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    Default Carbon Fiber Tripods

    I have been looking at a few carbon-fiber tripods for my ziess diascope mainly to cut down on pack weight, and checked out Manfrotto,gitzo, and cabelas. However, the ones I looked at are still fairly heavy (4 pounds or so) with the exception of Gitzo. but the gitzo runs about $150- 200 more. Just wondering if there are other manufactureres that make something comparable. If any of you have the gitzo, how do you like it??? I know saving on weight means spending more, but just like to see what others think before I commit the extra $$$...Thanks ....CK

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    Default Expensive

    I looked at the carbon fiber option. To me it is a large sum of money for not much return. You can pick up a tripod at Barneys (forget the brand name) that is very lightweight and works great. I've used one for two years and just can't see justifying anything more.
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    Default Just asked Doug this

    I just PM'd Doug from cameraland about this last night for a smaller tripod for my swarovski scope for sheep hunting. He said this one would fit the bill fine. Its called Velbon LUXi F. Its just over 2 pounds and it goes to 18', has a fluid head that features 3 bubble levels and a quick release plate http://www.cameralandny.com/tripods/...e=velbonluxi-f

    Looks like a quality rig so needless to say its on its way. Thanks again Doug

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    Default how 'bout this one?

    It's not carbon fiber but it's light and sturdy. The price is much nicer too.

    http://www.adorama.com/SLSPMB.html

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    Might check out the Bushnell Titanium,Velbon Ultra Maxi SF is a great compact tripod,think its 1lb 6oz.
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    Thanks for the advice from everyone, I am doing the research now, hope i find something, with all the new materials they are using nowdays (carbon fiber, titanium, titanium alloy etc.) its hard to choose from.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alaska_Lanche View Post
    I just PM'd Doug from cameraland about this last night for a smaller tripod for my swarovski scope for sheep hunting. He said this one would fit the bill fine. Its called Velbon LUXi F. Its just over 2 pounds and it goes to 18', has a fluid head that features 3 bubble levels and a quick release plate http://www.cameralandny.com/tripods/...e=velbonluxi-f

    Looks like a quality rig so needless to say its on its way. Thanks again Doug
    Lanche, your link doesn't work....

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    Default Check here...

    On photo.net there is tons of info on the subject. Here is a link that I found when I put "carbon fiber tripods" in the search box. Lots of activity on this forum. Check it out. Here is a link...

    http://photo.net/bboard/q-and-a-fetch-msg?msg_id=00HyQs
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    Default Try this

    Quote Originally Posted by hunt_ak View Post
    Lanche, your link doesn't work....
    I wanted to look and had trouble but found it this way, looks nice but its still a little pricey
    http://cameralandny1.reachlocal.net/...e=velbonluxi-f

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    Just buy the Gitzo and you will never regret it.
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    Default Gitzo

    Whats the smallest model Gitzo that they make?, most of the dealers don't specify, I have been looking at the light weight mountain series.

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    I like this one: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...ct_Tripod.html

    $20 more at Barney's.........

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    Default Gitzo vrs Manfrotto

    I have the Manfrotto and my brother bought the Gitzo for the lighter weight a year after I got mine. We used both of them and guess which one he always borrows when he goes. You sacrafice the stability in the wind which seems to always be blowing when I go hunting. To me the extra pound is well worth the stability for glassing and saving on walking. Hope this helps.
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    I went through the same thing last year, trying to find a lightweight tripod for my Televid 77.
    The Velbon Ultra Maxi SF is what I got. Even for my beast of a scope I was happy with it. Lots of cool features and less than 1 1/2 pounds. It puts that lightweight Cullmann tripod to shame. Musch more sturdy.
    I still use a Bogen/Manfrotto tripod for everything else, but the Velbon is my mountain tripod for sure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alasken View Post
    ...The Velbon Ultra Maxi SF is what I got.
    I could not find this one at Cameraland... Where did you get yours? What did it cost, if you don't mind me asking?

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    I got it from a local distributor, but Stewart's Camera in Anchorage had them in stock last summer. They're a little over $100 I'm pretty sure. Well, here's a link to one online:
    http://www.amazon.com/Velbon-Ultra-M.../dp/B00020H3H6
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    "Just buy the Gitzo..."

    Spoken like a true photographer, and with out doubt it is good advice. They are durable and work well. But I could never part with the money, so I bought one of the many Velbon Maxi models for when I need a light weight tripod. They are not as rigid as a Gitzo, or even a Manfrotto/Bogen, and I know it won't last as long as either, but it has worked well enough for several years now. The one I have is under $100, and gets up to 63". It's more stable if kept to less than 53" though.

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