Tripod advice: Sirui/Vanguard system versus Velbon

Started Sep 27, 2012 | Discussions thread
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Tripod advice: Sirui/Vanguard system versus Velbon
Sep 27, 2012

I lost my much used Velbon tripod with Manfrotto QR system when I left it on top of my car as I drove away. I now want to replace it. I’m looking at either:

Sirui T-1205X Carbon Fiber Tripod with a Vanguard GH-100 Pistol-Grip Ballhead for about $380 total;

Or a . . . Velbon UT 45L 6-Section Aluminum Tripod w/ PHD-42Q 4-Way Head for about $200.

The Velbon is lighter, only 2.75lbs versus 3.5 lbs for the other, but I’m thinking that the Sirui/Vanguard system will be sturdier, hold more weight if needed, and the max. and min. heights are a bit more. I like the idea of the pistol grip adjustment as well.

Any thoughts on these choices? Best, David.

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