Tripod recommendations for a 5D Mk3 + 70-200 F2.8

Started Mar 28, 2013 | Discussions thread
StefanJ Regular Member • Posts: 371
Re: Tripod recommendations for a 5D Mk3 + 70-200 F2.8

SohoAperture wrote:

StefanJ wrote:

SohoAperture wrote:

SwedishGoose wrote:

I have a Manfrotto 055XPROB with a Manfrotto 498RC2 ball head.Granted I don't have 5D3 oor the 70-200 f2.8.

I have used it with both a 400D with grip and a 6D with a Tokina 400 f5.6 as the largest lens.

I like it a lot. It is very flexible, the middle column can be used vertically and even turned upside down. The maximun height is very good. It is sturdy and I have not had any issues with it so far.

The only thing is that it is quote heavy but then a Carbon Fibre is much more expensive...

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Thanks for the response

Strangely enough that was one of the combinations i was looking at (Amazon sell them both as a combo)

The 055 series seem very sturdy and well built and i have not seen much better for the price (but I am limited to physically looking at what my local camera store offers)

i also love how the carbon version is really light but for my usage i don't know whether i would benefit from it to justify the extra cost over the 055XPROB

If you have the cash I can wholeheartedly recommend 055CXPRO4 + 498RC2. It's light, sturdy and can take the weight easily. I was contemplating the higher cost before buying, but now I am glad I didn't skimp on the tripod, especially if you have a good packing of gear (or other things) with you.

I find it light enough for street photography as well. I got the Dörr Action M bag and I can have it on my back and almost forget about it.

EDIT: Forgot to say that I do have the 5D3 + 70-200/2.8L II IS

Just out of interest why the CXPRO4 rather than the CXPRO3?  Is it purely down to the size when travelling?  Do you find it just as sturdy as a three section leg?

It was purely a matter of size really. I've seen the various comments about stability etc, but it works perfectly for me. I've always used light tripods however, so it might just be a case of "working with it".

The legs are very firm on mine, no "flimsiness" in the joints or anything, so I don't really feel much of a difference between a 3 section one, which I had previously.

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