I have an older 190DB from Manfrotto as a tripod, the first one I ever bought, but was getting fed up with it. I really dislike the twisting knobs, I find it slow and tedious. I’ve been thinking about getting a new one for ages but which one…
As I have a big tripod for the cool stuff, Manfrotto 058, and a small one, the Sirui 1205X, for on holidays (read for when I’m lazy) this one had to be something in between. Not too heavy, not too light and easy to handle for my product photography in studio. At first upgrading to the Manfrotto 055 XPROB seemed like the most logical step to go. My dad has one and while it’s a great tripod, especially for the money, I found it a bit too lug for my taste.
Then Benro jumped though my mind. They have some fantastic tripods, some geat carbon ones at a third the price of a Gitzo. Still, when handling them at work, I sometimes had trouble locking the different leg sections when doing it the wrong way. Knowing I can easily get frustrated by such little issues I found myself looking at the Gitzo tripods instead. Qua design and finish nothing beats this brand. With design I do not mean looks but how the build is designed.
Then it really was a matter of deciding between basalt and carbon. I don’t care about the lightest tripod for its specifications so no specific need for carbon. Seeing that carbon would result in making my wallet a hell lot lighter than with basalt I leaned even more towards the latter. We had two models at where I work that got my interest and seeing that the shoving in and out of the legs felt much smoother with the basalt than the carbon tripod I made the final decision to go for the Basalt version GT2830 and I am as happy as a goose!
So, you just gotta love them Ebay! Found the tripod I was lusting after, the Manfrotto 058. You can manage it while standing up, just reach out for its middle and adjust the height. Fabulous system and it matches with the 400 head just perfectly!
My boyfriend is in the middle of making a cradle for it that can hold my current camera and problem solved! That is soo likeabe!
Recently I ordered an 8×10 wet plate camera from BlackArt Woodcraft and along with a new camera comes the possibility of being able to mount it on a tripod. The absolute biggest advantage the new camera will have! The only “problem” being left is that my current tripod is a Manfrotto 190XB with a 141RC head; able to carry up to 5 kilos. My current wet plate camera already weighs 5,3 kilos so I guess you can see the issue here.
About 1 1/2 weeks ago we ran into a second-hand geared head on the internet, the Manfrotto 400, the biggest there is out there especially made for large format cameras. Going price new: about €850,- Second hand: way doable at €275,-! So my boyfriend, as sweet as he is, ordered the head and today we picked up the package. Man, that thing is B.I.G.!!! Oh, and heavy and very wowie to use! With my D200 connected it looks totally ridiculous; that thing is bigger than my camera lol! But luckily I don’t use that camera that often anymore (though for jewelry and such this will be marvelous to work with) and it’s perfect for large formats. Just a heavier tripod and then that’s done too!