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Wow, I feel like such a scrub for using a Velbon DF-60..
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If you're going to be with photography, go with the manfrotto. There are some who have had trouble with the benro's leg "clamps" after a few years of use. But if it's only going to be an occasional use, it would be fine to save some cash.

Manfrotto's have an incredible selection of accessories. It's a great system to get into.

Just one last question, are you sure that's the type of head you want?
I see that you can get the Manfrotto 055XB legs alone $140 (and used, likely lower).
As some one else mentioned, think about a ball head or a pistol-grip head (quick shifting compared to a 3-way)
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If you're going to be with photography, go with the manfrotto. There are some who have had trouble with the benro's leg "clamps" after a few years of use. But if it's only going to be an occasional use, it would be fine to save some cash.

Manfrotto's have an incredible selection of accessories. It's a great system to get into.

Just one last question, are you sure that's the type of head you want?
I see that you can get the Manfrotto 055XB legs alone $140 (and used, likely lower).
As some one else mentioned, think about a ball head or a pistol-grip head (quick shifting compared to a 3-way)
Good point...what kind of ball head would you suggest? I want this thing to be no more than $250...
    
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Good point...what kind of ball head would you suggest? I want this thing to be no more than $250...
It depends on what you want: convenience or portability. I use a simple ball head, a Manfrotto 494RC2. I like it because it has a very low profile (no protruding handles) and there's just one locking lever to release the ball head. However, some like the convenience and control of panning heads and pistol grip heads. However, with those you have to deal with protruding handles and for panning heads, different knobs and levers to move the head along different axes. If you don't see yourself doing a lot of video, then a simple ball head might be best.
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Good point...what kind of ball head would you suggest? I want this thing to be no more than $250...
I highly recommend photoclam ballheads within you're budget. I've had a Photoclam PC-44NS for the better part of an year and holding up just like day one even with the abuse i put it thru. I like them better then Markins ballhead which is very highly regarded in the community. The best thing is that they're Arca-Swiss compatible.

You can order them from Kerry from Really Big Cameras here.
http://reallybigcameras.com/PhotoCla...am%20Table.htm

A PC-40NS will fit your budget nicely.

It's been thru alot and still working great.



Holds heavy gear with absolutely no creep at all. I think i had a gripped 50D back then with a 100-400L mounted and also a 580EXII flash
    
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If we're bragging about tripod abuse, allow me to join in:



That shot was taken at the beginning, no shots of the "final snowcone".
Tripod is a Hama Omega Carbon II. Pretty much the cheapest carbon tripod around, but I'm quite pleased with it.
    
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I highly recommend photoclam ballheads within you're budget. I've had a Photoclam PC-44NS for the better part of an year and holding up just like day one even with the abuse i put it thru. I like them better then Markins ballhead which is very highly regarded in the community. The best thing is that they're Arca-Swiss compatible.

You can order them from Kerry from Really Big Cameras here.
http://reallybigcameras.com/PhotoCla...am%20Table.htm

A PC-40NS will fit your budget nicely.

It's been thru alot and still working great.
i think even the pc-33ns would be fine....60lbs load is more then enough for more of the gear out there.....

and i have a feeling he wants the legs + ballhead for less then 250......
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i think even the pc-33ns would be fine....60lbs load is more then enough for more of the gear out there.....

and i have a feeling he wants the legs + ballhead for less then 250......
Exactly...thanks and sorry I didn't clarify if that was my fault...
    
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Good point...what kind of ball head would you suggest? I want this thing to be no more than $250...
As mentioned, I'm a big one for pistol grips.
I like my Manfrotto 322RC2 (but it's about $150 for just the head)
I also had a Manfrotto 3265 which was good. They can be found used / demo online for about $65

Here's a cheap one $30 on sale
http://www.adorama.com/SUPGBHQ.html
But it will only hold 6 lbs so watch big lenses.
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