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I'm looking for a new tripod and would like advice please.

I need it as light as possible, but still sturdy.
Don't need a head as I already have one.

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How much stuff do you plan to put on top of it? Do you have a max budget in mind? Any height requirements? With or without a center column? Any other specific features you're looking for?
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My camera is a 7D (821g) and my heaviest lens is a 70-300L (1 kg).
Unlikely that I will get a heavier lens.

I'm 5' 8" so not a massively tall one.

Not sure about a centre column. Old one had one that could be swapped for a shorter one.

Budget...not sure, but not top of the range.
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If you're not adverse to using a well-built knock-off, check out the Beike multi-function carbon fiber. I use it with a Beike Gimbal head and really like it. I have a Ravelli, too but like the Beike because it can function as a monopod and the center column can be reversed. I have my gripped Pentax K-5 and a Bigma on it and it's rock solid and very light.
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I don't think that you can get Beike tripods in the UK unfortunately.
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I'd look at gitzo and really right stuff for carbon fiber.
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You might look into Velbon. They have travel, hike, and studio tripods in grade 1 carbon fiber.

I have one (GEO E640) I use in winter because it has cushioned upper legs that make it great to grab without gloves on. I use a ball head w/quick release on it. When I hike I can keep the camera on, put it on my shoulder and move around with the cushions on my shoulders too. Lightweight, easy to set-up, sturdy and durable - and I need that as I am seldom on flat stable surfaces..

I believe that they are a UK company..
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I got an Induro CT-313 a few months ago that I use with my Induro GHB2 Gimbal and have been very happy with it. It's solid and far less expensive than a Gitzo. I use it with a 7D & 500mm/f4 combination and it is outstanding (replaces my Induro AT-214 which I've had for years, but wanted something a bit sturdier).

With the optional short center-column, you can get down very low with the pod.

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Check out GITZO. My carbon fiber model can handle a 4x5 camera as well as all my medium format and DSLR cameras. It has 10 years of hard service and still works perfectly.

I think that Gitzo and Manfrotto have merged since I have purchased my Gitzo.

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Read this article a few times, then apply the advice to the best of your ability based on your budget:

Tripods and Ball Heads by Thom Hogan

It'll save you the hassle of buying multiple "good enough" solutions that don't quite work right.

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I think that Gitzo and Manfrotto have merged since I have purchased my Gitzo.
Gitzo and Manfrotto are still two different companies; they do, however, share Bogen as their distributor in North America.


I was a big Gitzo fan, but Really Right Stuff has eclipsed Gitzo in most aspects of carbon fiber tripod design. One big thing is the way the center plate, leveling base, or center column attaches; the single-point of attachment and closure on the Gitzo Systematic series is prone to failure under extreme stress, and sometimes even under normal conditions. Really Right Stuff has a better solution, and it really isn't significantly slower to operate than the Gitzo version. Even Feisol, which allegedly started off as a Gitzo and Manfrotto knock-off vendor, has a better solution.

Gitzo's somewhat recent re-design of their leg locks is still better than Really Right Stuff, however.

I still recommend the non-Systematic Gitzo tripods (2-series and below; the ones without an easily-interchangeable center mount), but if the budget allows, I recommend going to Really Right Stuff for larger Systematic tripods.


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