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Hey all,

I'm torn between two tripods...

[ame="http://www.amazon.com/Ravelli-Professional-Tripod-Adjustable-Pistol/dp/B003SQEAY0/ref=wl_it_dp_o?ie=UTF8&coliid=IS3X3U8XZY0SJ&colid=2UXH0OK65ZUWO"]Amazon.com: Ravelli APGL4 New Professional Tripod with Adjustable Pistol Grip Head and Heavy Duty Carry Bag: Camera & Photo[/ame]

This one is about $85. It is made of alluminum alloy, inexpensive, pistol grip (which is what I am used to using), and all around looks like a pretty solid piece of equipment.

And then there is http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Rocketfish%26%23153%3B+-+65%22+Carbon+Fiber+Tripod/9363119.p?id=1218093003220&skuId=9363119&st=tripod&cp=1&lp=1
At $159, it is more expensive, but made of carbon fiber which is what a lot of people recommend. I played around with it in the store and it definitely feels sturdy, strong and solid. However, if I remember right, isn't Rocketfish a bit of an off-brand?

Do you think going with that carbon fiber tripod would justify the doubling in price? Or, what tripod would you recommend for under $160?
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post #3 of 9
I would keep my eyes posted on FM & POTN for a used 055XPROB personally. I saw a set of the legs go for $100 recently... while you're doing that you can save the extra few bucks for a decent head. I dont usually see people using a pistol grip w/ photography, but it's not unheard of.
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post #4 of 9
the rocketfish is ridiculously heavy, have never seen the other tripod so no opinion.

manfrotto, benro or slik would be what i would look for.
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manfrotto makes some sticks in your price range. im totally a manfrotto or satchler fan. i dont know if satchler does photography sticks or not i use their stuff at work with the big video camera and its super nice
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post #6 of 9
Just missed the setup listed above for about what you were asking (055XPROB, 498RC2 used on POTN). Keep your eyes there, you should find something suitable in not too much time. Also, if you have the posts over there, you can post in the wanted section..
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If that rocketfish CF is almost 6 pounds by itself I'd suggest you look elsewhere. My aluminum tripod weighs less. I can't comment on the quality since I don't know who really manufactures it. Good carbon fiber tripods do command a rather hefty price increase though.

Another vote for manfrotto here though. I use a 190XPROB + 496RC2 at every day at work and I have zero complaints.
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If that rocketfish CF is almost 6 pounds by itself I'd suggest you look elsewhere. My aluminum tripod weighs less. I can't comment on the quality since I don't know who really manufactures it. Good carbon fiber tripods do command a rather hefty price increase though.

Another vote for manfrotto here though. I use a 190XPROB + 496RC2 at every day at work and I have zero complaints.

To put the weight in perspective my 26lbs load cf tripod weights less then 3lbs
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http://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthread.php?t=1079115

A little out of your range, but worth it if you can swing it..
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