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01-17-2013, 06:12 AM   #1
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Manfrotto Carbon tripod 732CY + 494RC2

Hello all,

I don't have yet a tripod and I am considering buying one.

I have found this combo:

Manfrotto MY Carbon tripod 732CY + 494RC2

for a reasonable price (roughly 200$).

What do you think about it? Is there something I should look out for? Do you think there are better combos for roughly the same price?

Thanks!

01-17-2013, 06:27 AM   #2
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Not familiar with that particular tripod, but Manfrotto products are good and reliable, and the price seems fair for a carbon tripod and a head.

Just read a few reviews around the web to make sure, and look at how small it collapses, how high it rises, and how strong it is. Same thing for the head, find out if it can bear the weigth of your equipment. And since you'ree spending a good deal of money, ensure that you get an arca-swiss type head, which will be compatible with otherr brands.
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I use that head but on a Cullman tripod, and the QR plate is very convenient as it is the same as the QR plate I have on my Manfrotto monopod. The plate is a good size so spreads the load reasonably well across its receiving socket.

I use it with a K-x and generally lenses around the 450-550g mark and it works well. Heaviest lens I have put on the head is the M*300 which is quite front heavy and not well balanced. If that lens had a tripod mount so I could balance the set-up better, I think the head would be fine at least to that weight. With the lens in your signature block, I think the 494RC2 head would serve you well.
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