djohnfot: I have a very similar Velbon that seems to do everything these do yet it cost only 1/2 that of the lowest price reviewed model. The only significant difference is that the Velbon is mostly aluminum. Is it worth double price for carbon fiber?
OK...so Manuel may wear a funny hat...but he DOES know what he is talking about !!!!!
ManuelVilardeMacedo: I don't know how anyone could buy a tripod called '3 Leeged Thing Eddie'. Come on, it's ludicrous! If I had one of those, I'd never even mention I had a tripod to my friends. I'd be the laughing stock of the group.I have a Triopo carbon fibre tripod (OK, I admit it isn't a very serious name either...) that is a clone of the Sirui, save for having only one neoprene grip. I suspect there's a lot of OEM going on here, as the spiders of all tripods (bar the Gitzo) look very much alike. This is not a bad thing, as carbon fibre tripods have become quite affordable while retaining the properties of this material. I find, however, that the weight advantage evaporates somewhat when the head is mounted. Ball heads can be quite heavy, though they're very practical.
yeah..but then...who would wear a hat like you have in your avatar.Talk about laughing stock!!!! LOL!That is the two-headed George thing??!!??!!(Wait..wasn't that a "leave-behind?") :-)
I own the Gitzo which I use for my MFT kit and I own the older Feisol without the locking legs which I use for my FF kit.I immediately ditched the included ball heads (too basic) and got reasonably-priced but far superior PhotoClam ball heads and set up all my cameras with Markins Arca Swiss plates. It' stone only way to go! (Arca plates that is) These tripods are all I ever need except the occasional Feisol CF monopod. I only go up to 70-200mm w/1.4x on my FF Kit so the Feisol is just great for my needs.. and the best part is the incredible height that this comfortable, light, decently sturdy tripod it goes to from such a small, small package.I am considering selling my Feisol legs so that I can score on the newer locking leg model.Great stuff for the price paid.
I am not going to say anything about this camera (tee hee), except...Olympus or Panasonic REALLY could have taken a design cue on the Optional VF. REALLY!No design went into theirs and I think made a little function-follows-form exception...it would have made for a much sweeter looking appendage. Now I am not saying that the Leica VF is all-that...but it shows what a little effort can result in. :-)
For traveling I saved my pennies...bought a Gitzo GK1580TQR5 Series 1 Traveler 6x Carbon Fiber Tripod and a small Photoclam ball head and got a very tight fitting Benro case for compact travel and never looked back. I usually travel with my MFT kit..so this is more than I need when dealing with buses, trains and planes..Not cheap...but worth it to me.Use a Feisol and a PhotoClam Ball for my FF...economical and very light~
Just Ed: Think it looks quite ugly with that huge black EVF.
...but it is one of the coolest looking add-on EVF's ever!...but I will keep my EPL6 and EP5 with V-4's thanks. I have incredible lens selection, WAAAAAY faster glass (some of it Leica branded), and better performance all the way around....for less money. :-). I am sure that the image quality will be comparable as well!
HarryLally: Just to point out a typo in line 4 of the final para of the updated review: 'received' not 'recieved'.
Measurebate much? LOL!
Nordic created a fantasy world....either come in, and enjoy......or stay out! :-)
This makes the prices even MORE laughable. HEE HEE!!!!!!!
These are mesmerizing and totally fantastic. The second one is so fluid and unique! I don't shoot video...so I can just sit back and enjoy the content of each video....I appreciate the tech...but don't attach to it.Love them.
Refreshing to see some inspiring work here.
I like my Feisol and Photoclam head for my 5DIII (I only shoot stills and only go for the 70-200 with 1.4x as far as telephotos go...so I don't need to spend the kind of money people do on RRS tripods...)...My setup is SUPER LIGHT....AND sturdy....I have had more than on person, see it, pick it up and then say... "I have serious gear envy right now!".
If Leica (I mean Panasonic) had any BALLS...the would have made a white camera hand-tooled out of a solid block of ivory (damned the environmentalists).......with a SD-card door made of jade.
RichRMA: The lenses look remarkably like the m4/3'rds units Leica has made.
You mean: "that Panasonic has made" , no?
tkbslc: $1500 18-55 kit zoom?
AND with no IS...hee hee
John Roy: Infrared, it hasn't got any sort of battery door, plastic or otherwise. The bottom of the battery sits flush with the camera body.
Sorry...it's a plastic card-slot door...the inference is the same.....My name is Infared....(see...you can make mistakes, too! :-)...and what does the VF cost???? LOL!
Well it's only $4k for camera and lens and it has a plastic battery door.LOL! This is not a photographer tool..it's a fashionista's statement.
quezra: Where are all the m4/3 fanboys to explain how the EM1 is better?
What...WHAT...my E-PL6 is better than the M1 or the 645Z!!!!Smaller, faster, lighter....LOL!Actually..this new Pentax looks very impressive at the price-point it is being offered at. I think it fills a niche that lot of serious shooters will take it into consideration for captures that should be impressive. Can't wait to see a full review.
$949. So cool!