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Posted: 22/05/2009 13:34:42
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Can anybody recommend a cheapish tripod;

Sturdy enough to carry an SLR without wobbling;
Robust enough to take a few knocks underground without disintegrating;
That extends to at least 1.3M but will still fit in a rucksack comfortably?


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Posted: 22/05/2009 13:50:51
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The Hama Star (42 I think) is the current weapon of choice for Vanoord, SimonRL and (iirc) the Colonel.

It's available from Tesco for around a tenner and is perfect with the Nikon 8400.

HOWEVER, I've tried mine with my D80 and it's not perfect as there's a bit of movement that's due to the tripod not being strong enough - and certainly you couldn't extend the centre post up.

It does work, but you need to use a remote or the timer to activate the camera otherwise it'll get blurry.

It's a decent and cheap tripod that's proven underground, but it may not be particularly steady when used with a heavy camera. And - to be honest - three years service for my tripod, including being dropped, bashed, used as a walking stick, dragged through mud and water etc. and it's still going!

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Posted: 22/05/2009 13:53:45
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With a 1Kg DLSR on top of it, it's about as unstable as a web developer on a Monday morning Wink IP: 83.148.135.213
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Posted: 22/05/2009 14:01:02
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That's what I use as well and its what I generally blame for my blurry photos. I hate it with a passion and coincidentally have spent my lunchtime scouring the Argos and Jessops websites looking for a replacement.

That said, looking at the quality of Vanoord, Simon and Colonel Mustard's photos I may have to find a new excuse.

Going to try and get a replacement this weekend. If I succeed you're welcome to have mine.
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Posted: 22/05/2009 14:01:55
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buy cheap but twice i have learnt. I now have two on the go after all the cheap ones proved useless. A manfrotto 055xpro with a redsnapper ball head. Far too heavy for underground though.

The one that i use for underground most though is a giottos and a mini ball head.

http://ffordes.com/

give them a ring explain what you want and see what is in there graded section.

The GB1140 Legs + Ball & Socket Head looks perfect.

I bought my leica from them


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Posted: 22/05/2009 15:01:50
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Take a look at the Velbon range, sparty_lea.
I recently bought the Velbon Ultra Maxi M with the PHD-31Q head and I'm very impressed and pleased with it. £49.
Folded, 33cms. Fully extended, 138cms. Weight, 0.9kg. Rated max. load is 1.5kg. when fully extended.
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Posted: 22/05/2009 17:57:03
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That tripod that I use is a Manfrotto Modo 785B. You can get them for about 29 quid now and they fold up to a small size considering they go quite high. Also have a ball head with a compact pistol grip, so none of those bulky pan & tilt handles to get in the way. Mine goes into a tackle bag easily and thats with my homemade Polyfilla tub Daren DrumSmile IP: 90.203.50.241
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Posted: 22/05/2009 20:49:00
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Thanks for all the advice, and suggestions.
I'll give the Hama a miss then, my Canon is quite heavy.

My original tripod was a Velbon and did ok (til some towrag nicked it) I'll have a look at those thanks.

I was tempted by that Manfrotto BL, but was put off since it was recommended only for camcorders and p&s cameras, do you find it steady enough when it's fully extended?
I think my Canon is maybe a wee bit heavier than your D80.

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Posted: 22/05/2009 21:23:33
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I needed a new tripod for underground, probably a year or so back.
Having nowhere else in particular to go I wondered into Argos.
I bought a tripod under the "Kodak" brandname for £14.99.
Its relatively light, sturdy, and does the job. Yes its had a few knocks, and I dare say in another few years it will want replacing.
But its there, its not a heavy job, its reasonably sturdy, and cheap.
My experience of any kind of super compact, folded fits into your shirt pocket type thing, is that they break in 5 minutes.
Just my view.

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Posted: 22/05/2009 21:30:57
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I use a Manfrotto 785shb - about 6cm shorter when folded than the b version. Very stable with my Nikon SLR even though it's not recommended for them.
Only problem has been that the clips that lock the legs are a bit fragile, but Manfrotto are pretty good with warranty claims -they have replaced 2 now.
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Posted: 22/05/2009 22:33:25
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Yes the Manfrotto is recommended for compacts etc but I used mine for all kinds of underground stuff and its really tough. I only got a new one because I left mine in Whitesike mine (Roy found it!)

It handles my Nikon D80 SLR no problem and it has a quick release plate which is really handy underground, saves unscrewing the camera everytime you want to put it away. I paid 60 quid for the first one but they can be got now for half that price. I'll show it to you next week.

EDIT: A guy I know even uses one of these occasionally and puts a 200mm lens on it. Probably not recommended as its not too stable outdoors when its windy but it has never collapsed yet Smile
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Posted: 22/05/2009 22:59:51
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Roy still has it and will be up in July

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Posted: 22/05/2009 23:06:34
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Ah yes, I have a rather ancient Manfrotto, which is absolutely wonderful and built like a tank. Yes, it's heavy, but it's bombproof and the mechanisms are artworks. Much recommended!

Word of warning: the little Gorilla Pod for pocket-sized digital camera is a wonderful thing, but the large one for DSLRs is one of the most useless creations that the work has ever seen Cursing

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Posted: 22/05/2009 23:06:54
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royfellows wrote:

Roy still has it and will be up in July


Nice one Roy, cheers Thumbs Up
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Posted: 23/05/2009 07:35:51
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Thanks Guys,Flowers
I've ordered a Manfrotto 718B DIGI MINI its a wee bit taller than the 785s at 139.5cm extended, and rated for 1.5kg.
Still reasonably priced at £42.93 including delivery.

You can be sure it will get plenty of use (abuse) once it arrives and I'll let you know how it copes with troglodite life. Smile
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Posted: 26/05/2009 12:41:23
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Take a look at the Velbon range, sparty_lea.
I recently bought the Velbon Ultra Maxi M with the PHD-31Q head and I'm very impressed and pleased with it. £49.
Folded, 33cms. Fully extended, 138cms. Weight, 0.9kg. Rated max. load is 1.5kg. when fully extended.


where is this £49 as it is exactly what i have been looking for for a while
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Posted: 26/05/2009 13:30:32
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Cambrian Photography. Mind you, I was purchasing other bits of kit and got a bit of a discount, paid in cash. On line, they're offering it for £59. IP: 92.18.67.105
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Posted: 26/05/2009 17:43:47
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Hmm, food for thought. My Hama Star fell to pieces the weekend before last and is now very wobbly... IP: 83.148.135.213
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Posted: 26/05/2009 17:50:53
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If it's the joints where the bracing struts meet the legs (where mine failed) you can epoxy (araldite) them into position and the whole thing is made a lot more stable Smile

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Posted: 26/05/2009 17:51:58
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Parys mine ate my first one, and the handle has snapped off this one, as well as the thread being stripped so the head doesn't tighten and the camera flaps around... IP: 83.148.135.213
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