I have been living in Tokyo area for about a year now and i have found some of the best spots to photograph the local area and to capture the essence of this great part of Tokyo. It ranges from the back streets near the station to the high rise look outs that litter the area. Here is a Google Map that has all the local area marked out with a link to a image that i captured from that spot. Please enjoy and keep exploring!
Saturday, February 14, 2015
Monday, February 2, 2015
|Oben CT-2381 with 5Dm3 and 24-105mm|
1: It has to be carbon fiber Tripod cause i do a lot of traveling and traveling with a 4-5 lbs of cold metal just sucks.
2: Has to be at eye level with the center column not installed.
3: PRICE!! This is important to every Photographer starting out. Try and keep it down to about $300 USD.
So with the guild lines now set, it was time to search for this mystical tripod that is cheap like a manfrotto and built like a Gitzo begins! After looking around all the Photography sites, a brand called Oben Tripods keep popping up with some great reviews and fit almost everything i was looking for. I ordered a Oben CT-2381 Tripod with the twist locks from B&H Photo on that was on sale for $299.99 and that is about $50 off the normal retail price of 349.99. The Twist locks is one thing that i loved about the Cheap Chinese knock off so i wanted to bring to the next tripod. I received the tripod with flat rate shipping in about 2 weeks.
|Me in a Pool in Singapore.|
|Oben CT-2381 with the 3 sections fully extended.|
Oben has put themself in a very nice area where they are making quality items at a great price. I know that it might not have the fine Finnish that some brands offer like Really Right Stuff but it does the trick. The only thing i would have added to this set up is some foam type grips on the large part of the legs to help with the winter cold. The Tripod holds its own when i place my 70-200 F2.8 with a 5Dm3 and its rock solid. I would be scared to death to put that on my old tripod.
|Oben CT-2381 looking at the Marina Bay Sands.|
Over all i think this is a very solid tripod that i would not hesitate to purchase again and again. So if you are looking towards a great tripod that will not set you back a crap load of money, This is your Tripod.