Best Buy Rocketfish carbon fiber tripod?

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by mtbdudex, Apr 26, 2010.

  1. mtbdudex macrumors 68000

    mtbdudex

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    Anybody here have/try the Best Buy Rocketfish carbon fiber tripod?
    Just $149, I've have one for 2 weeks and am on fencepost about it.
    I clearly need a more capable tripod than my current Manfrotto 785B Modo http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=410097&highlight=tripod
    The Rocketfish seems very-very stable, is more than tall enough for me (I'm 5'9"), but is also tall folded. Not really a lightweight, but considering the 3-way pan head weight is included 5.8 lbs...
    • Product Height 28.7" - 65.5"
    • Product Weight 5.8 lbs.
    http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Rocketf...63119&id=1218093003220#tabbed-customerreviews
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    while I'm asking, I've had the Manfrotto 785B Modo pistol grip for 2+ years now and that seem "gimmicky" in a way, and never enough positive retention.

    So, Ball head vs 3 way head pros/cons?
    If you have had both what do you prefer and why?
    -3-way heavier but more precise for movement along an axis you set-up.
    -While Ball head is lighter, quick and gets the job done but hard to move in one axis for specific shots?

    Thx for bandwidth/simple feedback.

    Bottom line, my budget is $250-$275, that's it.
    If I can I'll swing to Camera Mart in Pontiac or Adrians in Troy, but so busy at work and weekends packed hard to do real world grab /feel/test sampling.....
     
  2. Designer Dale macrumors 68040

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    I had a Velbon with a three way head for 20 years and it always drove me nuts. I kept forgetting which knob/lever went in the direction I wanted. I now have the Manfrotto 755XB with the Manfrotto 488 ball head. It's super stable (and heavy) and the ball head is wonderful. Very easy to use. The 190 is a good tripod to look at. I don't know if you included it in your comparison or not.

    Edit: RocketFish is owned by Best Buy. I had a bluetooth keyboard from them and it died in three months. I tried to return it to BB and they told me they didn't return low-cost items. That was only for big screen TVs and such. They told me to call RocketFish. RocketFish told me to take it to BB...

    Dale
     
  3. Nostromo macrumors 65816

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    A good tripod head has a ball head. Forget all the other stuff.
     
  4. mtbdudex thread starter macrumors 68000

    mtbdudex

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    Ok; I hear both of ya.

    This ballhead looks awesome, is light, and well...cost more than my total budget, but I'm willing to up it now after doing research.
    My budget is now $500-600....and hopefully this will be the "last" tripod I need for 10 years.
    http://acratech.net/product.php?productid=7&cat=1&page=1
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    Plus one of the CF tripod by FEISOL
    http://reallybigcameras.com/Feisol/Tripods
    CT-3401 Standard Class Tripod
    with Optional Center Column Kit

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  5. = bluntman = macrumors regular

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    I bought one of these (from BB) when they were sold as Velbon El Carmagne tripods (carbon legs and magnesium spider/head), it was my first carbon tripod. It was OK, but I couldn't use my heavier equipment with it - the carbon in the legs wasn't that thick and the head was just sloppy (some play even when tightened). After a little bit of use I decided to upgrade to a Induro CT314 carbon legs and a a Gitzo GH1780QR ball head.
     
  6. gnd macrumors 6502a

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    There are a lot of threads about tripods, but in this case I think this one might be the answer you're looking for.
     
  7. Ruahrc macrumors 65816

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    Can't go wrong with Feisol or Acratech. I have heard good things from both. Might also want to consider Markins for the ballhead which doesn't have a huge presence here in the US but for those that use them (myself included) they perform superbly.

    Ruahrc

    P.S. unless you have some specific purpose in mind, I would not bother with the center column. Just mount the ballhead directly onto the platform. Less cost, weight, and complexity. I believe that if you are buying the right sized tripod to begin with, you should not need to extend the center column to get to eye level.
     
  8. Nostromo macrumors 65816

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    I use a Manfrotto tripod (also known as "Bogen")

    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/search?Ntt=manfrotto+tripod&N=0&InitialSearch=yes

    Great quality tripods.

    Take another look at it.

    I just ordered a ball head in addition to the fluid head I have. A good ball head costs $119 to $129.

    You can get a good set of legs at around $200. (but they don't walk by themselves. You have to carry them ;))

    You don't need to spend $ 600, except if you want either a heavier tripod or a particularly light one.

    That is, if you have a APS-C or Full Frame DSLR. For a Hasselblad I'd go with something sturdy.
     
  9. Westside guy macrumors 601

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    The Acratech Original Ballhead IS awesome - I haven't regretted buying it ever. It's light, adjusts quickly (once you get used to its non-standard design), and it holds VERY well.

    Personally I paired it with a set of Manfrotto CF legs that also cost around $300 - the whole kit is under 4 pounds. Very strong and lightweight.

    BTW in your calculations remember you have to purchase a plate for your camera. :D
     

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