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05-15-2012, 03:16 PM   #1
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Tripod suggestion

Does anyone know about or have any experience with "Detai" tripods. There is a seller from Hong Kong who lists these on ebay for $170 including shipping. It is of carbon fiber construction, and comes with a ball head.Also one of the legs detaches to convert into a monopod, which I think is quite clever. I have been looking for an inexpensive tripod and really want something lightweight. Anyone here thinks this is worth buying? Here is a listing: Professional Carbon Fiber Camera Tripod Monopod Ball Head For SLR DSLR With Bag | eBay
Would like to know the advise of forum members - buy or don't buy? And any other feedback appreciated.

Edit: here is a Vivitar one for $125

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05-15-2012, 04:07 PM   #2
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I use this one.

Sunpak 423PX2 3-Section Carbon Fiber Tripod 620-423-CFT-PX2 B&H

It works well for what it is. Light weight and includes a carry bag. I picked up a cheap monopod at Walmart and switch the head over to it when I don't want to use the tripod.

05-16-2012, 06:48 PM   #3
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Thank you Rodger. Will check it out.
So, no one has anything to say about the Chinese tripods?
05-16-2012, 07:46 PM   #4
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Most tripods are made in China. You may get a good bargain. You may get junk. I got a Smith Victor for about the same price and have been happy with it. It's a bit heavier and steadier than the Sunpak. It comes with an Arca Swiss compatible ball head that works fine. There's a real advantage to getting an Arca compatible head. There are many, many plates available and many heads. It will offer you greater flexibility down the road.

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QuoteOriginally posted by debmalya Quote
Does anyone know about or have any experience with "Detai" tripods.
I looked up Detai, all I found was this: DETAI means Don't Even Think About It
I think that's a sign!
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That is a very witty reply - LOL
I have been considering the Smith Victor after reading Michael's post. Thank you very much for the tip. I have stopped thinking about the DETAI.
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After much research I finally ordered a Sirui T2205X carbon fiber five section tripod with a Sirui K-10X ball head. This seems to be quite light and compact combo. Will see...
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I got this Ravelli carbon fiber one for $90, and it has worked out very well.

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I picked up a Benro Travel Angel a couple of years ago. It has worked out well. If you are able to get a tripod with an Arca-Swiss head, all the better. AS is pretty much the standard. I also found a used Manfratto that I acquired. Its larger and heaver and for various uses, better.

I will say, that I have no patience for leveling tripods. The ballhead is wonderful for this. Just be advised that most ballheads that sit on a panning table, you need to have the tripod perfectly level in order to have the panning table pan level. The alternative is a much more expensive ballhead that has the panning table on top of the ballhead. If you are not going to do a lot of pannig - then its a moot point.


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