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Tripod + Head for Macro AND general (lightning etc)

 
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Jan 31, 2011 12:22 |  #1

Hi guys!

Thanks to everyone who has responded to some of my other questions :)

I have one more! ;)

I am getting my camera & gear tomorrow morning [finallly!], (specs below), but currently have a pretty basic tripod that's really not up to par with what I'd like... (Sunpack 9001 UT)

I see the Manfrotto legs (055XPROB) are about the best value for what you get (yes, quite heavy-ish - but I can live with that for now before dropping an extra $300 for Carbon Fibre..). The head is really where I'm torn.

I'll be doing a lot of macro stuff, so from what I've read, the Manfrotto 3275 / 410 Compact Geared Head might be my best bet.. but I'm wondering if anyone has used or could compare the Manfrotto 322RC2 / 327RC2 for this kind of an application (i.e. Macro). I handheld tested one of the 322/324/327RC2's (I'm not sure which it was TBH) at a store on the weekend, unfortunately not with a camera or anything attached.. but loved the feel and work of the thing! But not sure if it will 'slip' or 'slide' after locking, and which would be a better all rounder, for everyday shooting, the odd landscape, some lightning photography, and of course, macro is very important. Any suggestions?

Many many thanks in advance!

Dirk


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Feb 01, 2011 16:15 |  #2

Hey Dirk...missed your other questions but maybe can shed some light on this one.

The tripod legs you mention are probably fine...anything rigid is okay as long as you don't have to carry it too far!
I have a Manfrotto 410 geared head, which I bought to use with my TS-E lens, and it is a lovely piece of equipment. BUT, it has two disadvantages...

One...it is very heavy at 1.22kg (2.68 lbs). And that is all very well unless you have to carry it far, which I do, in which case it's a bit of a pain.

Two...it only comes with Manfrotto's 410PL QR plate which is big and cumbersome.

Geared heads are great...infinite control etc., but they take a bit of practice getting used to.


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Feb 01, 2011 17:02 |  #3

Hi Dirk.

I have the 055XPROB tripod and it is heavy but it is very sturdy. When the legs are at full extension even without the centre column up the camera is about head hight. I'm 6'3" as well.

I have the 804RC2 3-way Head and have yet to find a position I can't get it into.

The centre column is great. It takes seconds to flip it horizontal and not much more to invert it so that you can get the camera very low to the ground.

For Macro work as Ricardo says a geared head will give you the most control but maybe not the quickest.

The tripod I can highly recommend. Despite the weight you won't be disappointed with the performance of it. I bought cheap to start with and regretted it straight away. As for the head this could be a little trickier. I'm still not sure if the 3-way is for me. I like the fact I can pan for video but I might have to try a ball head. That will be down to what feels right for you.

Good luck with your choice though.

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Feb 02, 2011 09:44 as a reply to vermaak's post |  #4

Hi Guys,

Thank you!! This helps me make my mind up a little better, though not entirely !

I think I'm sold on the legs, though the head still gets me confused - I think the ONLY way I'm gonna decide on this is with a real life test! The weight of a 410 geared head doesnt concern me TOO much, as for the majority of the time I'm going to be using it in my apartment taking pics of my crystal collection.. but, if it can double up as a insect and general tripod on occasion as well, it won't bother me having an extra kg or so to lug around.. Though I am quite a small guy.. Based on your comments I somehow doubt I'll ever be extending the legs full fledged in that case!

Thanks again for the comments, much appreciated :)

Will let you know what I decide in the end and post up some pics of the results for your C&C!

Cheers,

Dirk


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