also posted this on dprev, but i think it is better to post it here too:
i recently fell in love with nature macro. got myself a long lens (sigma 150 + 1,4x TC) and a manfrotto 190XPROB tripod as it goes down rather low and as long as you dont extend anything its stable. but the head! this crappy 486RC2...it "jumps" after you have tightened it. so all the nice framing is for the fishes. so after doing some research i just ordered a Novoflex ClassicBall 5.
the weight i (will) put on it:
ballhead: 900g lens: 900g tc: 180g body (d200): 1000g
so we are under 3kg and the manfrotto is rated for 5kg, altough i know if manfrotto does say that this is the weight that works well, without vibrations, or if this is the max weight thats usable.
but then, i only use it rather low, no extended legs (at most only one section), no extended center column (sometimes sideways, but only a few cm) and legs rather wide spread.
i also considered a Markins M10 and an ArcaSwiss Z1, but i liked what i read and saw about the Novoflex. its also an investment for when i get longer lenses later on. Q: does anybody use this head for the same purpose? Q: good decision? i wonder what you think of it.
the 190 is nice because of its light weight. so if i am out and about in the woods its comfortable.
EDIT: i also have a heavier, sturdier Walimex tripod (basically a Manfrotto 055 copy, but surprisingly well made) and do plan to get something stronger when i use the novoflex with a longer lens (300mm or 400mm)
I've got a Mighty Lowboy and I like it as a good specialty support. While it hardly compares to my 1325 it does what it's supposed to do - be quick and nimble. I have an M10 on it now, but I think my Q3 would be a better choice. Your Novoflex (or my M20) may make it a bit too topheavy - especially if I need to use the center column. For this reason I try to shoot as much as possible with the center plate installed, extending the legs is much more stable than extending the column.
the 190...well..its a nice tripod and i think rather stable as long as i dont extend anything. the centercolumn...i dont extend it, i oly "remount" it in the horizontal position so the column isnt in the way when going low
any better idea than a low boy for this kind of work? the kirk solution is not really flexible because no height adjustments, right?
The Kirk has two leg sections and a center column as well as a center plate so I've found it to be OK for height adjustments (of course, it's nowhere near as tall as a traditional tripod). The Gitzo 2220 is a good choice for the flexible center column, but I don't know that it will buy you much over the Manfrotto PRO series - the more off-center the camera is the less stable the setup will be no matter what brand, but if you can't get the camera where it needs to go you don't get the shot at all.
I believe that having a single tripod is like having a single lens. I use my 1325 for most of my shooting and pull out the Kirk when the 1325 doesn't fit or is just too big (I usually travel with the Kirk). The right tool for the right job makes all the difference.
>I believe that having a single tripod is like having a >single lens.
very wise statement now be brave and tell that to my girlfriend *g*
yeah honey, jdblower said i HAVE to get this $1,000 tripod! it's all about vibrations honey, you know?
well, i have just bought a 300/f4 used (almost new...huhu) and plan to get a TC1.4. i have a sigma tc, and according to the nikonians TC sheet it should work, but heard otherwise. hm.
i will try to use the walimex tripod as its more solid than the 190, but in the long term it has to be a gitzo, of course
so i then get a heavy stable gitzo for those days where i plan to shoot wildlife (or maybe i get a 2xTC too...) and don't move THAT much and the 190 for low level macro and hikes.
too bad my second hobby is almost as expensive as photography: i do serious reenactment (viennese bourgeoisie around 1460). 1500,-- for the then, a few thousands on arms and armour, clothing, etc. but at least i can photograph our historic group *g*
>thats not correct, the m20 costs € 410,-- in europe, for the >classicball5 i payed just 379,-- > Why don't you buy the head from the US ? - It's far cheaper!
I bought my Q20 from Markins USA for US $389,-.
The Q20, plus two camera plates (for the D7000 and a lens plate) as well as overseas shipping to Norway; US$ 595,- ! That should be about €425,- according to my value converter as of 10.31-2011. (You may have to add VAT or customs fee for your country)
Mon 21-Nov-11 08:42 AM | edited Mon 21-Nov-11 08:43 AM by Beemer2
I love Novoflex products and have their panorama head and focusing rail. I also am considering buying their CB5.
Like you I am a Sigma 150mm 2.8 macro +1.4 extender user and my tripod choice was a Velbon Sherpa Pro CF740 model (also known as Velbon Neo Carmagne 740) that has four section carbon fiber legs and alloy head. It has twist-lock clamping and a multi-section reversible column. Two reasons why I chose it:
1) It is higher than the equivalent Gitzo or Manfrotto without using the column
2) It goes down almost to ground level (without even using the reverse column screw), by unscrewing the bottom half of the column.
The 400 UK pound cost for the legs (as it was then) was in-between the Manfrotto and Gitzo.