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    JanieB43  647 forum posts England6 Constructive Critique Points
    3 Sep 2009 - 7:23 PM

    Hey guys,
    I have a bit of a dilemma on my hands. Being an enthusiastic land/seascape photographer I obviously need a stable set of legs ( 3 as opposed to 2 !! ). I have a canon 400D and amongst my lens collection is a sigma 10-20mm and a canon 90-300mm both fairly weighty lenses. My current set of legs is a Hamer Star 75 ( rather lightweight) and an old Miranda video tripod that my husband kindly donated. The former is a bit unsteady in a stiff breeze and the latter doesn't hold my camera very securely SO do I try to find a head to fit the Miranda, wedge the Hamer firmly in the ground OR take the plunge and treat myself to a new one? I've been looking at the Manfrotto 190XPROB ( it has had some great reviews ) and is within my budget of under 150-200 although I'm unsure about which head to get to go on it (I believe landscapers prefer ball heads). I would appreciate any advice you can give.
    Thanks in advance.

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    sut68  101994 forum posts England76 Constructive Critique Points
    3 Sep 2009 - 7:31 PM

    Can't recommend the Manfrotto 055ProB enough, very sturdy {i believe the XProB version is excellent too]. The 190 seems good but a little more lightweight and not as tall. The Manfrotto 804RC2 is a very good sturdy 3 way head too - both within your budget.


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    3 Sep 2009 - 7:36 PM

    Quote: (I believe landscapers prefer bald heads)

    That's why they all wear wooly beanie hats. Wink

    The 190 should be adequate for your 400D 'tho the 055 is more sturdy.

    3 Sep 2009 - 8:24 PM

    Quote: Can't recommend the Manfrotto 055ProB enough,


    rowarrior  64350 forum posts Scotland9 Constructive Critique Points
    3 Sep 2009 - 8:41 PM

    I weighed up the 190ProB and the 055ProB, and went for the 190 if I had to humph it around to take landscapes. In the grand scheme of things the 10-20 is very lightweight lens-wise, you should try carting a Sigma 120-300 for a few miles, that is a weighty lens!

    Oh, and I use a junior geared head on mine, I find it a lot easier to manipulate precisely than a ball head, but to each their own, most people aren't as anal as me Wink

    Last Modified By rowarrior at 3 Sep 2009 - 8:43 PM
    G_Hughes  7
    3 Sep 2009 - 10:45 PM

    Hi Jane,
    Have a look at Benbo tripods. I have a Classic with a ball head and love it as I take a lot of seascapes and the Benbo is ideal for plonking in sand or salt water as the height adjuster is half way up the legs. My tripod is fairly awkward to carry though, but you can't have everything. I believe that the Benbo Trekker is lighter although I have never used one.
    Hope you find something suitable,

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