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Imagine23  8241 forum posts United Kingdom
1 Aug 2006 - 4:39 PM

I need to buy a tripod but the more I try and find out about which one I want the more confused I end up...and that was before I discovered all the different heads! I've had a quick look through past forums but remain confused.

Can someone please tell me what I want?

I have a 350D and the biggest lens I have is the 70-200mm f/4 L. I want it to be reasonably lightweight, as I'm quite small, but not so much so that its going to blow over outside. I'm looking to spend up to about 150-170 and I want it for general use. In terms of the head I'd like something that allows lots of movement (portrait to landscape etc) without too much fiddling about.

Thanks Smile

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strawman  1022010 forum posts United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
1 Aug 2006 - 4:51 PM

I have a manfrotto 190 I picked up 2nd hand with a 141RC head. It works wekk with a 300D and up to 170-500 lens. The 050 from Manfrotto gets good press too.

Max_WW  8124 forum posts
1 Aug 2006 - 4:56 PM

You probably want something like the Manfrotto 190 Pro tripod (89 - black version) and one of the Manfrotto ball heads such as the 484RC2 (39.95). Prices are taken from the epz shop.

I use the 190 Pro tripod and think its excellent value for money. I actually use the 222 head (joystick style) and really like its versatility, but many people prefer the standard ball head.

You can spend more, but this combo will almost certainly suffice for most people.

Hope it helps,

admiles  8241 forum posts United Kingdom
1 Aug 2006 - 4:59 PM

Another vote here for the Manfrotto 190 ProB. I use mine with an RC322 head for my 350D. Excellent value for money IMHO!!


Imagine23  8241 forum posts United Kingdom
1 Aug 2006 - 5:06 PM

Wonderful, looks like it might be the manfrotto 190 then. Thanks guys Smile

AngelaD  92861 forum posts Wales
1 Aug 2006 - 5:42 PM

190B for me too, great for travelling around and I have the 486RC head, great combination.

timwilson  9181 forum posts United Kingdom
1 Aug 2006 - 5:43 PM

Yup - I've got a 190CL! lol

I also bought the 322RC Grip Action Ball "quick release" head - which is fantastic if you don't like to waste time setting up your shot.


philipr  9392 forum posts
2 Aug 2006 - 12:30 AM

me too a 190 and also a 322RC grip action head. I highly recommend the grip action heads , so quick and easy to use.

2 Aug 2006 - 8:09 AM

I have the 322RC head yet I find it so frustrating, and am thinking of changing it.
Suppose you have a wide angled lens and want to angle the shot to get a big sky, you'll find the round base of the handle hits the base attached to the tripod and restricts the angle of movement.

NikLG  91736 forum posts England
2 Aug 2006 - 8:17 AM

I have a 190 pro and a 486rc2 head. I find them to be a very good combination. Not the lightest in the world, but suprisingly compact ( the tripod ). You can reverse the centre column or mount it horizontally. The column can also be used as a low angle column ( when split it's only about 3-4 inches long ) so you can use it when the tripod is at it's flatest.
I have use it when flat with the centre column mounted horizontally as well which lets you get very low and close to stuff.
The head is really easy to use. Just loosen it and position the camera, then tighten back up. First time I have had a ball head and I was worried that it wouldn't be flexible enough but it's good to use. It's a bit heavy though, and you don't want to hit yourself with it like I did the other day..

I'd suggest getting a strap too. The short or medium ones would suit a 190 ( I got a long one, and it's a bit too long.. )


Ade_Osman e2 Member 114521 forum postsAde_Osman vcard England36 Constructive Critique Points
2 Aug 2006 - 8:20 AM

Why not change the set up of it Merl so that you can use it the same way as the 222RC head. In other words make it sit vertically on the tripod, should only take two minutes at the most.


javam  101083 forum posts United Kingdom19 Constructive Critique Points
2 Aug 2006 - 10:17 AM

Another recommendation for the Manfrotto 190ProB from me. I have one with a 488RC4 ball head and it is great value for money.

2 Aug 2006 - 10:33 AM

Quote: Why not change the set up of it Merl

GULP - sounds a bit technical for me - and I know I'm being girly.

Coleslaw e2 Member 913403 forum postsColeslaw vcard Wales28 Constructive Critique Points
2 Aug 2006 - 10:58 AM

Is 190 better than 055? they are about the same price, but 055 can go either lower or higher than 190 and can take more weight.
The price for tripod heads is insane!

2 Aug 2006 - 11:02 AM

The 190 appreciation society is alive and kicking.

Should I confuse the issue by mentioning I use a 055 PRO and 486RC2?


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