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    I do believe that there is a standard thread for tripods - mine was a cheap one from Argos, and it fits a 1938 rolleicord, a 1950s agfa, an EOS 10D, Sony Pro Video cam plus a few others in between.

    Wish I had saved up and got a good one, as I'm starting to understand the limitations of the cheapo one.

    Yes is the answer
     
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    anyone?
     
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    thank you ever so much for that
    it was very kind of you :)
    i might bid for the second one
    cheers:)
     
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    I use a very similar Velbon - they're not a particularly fashionable make (like say Bogen or Manfrotto) but they are sturdy. I use a fully manual Nikon F3 with big motor grip with a 180mm f2.8 prime lens - total weight getting on for five kilos I'd say. Modern budget tripods aren't designed for this kind of kit. Also, you're generally using a tripod when the environment does not allow for a short exposure right? So you don't want something which moves.

    The Velbons are very good as they are generally 70's technology aluminium and are very robust. I've hit tent pegs (and people) in with mine and it looks as good as it did in 1979 when it was made.

    This two are pretty much the same as mine:
    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Velbon-Tripod_W0QQitemZ7577218256QQcategoryZ3325QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem
    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Tripod-Telesc...7578264156QQcategoryZ3325QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

    When looking at tripods a really quick way to tell how cheaply made is to look at the leg locks. If they're a plastic clip that folds over sideways, they'll slip and be flimsy. If however, they're steel and fold downwards vertically they will lock tigher and work more accurately.

    Hope this helps!

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    Hi Rob, back in the day I had a Kenlock SQLB 3000, absolute beast. What are your thoughts on the Slik 88 tripods? They seem to have the old school rigidity with the advantage of low level for macro work? I use a Nikon F301 and my 35-135 zoom is a beast when it's fitted.

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