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I am buying a new tripod and I don't one which one to choose from the following three:
1) Slik PRO 700 DX with PRO 700 DX pan head, 130 euros
Slik PRO 700 DX Tripod
Slik PRO 700 DX pan head
2) Manfrotto Kit MK294A3 with D3RC2 pan head, 130 euros
3) Manfrotto 055XPROB with 804RC2 pan head, 230 euros
Manfrotto 055XPROB tripod
Manfrotto 804RC2 pan head
Most of the time I take food/product/art photos, portraits and some night / landscape photos outdoors - it should be able to cope with winter in Finland Weight of camera & lens is less than 2 kg.
I have tested only number 2, manfrottos kit, in a department store and it seemed to be ok. I guess Slik should be at least on par with it. 055XPROB is interesting (min and max height are very nice) and I thought, that maybe it would be the best choise and value for money in the long run. It's hard to say, because I cannot compare them in a shop.
Can you help me with useful opinions / experiences?
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You can't go wrong with Manfrotto - and I'd go with option 3 as the pan/tilt head will be very useful for food/product type work.
I use the Manfrotto 055XPROB, not the lightest, but very sturdy and represents good value.
Pan and tilt heads are really designed for video or moving subjects, my 055XPROB is coupled with the MN393, although sold as a monopod head works extremely well on a tripod and provides good support for heavy cameras and lenses. It provides easy vertical and horizontal adjustment without the need to loosed and tighten clamps.
I have the 055XPROB Carbon fiber version with the manfrotto 410 geared head. I take mainly landscape images. Apart from the weight the advantage of the cf is that unlike aluminum it does not corrode or expand as a material and therefore does not sieze up. The geared head is micro adjustable in all 3 directions. This combination may be outside your budget but is worth saving for. The geared head in particular is something I would never change.
iv got the 055proxb with a rc4 ball head, it takes a ds2+ 70-200 zoom, its heavy but bulletproof combi.
I'd go for the kit http://www.manfrotto.com/294-aluminum-kit-tripod-3-sections-with-3-way-head-qr
I'm similar to DerekH above, the 055XPROB is excellent - though I have the alloy version, not fibre - but not had corrosion problems, the legs are all black coated. If I know I'm likely to be engaged in serious mud, sand water etc. I drag out the old Benbo...
Note the centre column which, extended up and bent over, offers a horizontal bar feature too, good for very low level work..
Likewise the Manfrotto 410 geared head, agree again with Derek's comments, wouldn't be without it - fast adjustment - then "micro" adjustment which is solid as you like - no ballhead type droop/creep...yes, good ones can be good, but I still prefer the "controlled" movement I feel the 410 gives..
I have the 055XPROB and love it, the head you specify is not generally used for photography it's a video head.
Just looked on ebay and found the 055XPROB; http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Manfrotto-055XPROB-Pro-Tripod-Black-UK-Seller-/1212479...
This is the head I use; http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Manfrotto-222-Joystick-Tripod-Head-with-RC2-Quick-Rele...
In my opinion this is a great set-up.
Thanks guys for advice! I will buy tomorrow 055XPROB and 410 geared head.
good....! think you'll like it...well I would wouldn't I...! seriously though, it's solid kit...
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