Giottos Vitruvian VGRN8255 or Sirui T-025x Tripod for travel & general purpose

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Giottos Vitruvian VGRN8255 or Sirui T-025x Tripod for travel & general purpose
2 months ago

Hi all!

New to the forum so please be gentle! I'm hoping to traveling through China for 3 weeks towards the end of the year and need a decent tripod to go with my Olympus EPL5 with 12-40mm f/2.8 Pro Lens, so a bit heavier than the usual lenses.

Heard great raves about the Sirui T-025x and this is most probably what I will go for but I have a chance to get the slightly heavier (and heightier) refurbished Giottos Vitruvian VGRN8255 with MH5400-652 Ball Head second hand for roughly the same price as the CB Sirui.

Sirui T-025x: http://www.amazon.co.uk/SIRUI-T-025X-Tripod-Ballhead-Carbon/dp/B00AZTCHK2

Giottos Vitruvian VGRN8255 with MH5400-652 Ball Head: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Giottos-Vitruvian-VGR8255-MH5310-630-Carbon/dp/B003AJDGAE/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1405435444&sr=1-1-fkmr0&keywords=Giottos+Vitruvian+VGRN8255+with+MH5400-652+Ball+Head

My existing tripod is a Manfrotto Compact MKC3-PF Tripod with Ball Head:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Manfrotto-Compact-MKC3-PF-Tripod-Silver/dp/B005QVLXFE

It was okay for a while, and weight wise very good, but I find it pretty unstable and the twist screw ball head design not very practical.

Obviously I don't wanna carry more weight as I have too (especially with the 12-40mm weight), and I plan to get a good amount of landscape shots so I'll be carrying it around most days I would imagine.

Would be much appreciated if anyone has used any of these pods' and could share there thoughts on the matter!

Many thanks,

M Carnaby

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Olympus 12-40mm F2.8 Olympus PEN E-PL5
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