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W1MRK
May 26, 2011, 09:25 PM
Hopefully it is ok to post this here.

Scored this on Ebay

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&_trksid=p4340.l2557&rt=nc&nma=true&item=260787091686&si=WvdYwoQ3zK%252BnpYR0BOATwRLAKGk%253D&viewitem=#ht_500wt_1156

Looks like a Spring Action Husky Tripod from what I have researched but i do not know if they are any good or not. I will be using it at a local nature preserve on a observation deck. Nikon D80 and 18-155 and 70-300mm Lenses.

Anyone have any experience with these and can tell me how sturdy they are?


Thanks

Mike



Chisholm
May 26, 2011, 11:21 PM
Never heard of them. From my experience, the movable parts are where to look for quality (or lack of). That one looks to be a lot of plastic with very small gears. Inexpensive, but the shipping cost is pretty out of whack.

good luck! We only use Manfrotto/ Gitzo tripods in my place. There are better and you can pay as much as you want to. But remember, it needs to keep the glass from hitting the floor.

W1MRK
May 27, 2011, 09:59 AM
Thanks for your response. When you say shipping cost is out of wack did you mean too low or too high?

ksmith80209
May 27, 2011, 10:12 AM
good luck! We only use Manfrotto/ Gitzo tripods in my place. There are better and you can pay as much as you want to. But remember, it needs to keep the glass from hitting the floor.

+1 on Manfrotto. I just found that Amazon has the Manfrotto 055CXPro (carbon fiber, tall, 90 degree rotating centerpost) for $340 — $50 less than any place else. This is a great option if you need a light but super sturdy tripod.

(of course, it is slightly more expensive than that eBay tripod...)

Chisholm
May 27, 2011, 11:03 AM
Thanks for your response. When you say shipping cost is out of whack did you mean too low or too high?

Too high.

W1MRK
May 27, 2011, 11:46 AM
My budget was only $ 40 for a used one that is strong and will hold her steady. Wish i could get the Manfrotto. Still need to save some cash for a Hoya Circular Polarizer Thanks for the responses :)

+1 on Manfrotto. I just found that Amazon has the Manfrotto 055CXPro (carbon fiber, tall, 90 degree rotating centerpost) for $340 $50 less than any place else. This is a great option if you need a light but super sturdy tripod.

(of course, it is slightly more expensive than that eBay tripod...)

W1MRK
May 27, 2011, 11:49 AM
Just came across this auction. Looks similar to the one I bought. Looks sturdy but the spring confuses me a bit. My current Focal tripod has no spring.

http://cgi.ebay.com/QUICKSET-HUSKY-TRIPOD-W-SPRING-BALANCED-HEAD-Quick-Set-/110689286876?pt=US_Tripods&hash=item19c5987adc#ht_500wt_1156

compuwar
May 27, 2011, 11:56 AM
My budget was only $ 40 for a used one that is strong and will hold her steady. Wish i could get the Manfrotto. Still need to save some cash for a Hoya Circular Polarizer Thanks for the responses :)

No tripod this side of $120-150 is going to be a great tripod. You should read Thom Hogan's tripod article. http://www.bythom.com/support.htm

Paul

HBOC
May 28, 2011, 01:07 PM
if you look on craigslist, or even FredMiranda.com (buy and sell forum), you can find used tripods that would fit within your budget. I sold a Manfrotto 3001PRO (albeit it was used for 7 years) for $60. Worked perfect.

HBOC
May 28, 2011, 01:09 PM
Too high.

That shipping isn't too high. If I am reading it correctly, it showed $12.50. I am sure that thing weighs 6-7 lbs. I shipped a Manfrotto 055XPROB last year and it cost me $21. :confused::confused::confused:

W1MRK
Jun 1, 2011, 04:44 PM
Well it came today and I wanted to say that if anyone can find this tripod for under $50 GRAB IT. Made in the USA in Northbrook IL and heavy. I underpaid for shipping. Was about 3 dollars over via USPS. Almost all metal except the knobs. Best Money I have spent in a while since my D80. Attached some pics. This thing is meant for TV cameras if I didnt know better. Action is smooth and steady. Thanks all