Just figured up my likely next order for B&H. Topped $500. Ouch! Then I remembered that I left my tripod in Japan. I'm about to begin a two month trip through several third-world countries (including a nine-day climb up Kilimanjaro) and I need a lightweight, reasonably inexpensive, reasonably sturdy tripod. If it's not pro calibre, I can live with that for the time being. I found this one for $30 at B&H. Think it'll do?
Bilora 807 Tripod with 3-Way Panhead (Quick Release)
#1. "RE: Bilora tripods, are they okay?" | In response to Reply # 0JM Registered since 01st Mar 2007Thu 20-Dec-01 03:37 PM
Most 20-30 dollar tripods are only worth what you pay for them but if you will be humping it around perhaps the weight is more of a consideration. I have used 2 different $20 'pods and gotten reasonable results but knew not to try them in difficult situations, high winds or other rough conditions would prove the undoing of most 'light weight' cheapies.
But if I was humping thru areas where weight and possible loss were considerations I woyld grab the Velbon cheapie as it is 1/3 the mass and if lost could be replaced at any discount bazaar or shop without breaking the bank.
Another idea would be an UltraPod which is only table top sized but is set up for backpacking thus has little weight and mulitple ways of being used, strapped to posts, trees, set on walls, cars, etc.
#2. "RE: Bilora tripods, are they okay?" | In response to Reply # 0bgs Charter MemberSat 22-Dec-01 09:07 AM
I have a Bilora ("Favorit") and wouldn't really recommend it. As Jeff said, you get what you pay for. I would probably pick one of the cheaper Manfrotto's (Bogen) if I were you.
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