Jack Cooper wrote in post #11360933
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 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!
Life is for living, cameras are to capture it (one day I will learn how!).