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06-15-2011, 06:04 PM - 1 Like   #1
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I've waited too long for a good tripod & head!

I don't get excited about much of anything anymore as I am getting older, but here I am making a shameless post just because I am, well......excited!

Just getting back into photography after a 10 year hiatus, I am gathering new equipment pretty fast. Thanks to all the folks who've written reviews and posted on the forums - you've all helped so much with my research.

Anyway - just received my Manfrotto 055PROXB, and bought a Manfrotto 410 geared head from a member here. I opted for this setup instead of a focusing rail system for now as I want to use the head for other things also.




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Nice but personally i find 3 tripods usually satisfy my support needs, so plan on having to aquiring more in the future
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nice setup, though I went for a manfrotto 405:

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Nice but personally i find 3 tripods usually satisfy my support needs, so plan on having to aquiring more in the future
Yeah, I can see that coming already as I have 2 heads now and 1 tripod.....

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Nice but personally i find 3 tripods usually satisfy my support needs, so plan on having to aquiring more in the future
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Yeah, I can see that coming already as I have 2 heads now and 1 tripod.....
I have two tripods; a heavy duty Giottos that I use for my heavier setups and a lightweight Slik for the 35mm cameras. I have two columns for the Giottos to allow quick switching between 3-D and ballhead and two more heads for use on the Slik (3-way pan and mini-ball). I keep thinking that a Berlebach with self-leveling camera platform might be nice and then there is also the occasional urge to get a geared head.


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nice setup, though I went for a manfrotto 405:
The 405 is definitely nice. Do you have any experience with the Manfrotto 400?


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The 405 is definitely nice. Do you have any experience with the Manfrotto 400?
yes I have used the manfrotto 400 head as nice as it is, it has exposed gears. It wouldn't take much in the way of moisture and dust to gunk up a mechanism like that. I chose the 405 because of is internally sealed gearing - which makes it more reliable in inclement weather.
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I have the 055PROXB as well, I love that it can do what you've pictured yours doing, that's really come in handy!

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nice setup, though I went for a manfrotto 405:
Why did they even bother putting petals at the end of that hood?

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I appear to be the odd one out here, I only have the one tripod a Benbo Clasic No 2 and I've been using one for over 20 years now, it offers great flexibility in terms of use.

Due to the unique way the legs and column lock, i.e. one bent bolt, which is where I believe is where the name comes from BENt BOlt. Originally based on a early machine gun tripod mounting from WW1.

The larger diameter part of the leg is at the bottom and slides over the upper part. This means the leg is effectively sealed up to the first clamp, on mine that's 0.84m (33") measured from the tip to the clamp, so you can stick it in sand, mud water, whatever you want without problems.

It takes a little getting use to, but the trick is not to loosen it too much, otherwise the legs go every which way. The double ended centre column offers a choice of standard 3/8" or 1/4" fixing.

It extends up to 2.56m (101") and closes down to 1.14m (45"), weight 3.75kg (8.27 lbs) all measurements are not including any head.

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