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Manfrotto 190 or 055 cxpro

 
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Mar 06, 2013 12:23 |  #31

as a 6'1" Manfrotto 190XB(4.79 non center column) owner; I'm happy with the height.

I don't constantly look through viewfinder it once it's setup though; mostly setup and verify focus/composition via live view before snapping away with external release.


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Mar 09, 2013 10:54 |  #32

hollis_f wrote in post #15678213 (external link)
I really cannot believe this. The 190CX3 has a maximum height of 120cm (with the column down, essential for stability). That's 4 foot. You must really enjoy bending over if you think this is 'plenty tall'.

I hear what you are saying hollis_f but in reality, although I am 6'2", my eyes are only 5'9". With the ballhead and camera aboard, the viewfinder is 4'7". At that height, I find it very comfortable to use. Although I have never felt the need to raise the center column, one could, if desired, raise it halfway (5" or 6") putting the viewfinder at 5'2" or 5'3". This appears to have no effect on stability at all. The required 6" bend over is a non issue, to me anyway, and the portability of this tripod more than makes up for that. :D


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Mar 10, 2013 17:36 as a reply to  @ Agged's post |  #33

I'm in the same boat and will probably get the 055. The only reason I would get the 190 is if I went on multi-day camping trips where I am walking a lot AND using a relatively small lens. But for studio, location photoshoots and day-hikes with a big lens, the 055 is it for me.




  
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Mar 11, 2013 05:32 |  #34

RGomezPhotos wrote in post #15699484 (external link)
I'm in the same boat and will probably get the 055. The only reason I would get the 190 is if I went on multi-day camping trips where I am walking a lot AND using a relatively small lens. But for studio, location photoshoots and day-hikes with a big lens, the 055 is it for me.

I've part exchanged my alloy 055 for a carbon version and I'm amazed at how light it is.


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Mar 11, 2013 11:30 |  #35

Ok so I purchased the 055 and took it to SoCal this past weekend. I used it all over and it was fantastic. I love it. Very sturdy and incredibly light. I set it on the shore of Huntington Beach with some pretty big waves and it didnt budge. Pictures turned out beautifully also. I highly recommend!


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Mar 17, 2013 17:39 |  #36

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Benro and Induro.

Hate the benro - I had the Benro Travel Angel - folds down really small- but the screw way of tightening the legs did not work very well - I had to tighten them so hard my hands hurt after a while - and still, sometimes,when I got the tripod set up, I found it slowly tilted to one side as a leg shortened under the weight of the 7D and 100-400.

Gave it to my daughter, and replaced it with a new English make - the 3 legged thing.

Took this one on a photographic holiday to Poland in February - similar problem - ended up hand-holding the above combo, and using the tripod as a very expensive walking stick.

We were in -10 and lower - and again, the screw legs didn't hold well, as well as making the tripod very slow to adjust in height etc- and the centre column not as versatile as the Manfrotto's.
The hook at the bottom of the column unscrewed itself twice and eventually I lost it in deep snow - and the ball head suffered from bad creep.

Have now got the Manfrotto 055 cxpro and will be getting a Markins Q10 head to go with it.


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Mar 18, 2013 04:35 |  #37

hania wrote in post #15725717 (external link)
Hate the benro - I had the Benro Travel Angel - folds down really small- but the screw way of tightening the legs did not work very well - I had to tighten them so hard my hands hurt after a while - and still, sometimes,when I got the tripod set up, I found it slowly tilted to one side as a leg shortened under the weight of the 7D and 100-400.

Gave it to my daughter, and replaced it with a new English make - the 3 legged thing.

Took this one on a photographic holiday to Poland in February - similar problem - ended up hand-holding the above combo, and using the tripod as a very expensive walking stick.

We were in -10 and lower - and again, the screw legs didn't hold well, as well as making the tripod very slow to adjust in height etc- and the centre column not as versatile as the Manfrotto's.
The hook at the bottom of the column unscrewed itself twice and eventually I lost it in deep snow - and the ball head suffered from bad creep.

Have now got the Manfrotto 055 cxpro and will be getting a Markins Q10 head to go with it.

Many here seem to dislike the lever clamp leg locks, but I much prefer them - you know when its locked!


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Mar 18, 2013 06:05 |  #38

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Many here seem to dislike the lever clamp leg locks, but I much prefer them - you know when its locked!

You must have very well trained bag straps, camera straps and cables. When I used a 055 I could be absolutely certain that, if I put the tripod in the boot of the car, when it came time to use it there would be at least two straps or cables caught on the leg releases.

When I swapped it for a tripod with twist releases I knew I could never, ever go back.


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Mar 18, 2013 06:32 |  #39

hollis_f wrote in post #15727271 (external link)
You must have very well trained bag straps, camera straps and cables. When I used a 055 I could be absolutely certain that, if I put the tripod in the boot of the car, when it came time to use it there would be at least two straps or cables caught on the leg releases.

When I swapped it for a tripod with twist releases I knew I could never, ever go back.

I use a Lowepro backpack which has a rather odd "afterthought" of a tripod strap arrangement, almost as if they had forgotten to design it in. But I've never had any issues with it getting tangled, or my camera cable release come to that.


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Mar 18, 2013 17:51 |  #40

hollis_f wrote in post #15727271 (external link)
You must have very well trained bag straps, camera straps and cables. When I used a 055 I could be absolutely certain that, if I put the tripod in the boot of the car, when it came time to use it there would be at least two straps or cables caught on the leg releases.

When I swapped it for a tripod with twist releases I knew I could never, ever go back.

Re the twist release - maybe I don't have very strong hands, but it was noticeable on the photographic holiday I was on - I would still be fiddling with the twists, trying to adjust my tripod to the correct height, while the others, all with manfrottos with leg releases, were already set up and happily snapping away!

Also, the travel benro had 4 sections - again, taking longer to set up (for me) than manfrottos with 3 sections.


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