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Feb 08, 2013 09:21 |  #1

Hi,

Getting serious about landscape photography, ordered couple of ND/GND filters yesterday and now its time to get a tripod w/ head.

I would like to be able to take tripod to downtown and other areas to take architecture and landscape photos.

My heaviest setup can be 5d3 + 70-200 2.8 IS II + 580EX2 + Bracket.

Here is what I've shortlisted per my budget:
Manfrotto 496RC2 Compact Ball Head with 200PL-14 QR Plate = $66.57
Manfrotto 055XPROB Aluminum Tripod Legs (Black) = $139.99

What do you guys think?

Thanks!


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Feb 08, 2013 09:39 |  #2

Manfrotto is a reasonable "middle of the road" average tripod. I sound a little pompous but I do use a carbon 055 myself and its fine. There are cheaper and (much) dearer options out there but your choice is a good starting point.

The ball head is a little more difficult. Personally I'd select a head with an Arca Swiss release plate rather than the Manfrotto RC2 system which I was never comfortable with, but thats a very personal choice. I use a Markins M10 head which has an odd system where the head is not locked tight, it is permanently in a state of almost-but-not-quite-tight/almost-but-not-quite-slipping and is designed to be like that. It does not suffer the age old problem of the camera moving as it is let go having spending ages setting up a shot (common to many heads and which the Manfrotto certainly suffers from).


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Feb 08, 2013 09:54 |  #3

i used the same gear on the 055xprob and 498rc2. it performed ok for the money, but I recently upgraded my tripod setup to get something with a higher weight capacity and a more sturdy/fluid ballhead. ive always followed the rule of thumb that your tripod should be able to hold 3 times the weight of your equipment. that's about 7.6 lbs of gear on a pair of legs only rated to hold 15.4 lbs.

You have very nice gear, so i highly recommend you don't skimp on the tripod. you really do get what you pay for. I didn't like the idea of $5k worth of fragile equipment on $200 tripod.

you can get the manfrotto setup you described and probably be fine, but you will eventually buy a better one. i would recommend saving and buying the tripod that will last you forever on the first go around, i wish i had.


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Feb 08, 2013 13:05 |  #4

After a bit more research, I'm leaning toward this combo:
http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …Section_Rapid_C​arbon.html (external link)

any thoughts?


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Feb 08, 2013 13:22 |  #5

the 3441S is well regarded here, looks like a winner.


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Feb 08, 2013 13:36 |  #6

Feisol good, it is the S (shorter) version, so make sure height wise you dont want the T (taller). Go to their website as they have good comparisons. I have a lightweight traveller tripod (gitzo 1541T,thanks to this forum) and wanted something with more stability. For me, Feisol did not make the final cut because I wanted something inbetween the 28 and 37mm largest tube diameter. The final two were Photoclam and Sirui with the 32mm diamter tubes and for various reasons, I think I am going with a Photoclam PT 323. I have a 25mm (sirui) and 33mm (photoclam) ballheads and will pick something up in the 40mm range for this.


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Feb 08, 2013 14:01 |  #7

Ahhh...so it begines, quest for that perfect tripod :-) Why not look around the forum for a used Gitzo? As for BH I LOVE my Markins and RRS.


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Feb 08, 2013 15:41 |  #8

Comparing tripods 1st hand is well worth the effort. We have a great shop nearby and being able to have hands on experience is well worth the short trip to see and try out several tripods in your price range.


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Feb 08, 2013 16:19 |  #9

ifi wrote in post #15587609 (external link)
After a bit more research, I'm leaning toward this combo:
http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …Section_Rapid_C​arbon.html (external link)

any thoughts?

Have a look at the Feisol "Systemstic" type tripods - a friend of mine has one and it is very good for the price as well as weighing just over 1 kilo.
Do have a look at the used market - I got a Gitzo 3 series Carbon Systematic + additional center column for 100 GBP (about $160 us).
For landscape/architecture photography I normally use a Manfrotto 410 geared head, it is big, heavy and slow but allows very precise framing. If weight is an issue have a look at the Triopo RS3 ball head. I have added an Arca type QR clamp to mine. It is silly cheap, very light, very smooth and will hold anything except a 1200 F5.6, my 600 Fl L IS was too light to test it.


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Feb 08, 2013 16:20 |  #10

Joe Ravenstein wrote in post #15588172 (external link)
Comparing tripods 1st hand is well worth the effort. We have a great shop nearby and being able to have hands on experience is well worth the short trip to see and try out several tripods in your price range.

That's how I decided. Arca Swiss compatible head...in hind sight




  
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Feb 08, 2013 21:53 |  #11

After even more research I'm going to get the "tall" version CT-3441T along with the ball head CB-40D w/QP-144750.

My local store does not carry Feisol :(

Buying directly from feisol.net seems like cheapest option?


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Feb 08, 2013 22:49 |  #12

ifi wrote in post #15589384 (external link)
After even more research I'm going to get the "tall" version CT-3441T along with the ball head CB-40D w/QP-144750.

My local store does not carry Feisol :(

Buying directly from feisol.net seems like cheapest option?

I placed an order yesterday for CT-3442 from BH Photo and Video for $11 less (and no tax, plus free shipping) than buying it from Feisol.net.



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Feb 08, 2013 23:01 |  #13

SYS wrote in post #15589511 (external link)
I placed an order yesterday for CT-3442 from BH Photo and Video for $11 less (and no tax, plus free shipping) than buying it from Feisol.net.

Shipping is about $15 for CT-3441T but same price.


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Feb 09, 2013 09:30 |  #14

ifi wrote in post #15589537 (external link)
Shipping is about $15 for CT-3441T but same price.

Find it strange that BH Photo would charge shipping for this model but offers free shipping for 3442...

Well, just get the 3442! :D



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Feb 09, 2013 10:23 |  #15

SYS wrote in post #15590565 (external link)
Find it strange that BH Photo would charge shipping for this model but offers free shipping for 3442...

Well, just get the 3442! :D

Yeah, that can be an option for several reasons but not to save $15 :)

Interestingly 3442 is lighter and more stable than 3441T?
What head are you planning to use on yours?


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