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02-24-2018, 12:56 PM   #16
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I don't believe I ever said Cheap. I said sturdy but light. I have a bag for the 055 but it is still too heavy to tote on my shoulder with strap attached.

My first tripod I bought some 20 years ago cost me $289. It too was a sturdy Bogen/Manfrotto. The center column came out to allow me to lower it almost flat on the ground. But 20 years ago, I was healthy, strong and determined. I could climb mountains, with tripod and backpack filled with cameras and lenses. Now I'm older, almost frail and my legs don't allow me to stand for long periods of time. I can't climb mountains any more. My 5'3" height and skinny frame can't carry a lot of weight on my shoulder and isn't enjoyable any more.


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My sympathies! I'm not the lad I was either, but thankful for many things still holding together. Hair is a notable exception...
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Question on the Slik. What type of plate does it have? My Manfrotto uses a rectangular quick release plate. Can I use those that I bought for it, on the Slik?
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QuoteOriginally posted by photolady95 Quote
Thanks but I think I'll pass. Since I'm only 5'3" I don't see needing one that extends to 6' either.
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Well, I'm 6'3" and besides, it collapses to 2 ft or less and when the legs are shortened and the center post lowered it is very sturdy, but to each their own. That's why there is such a variety.

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Well, I'm 6'3" and besides, it collapses to 2 ft or less and when the legs are shortened and the center post lowered it is very sturdy, but to each their own. That's why there is such a variety.
But you're correct, to each their own.
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Got this tripod for myself for Christmas, my first venture into carbon-fiber-land, and I've been very happy with it. I was coming from a heavy tank-like aluminum Manfrotto as my main full sized tripod. This one feels like it might not be much heavier than my travel tripod but it's full of sturdy.

amazon.com : Neewer Carbon Fiber 63?tag=pentaxforums-20&"/160cm Tripod Monopod with 360 Degree Ball Head, 1/4"Quick Shoe Plate, and Bubble Level Including Carrying Bag for DSLR Camera, Video Camcorder, Load Capacity 33lbs/15kg : Camera & Photo

I got the red version for being taller... It's under five pounds including the head... The black version is a little shorter and lighter and under $100...
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Thanks for you input Todd but those have the screw lock legs, and eventually, the screw type lose their ability to lock tight. I had one similar and one leg would not tighten down, and would slide up causing the Tripod to tilt over.
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Question on the Slik. What type of plate does it have?
Proprietary Slik plate.


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Proprietary Slik plate. Steve
Can I purchase extras? I have four cameras. One stays on the Manfrotto inside my house, near an open window. I'd like to get an extra release plate for one of my other cameras. Sometimes I carry two cameras when I'm out and about.
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Slik ordered. Will be here Thursday.
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It has to be not over $150. Used is good and I just need the legs. I currently own a Manfrotto 055XPROB. It's too heavy to carry around the river parks where I shoot my wild birds and I wanted something a bit lighter. My cameras are all on a hand strap so I would need something I can carry in my other hand without being too heavy, like the Manfrotto is. Can you help.
New won't be in your budget I expect, but the Feisol tripods are very good indeed if you can find a nice used one.
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Guess you didn't see I already bought the Slik that robjmitchell suggested. It will be here Thursday, got an email from B&H it shipped today.
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I bought the Slik, got it today and I'm disappointed in its structure. It's light, that's for sure but the legs are real skinny and I don't think it would stand up against the wind that blows hard enough to knock me over. I guess I'm going to have to figure out a way to tote the Manfrotto cause this Slik just isn't going to work.
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I was going to return this tripod but decided to keep it instead. If it doesn't work for me, I can always sell it later.
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