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03-06-2011, 07:55 AM   #1
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Tripod options, Pentax 67

I've been doing some research on tripods that would be best suited for use with a 67 and lenses up to 200mm. From what I've garnered from photo.net and some other sources, a Bogen/Manfrotto 3033 or 3036 with a 3047 head or something similar should do the trick in terms of sufficient stabilization.

My question however is, does anyone have any experience using both? Is there a significant improvement in stability in using the 3036 over the 3033 with the 67?

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Come up with the Manfrotto designations. I can't be bothered with trying to track down what Bogen Corp has decided to call them.
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I have no experience with these but I use a Manfrotto 055CXPRO3 Carbon fibre tripod with a ball head. Absolutely perfect for my 67II with 55-100mm zoom.
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QuoteOriginally posted by phonoline Quote
I have no experience with these but I use a Manfrotto 055CXPRO3 Carbon fibre tripod with a ball head. Absolutely perfect for my 67II with 55-100mm zoom.
I thought the 055 to be a little light for the 6x7. I ended up with an 028, which while very heavy was rock solid. The leg locks on the 055 were (at the time, they may have fixed them) very prone to slipping under load, and my 055 actually did collapse under the weight of my 6x7.
That was when I went out and bought something more robust.

My experience with Manfrotto has been negative enough that I wouldn't be looking to them for a tripod. I've had very good experience so far with Feisol tripods though.

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3033= Manfrotto 074
3036= Manfrotto 075/475B
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The 3036 is a bit of an overkill if you're only going up to the 200mm. The only reason I use one is because I use longer lenses. Most of the time (when using the 45mm- 200mm) I use a Gitzo G 320.
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I've thought of this too, and I'll probably get a wooden tripod. They are quite often cheap and yet not very heavy, while still being rigid.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Makten Quote
I've thought of this too, and I'll probably get a wooden tripod. They are quite often cheap and yet not very heavy, while still being rigid.

I have one on order from Berlebach since Jan 19, 2010. It got lost in transit and I ahve been trying to push them to get DHL to provide some information, otherwise I could comment more about it

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Some time in the late 1970's I bought a Bogen 3020 with 3025 head to support my non-MLU P6x7. I sure don't know the Manfrotto designation or if it's still offered. But it seems sturdy enough and the adjustments don't slip. I have a shoulder strap for it... sometimes I wish for carbon fibre...
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QuoteOriginally posted by Wheatfield Quote
I thought the 055 to be a little light for the 6x7. I ended up with an 028, which while very heavy was rock solid. The leg locks on the 055 were (at the time, they may have fixed them) very prone to slipping under load, and my 055 actually did collapse under the weight of my 6x7.
That was when I went out and bought something more robust.

My experience with Manfrotto has been negative enough that I wouldn't be looking to them for a tripod. I've had very good experience so far with Feisol tripods though.
The 055 is quite light, that's right. But it works extremely well with my 67II which weighs a LOT with the zoom. I have had no probs with it so far. Very solid, no vibrations.
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I have a Berlebach 4012 with a Cullman ball head, and it is very reliable in the field as far as my experience goes. (I'm just an amateur). The only negative thing I have to say about Berlebach is that it is large. I haven't found any good way of carrying it yet. So I've been thinking of selling it and getting another tripod which is smaller when folded, so I can carry it on my backpack.
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I use a 3047 with the 6x7 with good result. I believe the key to keeping the beast still is weight. The huge horizontal moving shuuter generates lateral force. Weighting almost any decent tripod will help quite a bit. I used a lightweight Gitzo reporter while backpacking. Enough 6x7 gear hung from it made quite a bit of difference.
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QuoteOriginally posted by desertscape Quote
The 3036 is a bit of an overkill if you're only going up to the 200mm. The only reason I use one is because I use longer lenses. Most of the time (when using the 45mm- 200mm) I use a Gitzo G 320.
Thanks, so I guess the 3046 legs I was looking at aswell are serious overkill!
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QuoteOriginally posted by civiletti Quote
I use a 3047 with the 6x7 with good result. I believe the key to keeping the beast still is weight. The huge horizontal moving shuuter generates lateral force. Weighting almost any decent tripod will help quite a bit. I used a lightweight Gitzo reporter while backpacking. Enough 6x7 gear hung from it made quite a bit of difference.
For compact tripods like I use with my 67 often, putting your hand on top of the camera and pressing down also helps a lot.
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QuoteOriginally posted by tuco Quote
For compact tripods like I use with my 67 often, putting your hand on top of the camera and pressing down also helps a lot.
Yep. The heavy hand is particularly useful for fairly short exposure times.
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