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Tripod And Head Recomendations Please.  
User currently offlineDehowie From Australia, joined Feb 2004, 1060 posts, RR: 33
Posted (10 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 5670 times:

G'day
Just looking for some input as i need to replace my old tripod which suffered a painful death.
I am after something good and solid for my 100-400L to sit on for some night shots.So hopefully it should be solid,stable and trustworthy!.Any help on what head to get as well please.
I am looking at Manfrotto stuff but i am undecided on the head as to whether go for one of the multihandle heads or something like the 322 which is a single release style?
Anyway any help,experience and recomendations will be most appreciated.
PS Money is an object so i am not going Carbon in the legs dept.
Thanks
Darren


2EOS1DX,EF14.2.8LII,17TS,85/1.2,16-35L,24-70LII,24L,70-200F2.8LII,100-400,300/400/500/800L
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User currently offlinePepef From Finland, joined Oct 2002, 440 posts, RR: 9
Reply 1, posted (10 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 5626 times:

Tripod reviews:

http://www.photographyreview.com/pscTripods/Tripods/PLS_3114crx.aspx

Head reviews:

http://www.photographyreview.com/pscTripods/Tripod,Heads,and,Accessories/PLS_3134crx.aspx

Sorry about the links, but they don't work like they are supposed to.

-Peter F-


User currently offlineContact_tower From Norway, joined Sep 2001, 536 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (10 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 5604 times:

I have a Manfrotto tripod vith a 3 way head. It works great, it's stable and duarble.

This:

http://www.manfrotto.com/product/templates/templates.php3?sectionid=86&itemid=799

with this head:

http://www.manfrotto.com/product/templates/itemalone.php3?itemid=273


User currently offlineAirbus Lover From Malaysia, joined Apr 2000, 3248 posts, RR: 9
Reply 3, posted (10 years 1 month 4 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 5595 times:

I'd say go for a Manfrotto leg and Manfrotto ball head.

Either the 190 series leg (preferably 190Pro) with the 486 ball heads (preferably 486RC2 with universal quick release plate) or if you require higher loads but also heavier weight, then go for the 055 series leg and 488 series ball head combination.

Personally I use a 190Pro with a 486RC2, it does cost quite a bit but it's really flexible. Fine for my 10D+100-400L but only thing is that it takes longer to set up than those normal tripods.


User currently offlineContact_tower From Norway, joined Sep 2001, 536 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (10 years 1 month 4 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 5578 times:

A pro photographer (studio) once told me, that he got put off ball heads after he inadvertently released the lock on the ball. The camera tilted forward hard, and broke the EF 70-200 2.8 lens.

Made me get a 3-way.


User currently offlineAKE0404AR From United States of America, joined May 2000, 2535 posts, RR: 46
Reply 5, posted (10 years 1 month 4 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 5569 times:

Darren,

well I was in the same situation as you, 2 years ago. Thus went to my pro shop and asked what was best for me.

2 hours later after trying out most of tripods in question, I left with a Gitzo.
(1504 with a Centre Ball Head G1378M / center column G1285)

Why.....

1.) because I wanted to have something which last for years. Gitzo gives you a 10 year warranty for all parts.

2.) Each part can be ordered individually

3.) The tripod extends up to 99" (253cm) ....fences don't bother me anymore even when I mount the 400 f2.8 on it.

Well, it was not cheap, but you get what you paid for. Excellent quality.

Vasco




User currently offlineDehowie From Australia, joined Feb 2004, 1060 posts, RR: 33
Reply 6, posted (10 years 1 month 4 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 5517 times:

Thanks for the excellent information particularly the info on model no's etc which is what i have been looking for.
Thanks

Vasco 99" wow that is one tall tripod when extended.
I have heard gitzo are the best when it comes to tripods but they also carry a weighty price but you really do get what you pay for.
Thanks guys
Darren



2EOS1DX,EF14.2.8LII,17TS,85/1.2,16-35L,24-70LII,24L,70-200F2.8LII,100-400,300/400/500/800L
User currently offlineFallingeese From Canada, joined Apr 2001, 2097 posts, RR: 18
Reply 7, posted (10 years 1 month 4 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 5507 times:

I love my Manfrotto tripod. I have the 190 base, and a Joystick head. The head is the greatest thing I have ever purchased.


Mark McWhirter...Contrails Photography
User currently offlineDehowie From Australia, joined Feb 2004, 1060 posts, RR: 33
Reply 8, posted (10 years 1 month 4 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 5504 times:

Which head do you have the 222 or the 322 version?
Darren



2EOS1DX,EF14.2.8LII,17TS,85/1.2,16-35L,24-70LII,24L,70-200F2.8LII,100-400,300/400/500/800L
User currently offlineFallingeese From Canada, joined Apr 2001, 2097 posts, RR: 18
Reply 9, posted (10 years 1 month 4 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 5498 times:

http://www.vistek.ca/details/detail_over.asp?eCode=129569&TYPE=&Specs=N&Box=N

This is which head I have, although I have seen the 322 and love it!



Mark McWhirter...Contrails Photography
User currently offlineDehowie From Australia, joined Feb 2004, 1060 posts, RR: 33
Reply 10, posted (10 years 1 month 4 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 5482 times:

Thanks
Really opens up the subject as to the relative merits of Ball vs other heads on tripods.
Looking at the weights the ball mounts seem to win by a wide marging but i gather that you lose a little stability compared with a 3 way head.
Plus the possibility of a loose haed screw causing your lens to drop against your tripod possibly.
Any other pro's and cons of the tw types of tripod head??
Darren



2EOS1DX,EF14.2.8LII,17TS,85/1.2,16-35L,24-70LII,24L,70-200F2.8LII,100-400,300/400/500/800L
User currently offlinePhotopilot From Canada, joined Jul 2002, 2747 posts, RR: 18
Reply 11, posted (10 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 5459 times:

I use a Manfrotto and it's simply great. One great trick to help increase the steadiness of the pod is to hang your gadget bag from the bottom of the center post. The increased weight greatly reduces any movement.

As for heads, I use two types.
First I use a Manfrotto head, 3 way adjustable and lockable. Great for the normal "locked down" type photos such as at night.

Secondly I use a motion picture fluid head (also Manfrotto) which is dynamite when you want to be able to steady, but still swing a large heavy lens (300 or 400 2.8 EDIF) and want a super smooth steady pan action. But beware, they are not cheap.

Best of luck.
Steve


User currently offlineDehowie From Australia, joined Feb 2004, 1060 posts, RR: 33
Reply 12, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 5431 times:

Thanks Steve.
I am leaning towards a three way head at the moment even at the expense of a little extra weight.
Fluid head sounds interesting and expensive!
I'll check it out.
Thanks
Darren



2EOS1DX,EF14.2.8LII,17TS,85/1.2,16-35L,24-70LII,24L,70-200F2.8LII,100-400,300/400/500/800L
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