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Tripods - 3 section legs or 4 section legs

alan6 14 70 United Kingdom
5 Dec 2011 7:47PM
I use a tripod regularly for landscape work and have always been happy with 3 section legs but see that a number now have 4 section legs.

As I need to replace my existing tripod, I`d appreciate hearing of pros and cons of the 2 choices.

User_Removed 17 17.9k 8 Norway
5 Dec 2011 7:55PM
Which is the most rigid and what is the (portability) weight penalty Alan... Wink
alan6 14 70 United Kingdom
5 Dec 2011 8:03PM
Hi Mike

I`m looking at the Manfrotto 055CXPRO3 and 055CXPRO4, the 03 weighing in at 1.65kg and the 04 at 1.70 so very little difference in that area.

Closed height for the 03 is 65cm and 54.5 for the 04

Decisions, decisions !!!

Regards -- Alan
JJGEE 16 8.0k 18 England
5 Dec 2011 8:13PM
I always go for a 3 sectioned leg because if fully extended the smallest diameter of the 3 section is alway greater than that of 4 section.

The larger diameter gives me more confidence on stability if down on the beach with waves lapping at the legs or up on the exposed South Downs in a blustery wind.
User_Removed 17 17.9k 8 Norway
5 Dec 2011 8:18PM
LOL!!! I have the 055BPro Alan - three sections and stable as a rock. Carried over the shoulder - not problem (but it is slightly heavy - and I would rather that than sacrifice stability)
mikehit 12 8.0k 13 United Kingdom
5 Dec 2011 9:25PM
The 4-sectoin leg can be shorter, but is it sometimes heavier because of the additional metal involved. And as JJGEE says the bottom section of the 4-section tripod is narrower. Stability versus packing size - which is more important to you?
User_Removed 17 17.9k 8 Norway
5 Dec 2011 9:34PM
Have a go at this Alan...

(You never know.. Wink)
Scutter Plus
14 1.7k 6 United Kingdom
5 Dec 2011 9:35PM
How often do you use it fully extended? I rarely do so wobbliness isn't an issue. If it is; then I dust off the old Manfrotto 144 which I swear could be used as an anti-tank obstacleTongueTongueWinkWink - and weighs the sameTongueSmileSmile

IMHO it sounds as though you want portability/packability; if you only use half the potential height it probably wont be a compromise going to 4 sections..........
alan6 14 70 United Kingdom
5 Dec 2011 9:38PM
Thanks very much for your comments - the decision has been made and it will be a 3 section!

mikehit 12 8.0k 13 United Kingdom
5 Dec 2011 9:46PM
If you want portability then I would suggest the Velbon Ultra-Rexi-L. It collapses to about 36cm (sans head) and I swear is as stable as my Manfrotto 190XProB
seahawk 14 1.4k United Kingdom
6 Dec 2011 6:19PM
Agree with mikehit above. I've got an Ultra Rexi and a Manfrotto. The Rexi is better IMHO and it packs down smaller.
mikehit 12 8.0k 13 United Kingdom
6 Dec 2011 9:17PM
The two advantages I find for the Manfrotto are to do with macro - usnig the the centre column in horizontal mode is great for getting closer to flowers etc and I find the locking levers easier to use than twist lock for making small height adjustments at low level.
For landscapes the Velbon is the one of choice.

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