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Which Manfrotto tripod?

Jaykart 11 24
22 Apr 2007 2:54PM
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?


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Sabreur 12 767 England
22 Apr 2007 3:27PM
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.
User_Removed 14 17.9k 8 Norway
22 Apr 2007 4:14PM
The 055B Pro is a solid and very stable bit o' kit. Stability cannot be got from a lightweight tripod... Smile
Jaykart 11 24
22 Apr 2007 7:23PM
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?
22 Apr 2007 8:34PM
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 13 27.1k 38 Switzerland
22 Apr 2007 8:51PM
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 14 6.0k Scotland
22 Apr 2007 10:19PM
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.

Simon_Palmer 11 759 11 United Kingdom
22 Apr 2007 10:27PM
Get the 458B, its great Smile only a few quid more too. I can't stand those silly locking nuts.

Jaykart 11 24
23 Apr 2007 6:52PM
I think I'm going to go for the 190XPROB as did you Doug. Now - any recommendations for a head to suit??
mdpontin 14 6.0k Scotland
23 Apr 2007 7:11PM
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.

Coleslaw 12 13.4k 28 Wales
23 Apr 2007 7:21PM
055b pro
tigerminx 13 237 South Africa
23 Apr 2007 7:24PM
Have a look at the 055MF4, combined with the 322RC2 head. What fantastic pieces of equipment.

tepot 13 4.4k United Kingdom
29 Apr 2007 3:06AM
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!
Coleslaw 12 13.4k 28 Wales
29 Apr 2007 8:48AM
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 12 7.3k 18 United Kingdom
29 Apr 2007 9:16AM
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.

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