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User currently offlineFxfan From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 85 posts, RR: 0
Posted (7 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 2096 times:

I need some advice on finding a tripod and head to support a 30D with a 70-200 2.8 IS with no problem.

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User currently offlineFergulmcc From Ireland, joined Oct 2004, 1916 posts, RR: 53
Reply 1, posted (7 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 2085 times:

Have a look at the Manfrotto MN 488RC4 Ball head. It can take a good load. Well able to support my 500/4 and 1Dn

http://www.mifsuds.com/acatalog/Manfrotto_Heads.html

It has a detachable plate and you can get some spare plates as well, MN 410 PL http://www.mifsuds.com/acatalog/Manfrotto_Plates.html . The plates even have two threaded holes so the you can attach a monopod with out having to removing the plate. Its a very smooth ball with a pan facility and won't cost you the earth.

Take care

Fergul  sun 



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User currently offlineINNflight From Switzerland, joined Apr 2004, 3766 posts, RR: 60
Reply 2, posted (7 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 2072 times:

Quoting Fergulmcc (Reply 1):
Manfrotto MN 488RC4 Ball head. It can take a good load

Can support Fergul's suggestion, I use it for about half a year now and love it to bits!
Well spent money!

Florian



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User currently offlineCalgaryBill From Canada, joined May 2006, 686 posts, RR: 5
Reply 3, posted (7 years 3 months 1 week 4 days ago) and read 2059 times:

Quoting Fergulmcc (Reply 1):
Have a look at the Manfrotto MN 488RC4 Ball head. It can take a good load. Well able to support my 500/4 and 1Dn

I've got the 488RC2 and it's also a great little head. The plate on it is smaller and works with several other of Manfrotto's heads.

B


User currently offlineFXfan From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 85 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (7 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 2016 times:

Whats the difference between the 2 and the 4?

User currently offlineCalgaryBill From Canada, joined May 2006, 686 posts, RR: 5
Reply 5, posted (7 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 1998 times:

Quoting FXfan (Reply 4):
Whats the difference between the 2 and the 4?

The 2 just has a smaller release plate. I keep a plate on my camera, my 70-200 and 200-400 (plus a spare in a pouch attached to the tripod, in case I remove and forget the others!), so the smaller the better as far as weight and space go. But the larger plate may offer more stability. As far as I can tell, the two heads use the same mechanism, so mechanical strength should be similar.

B


User currently offlineAC773 From Canada, joined Nov 2005, 1730 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (7 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 1994 times:

Quoting CalgaryBill (Reply 3):
I've got the 488RC2 and it's also a great little head. The plate on it is smaller and works with several other of Manfrotto's heads.

 checkmark  I've got this on a set of Manfrotto 3021 Pro legs - I can't say enough about this combo. It's SOLID!!

Saw some guy the other day videotaping a theater performance at my college. He was using a ~2 grand Sony video camera mounted on an $80 tripod from Best Buy. It even said "7500 Pro" on the side of it! I had a good laugh in the next room.  biggrin 



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User currently offlineDC3 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2004, 50 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (7 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 1940 times:

Depending on how much money you want to spend, you might have a look at the Really Right Stuff (RRS) ballhead. I've use several different makes over the years, including Manfrotto, Gitzo and Arca-Swiss and, so far, the RRS model is the best. (Not because I collect gear, you understand, simply because I've used the others to destruction before moving on!)

Cheers,

Chris


User currently offlineFergulmcc From Ireland, joined Oct 2004, 1916 posts, RR: 53
Reply 8, posted (7 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 1938 times:

It pays to buy quality, and if that means forking out a bit more cash then so be it. I have had my experience with cheap tripods and ball heads, and it's just not worth the hassel. I remember once when I was taking some shots of a stream and I was cold and wet, I slipped and fell, trying to get into a position for a shot that I saw, on my cheap tripod and two of the legs broke. Trust me I could have launched that tripod to Mars and beyond!

Take care

Fergul  sun 



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User currently offlineDC3 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2004, 50 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (7 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 1909 times:

Yep, a tripod with two broken legs is of limited use.  Wink

I once dropped a 90mm tilt and shift lens into the River Dove in Derbyshire. This was not a happy day for me.

Cheers,

Chris


User currently offlineAviopic From Netherlands, joined Mar 2004, 2681 posts, RR: 42
Reply 10, posted (7 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 1899 times:

Currently I am using a 486RC2 which does ok upto 400mm.
As a replacement I am seriously looking at a Gimble action head which especially works great for moving objects.
For example: http://www.riestripod.com/dpnp.htm
The price is a bit hefty though.



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User currently offlineFergulmcc From Ireland, joined Oct 2004, 1916 posts, RR: 53
Reply 11, posted (7 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 1892 times:

Quoting Aviopic (Reply 10):
As a replacement I am seriously looking at a Gimble action head which especially works great for moving objects.
For example: http://www.riestripod.com/dpnp.htm
The price is a bit hefty though.

Similar to this one too, but a bit more expensive,
http://www.warehouseexpress.com/?/photo/tripods/wimberley.html

Fergul  sun 



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User currently offlineAviopic From Netherlands, joined Mar 2004, 2681 posts, RR: 42
Reply 12, posted (7 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 1890 times:

Quoting Fergulmcc (Reply 11):
Similar to this one too, but a bit more expensive

It looks to be a little bit less versatile with only one way to mount the cam.
With the other you can rotate the tripod mount so it fits on the bottom, side or even on top.
I've seen somebody(a pretty well known somebody) working like this at Duxford with the camera hanging down inside the gimble, it was perfectly stable even with hands off.

For this price though I better make one myself, I am sure I have some aircraft aluminum left and 3 bearings shouldn't be a problem either. Big grin



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