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Tripod for a 500 VRII

jamesvoortman

Durban, ZA
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jamesvoortman Silver Member Nikonian since 06th Sep 2004
Sat 04-May-13 12:38 PM

I recently bought a 500VRII lens with a Wimberley footplate and a Wimberley WH200 Gimbal head which I will use with a D800 or D300 and occasionally a 1.4TC

My lightweight Manfrotto 190CXPro tripod is groaning (and quivering) under the load. virtually unuseable unless I keep the legs very short to increase the stiffness. the centre column design doesn't help much either.

So I need a sturdier tripod. Limited availability in South Africa but Manfrotto, Gitzo and Benro seem to be the most decent.

Some Questions :
1) Is the Manfrotto 055 series up to the job?
2) I really have my eye on a Gitzo Systematic Series 3 (GT-3532-LS)which has no centre column and is just high enough to allow eye level shooting with the Wimberley mounted. My lens' previous owner had one of these and it seemed OK. any comments?
3) There is a Benro equivalent to the Gitzo that is about 80% of the price. Anybody familiar with this brand?

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