Curious if anyone can tell me more about this tripod?

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by W1MRK, May 26, 2011.

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    Hopefully it is ok to post this here.

    Scored this on Ebay

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dl...2BnpYR0BOATwRLAKGk%3D&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
     
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    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.
     
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    Thanks for your response. When you say shipping cost is out of wack did you mean too low or too high?
     
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    +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...)
     
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    Too high.
     
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    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 :)

     
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    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
     
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    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.
     
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    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:
     
  11. W1MRK, Jun 1, 2011
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    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
     

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