I've came so close to purchasing the 055cxpro4 so many times. I've compared all of the 190's, and 055's in the different flavors, and thought that I had finally settled on the 055cxpro4. It handles 17 lbs of gear, weighs in at 3.7lb, minimum height of 2.36 in, maximum height w/ column of 57.5 w/o column 47, and 21.5" closed w/o head.
Then I happened to be perusing Manfrotto's site and came across the 732CY. Although it only handles 7 lb, it is only 16" closed w/ head. They are also offering the M-Y kit which has a gear bag specifically designed to carry the pod and the rest of your gear. This is appealing to me for family vaca's - Vegas, NYC, Maui, Glacier Park, etc. We like to travel and take pictures that will make great memories. My wife actually grabs our T1i more than our P&S SD1000 which also leads me to believe that she would also use a smaller product more frequently.
I believe that the main tripod paradigm is that stability is everything. After all, regardless of what features a tripod may or may not have the goal is to take photographs that are clearer and sharper.
But what good is all of this if you don't take it with you because it is over two feet long and you have a multi mile hike through a rain forest. On one hand, I would have no reservations about setting a 100-400L/T1i on the 055, but that setup on the 732CY may make me queasy. But, carrying a separate bag for the tripod for a couple of miles is not something particularly appealing, nor can I see myself traipsing around Vegas with a 2 foot something tripod on my back.
I feel that I am somewhere around the prosumer level and really dig photography. I want to get into the thirty second to three minute exposures, but don't know if I need the full stability of the 055.
- super stable
- great reviews here
- great features with horizontal column
- will not take it everywhere that I go
- will take everywhere that I have my camera
- available with kit that totally hides the pod
- comes with head
- less stability
- no horizontal column for macros
The price doesn't play a huge part to me. The M-Y kit bad and 055 would be comparable depending(largely) on which head you chose. I am more concerned with how much I will use it.
I enjoy taking pictures of landscapes, cityscapes, and water features. I am not as much into portraits as I am other things. I believe that portraits may be harder for me.
Should I just man up, quite whining, leave the skirt and purse at home and get the 055, or go with something smaller that I will take everywhere I go?
There have been so many times when someone was in the same boat and had the extra information to push me over the fence.
Thank you in advance for your advice.