Whappeh From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 1560 posts, RR: 2 Reply 1, posted (5 years 4 months 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 1609 times:
Define ultra-light and ultra-portable? I've never had a problem with my tripod. Its not as light as it can be, but its no inconvenience... same with portability. How portable do you really need? Do you want something small enough to fit into a suitcase? If so, then you're going to trade off on price and quality of the tripod it self (in terms of stability).
All that said, I use a pretty hefty Manfrotto 3021Pro. Its a beast and will probably last 20 years as long as I don't drop it more then 30 feet.
Jawed From United States of America, joined Sep 2006, 482 posts, RR: 0 Reply 4, posted (5 years 4 months 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 1601 times:
Sounds good. There is no price limit... I intend to use this for 20 years if it lasts that long.
Quoting Monteycarlos (Reply 3): I wouldn't look any further than Manfrotto... you can get a variety of different leg + head combinations or you can buy single assembly ones (such as mine) which are excellent.
The 055 is a classic. I've had some version of the 055 for over 20 years and they've spent weeks out winter camping, been filled with sludge while shooting in marshes, and done tons of studio work. I recently sold my first one - over twenty years old and still had some value!
I would avoid the carbon tripods from Manfrotto (likely all the other brands too, but my personal experience is with Manfrotto). A photo colleague tripped on mine and one of the clamps and a leg segment shattered. In fairness, parts were incredibly easy to order and reasonably priced (clamp $20, carbon leg segment $50) but this thing can not take the beating the metal ones can and by the time you put a head on it, the weight difference between metal/carbon isn't much. A friend had a Gitzo (about 30% more expensive than Manfrotto) carbon tripod and a couple weeks after she bought it, one of the legs just fell out of the triple clamp at the top.
CalgaryBill From Canada, joined May 2006, 686 posts, RR: 6 Reply 8, posted (5 years 4 months 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 1565 times:
Quoting Ptrjong (Reply 7): why are there different heads? Don't they all do the same job?
They all do different jobs, depending on the situation. There are fluid heads for panning shots (mainly used in film/video), ball heads for quick-n-easy repositioning of the camera, triple axle heads for precision setup (they're usually cheaper too). How much you spend will generally determine how versatile and rigid the head is.
BuyantUkhaa From Mongolia, joined May 2004, 2781 posts, RR: 3 Reply 10, posted (5 years 4 months 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 1538 times:
I use the Manfrotto 785B (or HB?). Cost EUR70 and suits me fine. No idea whether it's metal or carbon, but it's relatively light and fits in any ordinary backpack. Only thing that I now have a 70-200 f4L lens and it's difficult to get in the right position, even with a tripod ring (it's actually back-heavy even with an EOS400D). But once the position is good it stays good, at least.
TimdeGroot From Netherlands, joined Apr 2002, 3674 posts, RR: 67 Reply 12, posted (5 years 4 months 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 1536 times:
I have the manfrotto 055 and have always been very pleased with it. Sturdy, practical, durable and not too heavy while still providing enough support for medium weight lenses like the 100-400. Even my 300 2.8L fitted nicely on it.
Jawed From United States of America, joined Sep 2006, 482 posts, RR: 0 Reply 13, posted (5 years 4 months 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 1504 times:
Would a beast like the Nikkor 200-400 fit on this without it toppling over?
Quoting TimdeGroot (Reply 12): I have the manfrotto 055 and have always been very pleased with it. Sturdy, practical, durable and not too heavy while still providing enough support for medium weight lenses like the 100-400. Even my 300 2.8L fitted nicely on it.
Calgarybill From Canada, joined May 2006, 686 posts, RR: 6 Reply 14, posted (5 years 4 months 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 1488 times:
Quoting Jawed (Reply 13): Would a beast like the Nikkor 200-400 fit on this without it toppling over?
I use the Wimberley/055 combo for that lens on a D3 and the 055 can take the weight easily.
Quoting Viv (Reply 11): Go for a Manfrotto carbon fibre one.
Can't agree with you on that one. Mine broke just because someone tripped on it! Broke a leg segment and clamp - the clamp itself was a powdery aluminum/unknown-substance alloy that just shattered. Next time it breaks it goes in the garbage. I have two 055's and a smaller metal Manfrotto and they are the workhorses.
Ruudb From Netherlands, joined Jun 2005, 163 posts, RR: 6 Reply 15, posted (5 years 4 months 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 1487 times:
You just must buy the right head they have them in different weight categories, so there are heads for lesser and higher weights too, read a ballhead isn't strong enough for a high weight combination of lens and camera. By the way I use a Manfrotto 55 too, I think it really is a great and easy to use tripod. And there is an "eye" on it to hang something heavy on, sometimes I use my bag, it makes your tripod more stable.
