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Best tripod.

by Marv » Thu Dec 30, 2010 8:14 pm

What has everbody found to be a good tripod for big SLR's like Nikon/Cannon, with Non-motor/motor Pano heads, with a small foot print, and maybe a ball leveler?

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by Paul » Thu Dec 30, 2010 8:18 pm

Hi Marv,
I use a Manfrotto 055CXPRO4 with 555B Leveller (modified to take out without loosing the leveller).

link to tripod
link to 555B

Best
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by tived » Sat Jan 01, 2011 4:32 pm

I don't know what is best but I am very happy with my Gitzo GT-1548 Carbon, its rather big, but stable with heavy gear.

But I would try out a few in the shop the gear you intent to use, but what is also important is what you use as head (ball or 3way or ???)
I used to have the Gitzo leveling base, but didn't find it precise enough, I have since moved things on to a 3-way Manfrotto 410 head, with my rig on top.
though there is some flex.

If I were to buy a new ball head, I would get a Really Right Stuff BH-55. If money was no object, then a Arca-Swiss Cube! :-)

All the best

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by gkaefer » Sun Jan 02, 2011 3:36 am

hmm tripod.
Could it be of any advantage using quadpods instead for pano jobs?
like:
http://www.novoflex.com/en/products/camera-support-systems/quadropod/quadropod-bases/

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by Marv » Mon Jan 03, 2011 10:55 pm

Keep those idea's coming guys.

- I like the Manfrotto feature that allows you to lock the legs (nice for small foot prints, tight places, and slippery floors).
- Appreciate the tips on Ball Heads.
- Wondering how the quadpods would work... especially outside on non-level ground, plus I you have 4 legs to spot out instead of 3.


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by Destiny » Sun Apr 10, 2011 7:20 am

I was wondering if anyone knows where I can buy an extended centre column tube for the Manfrotto MA055CXPRO4 tripod... I need it to be about 40cm to 50cm longer than provided as factory standard... One entire length would be ideal...

Thank you

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by Destiny » Sun Apr 10, 2011 11:50 pm

Its ok boys.. I found one in Germany... Talk about hard to find.. Its on order.. Made in Germany so should be good...!!

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by pns » Sun Apr 10, 2011 11:57 pm

hi!
would this help?
http://www.berlebach.de/?bereich=details&id=84&sprache=english
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[edit] looks like you found it first!
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by Destiny » Mon Apr 11, 2011 2:08 am

Ha.. that's were I ordered it from.. Funny... it took soo long to find that page...

Thank you...

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by Destiny » Mon Apr 11, 2011 3:02 am

Hi Pedro...

Now I have just been sent this below ..
looks great but I would have to buy a female adaptor as well since both ends have male threads.. I think the link you sent, being the one I have ordered will be better.. besides.. it's only about $84 including delivery from Germany... This link item from a company in Australia is $115 plus delivery and I would also have to buy the female adaptor which they don't even have in stock anyway... I also need this but they are out of stock... http://www.borge.com.au/advanced_search_result.php?keywords=131DB&x=3&y=9

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/283744-REG/Manfrotto_553_553_Right_Angle_Bracket.html
Since the Aus $ is so good it is much cheaper to buy in the USA but its the post that kills most thing... I also need a lens filter so when they are in stock I will buy it, that will make the postage a bit better... I cannot find an image of this L bracket from the other side so I am assuming it has a hole in it for the 3/8 stud... Not sure where else is good to buy this from...

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pns wrote:hi!
would this help?
http://www.berlebach.de/?bereich=details&id=84&sprache=english
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[edit] looks like you found it first!
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by klausesser » Mon Apr 11, 2011 9:09 am

Destiny wrote:I was wondering if anyone knows where I can buy an extended centre column tube for the Manfrotto MA055CXPRO4 tripod... I need it to be about 40cm to 50cm longer than provided as factory standard... One entire length would be ideal...

Thank you

Destiny

I wouldn´t suggest to use such a long extended centercolum for this tripod for the us with panos - it´s not stable.

best, Klaus
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by Destiny » Mon Apr 11, 2011 11:09 am

Well Klaus.. you know I do crazy things.. so I have crazy ideas too... I want to put my centre pole at right angle through a car window or door with this extension pole and mount my NN4 :) onto the Manfrotto 553 Right Angle Bracket - http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/283744-REG/Manfrotto_553_553_Right_Angle_Bracket.html
so I can take car VR's.. My nodal patch will be the car door or window I put my pole through.. :lol: I tried other ways but it was not good... I want to do this as quick as I can... So this is my idea... Just hope it all works... at the moment the centre pole is not long enough.. I will have to put some kind of weights at the back tripod leg to stop it tilting over... thats not a problem.. What do you think about that!! ;)

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klausesser wrote:I wouldn´t suggest to use such a long extended centercolum for this tripod for the us with panos - it´s not stable.

best, Klaus

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by klausesser » Mon Apr 11, 2011 11:36 am

Destiny wrote:What do you think about that!! ;)

Hi Destiny!

