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Tripod recommendation for Canon 7D w/ 70-200 f2.8L IS U
« on: April 02, 2010, 08:10:37 PM »
Hi, I'm in the hunt for a Manfrotto tripod  that is cardon fiber + ballhead.  My heaviest lens is the Canon 70-200 2.8 ISU.  Appreciate if you can recommend a Manfrotto system for me.  Thanks

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Re: Tripod recommendation for Canon 7D w/ 70-200 f2.8L IS U
« Reply #1 on: April 03, 2010, 03:18:05 PM »
Hi! Anyone out there, appreciate your thoughts/opinions.  Thanks!

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Re: Tripod recommendation for Canon 7D w/ 70-200 f2.8L IS U
« Reply #2 on: April 05, 2010, 12:41:00 AM »
Anyone out there willing to help... :-[

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Re: Tripod recommendation for Canon 7D w/ 70-200 f2.8L IS U
« Reply #3 on: April 05, 2010, 01:04:42 AM »
Hello. Your choices would be Manfrotto 190cxpro3 and 055cxpro3. They are both carbon fiber, light weight, and they can carry your gear (and more).

190cxpro3 is a bit smaller and of course the load capacity is a bit lower also. This is ideal for travellers cos its covenient to carry around. I use this one cos I shoot landscape and travel.

055cxpro3 is bigger with higher load capacity, but I'm pretty sure you will not need so much load capacity. It's also a bit heavier which is good for stability.

For the head, your choices are manfrotto 484rc2, 486rc2 and 488rc2. Pls just search the web for the specs. 484 is the smallest and lightest, while the 488 is the biggest and has higher load capacity. I think the 486rc2 is the one you need.

For those heads, you have the option also to go rc4 instead of rc2. rc4 is designed for medium format cameras, rc2 is for our common dslr.

You may opt to use magnesium heads, but they are very expensive. Price is 20k more or less depending on the model. While 486rc2 is around 3.5k.

I suggest also that you visit Island photo in gamboa makati. They have a showroom and the salesman there will be more than willing to assist you. You may also want to call them to inquire 8181788.

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Re: Tripod recommendation for Canon 7D w/ 70-200 f2.8L IS U
« Reply #4 on: April 14, 2010, 07:51:40 AM »
Hello. Your choices would be Manfrotto 190cxpro3 and 055cxpro3. They are both carbon fiber, light weight, and they can carry your gear (and more).

190cxpro3 is a bit smaller and of course the load capacity is a bit lower also. This is ideal for travellers cos its covenient to carry around. I use this one cos I shoot landscape and travel.

055cxpro3 is bigger with higher load capacity, but I'm pretty sure you will not need so much load capacity. It's also a bit heavier which is good for stability.

For the head, your choices are manfrotto 484rc2, 486rc2 and 488rc2. Pls just search the web for the specs. 484 is the smallest and lightest, while the 488 is the biggest and has higher load capacity. I think the 486rc2 is the one you need.

For those heads, you have the option also to go rc4 instead of rc2. rc4 is designed for medium format cameras, rc2 is for our common dslr.

You may opt to use magnesium heads, but they are very expensive. Price is 20k more or less depending on the model. While 486rc2 is around 3.5k.

I suggest also that you visit Island photo in gamboa makati. They have a showroom and the salesman there will be more than willing to assist you. You may also want to call them to inquire 8181788.

Cheers!

Photobong.  Thanks for your suggestion.  I went to Island photo today.  Unfortunately, most of the balls heads are out of stock.  The MG heads are the ones available 468MGRC2. Do you have any comments on those?

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Re: Tripod recommendation for Canon 7D w/ 70-200 f2.8L IS U
« Reply #5 on: April 16, 2010, 07:45:29 PM »
Anyone out there who has any experience w/ the Manfrotto Magnesium ballhead 486MG?  Appreciate you positive or negative feedback... Thanks

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Re: Tripod recommendation for Canon 7D w/ 70-200 f2.8L IS U
« Reply #6 on: April 16, 2010, 09:22:25 PM »
Hello again.

I'm sorry I have never owned an MG Ball Head. But I once had an MG 3-way Head. It's extremely lightweight. And I assume, the MG Ball Head is just as light. I found this review from BHphotovideo:

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The Manfrotto 468MGRC2 is designed to meet the demands of professional photographers who require a light weight head but at the same time want to support heavy camera loads up to 22 lb.

The 468MG series uses a hydraulic system to lock the ball mechanism in place. Using hydraulics instead of a mechanical system produces a super-tight lock from a minimal turn of the locking knob, without sacrificing the smoothness of the ball's movement when unblocked. To keep weight low, the head is made of magnesium; and to provide smooth movements the 2" aluminum ball is Teflon coated. The oversized ball locking knob allows for easy control even when using gloves.

This head further offers a range of handy features: independent pan and tilt locks with a 360° pan movement; +90/-90° tilt movement; a graduated engraved panoramic base; and a calibrated adjustable friction control on the main knob.

The 468MGRC2 version uses the popular RC2 (3157N) quick release system, which is small and light enough to leave permanently attached to your compact or SLR camera even when not using a tripod.

• Magnesium cast head, with 2" aluminum ball, Teflon coated
• Independent pan lock, with calibrated 360° panning bed
• Oversized ball locking knob

Hope that helps.

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