No It doesn't really retail for $400, it has always said that. I do love the tripod though. I found a matching ballhead that I use on my monopod Opteka Th-30, so I have a good interchangeable system. Manfrotto is sworn by brand so you can't really go wrong with them.
Isn't carbon fiber flexible? I can imagine it will help on the weight though. I was still deciding should I back order for $5 more, but decided to wait again.
Wow, that looks like a real nice tripod. Does it really retail $400?
I used to have a D50 + 24mm fixed + 50mm fixed before and I used that same $10 tripod all the time without too much complaining. Camera and lens were light so I guess it was okay. Now I have the D7000 kit from Costco which includes a 18-200mm, the body is heavy and the lens is heavier. I don't use the 24 or 50mm any more unless I really need to.
I'm not worried about the camera falling off or anything, but sometimes I just wish it was more stable. That's why I'm looking for better tripod. For light trips I'll probably still carry the $10 tripod because its light weight.
I'm going to wait for something else.. like this one: 190XPROB [buy.com]
Hope these goes on sale some time.
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