I'm looking for a general purpose tripod for 35mm macro (as well as landscape) work in the field. Want these features:
1) Max ht, without center tube extension, of about 65".
2) Min ht, without center tube inversion, of about 8".
3) Ideally, clamp/cam rather than screw leg segment tighteners.
4) Ideally, pan/tilt or ball head would attach to the top of the leg assembly rather than to a center tube, or perhaps to a tube no longer than the thickness of the top of the leg assembly.
I've seen mention of using Gitzos ($$$, but maybe worth it), but also some models of Slik or Bogen/Manfrotto. Anyone have any specifics?
#1. "RE: Low tripod for macro work" | In response to Reply # 0Gaspar61 Basic MemberWed 03-Apr-02 11:39 PM
I just picked up a Bogen 3021pro today and it fits most of your specs. The only area that it doesn't fit is max. height without column. Short of a very expensive studio tripod you are going to have a tough time finding one that tall.
Here are the specs on 3021pro
Maximum height wo/ center column--53.2 inches
Maximum height w/ center column--69.3 inches
Minimum height-- 4.4 inches.--- legs spread out flat.
Clamp/cam type tighteners
Head can be mounted without column with supplied adaptor.
Weight wo/ head 5.3 lbs.
Another plus with this tripod is that the center column can be mounted horizontally. Avaliable in chrome(3021pro) or black(3021bpro)
I hope this helps you in your search. I think this is one sweet tripod.
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#2. "RE: Low tripod for macro work" | In response to Reply # 1maurod Registered since 24th Dec 2002Fri 05-Apr-02 11:11 AM
I have a Slik 212 Deluxe, a timeless model (10+ years!) with rectangular cam-lock legs. It will stand at 53", and has a geared center column that
will jack up another 10" or so.
I bought it becauase at $79 I could afford an awesome quick-grip ball-head.
The best feature and the primary reason I am writing this is it has a screw on one leg for remounting the head and taking pictures at 3" plus the height of the camera body from the floor. I use it all the time to
snap toe-height panoramic shots and in-the-flower macro shots.
It states a weight capability of 5lbs, but I weigh 250 and used it as a walking stick, rock-climbing at a waterfall without any trouble.
Good luck and have fun.