My new $70 tripod.

Started Dec 29, 2012 | Discussions thread
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SirSeth
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My new $70 tripod.
Dec 29, 2012

I needed something more stable for my Tamron SP 300mm f2.8. With a 2.0x or 1.4x (or both) any bump or breeze was causing uncontrollable jitters with my Slik Pro DX700 legs. I have a Gimbal head coming, so I hope to use the Bigron more often.

The total outlay was about $70, mostly for the Feisol carbon center column. The legs are old maple hockey sticks on the outside and walnut from a window frame down the middle. A 15 degree V-notch allows the legs to track correctly when adjusted. Clamps are custom. Knobs help keep the walnut inline, as well as serving as stops and adjustment handles. Total weight is 7lbs (about the same weight as a Berlebach). Height fully extended is almost neck level without the head and without extending the center column. I'm 6'1", so it should be near perfect with the Lensmaster gimbal.

I've used it several times and I like it more and more. It's very stable (best I've owned). I wouldn't go backpacking with it, but I'll make a shoulder strap for short ventures and car based stuff. There are a few scrapes that I need to sand and re-varnish. Oops. Otherwise, I'm pleased with the legs and feel they will do the distance.

Thanks for looking,

Seth

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Head Detail (with oops).

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