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Tripod for 500 f/4

 
Jack ­ Cooper
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Nov 28, 2010 20:44 |  #1

I own a Manfrotto x55pro. I assume I will need to upgrade that when I get a 500 f/4. I have been studying quite a bit. Just more confused. Don't want to spend a fortune. Are the Induro and Benro and so on good enough? Do I have to buy A Gitzo? I have read some good reviews about other brands.. I have very little chance of seeing in person before I buy. I know this is probably a worn out question but I hear better with direct input. Thanks.




  
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Nov 29, 2010 05:18 |  #2

A few ideas here Jack. It's UK based, but looks useful:

http://www.ophrysphoto​graphy.co.uk/pages/equ​ipmentupdate.htm (external link)


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Nov 29, 2010 06:34 |  #3

The 055Pro should be OK with the 500mm. What you'll almost cerainly want is a gimbal.


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Nov 29, 2010 08:30 |  #4

I use the 055XPROB with the 500mm and have no problems. It's rock steady and it's rated to take much more weight than the 500mm. A gimbal is certainly what you need. I use a Manfrotto 393 which doesn't look as good as others, but it does a good job and is much cheaper.


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Nov 29, 2010 11:12 |  #5

Thanks for the responses. I own the Manfrotto 393 and think it is great. I was planning on using the 055xPROB until I figured out what I needed and could afford. If it is big enough great! After doing some more research last night I came to the decision that if I need a bigger tripod I will get aluminum instead of carbon fiber. The weight savings are at too high of a premium. A little tip. You know how that rubber collar always wants to fall off of the tensioning knob on the Manfrotto 393? Just turn it over. That little collar will hook under the adjustment knob. Problem solved. Thanks everyone.




  
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Nov 29, 2010 13:44 |  #6

Looks like you already have what you need. Just send the money you saved to me :-)
Thanks for the tip about the rubber collar.


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Dec 18, 2010 22:24 |  #7

Gitzo 3541LS. Guaranteed to support that lens......


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Dec 22, 2010 18:12 |  #8

Jack Cooper wrote in post #11360933 (external link)
I own a Manfrotto x55pro. I assume I will need to upgrade that when I get a 500 f/4. I have been studying quite a bit. Just more confused. Don't want to spend a fortune. Are the Induro and Benro and so on good enough? Do I have to buy A Gitzo? I have read some good reviews about other brands.. I have very little chance of seeing in person before I buy. I know this is probably a worn out question but I hear better with direct input. Thanks.

My first BIG lens was an original Canon EF 400 F2.8l at 6.1 kilos! This was used on a Manfrotto 393 and a Manfrotto 55XB Pro and it worked fine. I have now moved to the (lightweight:rolleyes: 5.3 Kilo) 600F4is which the Manfrotto setup would handle.
In reply to your question, no you do not have to buy a Gitzo, your Manfrotto head an tripod are fine. However DO NOT under any circumstances try a Gitzo tripod. If you do your Credit Card is dead! I was perfectly happy with my 55/393 setup (except for the weight) until I played with a Gitzo 3530LS - OOPS - skint! Then I was offered a used Wimberley 2 at silly money - oh dear!
It's all down to money, the Manfrotto setup is around £250 or so and it works well. Is the Gitzo/ Wimberley2 worth it? Put simply yes, but you can live without them and save about £700 for the Mortgage payments!


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Dec 27, 2010 04:16 |  #9

055XPROB + 393 works well for 500mm F4.




  
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