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PostPosted: Sun Dec 12, 2010 5:05 pm 

I want to buy a tripod for landscape and macro photos (tall enough, D90 with 18-200, I dont care about the weight too much).

Which do you think is the best choice?

Manfrotto 055XProB (I saw it and I think its very steady but the center column can be adjusted only vertical or horizontal, not in between).

Benro A297EX, A-357EX. They are about the same price with Manfrotto, a bit less stable but you can adjust the column in any angle you want.

What do you think? Do you have any experience with Benro tripods?

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 17, 2010 3:40 am 
Ive never personally used Benro, but if you have a little extra $$ to spend I could highly recommend Libec. They are some of the sturdiest tripods I've used and so far have found them much more reliable than Manfrotto. I image they have one around the $200 price point, I would definitely check them out.


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PostPosted: Sat Dec 18, 2010 6:06 am 

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I love my Manfrotto tripod. It is very sturdy. It is tall enough to stand full upright and use and versatile enough to use inches from the ground.

Canon XTi
Canon EF 50mm
Canon EFS 18-55mm
Canon EF 75-300
Canon Speedlite 430EX Flash
Manfrotto 190XPROB Tripod
Manfrotto 804RC2 Head

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 18, 2010 12:17 pm 
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Recently bought this Giotto ... /show.html It's plenty tall enough for me, even without fully extending the legs.
Haven't even needed to lift the centre column, & it can be used through 180 degrees.
The set up also drops fairly flat by extending the legs outwards, to about a foot from the floor. It's solid/heavy enough to support my 80-400 zoom.

Also bought the heavier weight rated ball-head., with a couple of quick release plates. ... ad_1025891 (which i'd definitely recommend whichever rig you choose)

Image btw,He who dies with the most toys, WINS!
Nikon D800E & D700 bodies + Nikon 200-400mm F4 VR1, 50mm F1.4G, 16-35mm f/4G VR, 105 F2.8 VR macro, 70-300mm lenses. A couple of filters, Giotto tripod & ballhead. Lowepro Slingshot 302 AW

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