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12-30-2010, 12:08 AM   #1
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Tripods/ heads and your recommendations

Its time to upgrade my cheap 25year old tripod with something new and sturdier ..

Im thinking along the lines of a Manfrotto 055XPROB with a trigger ball head.. the 322RC2 to be exact.....I want a tall tripod..Im 6'2" and would like not having to stoop anymore..

so that's the name brand I've looked at so far..anyone want to add any advice on these..or others?...even Ebay rip offs ?

Im open to all suggestions..

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I don't like plastic or high tech polymer..so its either Aluminium or Mag....along those lines..:}

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what You think about Vanguard ALTA PRO 263AT and SBH-250 head?
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For your height, the Manfrotto will work well. I have the same exact setup, and the only issue I've run into is that when the grip is in the vertical position, you are limited in how much you can angle it up and down. Nothing an L-bracket won't solve.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Barbarosa Quote
what You think about Vanguard ALTA PRO 263AT and SBH-250 head?

ive never seen one..Im pretty new to the better end of tripod lore...but ill check it out

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For your height, the Manfrotto will work well. I have the same exact setup, and the only issue I've run into is that when the grip is in the vertical position, you are limited in how much you can angle it up and down. Nothing an L-bracket won't solve.
do you have the handle on the right or the left ..as you look through the VF..
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I switch it around all the time. Sometimes the right, sometimes the left, sometimes in the vertical (not as often though as it requires swapping the mount position as well as reducing the weight capacity). If I know I won't be flipping it so the camera is in the portrait position, I'll have the handle on the left so that my right hand is free to control the camera. But if I may flip it to portrait, I'll leave it on the right side so that the camera controls are more accessible. Overall, it's a pretty versatile head.
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I have used a Dynatran AT-103 for the last 3 years and this year my wife bought me a Photoclam PC-44ns ballhead. Great relatively inexpensive combination. I am very pleased thus far. Total outlay is about $360.
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skip the trigger head and get a real ballhead...the trigger head just isn't as stable as a real ballhead...look at Markins or Arca Swiss, or RRS.

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I have the exact combination of tripod and trigger ball head. It's a combination kit at B&H. I love it. The only thing I don't like with the tripod is that the center post doesn't flip horzontal.

I've use the trigger ball head on my monopod on a trip to Hawaii and loved. It's very study and allowed me to switch the trigger for a lefty.
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Ive looked at the recommendations..and I like the Vanguard but i cant find it anywhere , apart from youtube.

the point about the trigger getting in the way of a vertical shoot might be putting me off that combo now.....

so at the mo its a Manfrotto 55 Pro..and a 498 rc2 ball head...although the 488 ball head looks good too.....another reason for now liking the ball heads..is that they do pan...I don't think the trigger heads will do that for me....

the Acratech ball heads look good...but very expensive
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Tripods are useless if they are left at home. For this reason, I bought a Feisol CT-3441S light weight. It weighs 3 pounds soaking wet, yet will support 25 pounds. It's also very short when folded but extends to over 5". You do pay for this versitality though. Mine was $300 with shipping included.
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I am running with Manfrotto 475B legs and 229 super pro 3way head right now (I am considering getting a 468MGRC0 ball-head to try something different)..
With the legs extended the QR plate is 70" off the ground. It goes to 80" with center-column all the way out. The height is there if one needs it.

My personal experience with this set-up has been great, I do not mind the weight penalty it comes with ( it is rather heavy).

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QuoteOriginally posted by BigT Quote
I have the exact combination of tripod and trigger ball head. It's a combination kit at B&H. I love it. The only thing I don't like with the tripod is that the center post doesn't flip horzontal.
The center post on the ProB certainly does flip to the horizontal.
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I have been using a Manfrotto with a ball head for quite some time now. It is sturdy & rugged (mine have taken a beating) Although I no-longer "pack" for days at a time, I don't find the Manfrotto too heavy to pack around for several hours or even a day hike. But if you fly alot or pack into location and must watch the weight - well...
Recently I have been using the Ball Grip Head, because it is easier for me to use in the cold, especially when birding and shooting small animals.
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As for a versatile center post there is this (made in King Kong):

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