Ultra compact tripod?

Started Oct 22, 2012 | Discussions thread
drpoop
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Re: Another Sirui recommendation - but I prefer this one
In reply to kiri, Oct 23, 2012

kiri wrote:

NZ Scott wrote:

Kiri,

Earlier you expressed a liking for an aluminium Velbon tripod that is 115 pounds, which is about US$185 without a ballhead.

For slightly more than that (about $250) you could get a lighter and sturdier Sirui carbon fibre tripod. Some other posters have already recommended the smallest models to you, but I use and would recommend the slightly larger but taller and much more stable T-1204x.

The tripod weighs only 800g (28oz) without the ballhead, and about 1.1kg with a ballhead. Often it comes bundled with a Sirui G-10 ballhead, which should be more than adequate for M43 gear (I use a Photo Clam PC-33 ballhead on my Sirui tripod, which is better but more expensive than the G-10 ballhead).

The T-1204x is a real beauty. It's almost Gitzo quality, but at less than half the price. Here are some reviews of the T-1204x:

http://tripatlas.com/guides/Photography/2075/SIRUI_T1204X_Tripod_review

http://www.ecalpemos.nl/2012/02/25/new-tripod-sirui-t-1204x/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=06J-rugiArI

I own four tripods and the Sirui is easily the best in terms of build quality and capability. It is also, however, the most expensive.

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Hey NZ Scott. That one looks nice, but I'm leaning more towards the SIRUI T005X if I go with that brand.

Seems to have most of the features of the one you mentioned, but is considerably cheaper

Hey Kiri, ... I know you have lots of options. But if your considering the Sirui T005, I would suggest you quickly look at the Beike 555.

It won't be as high quality as the Sirui, but it's also considerably cheaper. I noticed that was one of your decision points.

Anyways, I purchased one off ebay, and it suits my needs quite well. It will do everything the Sirui will do, but for $75.

http://www.ebay.ca/itm/Beike-BK-555-Travelling-Portable-Contractive-Reflexed-Tripod-Camera-Ball-Head-/270989771405?pt=US_Tripods&hash=item3f183fc28d

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