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supraman 07-27-2009 8:58 PM

I know this site probably tends toward action photography, but I'm looking at tripods for a 5D Mark II. I'm trying to decide if a <a href="http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/controller/home?O=&amp;sku=567481&amp;Q=&amp;is=REG&amp;A=det ails" target="_blank">CF 4 section Gitzo</a> is worth $250 more than <a href="http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/584477-REG/Manfrotto_by_Bogen_Imaging_055CXPRO4_055CXPRO4_4_S ection_Carbon_Fiber.html" target="_blank">CF 4 section Manfrotto</a>. <BR> <BR>I know at this level of equipment, $250 may not seem like a lot, but that gets me a pretty nice start on a RRS ball head, plates, remote release, etc. Is the stability/reliability/ease-of-use going to be really noticable? <BR> <BR>Primary use will be boat interiors (lower light = needs tri) and shooting boats underway with longer lens from land.

richd 07-27-2009 9:07 PM

Matt - check out the Benro CF pods on either Ebay or now B&amp;H is selling them too. It's a gitzo knockoff made in China except in this case it's as good or even better. I've owned a couple different Gitzo CFs and now the Benro and for my use the Benro is just fine.

kylek306 07-27-2009 10:49 PM

x2 on Benro. Two of my buddies shoot with them. They definitely get the job done!

dcervenka 07-28-2009 12:18 AM

Are you shooting video or stills with 5DII? <BR> <BR>I have the <a href="http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/548529-REG/Manfrotto_by_Bogen_Imaging_190CX3_190CX3_Carbon_Fi ber_Tripod.html" target="_blank">190CX3 Carbon Fiber Tripod</a> and use it primarily for video (Bogen 503 head for the HVX200), but I also have the <a href="http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/303591-REG/Manfrotto_by_Bogen_Imaging_322RC2_322RC2_Grip_Acti on_Ballhead.html" target="_blank">322RC2 Grip Action Ballhead</a> for taking still. <BR> <BR>Overall I'm very happy with my setup! Especially for the fact that it's light weight and I can carry it on when flying.

wakesurf12 07-28-2009 10:40 AM

I have never been happy with Gitzo legs. I like manfrotto stuff because it is fairly standard and easy to get replacement parts. I THINK I have used the Benro legs before and they were a huge improvement on the Gitzos.

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