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04-18-2009, 10:59 PM   #1
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A good tripod for the Sigma 150-500?

Does anyone have some suggestions for the Sigma 150-500? Ball heads would be best. Two tripods come with the expanded kit that I will be buying on ebay for the k20d. However I suspect the two that come in the kit won't be best to fit my needs when used with the 150-500mm. I will be useing the tripod to go birding however I don't plan on lugging the thing around the world. So weight won't be such a big issue.

04-19-2009, 10:45 AM   #2
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I'm quite happy with the Manfrotto 055B in my avatar. I have the Manfrotto 0168 ball head on it, with which I am also happy. It holds my 400 with extenders on it with no problems.
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As Albert suggested the Manfrotto 055 would be the obvious choice. The question of the ball head is more difficult. I would suggest the Manfrotto 468, preferrably the older "Pro Ball" version. I haven't use the newer 468 hydrostatic modell, but have read user comments indicating, that it is not as precise as the older model (which I still found new in a shop recently).

Otherwise the price range would be an issue. You can invest in an ArcaSwiss or RRS or Markins or one of the bigger Linhofs or go for the cheap Chinese ArcaSwiss clones, aka Benro. These will serve the purpose, too, for a while. But at least the ones I disassembled did not implant confidence for a long lifespan in me. So I would not buy one of the Chinese clones (in fact I have several somewhere in the cupboard, which I bought out of curiosity).

Quite another option (especially useful for birds and wildlife) would some kind of gimbal mount, instead off the ball head.*I am using a Manfrotto 393 (hope, I git the numbers right) for my 500/4.5 and sometimes for my Sigma 50-500 and its a very good choice. And much cheaper than the established gimbal brands Kirk, Wimberley or Nill.


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