extension of up to 175cm, which should be enough for anyone. It appears to be quite alot more stable than Manfrotto 055, and Induro's twist-to-unlock leg makes it much easier to use in my experience.
Only thing that bothers me about AT313 is its weight, but as you said you won't travel everywhere with it, shouldn't be a problem for you.
But I do advise against Induro BHS ballheads as it seems to creep a little when you tighten it at first, even with 5D II with Tamron 70-300 VC which isn't exactly that heavy.



Sep 25, 2012 at 12:59 AM
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