Go Back   Steve's Digicams Forums > Digicam Help > Tripods and Heads

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old Jan 9, 2007, 11:06 AM   #1
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Posts: 25
Default

Hi guys,

I'm looking for a new tripod that has a horizontal centre bar option. I'm looking to spend around £100 - £150 ish, including head. Any suggestions?

Cheers,

Jed.
Jedfordski is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Old Jan 11, 2007, 2:27 PM   #2
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Posts: 48
Default

Jedfordski wrote:
Quote:
Hi guys,

I'm looking for a new tripod that has a horizontal centre bar option. I'm looking to spend around £100 - £150 ish, including head. Any suggestions?

Cheers,

Jed.
Well it really depends on what you are going to do with it, and what you are going to put on it, having said that the one I use is a Manfrotto 055 PRO B (which will turn into a horizontal bar) on top of this I have a Manfrotto 488 RC0 head the legs cost £108 and the head is £ 59.95 at Warehouse Express.

On mine the largest set up I have on it is a 20D with grip and a 100-400mm L, I have been known to add both a 1.4 TC and 2TC when shooting the moon, oh and the angle finder C as well, it holds it quite well once it is locked up, the legs are very stable, but it is heavy if you plan on walking with it.

Bob
inness is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Jan 29, 2007, 3:33 AM   #3
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Posts: 25
Default

Well, I'm looking at both the Manfrotto 190 Pro and the 055 Pro. The heads I'm looking at are the 486 and the 488. What are the different RC values? I've seen an RC2 and an RC4 ...

My camera at max weight is a 400D with BG-E3 grip plus Sigma 90-300 APO DG lense. Would a 190 Pro plus 486 head be able to hold this, or would I need to go up a level to the 055 Pro?
Jedfordski is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Jan 29, 2007, 5:24 AM   #4
Senior Member
 
BillDrew's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Hay River Township, WI
Posts: 2,512
Default

If you are going to put the centerpost horizontal, often you will have to counterweight it. So figure on the tripod having to support two or three times the weight of your heaviest camera & lens.
BillDrew is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Jan 29, 2007, 1:29 PM   #5
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Posts: 25
Default

I'd have thought the only time I'd really use the horizontal position is during macro shots, so my Canon 60mm reduces the overall weight ... could probably get away without the BG-3E as well if push comes to shove.
Jedfordski is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Jan 31, 2007, 1:52 PM   #6
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Posts: 48
Default

Jedfordski wrote:
Quote:
Well, I'm looking at both the Manfrotto 190 Pro and the 055 Pro. The heads I'm looking at are the 486 and the 488. What are the different RC values? I've seen an RC2 and an RC4 ...

My camera at max weight is a 400D with BG-E3 grip plus Sigma 90-300 APO DG lense. Would a 190 Pro plus 486 head be able to hold this, or would I need to go up a level to the 055 Pro?
If you look on Manfrotto's site it will give you the info you need. I believe ( could be wrong here ) that most of them will carry the weight you are looking at but it is a case of which one damps down the vibrations as it were, I have seen silly pictures from sales people who sit on them to prove how strong the tripod is, well nobody's bothered to that extent it's how well it dampens the vibrations and how quickally that matters. Hope you understand me, no doubt someone will come in and clarify it a bit better.

If you place it in a horizontal position if at all possible have it in line with one of the legs if you get my meaning, that way it will be more stable.

Bob
inness is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Jan 31, 2007, 5:46 PM   #7
Junior Member
 
Chickenhawk's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Posts: 8
Default

Hi there,

I'm in the same position as I want one for outdoor nature photography. I've looked at a few and like the look of the Benbo. Check the following review

http://www.burren.cx/photo/trekker.html
Chickenhawk is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Feb 1, 2007, 2:46 PM   #8
Senior Member
 
BillDrew's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Hay River Township, WI
Posts: 2,512
Default

I have the Gitzo Explorer (http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/controller/home?O=2636&A=details&Q=&sku=206491&am p;is=REG&addedTroughType=categoryNavigation) and like it a lot. Not a light tripod, but about US$200 cheaper than the carbon fiber version.

I really have not found much use for the horizontal "center post" near the ground. With a SLR (digital or chemical), at that point your belly is in the mud to be able to use the viewfinder. Then a beanbag, log, rock, backpack, ... to rest the camera on works for up to a one second exposure. I find a use for the horizontal reach is shooting just about straight down. Then of course the camera cannot be extended over a leg and does need to be counterbalanced. If you are using a fairly wide lens and are a bit off the ground (flower bed), you want the camera extended and really need a counterbalance. All to the good - the counterbalance adds to the stability, but does mean the tripod has to hold more than the camera, lens, and head.

Just saying your tripod neads to hold the head plus your gear with a good bit to spare. I figure nearly three times the weight of your heaviest gear is about right. Could be argued down to twice, but not lower than that.
BillDrew is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Feb 4, 2007, 6:16 AM   #9
Senior Member
 
BrierS's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Posts: 157
Default

Great point about the weight capacity . . . I am in the market for a new tripod and hadn't given enough thought to the balancing weight factor. Having never worked with a camera and situation needing it I just hadn't thought of including that (enough) in my equation. Thank you.
Steve
BrierS is offline   Reply With Quote
 
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 3:16 PM.