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Can anyone give me some quality makes/models on tripods to hold my Pentax PF80 ED ? I don't want, or need all the "bells and whistles", just a good, sturdy tripod. I am using a cheap $30 Wal Mart one, and I would like to upgrade. I don't want to spend over $200, for the tripod with the head. I understand Bogen, Manfrotto are good brands, but I don't know which model is right for me. The height needs to be adjustable, (to be used while I'm sitting at a bench, with the tripod on the ground, don't want a table top model), and while I'm standing up, spotting ground hogs. I' m 5' 10" tall. All responses welcome.
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the scope is straight or angled?
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and how tall are you?

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Bogen/Manfrotto 700RC2/055V Tripod Kit or  128RC/190XB. check the maximum height!

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anweis,

 

The Pentax is the straight body, and I am 5' 10"" tall. Do you have the models that you recommended ? And if so, are you satisfied with this/these models ?  Sorry, I just realized that this topic should have been posted under TRIPODS. DUHHH  

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I have 6 sets of Bogen legs and 7 heads, and i mix and match them. I never bought a "kit", as i always want this and that.... They are called Manfrotto in Europe and Bogen in USA, or something like that. A few rules of thumb: check the maximum height, but remember that all tripods are more stable without the center column extended, so you want more legs and less column in your 5'10". Also, 3130 seems to be an excellent and reasonably priced head. Make sure that the legs lock with a flip or fast lock, as opposed to a screw. For a hunting tripod you want a model with a "rapid column", unlike the models with gears or other devices for lifting the column.

What i can tell you about my biggest and heaviest Bogen/Manfrotto: it is 21 years old, it was used on 4 continents, dropped from trucks, thrown from helicopters, submerged into alkali lakes in East Africa and salt lakes in western USA, and it still kicks butt. We even used it to digg a Renault out of mud. Alas, my age convinced me to switch to a carbon fiber model. Big Daddy still rules like a king, though.

My smallest and newest Manfrotto is the  728 B, specifically for use with the 50 mm Nikon ED scope. This little tripod is ahhh..mazing!

In between, i was always surprised by the quality of construction, availability of spare parts and service, thoughtful design, and durability. These tripods are built by true craftsmen and are designed by people who use tripods. The only better tripods are the Gitzos, but only slightly better (they will cost as much as a nice rifle). The only accident i ever had with Manfrotto was many years ago when i had the mounting plate of a head drop on a frozen lake at minus 20 Celsius and crack in half. It was an easy fix at a mechanics' shop, with a drill and two screws - i still use it. They use better aluminum these days. 

You cannot go wrong with Manfrotto, they are like Swarovski binoculars or Sako rifles.

 the 055 XB legs and the 3130 head would cost about $200 if you shop around.



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Thanks for your input anweis. I picked up a 3130 head and 3011 BN legs, which should work out rather well.
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