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Thread: Velbon El Carmagne/Sherpa Pro CF-640 Tripod

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    Velbon El Carmagne/Sherpa Pro CF-640 Tripod

    I've always thought Velbon to be a cheap and nasty brand for tripods compared to Manfrottos and Gitzos. But very pleasantly surprised with this tripod.

    I purchased this to replace my lost Manfrotto 055ProbX and after testing it today i found it to be as firm/steady as the 055 with the center column up. I even deliberately put my 5d2 + 70-200 on the tripod without the lens collar so its front heavy and mounted on the body only. I pushed the tip of the lens down and I was pleased that it didnt wobble at all!

    The center column also can be reversed and legs can be locked in 3 different positions for those macro setups.

    The thing about the center column is that you can break it in half and save even more weight by taking only the head end and save around 200-300g?

    Only negative about this is that unlike the ProbX models. There is not horizontal option for the center column.

    Pros:
    Ultra Light
    Compact
    Steady
    Cheap compared to the top brands
    No slippage with Flip lock legs
    Leg markings
    CF construction

    Cons:
    No horizontal center column

    Specs:

    Total Length approx 40cms
    Weight: 1.32kgs
    Max height: approx 170cm with center column up:
    Max load: Big Cameras 5-6kgs







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    Looks & sounds good.
    Another plus is Velbon come with their own bag
    which can be handy too.
    Canon 450D + 18-55 IS + 55-250 IS + 50mm 1.8 + Sigma 10-20 + Tamron 70-200 F2.8 + Grip + 430EX + Hoods + Cards + Velbon Tripod + Tamrac Bag = ME BROKE + NO L

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    If I'm allowed to ask, how do they compare to the 055 for $ ?
    Attitude is everything!

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    Its approx $200 less then the Manfrotto 055CXPRO4

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    Nice one ....just curious if this one comes with a GPS chip?
    Cheers, Lani.
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    Even better then that. I found a device called a S.T.R.A.P.....

    Quote Originally Posted by Lani View Post
    Nice one ....just curious if this one comes with a GPS chip?

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    Looks the ticket....I do believe manfrotto is over rated and over priced, my now little used Velbon Sherpa 450R served me well at a fraction of the price of a similar manfrotto unit.

    The horizontal bar is handy maybe on the manfrotto, but I've only ever had a need for it once ...can live without. Velbon tripods = good value for money.

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