A&P Talk to me about Tripods v.Ineedadecentone

Discussion in 'Lifestyle' started by SLED, Jan 23, 2007.

  1. SLED

    SLED build an idiot proof device and someone else will

    Joined:
    Sep 20, 2001
    Messages:
    28,118
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    AZ, like a bauce!
    Ok guys. I have an absolute shit tripod right now and I'm in desperate need of one.

    I'm willing to spend a few hundred to get a good one. Don't need the top of the line or anything, just something that is easily adjustable once the legs are out and can freely tilt (if i'm saying that right).

    What are you guys using?
     
  2. Jonny Chimpo

    Jonny Chimpo OT Supporter

    Joined:
    Dec 20, 2003
    Messages:
    64,702
    Likes Received:
    356
    Location:
    The sweaty asshole of the universe
    I have a Bogen 055MF3, and I love it. However, Giottos make what seem to be a very nice carbon fiber and aluminum tripods that are pretty inexpensive. (relatively speaking) If I were buying a new tripod I'd probably try one out...

    http://www.giottos.com/MT-3.htm
     
  3. BeachBoy

    BeachBoy New Member

    Joined:
    Mar 8, 2006
    Messages:
    1,214
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Calgary, AB
    read this:

    http://www.bythom.com/support.htm

    you get the full setup and one a little less expensive. and that guy tested tons, and is not gentle with his equipment
     
  4. SLED

    SLED build an idiot proof device and someone else will

    Joined:
    Sep 20, 2001
    Messages:
    28,118
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    AZ, like a bauce!
    :cool: buddy of mine JUST sent me that same link :bigthumb:
     
  5. Zthirtytwo

    Zthirtytwo New Member

    Joined:
    Mar 13, 2005
    Messages:
    116
    Likes Received:
    0
    Manfrotto makes great stuff. The 055MF3 is a sweet set of legs but a bit costly, but if you dont mind an extra lb of weight they make a set of legs that are the same size/holding capacity but aluminum, i think their name is the "055pro" legs. As for heads, thats all a matter of preference and how much you want to spend and how much weight it needs to support, im using the pro 3-way pan tilt head from manfrotto (but that costs as much as the legs)
     
  6. Cobber

    Cobber Wanna touch my bunny hole?

    Joined:
    Jul 5, 2003
    Messages:
    13,732
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    :canada:
    Man 190d


    /thread
     
  7. Mr_Penut

    Mr_Penut Elitist Member OT Supporter

    Joined:
    Jan 6, 2005
    Messages:
    30,664
    Likes Received:
    16
    Location:
    kanadia
    i have the 190 pro

    nice stuff

    although i think its called something else in the states?
     
  8. Jonny Chimpo

    Jonny Chimpo OT Supporter

    Joined:
    Dec 20, 2003
    Messages:
    64,702
    Likes Received:
    356
    Location:
    The sweaty asshole of the universe
    That's basically what I did when I picked up my tripod. I went nuts out of the gate and got the 055MF3, 488RC2 head and I've since added a shorty center column and a 3059B lateral arm. about $500 all told so far and it's very stable. I can get down to ground level and the lateral arm is far more stable than using the column in the horizontal position.

    One thing I like about the 488RC2 head is the top plate comes off and RRS makes a replacement QR plate so I can switch to the RRS system without buying a whole new head.

    The one thing I'm a little concerned over is how stable it's going to be once I get some really BIG glass. I want to pickup the 500 f/4 this year. :noes:
     
  9. mojito

    mojito New Member

    Joined:
    Mar 8, 2003
    Messages:
    62,877
    Likes Received:
    0
    don't get a Bogen Neotec, all style, no subsitince. If I could sell mine I'd get the bassalt one.
     
