Hi guys,

Im looking for a small, light tripod + head for my photo and video work. Ive been reading a lot of specs and reviews and Ive come down to these:


Velbon Ultra REXi L Aluminum Tripod - us$185
Load Capacity 8.81 lbs (4 kg)
Maximum Height 5.01' (1.53 m)
Minimum Height 3.74" (9.5 cm)
Folded Length 14.17" (36 cm)
Weight 2.88 lbs (1.31 kg)

Benro MeFoto A1350Q1A - us$230
Load Capacity 17.6 lb (8 kg)
Maximum Height 5.13' (1.56 m)
Maximum Height w/o Column Extended Not specified by manufacturer
Minimum Height Not specified by manufacturer
Folded Length 15.4" (39.11 cm)
Weight 3.6 lb (1.63 kg)

Fluid Heads
Manfrotto 327RC2 Joystick Head - $160
Load Capacity 12.13 lbs (5.5kg)
Tripod Mount Thread Size 3/8" female thread (bottom)
1/4" screw (attachment)
Weight 1.4 lbs (0.62kg)

Vanguard GH-100 Pistol-Grip Ballhead - $90
Load Capacity 13.23 lbs (6 kg)
Tripod Mount 1/4" with 3/8" adapter
Weight 26.45 oz (750 g)

For day to day photography I think any of these would work, as I use the NEX7 and my heaviest lens is the Tamron 18-200mm e-mount.
For video things get a little heavier as I might mount an H4N recorder (9.9 oz / 280g without batts) and a shotgun mic (5.74oz / 163g).
Note, these fluid heads are HEAVY!

Any thoughts, experiences and so on with the equipment above?