Tripod advice needed, please!

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michaelbs
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Tripod advice needed, please!
Apr 6, 2013

I have bought a Benro G3 ballhead and am looking for a tripod.

I know it's a compromise between size and stability.
I'm looking for a tripod that is short when folded but long when extended.

It needs to be very stable/solid and easy to handle.

I've been looking at the Benro C3580T:
http://www.digitalrev.com/product/benro-classic-carbon-c3580t/MTE5MTc_A


Benro Classic Carbon C3580T
Number of Leg Sections 4 
Maximum Diameter 32.5 mm 
Minimum Diameter 22mm 
Maximum Height 1870 mm 
Mininium Height 375mm 
Folded Length 610mm 
Weight 2.04kg 
Maximum Load 18kg
I like everything about it except its folded length: 61cm. I would prefer something around the 50cm area.
Can you recommend a tripod with specs in that ballgame but shorter than 61cm when folded?

The heaviest equipment I would use with it would be the Canon 5D3 with 70-200L IS f2.8 mkII.

But I like the maximum load of 18kg and would not go under 12kg in max load.

Canon EOS 5D Mark III
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