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Dec 02, 2009 13:52 |  #1

Hello, first post, I'm going to Singapore for a couple weeks and I'm considering taking a tripod. I've been there before but this is the first time I'm going to take my XSI with me. There are several places I've scouted that would be nice locations for night photos.

Right now I have a Velbon CX 444 tripod but I hate the 3-way pan/tilt head. It's a light, pretty compact tripod but I cannot stand the hard-to-adjust, weak plastic head. I think it sags, but I haven't really tested it. (I just started getting more serious about photography.)

Yesterday I tried a Manfrotto 190XPROB with 488RC2 ball head at a local camera shop and I loved it. I am definitely going to buy it soon. The Manfrotto setup makes me dislike the Velbon more. The only downside is that it is heavier than the Velbon.

I don't have a problem packing a tripod, so I'm just wondering if you guys could help me with my decision. Should I just take the Velbon and deal with the crappy head or should I buy the Manfrotto (which I'm going to do eventually) and take that with me?


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Dec 02, 2009 14:26 |  #2

I'm using a Manfrotto 785B as a travel tripod and its doing the job. Light and compact. Does a good job holding up 70-200mm lens. (I wouldn't advise leaving it unattended though)

If you don't mind the weight, go buy the Manfrotto 190XPROB with 488RC2 right off the bat to avoid spending extra.




  
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Dec 02, 2009 16:47 as a reply to  @ raiyo's post |  #3

I just got the 055xprob and the 488rc2 and I like it.


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Dec 02, 2009 18:03 |  #4

Do you have a spending limit?


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Dec 02, 2009 18:27 as a reply to  @ tvphotog's post |  #5

Try an Arca Compatible Q.R.

A light weight tripod is far better off when you use a ball head with an Arca Compatible Quick release System,, The A/C system allows you to use an L-plate made by RRS or Kirk to mount a camera/lens that is not equipped with a tripod mount.

That way, you don't have to hang the camera cantilevered over to the side when you want to shoot a vertical shot. The A/c equipped ball heads and L-plates tend to be a bit pricey but, well worth the purchase price.

http://reallyrightstuf​f.com/QR/05.html (external link)


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Dec 02, 2009 18:51 as a reply to  @ RPCrowe's post |  #6

Thanks for the suggestions.

I'd like to spend less than $400. Which is why I'm looking at the lower end Manfrotto models.

I'll look into the AC QR system, but I believe the Manfrotto 190XPROB's center column can tilt for vertical shots?


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Dec 03, 2009 01:12 |  #7

RPCrowe wrote in post #9123780 (external link)
A light weight tripod is far better off when you use a ball head with an Arca Compatible Quick release System,, The A/C system allows you to use an L-plate made by RRS or Kirk to mount a camera/lens that is not equipped with a tripod mount.

That way, you don't have to hang the camera cantilevered over to the side when you want to shoot a vertical shot. The A/c equipped ball heads and L-plates tend to be a bit pricey but, well worth the purchase price.

http://reallyrightstuf​f.com/QR/05.html (external link)

for occasional vertical shots i think an L plate is overkill (because of cost). that said, i'm thinking about getting one :D.

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Dec 03, 2009 12:45 |  #8

Check out the 0 and 1 series Benro Travel Angel tripods. I'm using a 0-series, 4-section (c-0168m8 ) with 5D, 35L and 135L for professional editorial use when backpacking and going to dangerous locations. Works wonderfully.


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Dec 03, 2009 13:00 |  #9

I have the 190xprob with 486 RC2 ball head (smaller and no seperate pan/ rotate lever than the 488), bought it specifically to fit in a suitcase easily and to be able to strap it to a backpack when hiking!

I really like it - not had any issues with it when travelling, it is easy to carry around during the day (I have a shoulder strap for it) and it is light enough that I don't think twice about taking it out with me.


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Dec 03, 2009 13:19 |  #10

I just scored a Manfrotto 190cxpro4 & 486rc head for $300 including taxes from roberts.....love it so far




  
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Dec 03, 2009 19:32 as a reply to  @ jansenjp's post |  #11

I'll probably get the Manfrotto 190XPROB and 488RC2 head. That's really my only option other than take the Velbon, since I leave in 2 days (shipping to Hawaii takes 3-5 days). I don't mind since I'm going to buy the Manfrotto tripod sooner or later.

Thanks for your replies!


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Dec 03, 2009 20:30 |  #12

If you do not already have an L plate, get one. You will be surprised how often you will use it.

ed rader wrote in post #9125923 (external link)
for occasional vertical shots i think an L plate is overkill (because of cost). that said, i'm thinking about getting one :D.

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Dec 03, 2009 20:58 |  #13
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ed rader wrote in post #9125923 (external link)
for occasional vertical shots i think an L plate is overkill (because of cost). that said, i'm thinking about getting one :D.

ed rader

I think you need to look at why you only take occasional vertical shots when shooting off a tripod. Maybe it is because without an L plate it is a pain in the ass. I noticed that the number of vertical shots drastically increased when I purchased an L plate.




  
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Dec 03, 2009 21:36 |  #14

ed rader wrote in post #9125923 (external link)
for occasional vertical shots i think an L plate is overkill (because of cost). that said, i'm thinking about getting one :D.

ed rader

At a sunset shoot recently, I cursed the darn ballhead as I tried to lower it into the notch and then shoot with the camera low and off center. The fading light made me miss a shot or two because of the extra time all that consumed.

That's when I ordered the L bracket and lever release.


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Dec 04, 2009 11:58 |  #15

Try the Slik tripods.....Totally easy to use!! and real light...I love my Pro 330
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