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    Total tripod confusion $500-$700 range

    Hi guys i'm looking at getting a new tripod in the $500-$700 range, problem being there is so much choice in this range that my head is spinning.
    I've already got a compact travel tripod, so size and weight aren't real issues. What i would like is something that is sturdy, with a fair height range, and able to carry a reasonable weight (7D+grip with 100-400L).
    I assume that carbon fibre is the way to go?

    Here are some i've looked at;
    Benro C2970F3
    Benro C4570T
    Vanguard Auctus 323CT
    Vanguard Alta Pro 284CT
    Silk Pro 923CF-3

    Thanks Kipp

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    Cf is defintely the way to go.
    Not just because it's lighter, bu they shake a lot less than aluminium ones do.

    The other thing ot consider using a heavy lens like the 100-400, is the head.
    A lot of heads that come with tripods are really not up to the task of keeping a heavy lens steady.
    I've tried a number of heads and with the weight of my 100-400, most of them droop regardless of how tight you do them up.

    Personally, I have a Benro CF travel tripod (their largest one) and an Acratech GP balhead, and its as steady as a rock.
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    thanks for that bennymiata, i was planing on getting a new head later on possibly a panarama type?
    I'm happy to use the one i've got for now, or untill the minister of finance allows anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kipp View Post
    .......

    Here are some i've looked at;

    Benro C4570T ......
    I think these 4xxx series are their best value for money if sturdiness is a priority
    Nikon D800E, D300, D70s
    {Nikon} -> 50/1.2 : 500/8(CPU'd) : 105/2.8VR Micro : 180/2.8ais : 105mm f/1.8ais : 24mm/2ais
    {Sigma}; ->10-20/4-5.6 : 50/1.4 : 12-24/4.5-5.6II : 150-600mm|S
    {Tamron}; -> 17-50/2.8 : 28-75/2.8 : 70-200/2.8 : 300/2.8 SP MF : 24-70/2.8VC


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    The Acratech GP is a gret panorama head, as you can mount it upside down and use it as a levelling base, saving you a lot of hassle.

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