I can't decide on a tripod :o(

Started Oct 29, 2009 | Discussions thread
MOD imqqmi Veteran Member • Posts: 8,631
Re: I can't decide on a tripod :o(

All these are good picks.


The 190CXPRO3 and the 190XPROB have a load capacity of 5kg while the 055CXPRO3 has one of 8kg. The 190CXPRO3 is the lightest (1.3kg) whilst the other two are 1.65kg (055CXPRO3) and 1.8kg (190XPROB).

5kg is more than enough unless you plan on getting a 500mm f/4 but then you'll be looking at quite different types of tripods and heads (gimbal heads). It will be fine with the 100-400L.

If I knew the 190CXPRO3 was sturdy and supported my 100-400L well, I would buy it, despite the fact that it costs considerably more (I figure everything camera-related I've bought thus far costs a fortune so I may aswell continue the trend!!). But I think that the 055CXPRO3 is better than the 190CXPRO3 -based on reviews I have read and the fact that the 055CXPRO3 supports a larger load capacity (plus Scott Kelby recommends the 055CXPRO3 in his book!!)

I've found the 055 series a bit too large to carry around all day, and the 190 is no fun dragging along either. I'd leave the 055 more at home than the 190 I guess so that was my deciding factor. If you want a rock solid tripod I'd go for a heavy duty video tripod something like this one

http://www.manfrotto.com/Jahia/site/manfrotto/pid/3325?livid=68 |73&lsf=73&child=3

What I'm trying to say is if it is windy you can to dampen the lens with weights and weigh the tripod down from the center column and/or legs. The tripod should be as rigid as possible and all three are good in that regard, maybe a slight nod towards the 055.

Then there's the ball head. I was using the Manfrotto comparison website and it seems to think that the 488RC2 (medium-sized head) is the most appropriate ballhead to support my 100-400L. At least that's what I can gather. The other head that seems good is the 484RC2 (I'm not sure if this is too small for my 100-400L -the interactive website seems to think it is but obviously people have used this head with a long lens and it works well). Both of these have those quick release plates which I also want.

The 484RC2 is just strong enough to keep the 100-400L plus more stuff in place. If you want something that can do it easily look at the 486RC2, the 488 is too heavy for my taste, it will make the tripod more top heavy and will not balance it well when carrying the tripod without camera.

If I put cost aside for the moment, what do you think is the best combo?

I have a tendency to go for the smallest/lightest and so I would like the 190CXPRO3 + the 484RC2 -but this may be a crap combination, I don't really know.
At the same time though, I think the 055CXPRO3 + 488RC2 is a good combo.

If money is no concern, get both 484RC2 and 486RC2 or 488 ballheads, they don't cost that much. If you get a monopod one can go on one of either and don't need to swap. Use the 484 for wide angle lightweight shoots and the 486 or 488 for heavy weight 100-400L shoots.

If you feel either one is redundant return it to the shop.

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