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oxydog
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Mon Jul 25, 2011 10:39 am

My wife's birthday is coming up and she's hinting towards a Trekpod for her camera. Retailing at R 1 700, they seem to be good quality, but I would like to find out a bit more about them, and have a look at similar products. Has anyone used these before, or can someone suggest a similar product?
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Mon Jul 25, 2011 11:36 am

Have you looked to see what's available in the Manfrotto range? :think:
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Mon Jul 25, 2011 11:37 am

Not yet - could be worth checking it out. She already has a Manfrotto tripod and very happy with it.
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'98 Hilux 2.8D 4X4 D/Cab

• ARB Bullbar
• Safari Snorkel
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• National Luna Dual Battery System
• Dragon 29 MHz with 2.6m whip
• Front Runner bakkie slide
• 31" BFG MT's

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• Eurolux 1500W inverter
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• National Luna 80l fridge/freezer
• National Luna Dual Battery System
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Mon Jul 25, 2011 11:47 am

Manfrotto are excellent pods .... didn't imagine that a monopod would be so pricey though. :o:
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Tue Jul 26, 2011 7:34 am

OK, here goes:
Manfrotto 776YB, 330g, max load 5 kg: R 520
Vanguard Tracker AP364, 810g (560mmm - 1760mm), max load 12 kg - R 799

Can't see wife carrying more than 5kg's worth of camera and lens, might go for the Mafrotto here. Also lekker lightweight. Anything heavier than that, she has the Manfrotto tripod for.
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'98 Hilux 2.8D 4X4 D/Cab

• ARB Bullbar
• Safari Snorkel
• GearMax Rear Locker
• National Luna Dual Battery System
• Dragon 29 MHz with 2.6m whip
• Front Runner bakkie slide
• 31" BFG MT's

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• Custom integrated bullbar
• Custom replacement bumper
• Eurolux 1500W inverter
• Midas driving lights
• Front Runner bakkie slide
• National Luna 80l fridge/freezer
• National Luna Dual Battery System
• LA Sport 70l long range tank
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Tue Jul 26, 2011 2:24 pm

Agree .... to my mind, the whole idea of the monopod besides manoeuvrability while tracking a moving subject (or to support a heavy zoom lens), is the light weight / easy to carry about aspect. I think it's a great gift for a lady that's into her photography. ;-)
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Tue Jul 26, 2011 3:35 pm

I just bought myself a Velbon monopod for R300. The Manfrotto was the same price, but it seemed a bit too skinny and fragile.

Works fine
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Tue Jul 26, 2011 3:57 pm

Cool Andre - which supplier?
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'98 Hilux 2.8D 4X4 D/Cab

• ARB Bullbar
• Safari Snorkel
• GearMax Rear Locker
• National Luna Dual Battery System
• Dragon 29 MHz with 2.6m whip
• Front Runner bakkie slide
• 31" BFG MT's

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'06 Hilux 4.0 V6 4X4 D/Cab

• Level-it kit (Front)
• Custom integrated bullbar
• Custom replacement bumper
• Eurolux 1500W inverter
• Midas driving lights
• Front Runner bakkie slide
• National Luna 80l fridge/freezer
• National Luna Dual Battery System
• LA Sport 70l long range tank
• 31" BFG AT's
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Tue Jul 26, 2011 5:51 pm

Velbon used to be 'up there' with the best at one point. Got a Velbon tripod that's seen a lot of work and still sturdy as hell after almost 30 yrs. :winkx:
When your road comes to an end ...... you need a HILUX!.

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Tue Jul 26, 2011 9:43 pm

i've gone through a few manfrotto tripods over the years, for video and stills, but my manfrotto monopod has been a keeper. if you can afford it look at the model with the quick release hand grip, which allows height adjustment via single hand operation, very handy indeed!
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Wed Jul 27, 2011 7:19 am

Thanks Mr T. Would be great if you could get me a model number?
Bees (Toy)
'98 Hilux 2.8D 4X4 D/Cab

• ARB Bullbar
• Safari Snorkel
• GearMax Rear Locker
• National Luna Dual Battery System
• Dragon 29 MHz with 2.6m whip
• Front Runner bakkie slide
• 31" BFG MT's

Hings (Everyday use and long distance travel)
'06 Hilux 4.0 V6 4X4 D/Cab

• Level-it kit (Front)
• Custom integrated bullbar
• Custom replacement bumper
• Eurolux 1500W inverter
• Midas driving lights
• Front Runner bakkie slide
• National Luna 80l fridge/freezer
• National Luna Dual Battery System
• LA Sport 70l long range tank
• 31" BFG AT's
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Wed Jul 27, 2011 8:45 am

Oxydog, the model is: Manfrotto 685B Neotec Monopod With Safety Lock

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The compromise of with the quick release mechanism is the minimum height, the standard latch lock models have a lower minimum height.

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Wed Jul 27, 2011 9:06 am

Thanks man, I'll see if I can find a supplier in the Pretoria area to get some prices.
Bees (Toy)
'98 Hilux 2.8D 4X4 D/Cab

• ARB Bullbar
• Safari Snorkel
• GearMax Rear Locker
• National Luna Dual Battery System
• Dragon 29 MHz with 2.6m whip
• Front Runner bakkie slide
• 31" BFG MT's

Hings (Everyday use and long distance travel)
'06 Hilux 4.0 V6 4X4 D/Cab

• Level-it kit (Front)
• Custom integrated bullbar
• Custom replacement bumper
• Eurolux 1500W inverter
• Midas driving lights
• Front Runner bakkie slide
• National Luna 80l fridge/freezer
• National Luna Dual Battery System
• LA Sport 70l long range tank
• 31" BFG AT's
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Wed Jul 27, 2011 9:11 am

Nice! ... (I'd better stay out of this thread before I start spending the grocery funds!) :D:
When your road comes to an end ...... you need a HILUX!.

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Life is like a jar of Jalapeño peppers ... what you do today, might burn your ass tomorrow.
Don't take life too seriously ..... no-one gets out alive.
It's not about waiting for storms to pass. It's about learning to dance in the rain.
And be yourself ..... everyone else is taken!
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Wed Jul 27, 2011 9:14 am

Bought the Velbon at Incredible. The only Manfrotto Monopod they had was the absolute entry level model - I''d rather avoid that one. That Manfrotto that Mr. B shows there is the business though :cool:
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