Plx advise on buying tripod

Discussion in '35mm Cameras' started by Soul, Jul 27, 2003.

  1. Soul

    Soul Guest

    guys i would like to buy a tripod...eh well , i've been considering these
    manfrotto stuffs -

    1)190Pro
    2)055Pro
    3)055CL
    And these heads -
    1)352RC
    2)141RC

    Can anyone suggest a combo for me?

    BTW , I was also considering monopods such as Gitzo 1568 , are they anything
    good?

    The mass of my SLR system is 1535grams(without battery holder and 4*AA
    batteries) and I seldom do macrophotography(well man , lack of budget to get
    a macro lens or extension tubes)

    Thanx alot.
     
    Soul, Jul 27, 2003
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    Alan Browne Guest

    It would help if you stated what you want to do photographically.
    Assuming you have "general" goals, then the 190 and 352RC are a pretty
    good start and not too pricey.

    Cheers,
    Alan
     
    Alan Browne, Jul 27, 2003
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  3. Soul

    Soul Guest

    err...as for the camera support when i stop down to , say f/16 or f/22 with
    ISO100 or 50 film

    And i would like to ask , what are the pros(and cons) of Ball head and 3-way
    head respectively?

    thanx
     
    Soul, Jul 27, 2003
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  4. Soul

    Alan Browne Guest

    A ball head allows for very fast change of position in 3 axis' at the
    expense of precision adjustments;

    A 3-way allows precision adjustments at the expense of speed and has a
    longer learning curve as you fumble around the three adjustments
    remembering where a particular knob is. The 141 allows fast gross
    adjustments in each axis by pulling the knob outwads.

    Not sure what you mean by your first sentence. It implies in natural
    light in the morning and late day that your exposures are long and
    that's a good reason for any tripod.

    Cheers,
    Alan
     
    Alan Browne, Jul 27, 2003
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  5. Soul

    Paul W. Ross Guest

    Ball heads -- seems to take 3 hands to get them adjusted. Just my
    experience. I have one, but use if rarely.

    Tripods -- the most rugged that you are willing to cart around, within
    your budget. Heavier is better -- you are trying to tame down
    "jiggle." Also consider one of the "C" clamp style units -- small, and
    a handy thing to have if weight is a consideration. Of course, a good
    cable release -- manual, or electrical, depending on your camera
    design.

    Monopods -- Not that great, in my opinion. Only time I really used one
    to advantage was in a stadium taking pictures of an ice show --
    clamped the sucker between my knees, steadied the telephoto lens with
    my left hand, and used the right hand to actuate the cable release.
    Sitting with your back to a wall or the like seems to work better for
    me.

    Your milage will differ...
     
    Paul W. Ross, Jul 27, 2003
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    McLeod Guest

    Always buy the lightest tripod that will do the job you require of it.
    Sounds simplistic I know, but I have had the 055 for 16 years now and it has
    held everything from a 35 mm to a Mamiya RB but even it is too heavy to
    carry around all day. A tripod, especially a professional quality tripod,
    is something you will be able to use the rest of your life...maybe you
    should go for the carbon fibre tripods? At least you won't leave them
    behind due to weight. It's what my next tripod will be.
     
    McLeod, Jul 27, 2003
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  7. Soul

    Alan Browne Guest

    One hand on the camera and one hand on the ball-head lever. It can
    hardly be easier or quicker. If you need a precise adjstment, then use
    a 3 way.
    Heavier is no longer better. Carbon-graphite 'pods are light and rigid
    for that long walk in the woods and up the hills.
    Monopods are a stabilizer and should not be compared to a tripod, nor
    used with a cable release.
     
    Alan Browne, Jul 30, 2003
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