Yet another tripod question...

Started Jan 16, 2013 | Discussions thread
AvyMan
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60D, 100-400, multi-angle tripod, pics
In reply to technophile, Jan 17, 2013

I was in the same situation a few years ago. For a compromise in weight, stability, versatility and price I bought the Manfrotto 190XPROB with the 486RC2 ball head.

I've found the multi-angle tripod quite handy and have made good use of it in certain circumstances. For shooting low or straight down over something it works well.

Used this setup to get the camera low on sloped terrain...

...to get this shot.

No problem with balance or sagging (ball head creep) if the ring mount is used, even aiming up or down. If it's real windy I leave the extension column down or set up a little lower and/or take the hood off for less wind resistance. I also use a tethered release when tripod mounted...sometimes MLU.

With good balance and no wind it works well as a bi-pod too.  (Didn't realize the shot angle till later, lol.)

For any lower setups the system is rock solid. I get lazy sometimes

It just comes down to a personal decision of what you want/need for where you go and what you like to shoot. This has worked out for me. Hope this helps.

Nick

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