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    phil99
    phil99 e2 Member 744 forum postsphil99 vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
    3 Dec 2013 - 4:22 PM

    Can anybody advise on a tripod and head for a serious but amateur landscaper photographer . I had an original budget of 400 or just above . Weight is not a great problem as at my age 67 I am not likely to want to carry it for miles and miles . Been looking at a Manfrotto 055 XPROB and a 482 RC2 Midi Ball Head .Think this will only come to around 225 . Any ideas where to buy from on the internet .Think they are out of stock at Warehouse Express unless you buy one with an 804RC2 head . should I be better off buying for carbon fibre and paying more ? or Any other makes considered. Many thanks

    Last Modified By phil99 at 3 Dec 2013 - 4:25 PM
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    mikehit
    mikehit  56463 forum posts United Kingdom9 Constructive Critique Points
    3 Dec 2013 - 5:06 PM

    The 055 is certainly a default tripod for many landscape photographers so you can't go wrong there. If you will not be carrying it for miles, I would resist the CF version and use the money to buy a quality head to go with it.
    One problem with tripod heads is 'lens sag' - you are holding the camera in positions, get the framing right, let go and the weight of the lens causes it to sag a little. The larger the ballhead the less this will happen, and it is helped further by using a tripod collar (rarely an option with wider angle lenses). Pan and tilt heads are one alternative, but if your budget can go as high as 400 for the kit, you could consider a geared head or maybe a fluid geared head.

    Tripods, like camera bags, can be a very personal preference (size, weight etc) so I would suggest getting to a camera shop and trying one out - if you have a branch of Calumet nearby they also do a very respectable range of their own. If I could not find one at a local camera shop I would happily use Am@z*n.
    Other makes that get very good review are Feisol and Induro.

    phil99
    phil99 e2 Member 744 forum postsphil99 vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
    3 Dec 2013 - 5:12 PM

    Thanks Mike ,Very sound advice there .

    JohnParminter


    Quote: Can anybody advise on a tripod and head for a serious but amateur landscaper photographer .

    Manfrotto 190XProB + 804RC2 head = classic combination and affordable. Either in Alu or Carbon.

    keithh
    keithh e2 Member 1023034 forum postskeithh vcard Wallis and Futuna33 Constructive Critique Points
    3 Dec 2013 - 6:15 PM

    Head. Capable of holding a long lens without sagging and smooth as a whistle to adjust.

    Tripod. on its own with the 229 head although the bundled ball head is a little beauty

    DerekL
    DerekL e2 Member 9101 forum postsDerekL vcard England23 Constructive Critique Points
    3 Dec 2013 - 10:36 PM


    Quote: Head. Capable of holding a long lens without sagging and smooth as a whistle to adjust.

    Tripod. on its own with the 229 head although the bundled ball head is a little beauty

    Giottos-Vitruvian-VGRN-9265-5501-652 is 189 here
    http://www.mifsuds.com/acatalog/Giotto-Vitruvian-VGRN-9265-5501-652-Aluminium-Ki...

    or same company on Ebay 179
    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Giottos-Vitruvian-VGRN-9265-5501-652-Aluminium-Tripod-...

    alansnap
    alansnap e2 Member 10529 forum postsalansnap vcard United Kingdom22 Constructive Critique Points
    3 Dec 2013 - 10:44 PM

    Look at the Giottos Ball heads. I have the MH1300, which has a huge ball. The adjustment is excellent as it has a friction control that can be set to allow you to move the lens body combo without it flopping all over the place. Once you've set it up you can lock it in place with another knob on the opposite side of the head. Very effective. I marry that to a Manfrotto 190B and it's a great combination. It's a bit heavy though it works.
    If you want something lighter have a look at the Brian tripod from Three Legged Thing. You can get it with the Airhead for 359 at Wex. I have this and it's an excellent travel tripod though not as rock steady as the Manfrotto. It is however much easier to transport and will go in a suitcase for travelling.
    Alan

    Trev_B
    Trev_B e2 Member 7110 forum postsTrev_B vcard England64 Constructive Critique Points
    3 Dec 2013 - 11:33 PM

    Another option is the Manfrotto 393 Gimbal Head, it's great for wildlife and I can't see why it won't be equally as good for landscape. Mine is married up to a Manfrotto 055 XPROB, not the lightest combo but very stable. A shoulder strap clipped onto the tripod makes it easy to cary. At 260 for the pair from WEX they make a reasonably priced solution.

    Trev

    Last Modified By Trev_B at 3 Dec 2013 - 11:34 PM
    MalcolmS
    MalcolmS e2 Member 91072 forum postsMalcolmS vcard England13 Constructive Critique Points
    4 Dec 2013 - 12:09 PM

    This head on this tripod is a good combination or on the Manfrotto 055 XPROB. The ball head handles my Canon 70-300L with no problems.

    Malcolm

    Last Modified By MalcolmS at 4 Dec 2013 - 12:16 PM
    seahawk
    seahawk e2 Member 7557 forum postsseahawk vcard United Kingdom
    4 Dec 2013 - 12:16 PM

    I have a Velbon Ultra Rexi tripod and it's great, the only disadvantage being twist-lock legs that are not so easy to adjust. I am looking for a new head as mine sags a little and it's heavy. I would look at the Benro range, they get good reviews.

    phil99
    phil99 e2 Member 744 forum postsphil99 vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
    4 Dec 2013 - 1:03 PM

    Thanks all. I have made my mind up on the Manfrotto 055 XPROB and at the moment I am leaning towards the Manfrotto 410 junior geared head.....Phil

    JJGEE
    JJGEE  96304 forum posts England18 Constructive Critique Points
    4 Dec 2013 - 1:14 PM


    Quote: I am leaning towards the Manfrotto 410 junior geared head.

    Good choice.... go for it ! !

    KevinEllison
    KevinEllison e2 Member 72507 forum postsKevinEllison vcard England
    4 Dec 2013 - 2:52 PM


    Quote: Manfrotto 055 XPROB and at the moment I am leaning towards the Manfrotto 410 junior geared head

    exactly the combination I use - it's excellent... especially the geared head - swift coarse adjustment in single planes, then micro adjustment thereafter if needed. All without handles poking in your shoulder or eyes and solid to boot; lastly also without the potential "droop" of a ballhead not designed by Brunel..

    geffers7
    geffers7 e2 Member 436 forum postsgeffers7 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
    4 Dec 2013 - 3:12 PM

    I've got the carbon fibre version Phil and I use with the 410 Junior head. Despite being carbon fibre it is still quite heavy with this head but the 410 Junior is solid and the geared head is perfect for landscapes.
    Geoff

    phil99
    phil99 e2 Member 744 forum postsphil99 vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
    4 Dec 2013 - 3:35 PM

    Many thanks .Both now ordered and will be with me on Friday ....enjoy your photography folks.....Phil

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