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Jaykart
Jaykart  7
22 Apr 2007 - 2:54 PM

Hi all,

I'm about to purchase a decent tripod and am thinking of the Manfrotto 055 or 090 series. I'm going to have a look at both but does anyone know the main differences between the two?
Any thoughts/comments appreciated. Also any recommendations for a decent head to suit?

Cheers

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Sabreur
Sabreur  9767 forum posts England
22 Apr 2007 - 3:27 PM

Do you mean the 190 series? If so, the main difference is in size - the 055 are 35cm or so taller...with a consequent increase in weight.

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User_Removed
22 Apr 2007 - 4:14 PM

The 055B Pro is a solid and very stable bit o' kit. Stability cannot be got from a lightweight tripod... Smile

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Jaykart
Jaykart  7
22 Apr 2007 - 7:23 PM

Thanks for the replies.
Yep I did meam the 190 series, as I'm a bit of a short arse I don't suppose 35cm of height difference would be much of a concern. Are these two comparable in stability, or is the 055 a more robust bit of kit?

Gingerbeard
22 Apr 2007 - 8:34 PM

Hi All,

I am travelling to the Almalfie Coast next month and do not want to lug my main Manfrotto tripod (055MF4 Magfibre Pro) around with me. Can anyone recommend a solid tripod for travelling? My kit is Nikon D50 with kit wide and zoom lenses.

Much abliged...

joolsb
joolsb  1027115 forum posts Switzerland38 Constructive Critique Points
22 Apr 2007 - 8:51 PM

I would have thought the 055 MF4 would be the ideal choice for travelling - it's light, stable and rigid. Anything lighter would be like sitting your camera on a wet noodle...

mdpontin
mdpontin  106016 forum posts Scotland
22 Apr 2007 - 10:19 PM

Nothing wrong with the 190 series. It's a wee bit lighter than the 055, but sturdy and supports up to 5kg. Column can be flipped to horizontal if required. I've got the 190XPROB.

Doug

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Simon_Palmer
22 Apr 2007 - 10:27 PM

Get the 458B, its great Smile only a few quid more too. I can't stand those silly locking nuts.

Simon

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Jaykart
Jaykart  7
23 Apr 2007 - 6:52 PM

I think I'm going to go for the 190XPROB as did you Doug. Now - any recommendations for a head to suit??

mdpontin
mdpontin  106016 forum posts Scotland
23 Apr 2007 - 7:11 PM

I went for the 804RC2 three-way head, Jamie. Both tripod and head have built-in spirit levels (so you can tell whether or not you're in high spirits?). There's a quick-release plate and the handgrips for adjusting the head are a good size - easy to grip and turn.

Doug

Coleslaw
Coleslaw e2 Member 913403 forum postsColeslaw vcard Wales28 Constructive Critique Points
23 Apr 2007 - 7:21 PM

055b pro

tigerminx
tigerminx  10237 forum posts South Africa
23 Apr 2007 - 7:24 PM

Have a look at the 055MF4, combined with the 322RC2 head. What fantastic pieces of equipment.

Bruce.

tepot
tepot  104416 forum posts United Kingdom
29 Apr 2007 - 3:06 AM

I am on the verge of buying the manfrotto 322rc2 head but what is the best compliment tripod, the 190xprob or the 3021bpro?

i need to get low down for macro stuff but also need to do landscape with it.

p.s i can't afford the manfrotto 055!

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Coleslaw
Coleslaw e2 Member 913403 forum postsColeslaw vcard Wales28 Constructive Critique Points
29 Apr 2007 - 8:48 AM

Terry, if you search carefully online, 055pro black is only few pounds more expensive than 199pro.
this is one of those place you can find it.
Buy once, buy wise.

btw, I am using 055pro black and 322 rc2. Brilliant combination and great for macro as well!

CathyT
CathyT e2 Member 87281 forum postsCathyT vcard United Kingdom18 Constructive Critique Points
29 Apr 2007 - 9:16 AM

I have the 222 joystick head and the 322RC2 head.

I use the 322 for landscapes but for portrait work the 222 as it is more versatile and outmaneuvers the 322. Saying that,if you have a long,larger lens then the 322 is more sturdy.

Hope thats not too confusing....both are excellent.

Last Modified By Dave at 29 Apr 2007 - 9:17 AM

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