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Studio tripod head advice

 
Charlie ­ Victor
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Dec 06, 2017 16:13 |  #1

Having recently commenced studio photography I am growing to immensely dislike my faithful old Velbon tripod; the leg supports have worn loose over many years and the head either sticks and resists fine control - or flops to maximum deflection with a DSLR and heavy optics on it. One day soon something very expensive is going to happen!

I love well made wooden objects so for the tripod, Father Christmas is going to bring me a Berlebach Report 332 (external link) - but I don't know which head to ask him to bring?

Brand names don't matter to me; I just need something durable and well made, with low stiction and smooth damping for fine adjustability, and which permits portrait and landscape usage.

Advice from hands-on experience gratefully received, please.


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Hokie ­ Jim
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Dec 06, 2017 18:22 |  #2

If geared - Manfrotto 405/410

If ballhead - RRS BH-55 or Acratech


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Dec 06, 2017 18:30 |  #3

I am totally unfamiliar with studio work! However if total control over your framing is important and speed not too much of an issue then, as Hokie Jim suggests, the Manfrotto 410 is well worth a look.

Ball heads can be very good but make sure you get one that does not droop! I like the Triopo RS3 but it does suffer from tripod flex!


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Dec 06, 2017 20:26 |  #4

X3 for the Manfrotto geared head. Love my 405, got a Kirk Arca adapter clamp to go with it.


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Dec 07, 2017 11:29 as a reply to ThreeHounds's post |  #5

Hokie Jim, Johnf3f and ThreeHounds; thank you each for taking the time to share your experience. Following your advice, preferring geared to ball head, and consequently finding and reading an excellent comparison of the Manfrotto 405 and 410 in this thread, I have asked Father Christmas to put a 410 on his sleigh; substantially lower cost but when considering the optics that I will use it with I think it will be spot-on.

Thanks again,
CV

Edited to correct what I've ordered!


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Dec 07, 2017 16:01 as a reply to Charlie Victor's post |  #6

Happy new toy!

Don't forget ThreeHounds comment about an Arca clamp. If you are only going to be using this head and no other then the supplied 410 plate is OK but if you will be using other tripods/heads and larger lenses then an Arca clamp would be handy. I have a cheapie attached to my 410 head but Kirk and Hejnar offer prettier alternatives.


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Dec 11, 2017 21:04 |  #7

As a fairly new hobbyist photographer, one of the things I love about this forum is learning about equipment I normally wouldn't see in my day to day life. That tripod looks awesome and a work of art, but the review I just read mentioned it was 70 lbs! That's got to be a typo, right?


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Dec 11, 2017 21:07 as a reply to jimrob714's post |  #8

Oops, never mind. The link you provided says 7.0 pounds so yes...a typo!


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Dec 11, 2017 22:53 |  #9

Camera stands. But those are what like $1000 as a starting price.


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Hokie ­ Jim
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Dec 12, 2017 13:23 |  #10

jimrob714 wrote in post #18515788 (external link)
Oops, never mind. The link you provided says 7.0 pounds so yes...a typo!

My Gitzo is about 8lbs, and it's a bit to schlep around in the field.


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