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tripods

Kevin Lelland 3:03pm, 25 July 2007
mmmh, think my tripod is nearing end of life. Anybody particularly love theirs and happy to make recommendations as I start to window shop?
philzero PRO 11 years ago
I've got a Manfrotto 055 ProB, which I love (as much as one can really love a tripod). It's really sturdy, very adjustable, and fantastic to use after a cheapo Jessops one I had beforehand. The hard part is choosing a head, but I would go with what your budget can stand & what weight you need to support, lens & camera-wise, and take it from there. I've got a 488RC4 on mine which is also really sturdy, and can be swivelled for panorama/stiched type shots.
Kevin Lelland 11 years ago
Thanks philzero. You've hit the nail on the head, it's a cheapish Velbon I've got and as I've moved to a heavier camera and lenses it struggles with the weight at some angles.

What's the Manfrotto o55 ProB like for carrying? I tend to do a fair bit of walking with the tripod attached to my Lowepro AW trekker bag.
philzero PRO 11 years ago
It's not light, that's for sure. I've had it on my back attached to a Tamrac bag, and it didn't take long before it felt like a bit of a slog. If you're looking for portability as well, then I probably wouldn't recommend that model - I know Manfrotto do lighter models, but I'm not sure of the details. Hopefully someone else can step in at this point :)
unbiased arch [deleted] 11 years ago
Hi , I'm on the lookout for a tripod thats lighter than my manfroto, and quite liked the look of Velbon Ultra Luxi SF that I saw in jessops. Not bought one yet but it seemed a good balance of weight/strength for humphing up big hills etc. Not a recomendation but rather a have a look and feel first. The supplied head might not handle heavier lenses though. Also seen it cheaper than at jessops. I'm still looking so open to other ideas too.
John Houghton PRO 11 years ago
I do quite a bit of hill walking and have until recently been using a Velbon 343e which comes with a ball head and weighs about 850g. Not the most stable but very light and portable and it managed fine with a dSLR and smallish lenses. I personally I wouldn't want to carry any tripod that weighed over 1Kg which ruled out the Manfrottos for me. The main problem with the Velbon was that the legs didn't open out to allow it to get close to the ground so I after a lot of searching around for a replacement I've just bought one of the Gitzo Basalt series, which I'm going to pair up with a Manfrotto 484RC2 head. Whatever you get will be a compromise (price, weight, stability etc); In the end it depends on what features are most important to you (and how much you've got to spend!).
Monika Sz 11 years ago
I've got Manfrotto 190PROB (don't remember what the head is). It's a great tripod for macro work. However if I was buying it again now I would go for the updated version (190XPRO) because you don't need to take the central column out anymore to make it vertical. You just press the button and move it.
Kevin Lelland Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Kevin Lelland (member) 11 years ago
Thanks folks. Really great advice all round.
Zog the Frog Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Zog the Frog (member) 11 years ago
Manfrotto 055. Had a dodgy Velbon before. You can't beat quality. The only downside it the weight of the Manfrotto, but it is SO versatile.
ICameron 11 years ago
I use a Gitzo1325. I don't know whether you can get it any more. Mine is treated quirte harshly but it is the best accessory/tripod I have ever used and I use it a lot. I have used Manfrotto it is very good too but the best thing about the Gitzo is it is dead by which I mean it doesn't ring or vibrate one iota. Never found another one as good in this respect. Unfortunately it isn't cheap. It's lighter than the aluminium Manfrotto too.
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