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I think my Manfrotto 190CXPRO3 is too big..

 
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Apr 11, 2010 20:16 |  #1

Here's the thing, I just got my 190CXPRO3 and 498RC2 last week. I've only used them outdoor once, and I still think it's a bit bulky and long. I bought this tripod to bring it with me for my backpacking trip to Europe this summer, and I couldn't imagine how is the trip going to be like with me carrying around the tripod. I have Kata DR-467 which fits my camera gear and other things, except the tripod. So I'll have to carry the tripod separately (which is not fun :P).

Here's what I have in mind,
1) Return the 190CXPRO3 and get the 190CXPRO4 (3inch folded length difference)
2) Return the 498RC2 and get 496RC2 (1inch height difference and 0.3lb difference)

Should I do it or not? Is the length difference even significant enough? I'm perfectly fine with 190 series as I'm not that tall, and I don't mind adding some money to get the 190CXPRO4. I've used the separate pan feature on the 498RC2 and I love it, but I still think I could live without it. I'm only going to use the tripod to take pictures of me and my other half, and no we're not going hiking/extreme activities, just casual travelling.

Or should I just get a new bag? DR-467's size is just perfect for me, I've used Tamrac 3385 and it was too big for me (and it's too boxy too).

I'm using 7D and 28-135 kit lens by the way.


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Apr 11, 2010 20:18 |  #2

Do you need the strength benefits of a 3 section tripod? What is the longest lens that you have?


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Apr 11, 2010 20:18 |  #3

Have you considered some other brands? I've been using a Feisol carbon fiber tripod for a few years for travel and it folds down to either <16 or <18" folded (I forget which), including head - and weighs <1kg. It also extends to my eye height (5'8") with no column.


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Apr 11, 2010 20:29 |  #4

keitaro wrote in post #9976339 (external link)
Do you need the strength benefits of a 3 section tripod? What is the longest lens that you have?

I only have the 28-135 and 50 1.8 for now (and a 430EXII), and I don't think I'll be getting big telephoto lenses in the near future as I'm only interested in doing portrait and landscape.

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Have you considered some other brands? I've been using a Feisol carbon fiber tripod for a few years for travel and it folds down to either <16 or <18" folded (I forget which), including head - and weighs <1kg. It also extends to my eye height (5'8") with no column.

18"? that's really small. 190CXPRO3 folded size is 22.8" plus the 5" height of the 498RC2 . I've considered Feisol before but I went with Manfrotto as it's a more established brand and I think the flip lever lock is more convenient. Which Feisol did you go for anyhow?


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Apr 11, 2010 20:47 |  #5

how about going 4 sections and 496RC2?

I personally would go for 190cxpro4 with 498RC2.


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Apr 11, 2010 20:49 |  #6

Another tripod you might want to consider is the Benro Travel Angel series tripod. They fold down to less than 15 inches and you can get one with a compatible ballhead with an Swiss-Arca type clamp. When I was looking for a light but sturdy travel tripod, I checked out the Gitzo Traveler series, the Manfrotto 190CXPRO4 and the Benro Travel Angel series tripods and I ended up with the Benro Travel Anger TRCB269 because it met more of my requirements than the other tripods did.

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Apr 11, 2010 20:54 |  #7

I went with a Feisol 3442 and Markins M10. Whole setup weighs less than 3.5 lbs and folds to just under 23 inches. I'm 6 foot and it's the perfect height for me. No center column. If space is an issue I would no go with lever locks. Everything catches on them and they are bulky.

I, personally would not buy a Manfrotto ball head after having the 488RC2. Too frustrating with the droop.


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Apr 11, 2010 21:18 as a reply to  @ bohdank's post |  #8

Looking for small light tripod myself for some upcoming trips to Alaska. The 055XPROB is awesome, but with the 488RC2 head, it is like 6.3 lbs. Looking at the Benro Travel Angels mostly, but also notices a Manfrotto CY... that is $200 on B&H Photo website. Weighs 2 lbs and is like 16" folded. Very light and packable for sure. Might get it and just use my ball head when taking these lighter legs out. Then put the ballhead on the 055 when space/weight is not an issue on other trips.


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Apr 11, 2010 23:23 |  #9

Depending on your budget, a carbon fibre tripod may be your best bet. It offers the strength of a good metal tripod and is light. I've got the 190 myself and it is useful for events but not trucking around on a nature hike...Go Carbon Fibre.


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Apr 11, 2010 23:47 as a reply to  @ nduralt's post |  #10

I'd also consider the Slik 714cf if you considering the 190cxpro4, and it's about 50 bucks cheaper.

http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …CF_II.html#spec​ifications (external link)

Since the Canon 7d and the 28-135 weighs about 1.5kg, do you really need a tripod rated at 5kg, you could save a bit of weight and size with lower weight rated tripod like the

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Apr 11, 2010 23:53 as a reply to  @ lannes's post |  #11

Here is the Manfrotto I mentioned earlier. It is the 732 CY tripod legs...

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Apr 12, 2010 00:06 as a reply to  @ lannes's post |  #12

Perhaps you should consider the Manfrotto 190CX3. I just bought this tripod recently. Folded up the tripod is 22" in length (minus head)

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Apr 13, 2010 08:15 |  #13

so I ended up returning the 190CXPRO3 and 498RC2 and got the 190CXPRO4 and 496RC2 instead. I got them from http://www.lcd4video.c​om (external link) with a 10% off using their facebook promo code http://www.lcd4video.c​om …12/921857/store​/facebook/ (external link)


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Apr 13, 2010 08:47 |  #14

nduralt wrote in post #9977559 (external link)
Depending on your budget, a carbon fibre tripod may be your best bet. It offers the strength of a good metal tripod and is light. I've got the 190 myself and it is useful for events but not trucking around on a nature hike...Go Carbon Fibre.

i love carbon fiber tripods because they are so much lighter

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Apr 13, 2010 11:08 |  #15

cheerio wrote in post #9985690 (external link)
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Except in the case of Manfrotto. They're lighter, yes, but not significantly so - in most cases you only save about a pound, or less, compared to the aluminum version of the same tripod. Granted, a pound can be significant if you're packed to the gills for travel, but if you want real weight savings and superior sturdiness for the premium you're paying for CF, I'd advise looking into another brand. I say this as a previous owner of 3021, 3221W, 190MF3, 055MF3 (and various other models I can't remember) Bogen/Manfrotto tripods.

Now, this is not a knock on Manfrotto. I started out with them, have owned many of their products, and they arguably make the best (new) basic tripods for people on a budget. But if you've got the cash to go carbon fiber, you can do better for your money.




  
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