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Which Tripod/Monopod combination ?

 
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Sep 12, 2007 03:45 |  #1

Hi

I'm planning to buy Tripod / Monopod with Ballhead combination from Manfrotto.

As Giottos or Benro is not available in India hence I've shortlisted following :

Manfrotto 055Prob + 488RC2

or

Manfrotto 682B + 488RC2

Can anyone suggest me which combination will be right considering my equipments are Canon 30D + Sigma 50-500 + 2X TC (Occasional).

Main purpose is to use it in Wild either standing in Jeep or on Road.

Looking forward to concrete suggestions.

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Sep 12, 2007 06:21 |  #2

Take a look at the 682B for it is pretty heavy and thick! Well built but the legs that are detachable in the bottom shake underneath which I find annoying. I was initiallying going to go with the 682B, however, when I actually looked, felt the actual monopod, I was like what??? This isn't what I expected.

On the other hand, the 488RC2 ballhead on a monopod is considered redundant (correct me if I'm wrong anyone), however, the 486RC2 is a less expensive route and leave the 488RC2 on the tripod. The main difference between the two is that you can pan with the 488 (left to right, vice versa), without having to move the monopod, tripod. As you can see on the monopd, you can just move the monopod (twist).


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Sep 12, 2007 06:33 |  #3

rakesh wrote in post #3912874 (external link)
Can anyone suggest me which combination will be right considering my equipments are Canon 30D + Sigma 50-500 + 2X TC (Occasional).

Main purpose is to use it in Wild either standing in Jeep or on Road.

Looking forward to concrete suggestions.

Rakesh, I seriously doubt that you would be satisfied with a concrete tripod or a concrete monopod. They would be awfully difficult to carry and set up. ;)

My choice would be two separate rigs - the 055ProB tripod topped with the 488RC2 head and a 680B monopod topped with a 486RC2 head. This is the combination that I own and use a lot, though my tripod has the U.S. name of 3021BPro.

The 486RC2 head is smaller and lighter than the 488RC2, and is perfect for use on the monopod. You could switch one 488RC2 between the two, but that takes a little time and a small screwdriver to accomplish. Also, you could easily lose the setscrews that are in the tripod's head platform while moving the head in the wild. I strongly suggest two heads and keeping them mounted on their respective devices all the time.

If you absolutley cannot afford both, the tripod would be the first of the two that I would suggest purchasing.


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Sep 13, 2007 02:08 as a reply to  @ SkipD's post |  #4

Thanks Skip / Nusnbolts

How is Giottos Tripods / Ballheads.

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Sep 13, 2007 07:12 |  #5

I have just been in a shop looking at the Manfrotto 322 joystick head. Simply squeeze the stalk and move in any direction. For a novice like me I think it's ease of use is a winner so I plan to purchase very soon.




  
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Sep 13, 2007 08:38 |  #6

sea level wrote in post #3920474 (external link)
I have just been in a shop looking at the Manfrotto 322 joystick head. Simply squeeze the stalk and move in any direction. For a novice like me I think it's ease of use is a winner so I plan to purchase very soon.

How heavy?


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Sep 13, 2007 09:32 |  #7

Good question. weight 0.70 kg ;load capacity 5.00 kg .




  
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