Dehowie From Australia, joined Feb 2004, 1051 posts, RR: 36 Posted (9 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 5262 times:
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.
Airbus Lover From Malaysia, joined Apr 2000, 3248 posts, RR: 10 Reply 3, posted (9 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 5187 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.
Dehowie From Australia, joined Feb 2004, 1051 posts, RR: 36 Reply 6, posted (9 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 5109 times:
Thanks for the excellent information particularly the info on model no's etc which is what i have been looking for.
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.
Dehowie From Australia, joined Feb 2004, 1051 posts, RR: 36 Reply 10, posted (9 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 5074 times:
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??
Photopilot From Canada, joined Jul 2002, 2545 posts, RR: 19 Reply 11, posted (9 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 5051 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.