Hi Adam,adampembs wrote:Got one of the bendy ones - although cheap this looks well made and you can bend it around tree branches etc. The down side is that it's not extendable so it might be short for some things.
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Obviously you will see how it performs, but the "Large" model's description says it will support a maximum of 275g., so in all honesty, I doubt whether it will be strong enough to give solid support, (without "drooping"), with the HS10 - which weighs in at approx. 800g, and approx. 900g if you add a Raynox supplementary lens.
Many folk feel that carrying a decent tripod is a bit of a bind, (I used to be of that opinion anyway). However, I soon realised that my shots were suffering as a result, so nowadays, I never set out without. I don't use flash, and exposure times are regularly in the seconds rather than fractions of seconds, so the tripod is essential, and it needs to perform flawlessly in as many situations as possible.
The 785SHB tripod with Velbon head weighs under 1.2kg. - A mere featherweight.
In comparison, the 055XB/405 head I use with the Nikon kit weighs in at almost 5kg. - Now that one you do notice when carrying it around all day!