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This is a discussion on About tripods within the Camera equipment & accessories forums, part of the Education & Technical category; Guys, can you give me an advise about tripods and ball heads, please. What do you think about this one, ...

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    Guys, can you give me an advise about tripods and ball heads, please.
    What do you think about this one, and especially about this kind of "head":

    Manfrotto 055XPROB 3-Section Tripod w/ 322RC2 055XPROB,322K -

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    I've got the 190XPROB and it's excellent. Gets a bit weighty on longer walks but usually worth it.

    Make sure that if you go for the ball head ... you get one that's designed for heavier gear than what you have. In the case of ballheads I believe it's better to over-compensate.

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    I just got the 055X ProB tripod, Lovin and I really like it. It is a bit heavier than the 190XProB, so you may not want to trek up mountains with it. I had a ballhead, Manfrotto 486RC2 and while they are fast to use it was making me crazy. The camera was always slipping about on the quick release plate and getting the thing squared up was a pain as well. Btw, the 055X weighs three pounds and will support 14 lbs. I also purchased the Manfrotto 410 geared head which weighs in at a hefty 2.7 lbs and will support up to 11 lbs.

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    Hello Lovin': I would suggest you take a good look at these,https://www.benphoto.ca/store//catal...products_id=87
    They are almost an exact replica of Gitzo tripods and are very high quality indeed. We own two of them and we use heavy glass almost exclusively. Our rigs weigh in at approx. 8-15 lbs., depending on gear we have added. The particular model I have linked to will hold more than the Manfrotto, is much lighter, (carbon fibre), and has better twist-lock legs on it. Yes, we looked very hard at all before purchasing and that is why we went this way. Were out in 25+ mph winds the other day with a 500mm f4L lens, and 580exII flash mounted, standing on a platform 20 ft up, and had no vibration whatsoever. (The pods we have will hold 27 lbs.) Also , the price is right.
    Any questions, feel free to ask. We never leave home without our pods, so we do have lots of miles on them.
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    Thanks MA and JAS, thanks Hillbillygirl for the tips.
    Now I'm taking in consideration Benro too.
    I checked some reviews and everyone was very satisfied about Benro.
    So it will be between Benro and Manfrotto.
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    We went to dinner with some friends yesterday and Tom has a 055xproB so I was able to compare. Definitely a heavier (probably more stable though) option to my 190XProB and too heavy to lug very far on a decent walk in the bush in my opinion.

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    Personally, I like the FEISOL carbon fibre tripods. Very light, four sections, so packing it is easier, and including the FEISOL ball head I paid 550 Canadian for it. I like it a lot. Only thing is it does not come with spikes, you have to buy them extra. But they also offer a very nice , if you're so inclined.
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    If the Manfrotto brand is keeping up with the quality of the Bogens they used to be, I can attest to their durability. I still use one I bought in the 80s. I'm after a species of 190XPro though, but I don't need it yet.
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    Yeh I have an older Manfrotto as well as the 190XProB ... still going strong.

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    I have some carbon on one of my bikes. It's a paint guard so I don't scratch it up.
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