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02-16-2014, 06:33 AM   #31
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QuoteOriginally posted by steve1307 Quote
The M-series Sirui are huge yes but rock solid.
You never know when those attributes might come back to help you. I bought a tripod many years ago that most folks would say was too big and heavy. I wanted something that could handle any format, from 35mm to 8X10, and do it from ground-level to above eye-level. Now...some 25+ years later, I find myself using it for video with my Q...where my 400mm becomes a 2000mm lens...and that solidness continues to pay unexpected dividends. I'm a big believer in having several tripods...or certainly, at least, two. One that reaches eye-level and can handle anything up to, say a 600mm lens...and another that maybe only goes from ground-level to chest-level, but which folds up extremely small and can be carried virtually anywhere.

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The M-series Sirui are huge yes but rock solid. I was ready to put my money down on an M3204 last year. I walked into a REAL store and stood next to it.
I walked out with an N-2204 instead and was better off to the tune of about $70. The legs tubes are 1 size smaller dia in each section compared to the M-3x04 line but very sturdy nonetheless.

BTW: I'm about 1 1/2" shorter than you.
I figured that it was still smaller folded up than the junk tripod I already had and when my kids are more mobile and allowing or trips farther from the car where I'd need to carry a tripod on a pack, I'd get a travel sized model, something like the T-025X.

I looked at the N-2204X, but it's another $200+ compared to the-3004X. That price difference almost covers the T-025X and I end up with a big solid tripod and a ridiculously compact model.
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