I moved up to the D80, my largest lens is a 70-300 for now. I'm needing a tripod that can offer multi positions for macro like the G2220. are there any others that compare to this? I need something that I can really get down and low with. I just want to compare. I love the G2220 from all I've seen. Also any re-seller info would be great Also I'm stuck between the M-20 and the RRS 55 Heads. I'm sure there are many posts and opinions about this. But I'm in a super hurry I leave soon for a trip and I want to have the right gear with me.
The other choice for tripod in that class would be the 3021Pro from Manfrotto/Bogen. Just be aware that stabilty can be a problem with the camera on a cantilever, as these tripods do. Also, Benbo makes a line of multipostion tripods. Based on the weight of your gear, you could consider the Markins M-10, or the RRS BH-40, midsize heads with ample capacity. My choice was the M-10; both to help this community, and I liked the ergonomics better. This was based on thought rather than experience. Canoga camera, at the big auction site, has had some very good prices on tripods. Good shopping technique yields superior results.
Thanks for the information on the heads. I was at Calumet in San Francisco today and looked at teh G2220. Really solid feal and tough. The selection of ball heads was limited and they were pushing the Gitzos which I have not seen much in terms of reviews. I like the M10 abd BH40, any comments on the Acratech line. I like the Kirk line but don't want to wait 2 weeks.
Also can I get overnight shipping from the Proshop? I want to contribute to this wonderful community in anyway that I can.
My question is now that I've decided either 2220 or 2227, which ball heads is best BH-3 (or BH-1) or M10? ....the BH40 is in my viewfinder as well. I also hate to ask this but will these come with a camera plate or do order that separate? Is there a preferred plate type?
I'm not familiar with all of the RRS heads, but I'm sure they're all good. The M10 is excellent. I would recommend the M10, but the RRS equivalent (based on size and load capacity) would also be a good choice.
The plates are usually separate since they're custom fit for the camera or lens they'll be used on. There are some generic plates which fit almost everything, but this is at the expense of fit and possible twisting, thus often negating all of the other expensive equipment it's used with.
I've used both RRS and Kirk plates and have had no problems.
Consider the RRS TP-243 Ground Pod. The minimum height is 1.9 inches and maximum is 16.9 inches. Joe Johnson (RRS owner/designer) rates this one at fifty pounds maximum load. Collapsed length is 12.4 inches. The RRS BH-40 or BH-55 will work well on it. I normally place the BH-55 on it as I like the larger knobs. Joe had an earlier photo of this unit supporting his entire weight, with the legs extended. I have one and it is built like a tank and will easily handle anything I will ever put on it.
If you have time, take a look.
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>Bill: > >Consider the RRS TP-243 Ground Pod. The minimum height is >1.9 inches and maximum is 16.9 inches. Joe Johnson (RRS >owner/designer) rates this one at fifty pounds maximum load. > Collapsed length is 12.4 inches. The RRS BH-40 or BH-55 >will work well on it. I normally place the BH-55 on it as I >like the larger knobs. Joe had an earlier photo of this >unit supporting his entire weight, with the legs extended. >I have one and it is built like a tank and will easily >handle anything I will ever put on it. > >If you have time, take a look. > >HBB in Phoenix, Arizona
and, while not as overbuilt as the RRS, should hold any equipment just fine (it holds me, but not with the legs extended). It's a very nimble little tripod for macro work and comes with both a center column and plate, but it's certainly not going to replace my 1325 as a general use pod. I'd pair it with a Markins M10 or Q3 (or equivalent Kirk/RRS head as your ergonomics dictate).
Jeff Bower I wish my D200 body was a significant portion of my NAS-related expenses...
I had the same requirement and chose the Benro C-297. I've been pleased with the quality. The deciding point was that the center column is mounted on center when straight up, but it can be extracted and mounted at any angle for macro positioning - a clever design. The Gitzo G2220 appears to have the center column off center, which I thought might be more unstable.
>What gear are you using on this set up. >I may duplicate it for my back up. >Where did you purchase? D200 Nikon 60 and Tamron 90 for macro. Heaviest lenses are Tokina 12-24 f/4 and Nikon E 70-210 f/4. Other details are in my profile. Purchased Benro equipment on Ebay from bonnie.yl in Canada. She answered my questions promptly & shipped promptly. Delivery (through Canada Post & USPS) was a bit slow, but everything arrived well-packed and in good condition - a smooth transaction.