Tripod recommendation for 10D with 70-200lens please

Discussion in 'Australia Photography' started by Gerry, Feb 7, 2004.

  1. Gerry

    Gerry Guest


    I want to purchase a new tripod (preferable a Manfrotto). It has to be
    suitable for my 10D with 70-200L lens.
    As well as I would like to attach a Kaidan head for pano shots.
    Is the Kiwi L head good enough for this purpose? I have a fisheye lens as
    well for this shooting.

    Thank you very much for any recommendation.

    Gerry, Feb 7, 2004
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  2. manfrotto 055b pro... about $290 IIRC, very stable and flexible, no
    experience with the Kiwi L but from my limited research that would be a
    decent choice
    Warren Prasek, Feb 8, 2004
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  3. Gerry

    Rob Guest

    The Kiwi L may prove a little light for the chosen lens/camera combo.

    Rob, Feb 8, 2004
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    Gerry Guest

    Gerry, Feb 8, 2004
  5. Gerry

    Gerry Guest

    Thank you Rob, but for the pano shots I would use a light fisheye lens. Is
    the L good enough?

    Gerry, Feb 8, 2004
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    Matt Guest

    Matt, Feb 8, 2004
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    Rob Guest

    Hi Gerry,

    If you only intend to use the fisheye then it will be fine. The Kiwi is
    difficult to set precisely so a one lens set-up is ideal as you can
    leave it set for that lenses nodal point offset.


    Rob, Feb 9, 2004
  8. Gerry

    Vin Guest

    I use a MF190Bpro with my D100 + 180mm and it holds it well.
    The 055 would be better.

    (Hmm, I thought flex is a bad thing for a tripod to have? )

    Vin, Feb 9, 2004
  9. flexible as in, the legs have multiple independent angle locking points,
    they go all the way down to *completely flat*, plus the centre column is
    reversible and can also be mounted transverse (horizontally rather than

    the 055 is built like a tank, really good quality IMO

    Warren Prasek, Feb 9, 2004
  10. Gerry

    Vin Guest

    Yeah, I know what was meant. Thats why I put it in brackets. (=

    I almost use my 190ProB with no leg extension almost flat (10degress I
    guess) on the ground with the column horizontal exclusively when I take
    flower macros. Its stable enough the hold the 2kg Lens+body with no

    The MF 190 or 055 Pros are a very 'flexible' setup

    Vin, Feb 9, 2004
  11. Gerry

    Gerry Guest

    And what head would be best for the 190proB please?
    Gerry, Feb 16, 2004
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    Rob Guest

    141RC (3 way) or 308RC (ball)?

    Rob, Feb 16, 2004
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    Vin Guest

    I use mine with a 308RC Ball, but I dont really like it. It
    shifts a little when I lock it. I would love to use one of the
    geared heads of my macro work though (410 I think).
    Vin, Feb 17, 2004
  14. Gerry

    Rob Guest

    Anything bigger than the 308RC is overkill on a 190 leg set. Rather than
    looking at a "better" head get a set of macro rails, 150% more

    Rob, Feb 17, 2004
  15. Gerry

    Vin Guest

    The 410 is not much bigger than a 141RC. Its just more expensive.
    A 308RC is only half the weight of the 141RC which is what most
    people get with their 190 and I dont think it is overkill for the
    Vin, Feb 17, 2004
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    Gerry Guest

    Gerry, Feb 17, 2004
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    Rob Guest

    First do yourself a favour and use the Manfrotto numbers as the Bogen
    numbers are only relevant in the US (in their infinite wisdom the US
    importers of Manfrotto changed the numbers).

    The questions you need to apply to determine a solution should be:

    How much money do you wish to spend?

    What is the maximum weight that will need to be accommodated?

    What is the maximum focal length you will be using with the kit?

    Do you want/need a quick release system?

    Do you need the precision of a 3 way (3D) head?

    Do you need to minimize weight and bulk?

    Of course you need not even use Manfrotto heads on a Manfrotto leg set
    just to make it a bit more confusing :)
    Rob, Feb 17, 2004
  18. Gerry

    Gerry Guest

    Hi Rob,

    I will purchase the tripod etc from B&H in the States.
    Together with a 10D, the 28-70 2.8 L USM and 70-200 2.8 L IS and a few
    I'm probably better of asking in then.

    Thanks for help.


    PS: Money is no issue- only quality...
    Gerry, Feb 17, 2004
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