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Help please - tripod and head

Imagine23 12 241 United Kingdom
1 Aug 2006 4:39PM
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 14 22.1k 16 United Kingdom
1 Aug 2006 4:51PM
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 12 124
1 Aug 2006 4:56PM
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 12 241 United Kingdom
1 Aug 2006 4:59PM
Another vote here for the Manfrotto 190 ProB. I use mine with an RC322 head for my 350D. Excellent value for money IMHO!!

Imagine23 12 241 United Kingdom
1 Aug 2006 5:06PM
Wonderful, looks like it might be the manfrotto 190 then. Thanks guys Smile
AngelaD 13 2.9k Wales
1 Aug 2006 5:42PM
190B for me too, great for travelling around and I have the 486RC head, great combination.
timwilson 12 181 United Kingdom
1 Aug 2006 5:43PM
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 12 392
2 Aug 2006 12:30AM
me too a 190 and also a 322RC grip action head. I highly recommend the grip action heads , so quick and easy to use.
aftertherain 13 4.2k 2 United Kingdom
2 Aug 2006 8:09AM
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 12 1.7k England
2 Aug 2006 8:17AM
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 15 4.5k 36 England
2 Aug 2006 8:20AM
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 13 1.1k 19 United Kingdom
2 Aug 2006 10:17AM
Another recommendation for the Manfrotto 190ProB from me. I have one with a 488RC4 ball head and it is great value for money.
aftertherain 13 4.2k 2 United Kingdom
2 Aug 2006 10:33AM

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 12 13.4k 28 Wales
2 Aug 2006 10:58AM
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!
Kris_Dutson 15 8.2k 1 England
2 Aug 2006 11:02AM
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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