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Tall tripods? (1 Viewer)

Claymore

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Hi,
can anyone recomend a tall tripod (I'm 6'4" tall) needs to be nice and solid to take weight of camera + bigma and preferably tall without having to extend the centre column to cut down on shake.
I have a Benbo which is great allrounder but not very tall at full height.
Cheers
Brian
 

Corax67

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I am 6'3" and use an old Manfrotto 055C (the aluminium ones) - not light but more than tall enough for comfrotable use of a straight through scope or my 20D+battery grip+70-200 f2.8.

Very sturdy - thats why i prefer it over my carbon Manfrotto - and has taken almost 2 decades of use and abuse in it's stride.
 

Stewart J.

Well-known member
Hi Brian I have the larger Benbo which is approx 1.8metres with legs spread generously without column extended and 2.45+m with centre column extended. Used it for remote photography in years past. I'll be parting with it if your interested.

Stewart
 

young ian

Well-known member
Hi,
can anyone recomend a tall tripod (I'm 6'4" tall) needs to be nice and solid to take weight of camera + bigma and preferably tall without having to extend the centre column to cut down on shake.
I have a Benbo which is great allrounder but not very tall at full height.
Cheers
Brian

Brian.
A few months ago I acquired a tripod Brand name:-
Quick set. It's a big girl but not too heavy. She stands
some 4ft CLOSED. With the option of another 3ft 9ins
with the second section. Plus another 2ft from the central
column. However, I've only ever used it with base + 24" or
less.
It's main function was to support scientific instruments.
No wobble, no whip, no torque. Just solid support.

It cost me £10 + £20 postage. I died when it arrived
( THE SIZE OF IT) but she's a darling. Best investment any
Telescopterist can make.

Kindest regards,
young Ian.

P.S. I'm so proud of my new word ' Telecopterist'
 

macshark

Electron Chaser
I use an old beaten up Gitzo 1320. With the central column lowered and the two leg sections extended, it is just a bit too high for me (6'2") with a low profile ball head. It should be perfect for you if you can find one at a decent price. With only one leg section extended and the central column at max extension, it is about the right height with a much smaller footprint - albeit it is quite less stable in this configuration.
 

Claymore

Well-known member
Quick update for this thread,
I have just bought a fantastic tripod on Ebay from a company called RedSnapper the quality is fantastic very solid and comes complete with padded case, its easily tall enough for myself (6'4") and will go even higher if you raise the centre column.
Cost £49 and worth every penny! it doesn't come with a head but at that price it leaves you more cash to buy a decent one.
Cheers
Brian
 
ZEISS. Discover the fascinating world of birds, and win a birding trip to Columbia
ZEISS. Discover the fascinating world of birds, and win a birding trip to Columbia
ZEISS. Discover the fascinating world of birds, and win a birding trip to Columbia
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