which Tripod ?

Started Jun 7, 2011 | Discussions thread
zeuspaul
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Re: which Tripod ?
In reply to davel33, Jun 9, 2011

I was getting frustrated with my old tripod. I recently upgraded to a Manfr0tto 055XDB with a 496RC2 ball head for just under $200. It turned out to be a very worth while upgrade. I wouldn't want anything less.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/523086-REG/Manfrotto_055XDB_Tripod_Legs_Black.html

I wanted wing nuts on the legs. Turns out they are less $ than the alternative. Both the tripod and the ball head seem to be very good quality. The legs adjust quickly and easily. On my old tripod I had to crank for additional height. This thing is a breeze, just loosen the wing nut and raise the camera to fine tune the height.

The action of the ball head is exceptional. The friction knob is great.

I purchased two additional quick release plates so I can switch between three cameras quickly. The plates are reasonably priced.

If I get another one I'll opt for the 498RC2 ball head because of its panning capability. It's a function I didn't think I needed but now since using the tripod I want it! It adds a little extra weight if that is a consideration.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/660311-REG/Manfrotto_498RC2_498RC2_Midi_Ball_Head.html

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