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Topic # 161941 24-Jan-2015 13:28
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Looking at buying a camera tripod for long exposure shooting.

Does anyone have any experience with the Manfrotto Compact Advanced or anything else in a similar price range.

I am not looking at spending more as it will not be used to often.

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  Reply # 1221375 24-Jan-2015 14:44
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I bought a tripodefor like under $20 of Dx.com (free shipping)

I bought a E27 head for it and I use it for a light stand.. with a disco light shows patterns on ceiling like

very cool.. not sure if works with camera but looks like a standard fitting

I see if I can find the link

http://www.dx.com/c/consumer-electronics-199/cameras-photo-video-188/tripods-holders-1507

shows many

but not seeing the one I got as yet

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  Reply # 1221614 24-Jan-2015 23:20
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Isn't that a light stand? Thought the OP was after a camera tripod? Looking for a tripod myself, but no experience with anything but cheap junk and kinda hope I can get something stable (only for a bridge camera) for closer to the $100 mark! Will watch this thread with interest.




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  Reply # 1221616 24-Jan-2015 23:27
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nope can be either.. depends what head you fit

the first link shows camera stands

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  Reply # 1221626 25-Jan-2015 00:03
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The light stand designs (as in the link above http://www.dx.com/p/113969) don't look stable enough for a camera? More like a monopod with a tripod at the bottom! ;-)

Think I'll just stick to the traditional design, something like a Manfrotto Compact Action Tripod?




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  Reply # 1221627 25-Jan-2015 00:12
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check the first link.. geeh

plenty there with handles and locks

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  Reply # 1221710 25-Jan-2015 09:12
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kiwigeek1: check the first link.. geeh

plenty there with handles and locks

It's simply not a camera tripod, its a light/speaker stand. A proper tripod is far nor stable, and more importantly, far more adjustable.
Yes your bit of kit works for you, but it doesn't appear to be close to what the op wants or needs.

Op. Harvey Norman has a few for fairly cheap. I'm not much of a photographer, but I have a simple tripod from HN that works fine for what I need. The great thing about a real retailer, is you can play with I before you buy it.




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  Reply # 1222056 25-Jan-2015 21:12
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Probably more looking at a branded tripod after something stable as I do some shooting of the milky way, I have a cheap tripod that is okay but may move under the weight of my camera.

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  Reply # 1222058 25-Jan-2015 21:19
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well according to the reviews its a stable solid tripod.. why pay more for the same thing
and its free shipping :)

nz is where middle men add 100 to 1000 percent markups

http://www.dx.com/p/1-5m-aluminum-alloy-digital-camera-tripod-5kg-load-max-15247#.VMSmY4WPY-g



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  Reply # 1222063 25-Jan-2015 21:30
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kiwigeek1: well according to the reviews its a stable solid tripod.. why pay more for the same thing
and its free shipping :)

nz is where middle men add 100 to 1000 percent markups

http://www.dx.com/p/1-5m-aluminum-alloy-digital-camera-tripod-5kg-load-max-15247#.VMSmY4WPY-g



Fair point I am all for getting a good deal but I have had tripods give out me on in the past and its nice to know I have an nz warranty besides that I can get the compact advance for a reasonable price in nz. 

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  Reply # 1222080 25-Jan-2015 21:53
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Thinking the compact action or compact advance for the same reasons you mention. Will have a chat with my friendly Noel Leeming salesman and see what he can do for pricing. Unless there is a better (cheaper) supplier in Auckland?




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  Reply # 1222084 25-Jan-2015 21:59
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never had a problem with dx. if goes wrong can send it back to aussie and they refund postage and send
a new item

they say this is the same as a Minotto or something. 33 reviews and 4/5 stars means its been tested
by a few buyers

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  Reply # 1222097 25-Jan-2015 22:09
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Will see how pricing goes with the Manfrotto. If there's not much in it I'll go local. At least I won't have to wait as long for delivery ;-)

(I'm looking at Manfrotto based on online comments, not spoken to anyone personally)




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  Reply # 1222102 25-Jan-2015 22:17
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fair enough

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