Tripod research is testing my sanity, advice please

Started Apr 10, 2013 | Questions thread
Kuppenbender Senior Member • Posts: 2,106
I think you would benefit from spending a little more

Without getting into Gitzo price territory, I think you could do better.

For a little more than the Manfrotto legs the Feisol ct3442 rapid is a lot lighter and is more compact folded. It does this by doing away with the centre column (available as an optional extra). I've been surprised at how I've yet to miss the flexibility of a centre column, and I find the ct3442 quite tall enough for comfortable use (I'm 5' 10").

The Feisol legs add another $50 to your budget, but I think where you're really going to notice the benefit is with an Arca-Swiss system ballhead. With a custom plate for your DSLR, you'll get a more solid connection between the ballhead and camera than with Manfrotto's system.

I use a ballhead from Photoclam which is excellent, but a little too small for your needs. Both the Markins M10 and Feisols own CB40 ballhead get excellent reviews for their respective price points. Unfortunately the Markins will take you quite a bit over your budget, but google around for a few more opinions and I think you might be persuaded.

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