  10. .chris

    .chris You drown before the water lets you in. OT Supporter

    Joined:
    Mar 2, 2006
    Messages:
    53,146
    Likes Received:
    485
    Location:
    954
    I have the manfrotto 728B. Fantastic
     
  11. turbodude

    turbodude Just a photographer OT Supporter

    Joined:
    Jun 17, 2002
    Messages:
    10,118
    Likes Received:
    4
    Location:
    Las Vegas
    I have a dynatran 6703 and the damn thing is rugged for only paying 50 bucks. Its a damn fine main pod
     
  12. David

    David New Member

    Joined:
    Nov 30, 2004
    Messages:
    9,384
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Sacramento, CA
    I use a Sunpark 2001UT. Its horrible.
     
  13. Pineapple Devil

    Pineapple Devil beat it!

    Joined:
    Oct 8, 2001
    Messages:
    53,752
    Likes Received:
    8
    manfrotto 3021 bpro here. love it! add in the horizontal feature and its really hot
     
  14. Mr_Penut

    Mr_Penut Elitist Member OT Supporter

    Joined:
    Jan 6, 2005
    Messages:
    30,664
    Likes Received:
    16
    Location:
    kanadia
    i like the 190pro, but its heavy
     
  15. Derrict

    Derrict No, I am not Amish OT Supporter

    Joined:
    Nov 19, 2003
    Messages:
    9,484
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    Amish Country, PA
    +1 on 3021bpro, rock solid tripod. If the extra features aren't needed, the 3001 is worth looking at.
     
  16. Mr_Penut

    Mr_Penut Elitist Member OT Supporter

    Joined:
    Jan 6, 2005
    Messages:
    30,664
    Likes Received:
    16
    Location:
    kanadia
    I like it, but I wish I had something lighter
     
  17. mobbarley

    mobbarley Active Member

    Joined:
    Mar 4, 2005
    Messages:
    9,256
    Likes Received:
    2
    Location:
    Sydney
    +1 055prob
     
  18. mattsb2000

    mattsb2000 OT Supporter

    Joined:
    Jun 15, 2003
    Messages:
    61,666
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    San Bernardino, CA
    I don't want to say what I have.

    But it's a tank.
     
  19. Jonny Chimpo

    Jonny Chimpo OT Supporter

    Joined:
    Dec 20, 2003
    Messages:
    64,702
    Likes Received:
    356
    Location:
    The sweaty asshole of the universe
    IBvelbon
     
  20. mattsb2000

    mattsb2000 OT Supporter

    Joined:
    Jun 15, 2003
    Messages:
    61,666
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    San Bernardino, CA

    Worse. :rofl:

    It's pretty stout, and it was free.

    I found it at my dead aunt's house. :wtc:


    I've used it as a ladder several times. :hsd:
     
  21. Gomer

    Gomer New Member

    Joined:
    Aug 15, 2004
    Messages:
    6,736
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    North Bend, WA
    Manfrotto & Bogen ta death!!
     
  22. jennyjenn

    jennyjenn New Member

    Joined:
    Nov 21, 2006
    Messages:
    666
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Fort Collins, Colorado
    Bogen / Manfrotto 3021BPRO Legs
    Bogen / Manfrotto 322RC2 Head

    I love it.
     
  23. Jonny Chimpo

    Jonny Chimpo OT Supporter

    Joined:
    Dec 20, 2003
    Messages:
    64,702
    Likes Received:
    356
    Location:
    The sweaty asshole of the universe
    circa 1978 Sunpak?
     
  24. mattsb2000

    mattsb2000 OT Supporter

    Joined:
    Jun 15, 2003
    Messages:
    61,666
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    San Bernardino, CA

    Sunpak might have sold it.

    I think the stickers that were on this one said HOLLYWOOD :hsugh: :greddy:

    It's more of a video tripod. The head is a fake fluid design. (tensioned bearings)

    I'll take pics of it if you like.
     
  25. mattsb2000

    mattsb2000 OT Supporter

    Joined:
    Jun 15, 2003
    Messages:
    61,666
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    San Bernardino, CA
    I really want a head like this.

    [​IMG]

    Those are fucking cool.
     

Share This Page