I've just recently purchased a D7000 and a few lenses the longest being the 70-200 F/2.8. I purchased these online and earned some rewards points to my next purchase, so I was thinking of upgrading my tripod (I have a Manfrotto 7322YB for my Sony NEX-5). The top of the line tripod this place sells is the Velbon GEO640.
The list price is around $370 and I can get it for under $200. I was also going to purchase a nice ball head for it - Markin, RRS, Arca etc.
I predominantly want to shoot landscapes, star trails etc, but will experiment with other forms.
In your opinions would this be worth getting?
Thanks for your help.
PS. If I had more money I'd probably look at Gitzo, but I don't atm.
#2. "RE: Velbon GEO E640 - Any good?" | In response to Reply # 0Beemer2 Nikonian since 07th Dec 2006Thu 14-Jun-12 05:23 PM
I have a D300s and 70-200 2.8 as longest lens. My tripod is the Velbon Sherpa Pro CF 740 (Carbon legs/Alloy head). Although it is a level above the one that you are considering be aware that I chose mine after comparing specs and handling several similar Manfrotto, Giotto and Gitzo models.
Velbon is a major long established manufacturer of high quality tripods and I'm certain that you will not be disappointed in choosing one.
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#3. "RE: Velbon GEO E640 - Any good?" | In response to Reply # 0mgd7 Registered since 06th Mar 2012Tue 19-Jun-12 07:33 PM
I have an El Carmagne 640 from many years ago, long since discontinued I believe. I purchased it for a lightweight, compact travel tripod, and it has adequately served its purpose over the years and is still going strong.
I don't have any experience with the current set of Velbon tripods. While I have no doubt they'll give you years of service, I just don't know how well this particular model can support a 70-200 lens.