panorama software,virtual tour software
Alternate Text
Joined: 2006-06-05
Send Msg:
Posts: 148
2006-07-25
#1

My Tripod

Hello

I was considering buying a tripod from Manfrotto, but I went into a shop this afternoon, and if Manfrotto products look just great, I find them a little expensive for a first use, so I will go for a cheaper one (Less than 60USD) which seemed quite solid and much lighter than the Manfrottos which weight a ton :)

Alexandre


Alexandre G.
MSN: agagnaire@chablinet.com
Nikon D50 - Nikkor 10.5mm - NN3 - Manfrotto055CLB - Panoweaver 4.0 - Tourweaver 2.0
Alternate Text
Joined: 2006-03-07
Send Msg:
Posts: 39
2006-07-28
#2

I use a Manfrotto 161mk2 which weighs in at 17lbs. Its a pain to carry around, but I got the tripod dolly and it works wonders. It also expands up to about 10 feet to the center line of the lens with my heads and leveling base on it.

Cheap and Light= Broke and Rebought.

Never buy an item twice which you can afford to buy once. I avoided Sunpaks for that very reason.


Ain't nothing friendlier in the world than a muddy wet dog.
Alternate Text
Joined: 2006-06-05
Send Msg:
Posts: 148
2006-07-28
#3
I have seen manfrotto tripods in the shops, they really look nice, but I can't afford them yet, to start a cheap one will be ok, I will be working in flat scenes before going to shot panos in the mountains
Alexandre G.
MSN: agagnaire@chablinet.com
Nikon D50 - Nikkor 10.5mm - NN3 - Manfrotto055CLB - Panoweaver 4.0 - Tourweaver 2.0
Alternate Text
Joined: 2002-06-12
Send Msg:
Posts: 2239
2006-07-28
#4

We use a Manfrotto 3001d [no pan-tilt head].  We put a Manfrotto ball head on top.  Smooth use a pistol grip device.  Same idea.

For carrying them around.. we put a wide 4" (10cm) sholder strap on them.  Thats easier than hand holding them while walking.

For the first 4 years we used a very light Velbrone $29 special from local Kmart.  Course we had to hack the pan tilt head off and refit the top suitable to carry a pan head.

http://www.360texas.com/tips/headfixed.htm

Of course thats all history now.  Do not use either the pan head or tripod shown in the photo's.

 

 


/s/
Dave
Forum Moderator for
EasyPano - Panoweaver
Pano2VR


Visit 360texas.com
Alternate Text
Joined: 2006-06-05
Send Msg:
Posts: 148
2006-07-29
#5

I didn't have the NN3 with me so I had to return to the shop and change the tripod to get one on which the nn3 would fit. I finally got a manfrotto, the 714B

http://www.manfrotto.com/Jahia/cache/offonce/pid/1968

The camera + the NN3 + the nikkor lense might reach the limit of 2.5kg, but the others where far more expensive (got it with a 10% discount because they didn't have any in stock). I like the little post that slides up smoothly, nice design :)

Alexandre


Alexandre G.
MSN: agagnaire@chablinet.com
Nikon D50 - Nikkor 10.5mm - NN3 - Manfrotto055CLB - Panoweaver 4.0 - Tourweaver 2.0