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08-06-2011, 10:28 AM   #16
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I am not up to day but Vanguard (Chinese brand) used to make crap.
really?! i didn know vanguard is from china.. not sure about that. but look at TIPA awards they have got =O

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really?! i didn know vanguard is from china.. not sure about that. but look at TIPA awards they have got =O
I think I have mistaken this brand with another one. My bad.
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thx guys!!
after read all the replies and i have dicided to rise my budget to $450 AUD
yeah, things at AU are expensive but anyway..

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Have you checked out the Feisol I recommended? They have various models. Not sure about a retailer in AU but you can go to the international (Taiwan) site. You might sneak one in under your budget. But be sure to get a model with Anti-Rotation Legs -- it's worth the difference.
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I see that Giotto has a new tripod out competitive with the Feisol combo I recommended. The Vitruvian VGR8265 is heavier, has an extra leg segment (inconvenient) and sells for 450. Otherwise very similar, even down to the included ball head.

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Look around in your local stores to see what brands they have in tripods. Manfrottos seem to be quite popular in Aussie stores, but check their availability where you are. I got my set from an Aussie trader on eBay totalling about $400 about 3 years ago. You could get lucky yourself this way...
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Have you checked out the Feisol I recommended?
yes i did but it's quite hard to grab one in AU and one problem is.,..i want a horizontal column T.T
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These guys are based in Taiwan so shipping to AU would be quick and easy. They have a horizontal column option and just about everything else. In fact, their product line is extensive and a bit confusing.

If you want to test out something in-store then cross them off your list.
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These guys are based in Taiwan so shipping to AU would be quick and easy. They have a horizontal column option and just about everything else. In fact, their product line is extensive and a bit confusing.

If you want to test out something in-store then cross them off your list.
That's unfortunate and that's why I end up with a Sirui tripod instead of the Feisol. I really like the center column on the Feisol, it's extremely versatile and can be totally removed. But nowhere you can actually try the tripod.

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Well, I can't try any good gear here in Ireland so everything I get is sight unseen -- that's how I started on Pentax. If I hadn't taken a leap of faith I'd have bought one of the dominant brands.
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I am a fan of the Joby Gorillapod. The GP8 with ball head will be under $200 on the net. These pods wrap around whatever solid object is around, but can be used as a mini tripod. It can handle up to 5 kg. Go for 1 size bigger in Gorillapod than you think you need.
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