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May 31, 2011 12:02 |  #16

You will probably do like most of us do: over the years buy a series of better and better tripods that will in the long run cost more than just buying a good one in the first place !

Another good ballhead is made by Matthews.


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May 31, 2011 12:19 as a reply to  @ post 12506955 |  #17

where is the search tool at this forum site?


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May 31, 2011 12:23 |  #18

Search tool is at the top. to the left from where it says 'Log Out.'




  
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May 31, 2011 12:36 |  #19

I would highly recommend one of the Markins ballheads, myself. I just got one recently and I LOVE it; especially in comparison to the Manfrotto one I started out with (488RC2).


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May 31, 2011 12:37 as a reply to  @ Pablo3's post |  #20

i skipped the other posts because i have no experience with the expensive tripods most recomend.

i was puzzled when it came time to buy a tripod when i realized those $20 walmart tripods are only good for hitting things. i needed a tripod for macro but couldnt spend much at the time and found a review for the "slik 400 pro dx" and its worked fine for me for years now. its the only peice of my photo gear that i've never felt like needed upgraded. i've been happy with it for a couple of years now. it was about $120 shipped new at that time. it can drop down to like 9in off the ground and has a max height of i think 61"


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May 31, 2011 17:00 |  #21

wyldeman99 wrote in post #12509800 (external link)
where is the search tool at this forum site?

Main search is in the top blue menu bar, and thread search is in the thread blue menu bar.

hollywoodstylin wrote in post #12508140 (external link)
You may want to checkout the FAQ sticky at the top, as well.

+1. Definitely do this because if you follow the links of interest you probably won't need to use search.


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May 31, 2011 17:33 |  #22

I own the Feisol 3441S RAPID tripod and I have to say: I love it. Honestly, I can't see anyone go wrong with this tripod if they're looking for a light (2.2lbs) tripod that folds small (16in) and goes pretty high w/o the column extending.

I previously owned the 055XPROB and I hated it. It folded to like 25" or something ridiculous like that with no ballhead attached and weighs over 5lbs. I'm glad I got rid of it.

Then again, you can never go wrong with a Gitzo but if you're looking for a small travel-sized tripod that can also be used for everyday use and hiking then go with the Gitzo traveler or the Feisol 3441 series. Then pair it with a ballhead from something like the Markins Q3T (small and light) or something by RRS (they make great stuff) or Kirk or something.

Btw, if you get the Feisol 3441 series, make sure to get the one with the anti-rotation legs. They open SUPER fast and easy with one hand rather than using two hands awkwardly. Trust me.


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May 31, 2011 23:00 |  #23

I have the Feisol 3441T and its been superb

I agree with above, get the rapid (anti rotation) one if you do go down this route

mine even survived me falling on it :lol:
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May 31, 2011 23:16 |  #24

as you stated in your post you are doing landscapes and macro. you will need a sturdy tripod not a travel type tripod they are not as sturdy as a good well built carbon or aluminum tripod. also i am not saying that the travel type tripod are not well built but they are light weight thus not very sturdy. especially if it has a rapid column. again this is just my opinion.

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Jun 21, 2011 12:26 |  #25

Hi;

Probably this will not answer your questions about the difference between a $500 and $1000 tripod.

I have the 055X PRO and I choose this one for the following reasons;

1. Brand
2. Price
3. Maximum Height - Very important for my back.
4. Minimum Height - For Macro Photography
5. Weight - This one is a little heavy 5lbs.
7. Maximum Load - This one can hold over 17lbs

Now I'm planning to buy the 055CXPRO3, for the same reason as above, but this one have about 2 Lbs less.


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Jun 21, 2011 13:09 |  #26

hfgerena wrote in post #12632711 (external link)
Hi;

Probably this will not answer your questions about the difference between a $500 and $1000 tripod.

I have the 055X PRO and I choose this one for the following reasons;

1. Brand
2. Price
3. Maximum Height - Very important for my back.
4. Minimum Height - For Macro Photography
5. Weight - This one is a little heavy 5lbs.
7. Maximum Load - This one can hold over 17lbs

Now I'm planning to buy the 055CXPRO3, for the same reason as above, but this one have about 2 Lbs less.


This is exactly the progression I went through, as well :) (well, to the CX4..but still)


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Jun 21, 2011 15:19 as a reply to  @ Snydremark's post |  #27

We had the Manfrotto 055 with 488RC2 stacks. I replaced the RC2 clamps with RRS QR multimout clamps and put RRS L brackets on the camera body. SSSSSOOOOO much easier to change between vertical and horizontal orientations without changing the body height or moving the center of gravity off the center of the tripod. Would highly recommend that change to everyone.

The wife did not like the cold 055 and its weight. So at Christmas we got Gitzo 35251S with RRS 55 on top. I moved the RRS QR multimount clamps off of the 488 heand and put them on the RRS 55 heads. I them put the RC2 clamps back on the 488s. We gave one 055/488 stack to a niece who is just getting into photography.

Bottom line, if the buget can handle it, get a Gitzo 3 series (unless you are way tall) with a RRS 40 or 55 ballhead. Other very good heads are made by Markings, Kirk, Arcatech, and ArcaSwiss. I like RRS beccause they make a full like of products (ballheads, clamps, plates, nodal sides....etc.) with will all interwork. Check them out at www.reallyrightstuff.c​om (external link)




  
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Jun 21, 2011 16:21 |  #28

KCY wrote in post #12513386 (external link)
I have the Feisol 3441T and its been superb

I agree with above, get the rapid (anti rotation) one if you do go down this route

mine even survived me falling on it :lol:
https://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthre​ad.php?t=948219

I'm a fan of the 3441T as well. If you're going to shoot landscapes, I think you will want a lighter portable tripod. The virtue of the 3441t is that it's not only light, but has a beefy, wide-diameter set of legs for stability.


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Jun 21, 2011 16:29 |  #29

recently ditched my Gitzo for a RRS. best i have seen in 30+ yrs


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