Carbon Tripod suggestion-Bogen 055MF3 ?

Discussion in '35mm Cameras' started by T.O., Mar 31, 2006.

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    T.O. Guest

    I'm searching for a carbon fiber tripod and am looking for suggestions.
    I saw the Bogen 055MF3 at my local dealer yesterday and was amazed at how
    light is was compared to my lead brick Gitzo. Don't get me wrong. The Gitzo
    would be stable in an earthquake, but I'm still wait for that first quake to
    occur while I'm photographing and I'm getting tired of lugging it around.

    I also want to try a different locking mechanism other than the Gitzo's
    twist locks.

    I'll be putting an Arca B1 ball head on top of the rig. Largest lens on the
    rig will be a Nikon 300mm f2.8 sometimes with extenders.

    Any body out there have a carbon + large lens and happy with the setup?

    Thanks

    T.O.
     
    T.O., Mar 31, 2006
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    Paul Furman Guest

    Gitzo just spammed me about their new 6x carbon technology. I had
    emailed them about my old 'antique' some months ago.
    http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&lr=&q=gitzo+carbon+6x&btnG=Search
     
    Paul Furman, Mar 31, 2006
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    T.O. Guest

    Yea, I'm sitting here browsing Bogen's web site and saw that.
    Then I saw what B&H was asking for just the legs--$415!
    That's $115 more than the Manfrotto 055MF3.

    True, it will shave off another pound, but in going from my current Gitzo to
    the
    055MF3, it will reduce the weight by 33%. Don't know if I want to pay
    another $100+ for 16oz.
    Then I still have to screw with those twist locks.

    Anyone remember the name of the tripod that the center post is offset?
    You can pull it up and set it at almost any angle.
    Is that carbon?


    T.O.
     
    T.O., Mar 31, 2006
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    Celtic Boar Guest

    I have a Canon 5D with a 300MM F4L and it works fine on my Carbon fiber
    190MF3.

    I use the three way pan head.

    Rikk
     
    Celtic Boar, Mar 31, 2006
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  5. Gitzo something-or-other, I think it is available in carbon. It is
    a Benbo without the dyslexia though probably not as rugged.

    The Benbo has one huge design flaw: there is no knob available to rotate
    the bent bolt. There is a clamp to lock it in place but no easy way to
    get it to that place where it is to be locked.
     
    Nicholas O. Lindan, Mar 31, 2006
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    Frank ess Guest

    Just yesterday Mr Big Brown Truck delivered a 055MF3, very much over
    the objections of ET the Alarm Dog. It is truly "light" compared to
    the resident cast iron Gitzo Studex 3-something, and with the (?) 3275
    geared head it raises the 20D viewfinder to a height just above my
    non-tiptoe eye (six-feet-one-inch person) without extending the center
    column.

    Said center column takes just a little screwing to rend it in two so
    the column can be shifted to right angles or the short part replaced
    for a _very_ low viewpoint. Comes with a handy strap and grip for
    convenient carry.

    The leg-section locks are quick but take a bit of finger strength to
    snap. Sturdy and relatively inflexible, it held the 20D with 70-200
    f/2.8L IS and 2X extender pretty still:
    http://static.flickr.com/52/120313823_91716d3d87_o.jpg
    15 sec f/11 ISO100 400mm (640 equiv)

    I'm liking it at least $299.95-worth. Standard shipping $14.55,
    arrived in five days (Sun-Thurs) from Adorama.

    I haven't put it through many of its paces, but it did the walk OK.
     
    Frank ess, Apr 1, 2006
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  7. Wow! - Does it extent up that high, or were you using it from a telephone
    pole repair lift?
     
    William Graham, Apr 1, 2006
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    Alan Browne Guest

    I just bought the Manfrotto 055MF3 tripod and it "feels" about the same
    weight as the smaller 190 (metal) that I have. I find the leg angles to
    be quite acute and at the second setting far to wide (with legs fully
    extended) to use at all (with shorter legs should be fine).

    The center column adds a lot of weight as it is metal (plastic top
    section) and has a long screw from the bottom up to the plastic top part
    to permit easy removal and loading the column horizontally. A feature I
    don't really need and that adds unnecessary weight.

    The integrated strap is nifty and I look forward to seeing how well it
    goes on a hike sometime soon.

    The locking mechanisms are "just right". What is different is the
    initial resistance to sliding in or out that the legs have, but once on
    the move they slide just fine. Maybe I can adjust to get rid of the
    "stiction".

    It is very stable despite the relatively small baseline.

    With my 300 f/2.8 and ballhead a cable release and mirror lockup is
    required as the damping period is about 5 seconds so I'll stick to my
    massive 058B and Wimberley head for that.

    Cheers,
    Alan
     
    Alan Browne, Apr 1, 2006
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    Alan Browne Guest

    I just bought the Manfrotto 055MF3 tripod and it is about the same
    weight as the smaller 190 (metal) that I have. I find the leg angles to
    be quite accute and at the second setting far to wide (with legs fully
    extended) to use at all (with shorter legs should be fine).

    The integrated strap is nifty and I look forward to seeing how well it
    goes on a hike sometime soon.

    With a ballhead or geared head it is very stable.

    With my 300 f/2.8 and ballhead a cable release and mirror lockup is
    required as the damping period is about 5 seconds.

    For my 300 f/2.8 I'll stick to my massive 058B and Wimberley head.

    I paid CAD $339 (~US$292), a pretty good deal (after getting quotes from
    3 places and haggling).

    Cheers,
    Alan
     
    Alan Browne, Apr 1, 2006
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    Alan Browne Guest

    I just bought the Manfrotto 055MF3 tripod and it "feels" about the same
    weight as the smaller 190 (metal) that I have. I find the leg angles to
    be quite acute and at the second setting far to wide (with legs fully
    extended) to use at all (with shorter legs should be fine).

    The center column adds a lot of weight as it is metal (plastic top
    section) and has a long screw from the bottom up to the plastic top part
    to permit easy removal and loading the column horizontally. A feature I
    don't really need and that adds unnecessary weight.

    The integrated strap is nifty and I look forward to seeing how well it
    goes on a hike sometime soon.

    The locking mechanisms are "just right". What is different is the
    initial resistance to sliding in or out that the legs have, but once on
    the move they slide just fine. Maybe I can adjust to get rid of the
    "stiction".

    It is very stable despite the relatively small baseline.

    With my 300 f/2.8 and ballhead a cable release and mirror lockup is
    required as the damping period is about 5 seconds so I'll stick to my
    massive 058B and Wimberley head for that.

    I paid CAD $339 (~US$292), a pretty good deal (after getting quotes from
    3 places and a bit of haggling).

    Cheers,
    Alan

    Sorry if this posted 3 times, a little finger trouble while editing...
     
    Alan Browne, Apr 1, 2006
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    T.O. Guest

    Thanks Alan.
    I sometimes will stick the 2x extender on my 300 f/2.8, so I'm glad the D200
    has got mirror lockup if I go that route.

    But a 5 second settling down period is a bit long when shooting Osprey.
    They just don't want to hover and wait ;-)
    Ah well, the search goes on.


    T.O.


     
    T.O., Apr 2, 2006
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    Bandicoot Guest

    [SNIP]
    That's the Gitzo explorer range. There's at least one that is in carbon
    fibre.


    Peter
     
    Bandicoot, Apr 2, 2006
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