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Old May 26th, 2014, 07:46 AM   #1
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Tripod and head

Hi,

I need to but another tripod for 5D Mark III, I don't want to spend more than $500. I am looking for something light but also that can possibly support C100 with 70-200 lens but not required. I have this and don't like it:
Manfrotto 190XDB with 701HDV Video Tripod System (Black) B&H

and I also have this and also don't like it (it's heavy, and cumbersome):
Manfrotto 504HD Head w/546B 2-Stage Aluminum Tripod 504HD,546BK

If anyone can recommend some options I should look at that would be awesome.

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Old May 26th, 2014, 08:20 AM   #2
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I recently ordered this because it is small, pretty light weight, and holds 26 pounds. And it gets great reviews.

MeFOTO GlobeTrotter Travel Tripod Kit (Titanium) A2350Q2T B&H

It would leave you $300 for a decent head.
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Old May 26th, 2014, 08:21 AM   #3
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Oh, and it is also a monopod!
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Old May 26th, 2014, 08:36 AM   #4
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I recently ordered this because it is small, pretty light weight, and holds 26 pounds. And it gets great reviews.

MeFOTO GlobeTrotter Travel Tripod Kit (Titanium) A2350Q2T B&H

It would leave you $300 for a decent head.
Thanks Brian! That's great. Now I need to find a head to go with it. One of the things I don't like about the first tripod I listed is that there is no easy to level. You have to play with the legs to get it leveled, the second tripod/head combination I listed allows me to unscrew the center column and level the head easily. I am looking fore something like that and of course I want a fluid head.
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Old May 26th, 2014, 09:08 AM   #5
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It is very difficult to get good function out of a tripod that is inexpensive. Also lighter tripods often are not good when using longer lenses. Always some kind of compromise. There is a Manfrotto set of legs which does allow you to bubble the attached head with a mechanism on the riser instead of trying to balance the legs. I put a 501 head on it. There are better heads now. About the price range you are looking at. I use it for my DSLR for the most part. Now I would look for the Sachtler Ace system.

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Old May 26th, 2014, 09:35 AM   #6
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I find this very useful:

Acratech Leveling Base 1117 B&H Photo Video
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Old May 26th, 2014, 12:07 PM   #7
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You might call B&H to be sure, but I believe that this is a leveling column that will fit your 190-series tripod:
Manfrotto 556B Leveling Center Column for 190 PRO Series 556B

Agreed, you really do need a leveler! I do like the Acratech products too, great design & engineering.
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Old May 26th, 2014, 03:00 PM   #8
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Re the MeFOTO GlobeTrotter Travel Tripod Kit (Titanium) A2350Q2T B&H

This looks exactly like the Giottos I have - except for the color of the hinges. But has to be the exact same thing. I use mine for EVERYTHING because it fits in my briefcase when I travel (which is several times a month)

I use it with my 5 x 7 view camera (and just for laughs I put an 8 x 10 on it once) as well as a few heavy Medium Format cameras, and it never complains. I've even used my Black Magic CInema Cam on a Manfrotto fluid head. It works. And the monopod leg works as well.

Having said all the good things, it's still a light weight stills tripod and not a real video pod. It will wind up a bit when you pan and unwind when you stop. And I wouldn't extend the center column - it will make things much worse. If I'm working from the car I carry a real tripod but for something light and capable to stick in your bag I think it's hard to beat.

Re leveling attachment - I think there's no need in most cases. It's quick and easy to level the tripod once you learn the tricks. With the MeFoto/Giottos or just about any pod without a center spreader it's often quicker to spread one or two legs to level than to muck about with the leg clamps. I have a wooden Ries tripod that I use for heavy large format cameras as well as video and it has a system for independently clamping the angle of each leg at the top - easiest thing to level that I've ever had.

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Old May 26th, 2014, 06:07 PM   #9
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Manfrotto has a similar unit which I use regularly.

Manfrotto 438 Compact Leveling Head - Ball Camera Leveler - 438
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