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Old 07-30-2010, 12:31 PM   #46
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I'll be interested to hear what the board says as I'm in the market for a tripod too.
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Old 07-30-2010, 05:17 PM   #47
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I use a Cullmann Magic 2 and it extends to 5'7". Its a very compact model and works very well for travel.
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Old 07-30-2010, 09:09 PM   #48
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I also use the Cullmann tripod, it works well and is lightweight
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Old 07-31-2010, 08:17 AM   #49
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I use a BENRO Travel Angel TRAB069 it folds to about 13" and weighs 2.6lbs. With the center column extended it will go up to 54.3" and with it down it is 47.8" tall. I was able to find a barely used (came in the original box. one on amazon for $175. It will not get over peoples head, but it is great for traveling. It even comes in a travel bag with shoulder strap. The ball head is surprising nice, i fully expected it to be a piece of junk like an old sunpak ballhead I have on another tripod.

Benro also has a youtube video on the Tripods.

As Mosca recently pointed out in another thread, Best Tripod To Buy?...
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1) Every photographer has 3 tripods. First, the cheapest one s/he could find; next, the most expensive one s/he could find at Best Buy; third, the one s/he should have bought in the first place.

2) Light. Sturdy. Cheap. Pick two.
You just need to find the right balance of cost vs. features.
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You just need to find the right balance of cost vs. features.
Absolutely, I agree. I have my eye on a couple and I'm willing to pay more to get what I want, but I am trying to get a sense of where I need to land on the line between compact and tall so that I still can get the pictures I want. On the model that you mentioned, do you find that to be tall enough to get fireworks pictures?
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I bought this one earlier this year to bring on our trip to Disneyland.

I had the same issues you did. I wanted something a little taller for photographing Wishes. But I wanted something fairly light for travel. This one folds up really small and comes in a nice shoulder bag. Its maximum height is 63.4". It weighs 2.9 lbs.
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Nope, it was not tall enough to get over the heads. However, I was late to the show because I had a great spot for the parade, but all the good spots were taken for the fireworks. It would have been just fine if I had extra time to pick out a good/decent spot. In fact i was in a horrible spot where trees were blocking most of the show.

Bottom line, it would have worked out just fine had I had the time to stake claim on a better vantage point.
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