Wednesday, March 11, 2009

A Message for You - Mei Teng

Mei Teng, the info you are looking for: 

Gitzo has really good carbon fiber tripods. But they are really expensive. The brands for good ballhead are Really Right Stuff (RRS), Arca Swiss, Markins and KangRin Poche. Again, they are costly. 

I think Benro (currently using) is good enough for amateur like myself. The price is half of Manfrotto's. When you do buy one, try to invest in (1) carbon fiber tripod and (2) get a 3 section legs. It is steadier than 4 section legs tripod. Find out the weight of your camera and lens and buy the tripod that supports that weight.

I realise that a good ballhead is more important than the tripod. As long as the tripod is steady but you don't want your camera to fall off from the ballhead. 

Does M'sia have Really Right Stuff ballhead? If you see any, could you please let me know the price range? Thanks.


Anonymous said...

Ai Shiang, thanks! I appreciate this and you went out all the way just to post this up for me.

Great to have a friend like you and I will take your advice and check out the ones available here. So far, I have purchased my additional lenses from, reputable online camera store based in M'sia. Do check it out.

Yup, I think for an amateur like me..I will settle for the less expensive but good one that serves my purpose.

Ai Shiang said...

You're welcome.

I forgot to mention. The reason why I mention to get a carbon fiber tripod is because, if the tripod you're buying weighs about 3kg or more. You'll find it heavy to carry around. But if you can find one that weighs lesser than 3kg and still can support your camera & lens yet is an aluminium tripod, it is not too bad as well.

I took a look at the website you mentioned. They sell many Benro Tripods. Just for your reference, My tripod model is A-157n6 and ballhead is KB-0.

Which lens did you just buy?

Anonymous said...

I really appreciate the time you took to help me with this. I don't know much about good tripods and ballhead.

I just purchased a tamron 70-200mm f2.8 and also using a sigma 17-70mm f2.8-f4.5. I think my equipment comes under the lightweight category. The Benro ones sold by shashinki would be suitable for me as most of them can take up to a max of between 6-8kg according to the specifications listed.

Have yet to decide as I emailed shashinki to ask for recommendations as well.

Anonymous said...

Hi Ai Shiang,

Shashinki recommended this model. See the link

It loads up max 6kg which I think is reasonable for my equipment don't you think?

J.C. said...

Hi Ai Shiang,

Tripod is something new to me too. I got a free, cheap, plastic tripod when I bought my camera. I only used it for taking nite scenes. It is quite a hassle to lug a tripod around.

It didn't cross my mind that a ballhead is very important!! I thought all tripod will come with a sturdy ballhead. Of course, no one would want their dear camera falling off their tripod!!!

In case I need to get a tripod in future, I will know what to look for! Thanks for the sharing!

Ai Shiang said...

Mei Teng

I had a look at the A500ex tripod you mentioned. From the specifications. It looks alright. It weighs a lot lesser than mine which is 2kg. The height is 150cm, would it be alright for you?

Buying online usually is cheaper. I usually go to any camera shop, look for the tripod you want, feel it, and shake it just to make sure it is what you want, is it steady and suit you before placing an order online. So, you won't be disappointed later. Might worth doing it as it costs a couple of hundreds. Sorry, I'm being too detail.

Ai Shiang said...


Some ballhead even costs more than tripod itself! :o) Having said that, if you're not operating a studio or something. Doesn't have to go to that extreme.

Anonymous said...

In my case, not quite possible as they are located out of state but I can check it out at some other place before placing my order with them.

I guess 150cm should be all right for me...since I am also petite..anything higher would be out of my reach..hahha.

Thanks for being detailed. Your advice's really helpful.

Ai Shiang said...

Mei Teng,

Yeah, perhaps take a look at the same model in any camera shop. I definitely think it would help if you see and feel the product.

At first we wanted a 4 section legs not until we felt it at the shop that 3 section legs is much better.

Anonymous said...

I found another alternative from Manfrotto (abit more expensive).

It's either this one or the Benro one. What do you think?

Ai Shiang said...

Mei Teng,

The ballhead definitely look sturdy with all metal.

The Manfrotto tripod's center column can be used horizontally, quite good if you do take paronamic views. Looks like it has more features enable you to take macro and low angle shooting.

If it suits your shooting styles, can consider.

Anonymous said...

Thanks Ai Shiang. I might purchase this one instead of the Benro one. least I have narrowed down my choice. Not many shops carry Benro tripods and I cannot believe some sales personnel know nothing about the tripods they were selling..i.e. max load etc. Besides shashinki, I will check out another store yl camera before purchasing...just to see if they can give me better price. At the moment, this Manfrotto model retails for RM800.

Thanks and have a great weekend