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Best Contortionst Tripod Out There?

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Jul 12, 2009 08:41 |  #1

I'm seeking opinions about the most stable contortionist type tripod there is out there.

I'm particularly interested in it being able to overhang or lean over a subject while providing good stability for macro shooting, i.e., supporting a 50D + grip, with a 180mm or an MP-E 65mm macro lens (extended) and flash unit along with micro stage, etc.
It's gotta be stable and with minimum of 'floating' once set and tightened down.
I s'pose I'm after something like the old Benbo's, but maybe lighter.

I'm welcoming all suggestions and opinions on the topic.

Thanks in advance, people! :D

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Jul 12, 2009 08:54 |  #2

I still use a Benbo II big solid and unbeatable.

You can still pick up a Benbo Trekker and Benbo I if you want something smaller.

THIS (external link) is a UK site but I am sure they must be available in the US

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Jul 12, 2009 09:05 |  #3

Someone here just listed one(Benbo 2).. with a link to pictures of it in different positions​ad.php?t=722342

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Jul 12, 2009 09:08 |  #4

I have a Feisol CT 3401N Carbon Fiber with the PB-70 Horizontal Adapter Kit. Works great for getting your camera into those special positions.

The revision to the PB-70 is the VH-40HAKit (external link).

Click on products and then choose horizontal adapter.

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Jul 12, 2009 10:05 |  #5

There's always the Manfrotto 055XPROB or the 190XPROB.

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