I have been browsing Manfrotto's web site and I am considering the above tripod. The description says "double positioning vertical and horizontal centre column". We don't have a dealer in town so I am curious what the advantage of this feature is. In what situations would you need this?
The head I'm leaning towards is the 222 for it's ease of use. My largest set up would be a F80/SB80/70-300ED.
I use the horizontal column to get closer to tabletop product compositions than I can otherwise (the legs hit the table in the normal vertical column configuration). The same advantage holds for getting close for macro shots. If you're creative, there are probably other good uses as well.
Garry I have this tripod and as BJ stated great for table top shots and works wonderfully for macro. The Tripod is tall enough that you can remove the center column and attach the head to the legs and save some weight while hiking. Built sturdy and functions without a problem. I hope this helps. Mike
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Well I bought this tripod YESTERDAY. So you can say that I don't have a lot of experiance with it. But you can also believe me that I was so happy that I have tried a lot of possible variations.
Sop one of the application is to put centar column horizontaly fully extended (max to one side, any side) and then shot from there(low or high position). For egzample you want to shot some scene from a ponton or bridge and you can set you camera little bitz out of center, you can shot directly to the sky (which is preaty clumsy to do from normal position). You can shot from the bridge directly under.
If you want to shot macro the you have to put tripod "around" the target. In case of animal it can be better to be on top of it but not "around" it.
Or you can just put it sideway, with only one leg segment out and seat on the floor/ground with your camera infront of you.
I have an older model 3021, have had it for several years. It has a 3265 ball/grip head with a quick release. It's a great combination. The tripod and Head are a bit heavy but it's solid as a rock. The head is supurb, I think it's one of the best heads for the money (about $60). I can put it in any position from horizontal to vertical and it locks solid with no drift.
The 3021 is a fine tripod, don't be hesitant about getting one and you might whant to consider the 3265 head to go with it.
Thanks for your feedback. Another couple of questions: If you can put the column horizontal, how far will the legs splay apart? Can you get the camera quite low to the ground in this position? I would like to be able to use it for close-up ground work shooting flowers, etc.
Gary, I have this tripod and just set it up to measure distance for you. The legs will spread to the point that the bottom of the tripod is flat to the ground. Can't get any lower than that. BTW- I love this tripod.
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