I did it here: http://www.klausesser.de/360impressions/Mini1.html
Here i experienced the enormous problem of shaking/moving of the tripod/camera/head combination.
I use a steel-Gitzo No5 (very big and heavy), on which i mounted 90° adapter from Linhof and attached a Manfrotto tube on it which usually is for background paper rolls of 2,75x11m and has a diameter of about 4 or 5 cm. On top of the rod i set my manual Manfrotto SPH, a Canon 20D with a Nikon 10,5mm fisheye.

Ever when you use a "boom"-mount camera you deal with heavy vibrations. You can set supporting tripods - i did it fixing a Manfrotto 055 with a double-clamp on the rod straight before it "entered" the car. This two-point-holding made big differences: it vibratred much less.

So in the case of such shots take the heaviest gear you can get grip to!

best, Klaus

I used a familiar combination when shooting on the tower of Frankfurt Messe (will try to find the pano and post it here):

http://www.autopano.net/forum/t3342-low-cost-poles
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by Destiny » Mon Apr 11, 2011 11:44 am

Yes that all sounds good but I cannot afford to buy much more until I can make some money at doing all this.. So far I have made...$0,00.. :(.. I am trying to work with what I have.. spend as least as posible and then build on it.. I think there is market for car VR's but as long as I can do them quick enough...

Sorry to say your link did not work.. really would like to see that.. I have seen some great car VR's but many of them are really yuck... I also want to do create a full 360 of the entire car.. I know how to do it, it's just a matter of finding the time to do try it out...

Thank you for all that info

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by Destiny » Mon Apr 11, 2011 11:51 am

how did you deal with your patch...? I was just going to sit inside the car and take a few shots about where the camera was mounted and hope I get it right... If I can work on putting through the passengers window, then it might not be that hard to patch the image when I close the window.... If I have to do it with the door open then it will be harder..

Regarding shake.... or vibration.... My D90 does not make that much vibrating moment during shots so I am hoping that if i use my remote it will be fine.. I will just give it a second or two for the camera to remain still...

Well.. at least you did not say it was a stupid idea.. :)...

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by klausesser » Mon Apr 11, 2011 11:56 am

Destiny wrote:Well.. at least you did not say it was a stupid idea.. :)...

It´s not stupid at all - photographers do it for years . . ;)

best, Klaus

besides: the link works fine! I right now tested it on a Mac and a PC-notebook.
But you can find it here also: www.360impressions.de/TourFranken.html - look for the hotspot "Mini" . . it´s downwards beneath the moviescreen, here "jump" into the car.

besides: http://www.klausesser.de/mtower.mov (QTVR - you need Quicktime)
better: www.s341703522.online.de/Tower.html
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by Destiny » Mon Apr 11, 2011 12:06 pm

Yes.. it finally opened.. very slow though.. it might be my internet... This is the quality I am looking for..
http://www.360.janosbenko.com/pano/2008_0923_Mercedes250SL/pano2.html
I will not be happy until I have achieved this....

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by Destiny » Mon Apr 11, 2011 12:10 pm

what do you think of this pano???? http://www.circularworlds.com/panos/cosmo2.html

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by klausesser » Mon Apr 11, 2011 12:15 pm

Destiny wrote:what do you think of this pano???? http://www.circularworlds.com/panos/cosmo2.html

D...

Ii know it - it´s fine! He used a simple pole.

best, Klaus
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by klausesser » Mon Apr 11, 2011 12:23 pm

Destiny wrote:I want to put my centre pole at right angle through a car window or door with this extension pole and mount my NN4 :) onto the Manfrotto 553 Right Angle Bracket -

You don´t need to use a right angle bracket at all - just rotate the camera vertically using a FE. That´s what i did in the Mini.

Your "footprint" or base then is the window you put the pole through and your "Zenith" is the opposite window.

best, Klaus
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by Destiny » Mon Apr 11, 2011 12:24 pm

I think its really great.. Bill Bailey of Nodal Ninja made it.. He sent me some of his pano's links.. .. I could learn a lot from that guy...

time to go to bed.. its getting late and baby needs a bath... byeee ;)

klausesser wrote:
Destiny wrote:what do you think of this pano???? http://www.circularworlds.com/panos/cosmo2.html

D...

Ii know it - it´s fine! He used a simple pole.

best, Klaus

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by Destiny » Mon Apr 11, 2011 10:40 pm

What is an FE??:rolleyes:

klausesser wrote:You don´t need to use a right angle bracket at all - just rotate the camera vertically using a FE. That´s what i did in the Mini.

Your "footprint" or base then is the window you put the pole through and your "Zenith" is the opposite window.

best, Klaus

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by Destiny » Mon Apr 11, 2011 10:47 pm

The idea I have in using this bracket is to mount the Rotor onto it.. so m NN4 is mount upright as per normal.... I will probably put a small rubber block under the extended pole where it enters the window to help support it all and to stop any damage to the car... a small T piece would be great if it slips into where the glass is.. but then they will all be different... so might have to use different things... I will use a very technical thing to provide weight to the tripod.. A plastic milk bottle filled with water and hooked on with string, I can afford that... :)

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by mediavets » Mon Apr 11, 2011 11:10 pm

Destiny wrote:What is an FE??:rolleyes:

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by Destiny » Mon Apr 11, 2011 11:12 pm

emm.. I must be blond!! Thank you..

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