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Hi guys! Im in London for a month and the only place i found to get tripods from is this site which doesnt require credit cards and ships the tripod from warehouse straight to the store where i can pick it up. Here's the site:

http://www.jessops.com/Directory/cat...T;jessops_3_26

Im looking for a good sturdy tripod for my D700 which can handle big lenses as well. I can spend upto £200 and im looking for a tripod easy to carry on airplanes. I have no idea about tripods so im looking to the experienced users of this forum!
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What big lenses are you talking about? It's not always about the weight of the lenses but the focal length too. Unfortunately, if you want something of quality, you're going to have to double your price range. For a 70-200 or 70-300, you're going to want something with at least 28mm diameter legs. If you have exotic telephotos, you want 37mm diameter or more. Carbon Fiber would be best, aluminum second. Best brand is Gitzo, but very expensive. There is a company called Feisol, which has a lot of Gitzo quality, but at less price.

http://www.feisoluk.com/Tripods-Trav...431c560c5ab2e9

Other good brand is Manfrotto, but honestly, you will not find something quality for $200. If you're desperate, buy something cheap that will get you through this trip, but i wouldn't invest a ton into something that isn't going to be useful to you later on.

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Budget's 200 pounds. About 300 dollars roughly! I could bump it up to 400 dollars if need be. I'll check the sites you mentioned. Time to do some research! I'd rather buy something good now and use it. Currently, I don't have telephotos and the only lenses I have that bend my current cheap tripod are the nikkor 24-70 and the nikkor 80-200 on my d700. I want a light sturdy tripod that lasts. Carbon fibre should be best for that. Let's see if something fits in my budget with that material.
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benro travel angel or gitzo traveler comes to mind for traveling just cause you can reverse the legs so they are more compacted. dont limit yourself to CF, it really doesnt lighten the legs much and the dampening benefits negligible.

personally i use a cf benro m268 (26lbs load) legs and manfrotto 055cx (16lbs), both are adequate for a gripped fullframe and a 24-70/2.8 or 70-200/2.8. look for something in the 15+ weight load.
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Budget's 200 pounds. About 300 dollars roughly! I could bump it up to 400 dollars if need be. I'll check the sites you mentioned. Time to do some research! I'd rather buy something good now and use it. Currently, I don't have telephotos and the only lenses I have that bend my current cheap tripod are the nikkor 24-70 and the nikkor 80-200 on my d700. I want a light sturdy tripod that lasts. Carbon fibre should be best for that. Let's see if something fits in my budget with that material.
Oh ok, when you said large lenses, I was thinking the type you have to carry in their own case

Most of the mid-sized stuff should work for what you have. Manfrotto mentioned above should be good.
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