Tripod choices

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  1. Josh220

    Josh220 No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Alright, well I finally talked myself out of the Gitzo for now, and have narrowed it down to two choices. Which do you guys favor, and for what reasons if any?

    Velbon | EL Carmagne 630A Tripod Legs | ELCARMA630A | B&H Photo

    Manfrotto by Bogen Imaging | 190CX3 Carbon Fiber Tripod | 190CX3

    I will probably be using this ball head:
    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/controller/home?O=cart_accessories&A=details&Q=&sku=272779&is=REG

    Any opinions on either the legs or the ball head? Maybe something that would be better?
    Thanks
     
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    I use the four-section version of the 190 with the 488 ball-head as my light-duty/hiking tripod and it's excellent. I've not bought a Velbon in quite a few years, but they were always decent. Basically, my preference would be for the Manfrotto gear, but I think you'll be happy with either, and as long as you're not hanging a 200mm f2.8 or larger lens off of it, the 488 ball head will be just fine.
     
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    I am getting a 70-200 f/2.8 though.
     
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    If that's the case, I would look at the 468 head.
     
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    Will do, thanks.
     
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    If you are willing to spend the money on the Manfrotto 468 then you should really take a look at the Markins Q3 traveler. Out performs the Manfrotto in every catagory for just a few dollars more.

    Markins: Home of Markins Q-Balls >> Q3T
     
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    Yeah, however with that brand, you must buy the plate separately as you do with the Really Right Stuff ball heads, so add another $50 onto the total.
     
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    I use the 486RC2 and the 190XDB combo from Manfrotto. It has supported a 80-200 F/2.8, D300 and MB-D10 no problem. Definitely a sturdy entry level tripod that fits in my messenger bag for trips on my motorcycle.
     
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    True, but the extra $50 is well spent to go with the security of the Arca Swiss system instead of a proprietary system like the Manfrotto. My gear and my piece of mind is well worth the cost of Arca Swiss.
     
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    Actually I linked to the wrong one. The one in your link is what the OP might want to consider. The one in my link was specifically designed for the Gitzo Traveler leg series. (My Bad) The base on the one in my link is 6mm narrower for the Gitzo Traveler legs. That is the only difference.
     
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    Alright, I really like that one. I have never heard of them before though.

    Do you have any issues with the legs I am considering thus far if I pair one of them with that ball head?
     

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