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10-14-2014, 04:50 AM   #1
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Help me choose tripod for K3

Hello,

I just bought Pentax 15mm and I need tripod for my K3.

* budget around 300USD
* panorama head
* not too heavy - i often go shooting on my bike

I have 2 recommendation - Manfrotto T 190XPRO3 + MHXPRO-3W
or
Giottos YTL9383 + Giottos 3D head MH5002

Thank you very much!

10-14-2014, 05:46 AM   #2
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Check out Oben's CT-3581 and CT-3561.
Nature and astronomy photographer David Kingham did a good real-life review of the big brother CT- 2491:
David Kingham | Review of Oben CT-2491 Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs
10-14-2014, 05:52 AM   #3
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QuoteOriginally posted by Hufseking Quote
Check out Oben's CT-3581 and CT-3561.
Nature and astronomy photographer David Kingham did a good real-life review of the big brother CT- 2491:
David Kingham | Review of Oben CT-2491 Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs
Looks really good, but its not selling in my country ;] (Czech rep.)
10-14-2014, 07:33 AM   #4
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QuoteOriginally posted by kref Quote
Hello,

I just bought Pentax 15mm and I need tripod for my K3.

* budget around 300USD
* panorama head
* not too heavy - i often go shooting on my bike

I have 2 recommendation - Manfrotto T 190XPRO3 + MHXPRO-3W
or
Giottos YTL9383 + Giottos 3D head MH5002

Thank you very much!
I am getting ready to replace my tripod. The one that I like for my budget which is a little lower than yours. is the Sunpack 423 (I believe). B&H has it for sale for $129 USD. It has a pistol grip and is made of Carbon Fiber. it can handle weight up to 11 Kilos.

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Looks really good, but its not selling in my country ;] (Czech rep.)
Haven't found it here in Norway either. So I ordered from B&H, shipping costs was low, and I got it 8 days after ordering.
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QuoteOriginally posted by kref Quote
... not too heavy - i often go shooting on my bike ...
Pay attention to tripod length as well as weight when biking. You want something that folds up compactly. Consider 4-section instead of 3-section folding legs. As an example, compare the Manfrotto 190XPRO4 to the 190XPRO3.
10-15-2014, 01:20 PM   #7
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Look at the Sirui T-025X. Smallest and lightest of the high-quality tripods, it's probably the best when traveling or moving around a lot.

Review: Sirui T-025x Travel Tripod - Introduction | PentaxForums.com Reviews

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I have a 190CX3 which I think is similar to the ones you are looking at but made of carbon fiber instead of aluminum.
It's very nice, not super compact due to being a 3 section instead of 4 but I went with 3 for quicker setup and takedown. I have a little travel tripod if I need to be really compact (that is heavier than this one but smaller). I find it's not bad on the bike for around town but I wouldn't do a real mountain bike ride with it, or at least not often. I have also carried it XC skiing and only whacked myself in the head with it once!

I have the Manfrotto 498RC4 head on it which handles simple panos very well. There are no indexed stops in the rotation but that's not a problem for me.
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The issue for some (including me) with Manfrotto ball heads is that for the most part they are not Arca Swiss compatible. This is important if you plan on using other heads for heavier lenses. You will then have to buy a separate line of QR plates, which is a hassle. Plus you can obtain a greater selection of excellent Arca Swiss-compatible plates (especially for new camera bodies over the years) made by third parties (like Kirk or RRS)--or cheapos that may do the job from ebay.

Besides that, I think Manfrotto tripods are excellent and own a couple myself.

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Seems that Manfrotto might have come a round...
Manfrotto creates Arca-Swiss compatible 'Top Lock' quick release: Digital Photography Review

I like my 475B. Good calorie burner.

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10-15-2014, 06:07 PM   #11
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3 Legged Things make great tripods. They are fairly new so they're not as known as Manfrotto and Giottos but I own a Rick and a Eddie and they are simply just great. The ball head isn't bad, on par with everyone else I guess.

Right in your price range and quality wise it is very hard to beat.

3 Legged Thing Punks-Rick Carbon Fiber Tripod 3PKRICK B&H Photo
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