I am looking for good tripod and understand from nikonians conferences that manfrotto tripods are very good. Is 145€ (153US$) good price for manfrotto 055PRO (3021PRO) tripod without head? What tripod head I need? And is it right choice for me - I am just beginner in photography.
I think this, and many other Bogen/Manfrotto tripods are considered to be very good tripods. They are not typically considered to be the very best like Gitzo carbon fiber tripods, etc., but are very sturdy and durable. As far as price, just shop around. As far as heads I like the Giottos large ballhead but I too am still shopping around and don't have a lot of experience with it.
I recently acquired the 3443 carbon fiber model, and am very happy with it. It has three leg sections, instead of the four sections of the 3444 model. It also has the horizontal column mount that the 3021PRO model has. Alas, the carbon fiber is quite a bit more expensive, but worth it if you have to carry it on your back. I have mated to it a 488RCO ballhead, which I am also happy with.
My simple rule for tripods: buy the sturdiest model you can afford. Nothing irritates me more than fumbling around with a cheap, flimsy tripod - you're better off handholding!
I'm still new on the forum, so that's the reason of my late responce. I own a manfrotto 055 pro with a 029 standard head and i love it!! I use it when I take macro photo's with my FA together with a PB-4 bellows and the 85/1.4: heavy isn't it? And believe me, it's absolute stable enough. I live in Europe, so for prices i can't recommend you so far.
Good luck with shopping and keep shooting! Didgeman
I have the 055 tripod and I like it very much. It is a very sturdy tripod. I recently mounted a Pentax 600mm F4 lens, (23 pounds) on the tripod, probably near its weight limit, and it held up just fine.
A good combination is the 3021 leg set with a 3047 head - as a set they are referred to as 3223N which is $197. in the U.S. . This is not the pro model but if I'm correct the only difference between the two models is the center column can be mounted laterally. Both will go to ground level and are extremely well made. The Manfrotto line has a great selection of accessories for expanding the capabilities of the basic units including leg warmers, lateral arms for 1 or 2 mounts, long lens adaptors, aprons for storage or adding weight, etc. . The Manfrotto home page is http://www.manfrotto.com/home/> which also gives the U.S. model#'s along with the international model#'s. Feel free to email me with specific questions as I have spent so much time researching this line I should be able to help.
Regards - Lee
A Three Generation Nikon Family with a genetic predisposition for Nikons
This a very good description of the Bogen 3021 Pro (Manfrotto 055 Pro). I have one and like it very much. As for the head, a 3 way pan-tilt should do, you can get the Bogen 3030 (Manfrotto 141RC) or Bogen 3047 (Manfrotto 029) both with Quick Release, both take 13.3 lbs (6 Kg) loads without a problem and would serve you well for many years, until you move up to heavier bodies and truly heavy long lenses. I have found very useful to get the "architectural" type quick release plates, to prevent twisting of heavier gear.