Advice on tripod(Manfrotto 055CLB or 190CLB)


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aaron80

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Hi guys, I wish to get a tripod, camera will be D50 plus normal lens(not those bazooka lens). Which tripod will be a better choice and what is their price like? I called CathayPhoto and a few other shops but they don't hold stocks liao.. Said must wait till July. I am thinking of getting a used one at B&S, my budget is around 100-140(tripod with head).. Any1 can advise? Thanks..:)
 

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Buy a 190.

If you feel strong, get a 055.

Its pretty hard to find these tripod used now... hardly anyone is selling.
 

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Thanks for the advice solarii, I dunno much about tripod.. I have a tripod, but it cant even support my D50 with kit lens.. Its those $20+ typical tripod, used to use it for my pns.. Ya I understand 055 is heavier than 190, but 055 can raise to a max height of 178cm compared to 190 145cm. In your opinion, do we usually use tripod to the height of 178cm? Sorry coz I really not familiar with this.. Thats why I want to see which will be a better future-proof purchase(I just get a good one and dun intend to change liao)..

And what kind of tripod head is recommended? I will be using the tripod mainly for night scenery, landscape shots.. Do I get a 3-way head or ball head? I was thinking of the 029(the standard head)..

solarii said:
Buy a 190.

If you feel strong, get a 055.

Its pretty hard to find these tripod used now... hardly anyone is selling.
 

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145cm is good for normal average use / human. you wun be able to view thru the viewfinder of d50 is you are rising your tripod to 178cm unless you are 190cm or you are stepping on things/ladder.
and yes do consider the weight of tripod as well. if you find it too heavy after you bought it home, chances that you will bring out will be low.
 

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Ic.. Thanks ExplorerZ.. I understand what u mean.. Heavy tripod can be a real pain..

ExplorerZ said:
145cm is good for normal average use / human. you wun be able to view thru the viewfinder of d50 is you are rising your tripod to 178cm unless you are 190cm or you are stepping on things/ladder.
and yes do consider the weight of tripod as well. if you find it too heavy after you bought it home, chances that you will bring out will be low.
 

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aaron80 said:
Thanks for the advice solarii, I dunno much about tripod.. I have a tripod, but it cant even support my D50 with kit lens.. Its those $20+ typical tripod, used to use it for my pns.. Ya I understand 055 is heavier than 190, but 055 can raise to a max height of 178cm compared to 190 145cm. In your opinion, do we usually use tripod to the height of 178cm? Sorry coz I really not familiar with this.. Thats why I want to see which will be a better future-proof purchase(I just get a good one and dun intend to change liao)..

And what kind of tripod head is recommended? I will be using the tripod mainly for night scenery, landscape shots.. Do I get a 3-way head or ball head? I was thinking of the 029(the standard head)..
First of all, I'm 175cm. If I raise the tripod to 178cm + head + the camera's own 15cm, what am I supposed to see??:bsmilie:

So no. At least I don't use it at 178cm. Not that my tripod could go there assuming I wanted to.

Get a ball head...try the 486.
 

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Thanks for the advice! :) Think I will get a 190 plus a 486 ball head. U know roughly how much the 486 costs and where I can get it? I think Cathayphoto dun have.. And hope I can get a 190 in B&S too..

solarii said:
First of all, I'm 175cm. If I raise the tripod to 178cm + head + the camera's own 15cm, what am I supposed to see??:bsmilie:

So no. At least I don't use it at 178cm. Not that my tripod could go there assuming I wanted to.

Get a ball head...try the 486.
 

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Last I remember, the Manfrotto 486 RC2 costs about $135. Stuff on BnS very seasonal... a few mths back loads of 055 were on sale there... now almost none... ballheads are even rarer... even then, you'd have to look real hard to get a good deal for the 486 RC2, you're better of waiting a month or so till CP get's stock (a word of advise, it's cheaper to get at MS Color, ~$5 less for the 486, not a biggie, but if you live near AMK, why not?).
 

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Dont get the 055. It's just too heavy for a walk arnd tripod but it's very stable :thumbsup:

My 055 + 486RC2 combo is arnd 3+kg :sweat:
 

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Ya I rem a few months back saw quite a few at B&S, now seems dun have liao, only the occasional Slik.. Does MS Color carries the tripod as well or only the head? Coz if cannot find one at B&S, I dunno where to get liao.. Must wait till July then CP has stocks...

mephesto said:
Last I remember, the Manfrotto 486 RC2 costs about $135. Stuff on BnS very seasonal... a few mths back loads of 055 were on sale there... now almost none... ballheads are even rarer... even then, you'd have to look real hard to get a good deal for the 486 RC2, you're better of waiting a month or so till CP get's stock (a word of advise, it's cheaper to get at MS Color, ~$5 less for the 486, not a biggie, but if you live near AMK, why not?).
 

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Ya I understand a heavy load can really deter u from bringing the tripod out.. Hehe.. I am thinking of getting the 190 + 486, which should be lighter.. Anyway whats the difference between the normal 486 n 486RC2?

Klose said:
Dont get the 055. It's just too heavy for a walk arnd tripod but it's very stable :thumbsup:

My 055 + 486RC2 combo is arnd 3+kg :sweat:
 

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aaron80 said:
Ya I understand a heavy load can really deter u from bringing the tripod out.. Hehe.. I can thinking of getting the 190 + 486, which should be lighter.. Anyway whats the difference between the normal 486 n 486RC2?
Normal one does not have the quick release.
 

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MS color also should have the tripods as well, but I'd think they'd probably be out of stock as well. Best to call them before hand to ask.
 

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aaron80 said:
Ya I understand a heavy load can really deter u from bringing the tripod out.. Hehe.. I am thinking of getting the 190 + 486, which should be lighter.. Anyway whats the difference between the normal 486 n 486RC2?
190 is not exactly light, but however, it still is lighter (& shorter) than the 055.

Both tripods are not tripods that you'd want to lug around the whole day.
 

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Called MS Color, seems like they dun have any manfrotto tripods stocks also..:( Any1 knows where can still find manfrotto tripods anot?

mephesto said:
MS color also should have the tripods as well, but I'd think they'd probably be out of stock as well. Best to call them before hand to ask.
 

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espn said:
190 is not exactly light, but however, it still is lighter (& shorter) than the 055.

Both tripods are not tripods that you'd want to lug around the whole day.
You can trust me on that... I had one (a 190CLB) on loan (actually it's still with me.. hehe) and it's not fun to carry around. Especially with a 486RC2 on...
 

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aaron80 said:
Called MS Color, seems like they dun have any manfrotto tripods stocks also..:( Any1 knows where can still find manfrotto tripods anot?
u might be hard-press to find new manfrottos cos their singapore agent has stopped distributing them. think u still can find an odd piece or 2 at CP.

anyway, unless u are constantly using a heavy lens + heavy cam setup, 055 is a really back-breaker to carry ard. i had it b4 when i still had my MF camera.... but, like espn said, i left the tripod at home more often than carry it out. in the end, i sold it off for the 190D... and even now, i'm selling dat off to get something lighter for family use! :bsmilie:

still, the 190-series is one of the lighter-but-stable platforms ard fm manfrotto. :)
 

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MS color are getting new manfrotto stock, but only from july i hear.
 

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