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Old June 25th, 2008, 03:46 PM   #1
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Libec tripods: what's the skinny?

I'm purchasing an HVX200A and I need a good tripod to go with it. Unfortunately, my organization's budget won't allow for a good set of manfrotto or cartoni sticks. Saw this Libec tripod on BH and wondered what y'alls opinions on Libec were.
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc..._System .html

It'll hold the weight of my camera, has a fluid head, and looks okay by the specs. Any known problems with Libec? Any other recommendations for a good tripod in the $500-$800 range? Ideally I'd like to get some more vertical height than this Libec will allow... if I could get close to 80" with the sticks + head that would be awesome 'cause I anticipate having to shoot over crowds from time-to-time.
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Old June 25th, 2008, 04:33 PM   #2
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Bad link! :-(
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Old June 25th, 2008, 05:40 PM   #3
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I bought the Libec LS-55 but with the mid-level spreader. It is an upgrade over the Manfrotto to me.

I like it a lot, good price too.

http://www.tapeworkstexas.com/libec_ls_55.html
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Old June 25th, 2008, 08:44 PM   #4
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sorry, that link is http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...od_System.html
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Old June 25th, 2008, 09:38 PM   #5
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David,

I'm using that same tripod with a Canon A1 and have been pleased with it. Keep in mind I'm a rookie and this is my first tripod. So, lol, my opinion probably doesn't mean much. The best thing to learn from me is that I have no complaints with it. I remember reading an article on them though, before I purchased. It was rated favorably by the reviewer.
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Old June 25th, 2008, 09:40 PM   #6
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Here ya go:

http://www.dvuser.co.uk/content.php?CID=150
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Old June 25th, 2008, 09:54 PM   #7
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Love 'em

David,

I have two Libec 38M that I use with my XH-A1 and I love them . I have the Manfrotto 503 for 4 of my other cameras and when I have to use them I cringe. The best thing about the 38 is that it is always right. There is no guessing or wondering if you have the same settings . It is just set up with the perfect amount of resistance. Hope this helps.

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Old June 26th, 2008, 10:20 AM   #8
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Got one, love it. Using Canon XH A1 with no accessories (yet), and it's lovely. Couldn't see anything near it at the price
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Excellent review! Thanks!
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Old June 26th, 2008, 11:26 AM   #10
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Libec LS38 hands down. I own one and it is a superb tripod. I've worked with tripods whose fluid heads cost double the price of the LS38 and they still weren't as good.
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