Quoting Jawed (Reply 4): There is no price limit... I intend to use this for 20 years if it lasts that long.
hmmmmm, you could easily spend 1200 USD on a nice set up, but the question is, is it really necessary at this point?
If money is no issue take a look at the Gitzo GT1540T (Traveler)........I personally own the 1504 and have had it for about 6 years, no complaint so far.
Quoting CalgaryBill (Reply 8): heck out the Wimberley heads - some of them cost up to $700
I have a single assembly one, but have also used the 055 PRO B and the RC 4 combo head one which is far superior than anything else I've used. Perfect for photography with medium weight lenses and even video camera applications.
AKE0404AR From United States of America, joined May 2000, 2534 posts, RR: 50 Reply 19, posted (5 years 3 months 4 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 1358 times:
The Wimberley is such a joy to work with, especially with larger lenses. The only drawback, you need a dedicated tripod, unless you want to change "heads" all the time. The compatible plates are a must!
Now I only need a light tripod when traveling. The Gitzo 1504 almost killed me during my last Dubai trip.......
CalgaryBill From Canada, joined May 2006, 686 posts, RR: 6 Reply 20, posted (5 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 1329 times:
Quoting AKE0404AR (Reply 19): The only drawback, you need a dedicated tripod, unless you want to change "heads" all the time.
One of the tripods I use it on is a Manfrotto carbon model. The top four inches of the center column can be removed simply by unscrewing it from the bottom (rubber knob, no tools required). If you call the distributor (Amplis in Canada) the center piece is only $20 or $30, so I bought a couple extras to mount different heads. It isn't much more expensive than the plates.
Now if only one of their aluminum models had the same feature....
CalgaryBill From Canada, joined May 2006, 686 posts, RR: 6 Reply 22, posted (5 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 1276 times:
Quoting Jawed (Reply 21): What do you guys think of the Gitzo GT3530 tripod combined with an Acratech 1150 ball head?
The biggest drawback with Gitzo is the price. The gal at my camera store bought one and one of the legs fell right out of the top section. They're only glued in.
After the experience I had with my Manfrotto, I would not buy another carbon tripod. Aluminum isn't much heavier (and the weight helps the stability anyway), it's certainly more durable, and it's half the price of carbon.
Soon7x7 From United States of America, joined May 2006, 2802 posts, RR: 14 Reply 23, posted (5 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 1272 times:
For the last twenty years I have been using the Manfrotto 3221 w/ the 3030 head. I have mounted my Nikon 600mm f4 on it...was fine...I prefer it to be on a larger one I have w/ wimberly but this 3221 has travelled all over the world with me. No other tripods I have used perform like this one does. I constantly use my Hasselblad on it. Heavier than carbon fibre but baggage handlers get a hold of carbon fibre, IT WILL BREAK...don't want to carry it?...wear it...it comes with a great neck strap...My advice is stay away from ball heads if your using eqpt with some weight...I found the Gitzo I had to be very heavy and brittle...Star D was ok...not sure if they are mftrd anymore. The type head you use depends much on the way you shoot...many photogs swear by ball heads, they are actually easiest to use but I find them to be a pain where beefy lenses are considered, also if you loose you grip on the lens , the ball head acts as though the cameras going to fall off the tripod resulting in you lunging after it , ultimetely causing you to freak and possibly knocking over the whole thing....(lesson learned with 300mm 2.8 mtd on ball head)...Got rid of ball head, kept lens, got new 3030 head...happy and ready to go...Cheers...Jerry
600mmf4 From Germany, joined Feb 2005, 12 posts, RR: 0 Reply 24, posted (5 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 1251 times:
I have combined the Manfrotto 055 with the video head 501,its only up to a maximum of 6 KG,but it takes the all in all 7,5 KG Nikkor 400mm f2,8 + 2x extender + the D2Xs without any problems,easy to handle with an extra long lever and-very important-damped,so even when you forget to fix the heavy combo the whole thing wont fall down.
25 CalgaryBill: How does that perform in extreme cold? We just went through a -30 week of weather in Calgary and it got me wondering how damped heads handle. Does th
26 600mmf4: Cant answer you that question because we dont have cold winters here in the last years....sorry.
27 JRadier: As they say with tripods: "Light, Strong, Cheap... pick 2" As for me I'm using a Manfrotto 055CLB which I used to couple with a 141RC 3-way head. Wor