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May 30, 2013 06:29 |  #1

I have a benro carbon tripod and it is Ok. I used it in many places and recently in tuscany. Nothing to complain. I just do nit feel comfortable with the ballhead. I sometimes use 70-200II and need to be 100% certain it will be stable. I would also need to have a solution for panoramas. Ay suggestion?


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May 30, 2013 07:05 |  #2

you'll have better luck posting this in the Accessories & Storage.

as for suggestions, we need to know how much you want to spend. otherwise people will recommend a $1500 setup because its the best :)


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May 30, 2013 07:18 |  #3

What Benro legs do you have?

When I was in Iceland I used my Cullmann MB6.5 head on my Feisol 3441T. Very stable setup, had no issues in strong wind or in water. I've now changed the head to an RRS BH-40 and RRS L bracket which is even more stable (mostly due to the lack of squishy rubber padding on the camera plate, I think).


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May 30, 2013 07:32 |  #4

So the L bracket.....why would people need one for Landscape? Just trying to undersyand:-)


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May 30, 2013 07:56 |  #5

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So the L bracket.....why would people need one for Landscape? Just trying to undersyand:-)

you only need it if you use portrait orientation frequently, which some do for landscape shots. i hardly ever shoot portrait, so i just have a regular RRS bracket (1/3 the price of the L)


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May 30, 2013 08:01 |  #6

And why you need bracket? You need legs and a head...that is it, correct?


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May 30, 2013 09:53 |  #7

light_pilgrim wrote in post #15982035 (external link)
So the L bracket.....why would people need one for Landscape? Just trying to undersyand:-)

It is useful for panoramas (at least when you don't have a pano head, which I don't). The camera in vertical position means you have more room for error for any vertical drift (so you take a single row, with more shots rather than 2 or 3 rows with fewer shots per row which I'll try explain using this pathetic diagram where each line represents a photo: ||||||| vs =====). As you can see, more room for vertical cropping/error in the first example.

I also like the centre of the image to stay in the same position when I rotate the camera to portrait rather than have to reframe the whole shot.

And I do take portrait orientation landscapes fairly often, so... :)

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And why you need bracket? You need legs and a head...that is it, correct?

By bracket he means the quick release plate. You aren't going to get very much use out of your tripod head if you don't have a plate to fit into the clamp. An L bracket is a quick release plate that goes up the left side of your camera, forming an L shape in case you were confused about that too. :)


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May 30, 2013 17:16 |  #8

Just curious which Benro head do you have? I have a MeFoto tripod/head(Benro's fashionable line) my head is the same as the Benros B1(I think the call Q2 and Q1 is like B0) head and I find quite stable for my 5dIII with 70-200.




  
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May 30, 2013 17:32 as a reply to  @ lovemyram4x4's post |  #9

Was in Iceland a few weeks ago, I have a Benro set up , I use the B2 head http://www.amazon.co.u​k …o02_s01_i01?ie=​UTF8&psc=1 (external link)


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May 30, 2013 17:47 |  #10

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May 31, 2013 02:16 |  #11

Very informative, thank you. I will try to figure out the best set up. I do not like having too much gear...so always think twice before I buy something. I do not have my Benro tripod with me now, so cannot check what tripod this is exactly. I know is it carbon as I wanted to travel light. Been to many-many places with it so far and it is OK. I have MKIII, so I have the electronic level. I will be doing panoramas and long exposure in Iceland for sure...so a sturdy set up is absolutely essential. It is the ball head that I am not so super convinced, but when I check RRS or Arca Swiss....I am not sure. To pay 300-500 USD for a ball head? Interesting:-)

Sirrith wrote in post #15982348 (external link)
It is useful for panoramas (at least when you don't have a pano head, which I don't). The camera in vertical position means you have more room for error for any vertical drift (so you take a single row, with more shots rather than 2 or 3 rows with fewer shots per row which I'll try explain using this pathetic diagram where each line represents a photo: ||||||| vs =====). As you can see, more room for vertical cropping/error in the first example.

I also like the centre of the image to stay in the same position when I rotate the camera to portrait rather than have to reframe the whole shot.

And I do take portrait orientation landscapes fairly often, so... :)


By bracket he means the quick release plate. You aren't going to get very much use out of your tripod head if you don't have a plate to fit into the clamp. An L bracket is a quick release plate that goes up the left side of your camera, forming an L shape in case you were confused about that too. :)


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May 31, 2013 02:36 |  #12

light_pilgrim wrote in post #15985070 (external link)
Very informative, thank you. I will try to figure out the best set up. I do not like having too much gear...so always think twice before I buy something. I do not have my Benro tripod with me now, so cannot check what tripod this is exactly. I know is it carbon as I wanted to travel light. Been to many-many places with it so far and it is OK. I have MKIII, so I have the electronic level. I will be doing panoramas and long exposure in Iceland for sure...so a sturdy set up is absolutely essential. It is the ball head that I am not so super convinced, but when I check RRS or Arca Swiss....I am not sure. To pay 300-500 USD for a ball head? Interesting:-)

The Benro B2 head I mentioned has 360 panoramic movement and scale , it holds up to 20KG/44lb , I've had my gripped 5DIII and 70-200 II attached with no worries, its a 3rd of the cost of some mentioned.


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The Benro B2 head I mentioned has 360 panoramic movement and scale , it holds up to 12KG/26lb , I've had my gripped 5DIII and 70-200 II attached with no worries, its a 3rd of the cost of some mentioned.

I will check wich one I have. So probably the only thing I might need is the L bracket for Panoramas? Would I need to get an additional/different head if I will want to use the L bracket?


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May 31, 2013 02:44 |  #14

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To pay 300-500 USD for a ball head? Interesting:-)

Yes, it seems like a lot to me too (even though I've already done it!). But on the other hand, if you think about it, a good ballhead will outlast your other gear, and likely costs a lot less too. And it is vital for good long exposure shots (a bad ballhead will have far worse effect on your long exposures than a bad lens).

I hear good things about the Induro BHL2. That one is a bit under $300.

I don't like Benro heads myself, have tried several, and found that the movement was not as smooth as I'd like, and the knobs not very nice to handle.


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May 31, 2013 02:49 |  #15

Sirrith wrote in post #15985094 (external link)
I don't like Benro heads myself, have tried several, and found that the movement was not as smooth as I'd like, and the knobs not very nice to handle.

I agree with you, but then...when money is something you still think about...then I try filter CRITICAL from NICE TO HAVE:-) So yes, Benro might not be best in class...I agree...but the only thing that interests me is whether I can get the job done with it.


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