Cheap $ Flashpoint Carbon Fiber tripods

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  1. Silverbackmp

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    For the money, you can probably get more tripod for less money with Dynatran. Definitely more with Manfrotto unless you want CF.
     
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    I've been eyballing the Bogen-Manfrotto 055MF4

    http://www.amazon.com/Bogen-055MF4-...1?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1199290200&sr=8-1

    with the Manfrotto 322RC2 Horizontal Grip Action Ball Head

    http://www.amazon.com/Bogen-Manfrot...d_bxgy_e_text_b?ie=UTF8&qid=1199290200&sr=8-1

    I was hoping that the Flashpoint was close to the same quality at a lower price, but if the Manfrotto is that much better than I will get it.

    I want quality but yet be light enough that I will carry it when I should. Also I travel (light-semi backpack style) quite a bit.
     
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    I am always reminded of bicycle component manufacturer and guru Keith Bontrager's statement:

    Cheap
    Light
    Strong

    Choose 2.
     
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    So you got one of those 5 grand carbon track bikes huh? :wink:
     
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    My experience is that the cheap carbon fibre tripods are not all that much lighter than the aluminum competitors. Often they cheap out on other components in order to keep the price really low.

    As sabbath said... you can't have all three.

    Surprisingly, Bogen/Manfrotto's (as much as i like their stuff) carbon tripods aren't all that light either. I do like Gitzo Travelers but now we are talking $300-$500.
     
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    btw... didn't Bontrager sell his company to Trek (or some larger conglomerate) several years ago?

    i personally like Klein and Cannondale but I've been so out of that since college years.
     
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    I got the Manfrotto 190xproB and a Manfrotto 488RC4 head. cost about $255 bucks. Its pretty nice. I like it a lot.

    Probably the best 255 dollars ive spent on photo gear.
     

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