Travel Tripod - Smaller than this one? BENRO MeFOTO

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Birch_Tree
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In reply to Optical1, Aug 7, 2012

I use a compact vintage tripod for travel, the legs are telescopic and made out of brass. Brand is MEI and was made in Germany. Looks very similar to this vintage Zeiss Ikon tripod.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Made-Germany-Camera-Photograph-tripod-stand-Brass-ZEISS-IKON-/120885242026?pt=US_Tripods&hash=item1c255268aa

Paid I around $10 for mine from a local market, seen a few on Ebay for around $80-120 which I feel is to much. Its stable enough for most photos, but would move in a strong wind.

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In reply to Optical1, Aug 7, 2012

Hey, ya I did see that video. But it isn't so much a review than an Advert for "cowboystudios" products.

I guess the main thing I'm looking for from a review is someone to tell me just how low quality this tripod is... compared to the Sirui T005 ideally.

Optical1 wrote:

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So, I am about to pull the trigger on getting the Sirui T005 Travel Tripod. It seems to have all the features I'd like, plus the leg locks seem more versatile for setting the angle.

BUT.. then I stumbled on this even CHEAPER Chinese offering

http://www.ebay.com/itm/BK-555-Travelling-Portable-Contractive-Reflexed-Tripod-5-Sections-Ball-Head-/230803050982?pt=US_Tripods&hash=item35bcef11e6#ht_11071wt_1049

Anyone have any experience with this tripod? Its $50 cheaper than the Sirui, and I understand the quality will suffer... but at this price point, I have to do some research into it. Amazon.com has no user reviews on it just yet.....

Don't know if you saw this video from 'cowboystudio' on this tripod:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1BUKXy5iq30

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In reply to drpoop, Aug 8, 2012
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In reply to hinting, Aug 8, 2012

hinting wrote:

I use zipshot. Not as strudy or short, but lightweight and quick to operate.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/660803-REG/Tamrac_TR40601_TR406_ZipShot_Compact_Ultra_Light.html
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That is the largest camera/lens combination that you've successfully used with this tripod? I might consider this for international travel...

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In reply to drpoop, 11 months ago

Deciding to bump this because I've noticed new products that seem to address the center column problem that people were mentioning on earlier models.
There's a newer T005X (AL) and T025X (CF) that have a removeable center column. They run $140 and $240 respectively. This INCLUDES the C10X ballhead you were also raving about for its smaller size. (I really wonder if they were reading your posts here :-O)
http://www.sirui-photo.us/Sirui-T-0X-Tripod-Series.html
I can't seem to find any video reviews or whatnot, just the older t005 and t025 ones.

I was trying to decide between this one and the Benro A0690T Travel Angel

the sirui claims a 11.8'' folded length vs the 15'' travel angel. Based on appearance though, the travel angel does look to have a much beefier 'spider' column where the legs all connect? I'm also curious if a removeable center column is the same thing as one that will lower below the spider area. It seems like instead of lookin glike a 4th leg in the middle, it would just have nothing there. That seems like a big design difference so I wonder how that affects performance. Any more insight would be helpful. Thanks!

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