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Aug 14, 2011 14:47 |  #1

Hey,

I'm looking to buy a new tripod and was wondering what sort of recommendations you guys had. I have a Canon 40D with a 17-40mm and a 28-105. I don't really want to spend more than $200 on a tripod. I was looking at some of the Manfrottos and was wondering what your recommendations were on the 055xb with either the 496RC2 Head or the 498RC2 head. What are the main differences between the two? Also, do you think having a panning rotation function is critical?


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Aug 14, 2011 15:23 |  #2

You would be well advised to go for the Manfrotto 055XProB topped off with the Manfrotto 498RC2 ball head. The combination will last you for many years of solid performance.

Yes, the separate pan release is a good thing to have. In addition, I expect the 498 to be more solid than the 496 when loaded. I have the 488 and 486 heads and the 488 is definitely sturdier than the 486.


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Aug 14, 2011 15:27 |  #3

Skip,

Thanks a lot for your advice. How about between the 190xProB and the 055XProB. Is either better?


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Aug 14, 2011 15:38 |  #4

yankees3791 wrote in post #12934045 (external link)
Skip,

Thanks a lot for your advice. How about between the 190xProB and the 055XProB. Is either better?

The 055 is both taller and sturdier than the 190.

Having a "too-tall" tripod is not a problem, as there will be times when you want it as tall as it can get. You can always deploy the legs at less than full length for a lower camera position. Having a tripod that is not tall enough can be a tough thing to deal with.

You want to use a tripod with the center column all the way down most of the time, as raising the center column makes the system less stable.


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Aug 14, 2011 15:48 |  #5

Thanks for the advice again Skip. I think I'm going to go with the 055 shortly. Your help was much appreciated. I think I'm also going to get the 498RC2 since its just a few bucks more and sounds much sturdier.


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