I am thinking about a good tripod to support my gear, F100 with MB15 and 80-200 F2.8 AFD. Weight is a concern for me so most probably I would go for one with carbon fibre. Currently I am checking up the Gitzo 1127/1128 and the velbon carmagne 640/630. Any comment on these are very much appreciated. Thanks.
Well, I just received a Gitzo G1227 Carbon Fiber and I have to say the construction impressed me quite a bit. Have not had time to use it, due to being out of town, and also just received my Markins Ball Head (which at first glance is very impressive also), and my RRS plates for my equipment. I have not seen the newer Velbon tripods; however, I will be honest and say, Velbon has never impressed me; not just, because they sell their tripods in Wal-Mart. As for prices, thanks to BJ, I was able to purchase my Gitzo from Robert White Photography in England for half the price.
With luck, I’ll get out this weekend and try it out. However, from my first impressions: Well made Smooth operation Easy to operate Supports camera/lens assembly and operates smooth with a Nikon and 300mm attached. However, I have not actually tested it in the field, must in the dining room to check how it operates and feels. The RRS plates I ordered for the F5, F100, 80-200 AF-S and 300mm AF-S appear to be works of art. I also ordered a knob that attaches to the existing knob on the 300mm AF-S to allow for more torque to tighten the tripod collar. Hopefully, this will help with the poor fitting tripod collar…I’ll see.
I have the 630 and have been happy with it. I think it is an excellent value (got mine for $255 with a Velbon PH-268R video head and added a Bogen 3055 and 2 plates for $36).
Two minor dislikes: the legs can only be angled at three positions and the stone bag attaches to the legs (so when you lift the tripod up, the legs close). At some point I will devise a way to attach a stone bag to the center column.
Thanks for the information. I have had a chance to compare side by side the Gitzo 1127, 1128 and velbon carmagne 630. All appears to be very sturdy, even for the 1128 which has 4 leg sections with diameter ranging from 24 mm to 12mm. 1128 is perfectly suitable for a large backpack but it is more expensive. The 1127 and 630 is selling at about the same price without head locally. The 630 is slightly heavier. I finally decided to take the 1127 at HK$1750 which is about $224. I shall try it out in the field when I get a ball head.
I am a newby and keep an eye on Doug's posts about his new G1227 and Markins head, because I am interested in getting one in the near future. Pls keep us updated, Doug. Thanks. B&H has just reduced prices on some Gitzo CF tripods, G1227 being one of them and the new price is 440.00 and G1325 is now 515.00. Maybe it is a good news for someone who is in the market for new Gitzo CF models. I do not have any experiences with these models but I enyoyed reading all the posts. Thank you.