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Old July 6th, 2010, 04:38 PM   #331
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"Is the Libec 22 a better tripod than the 503 tripod and head"

Andrew, in my own opinion the answer would be no, the Libec H22 head is not better, or even as good as the Manfrotto 503HDV.

However, the Libec H38 head can be arguably just as good, if not better than the Manfrotto 503HDV. Depends on who you are talking to. And the Libec generally sells at a better price point.
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Old July 7th, 2010, 03:46 AM   #332
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Hi Scott/Annie,

I'll have a look at the libec 38.

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Old July 7th, 2010, 07:43 AM   #333
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Here I am, Mr old broken record!

Annie is right, it is personal preference. Nobody can say "yes, this model is the exact, perfect tripod for you".

People like me are trying our best to help people avoid the mistakes that we made with inferior tripods. I'm not trying to be snobbish, it is a basic comparison of features and performance. This doesn't mean spending mega-bucks; a basic "good" tripod doesn't cost much more than the $600 models mentioned here.

To follow on what others have said, the LS22 isn't as good as a Manfrotto 503HDV. I think the LS-38 is at least cheaper than a similar 503HDV kit, if you can cope with the too-strong counterbalance spring, counterbalance adjust, pan/tilt drag adjust etc.

Counterbalance is important, but a lot of people don't seem to realise it. Also, adjustable drag goes a long way towards helping you pull off good pans and tilts as well.
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