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  1. Sim

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    I like the tripod I just bought. see my .sig below for model. Has built in ball head and quick release made by manfrotto / bogan. Love it and it was less than $150
     
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    Hmm sounds like maybe the tripod I was looking at is overkill.

    I'd really like to do some long exposure photography, but aside from that I think it'd be pretty average use. Nothing fancy.
     
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    this holds my camera with my 17-55 f2.8 lens mounted on the camera no problem, or my camera with the 70-200 f2.8 mounted on the lens no problem and the 70-200 is a monster. I searched for quite a while until I found a tripod to fit my criterium........ criteriun? er, specs. This was it.
     
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    i just picked up a manfrotto 190xprob and the 486RC2 ball head

    holds my xti with battery grip, plus my 24-105L IS with no problems.
     
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    Love my Markins M10.
     
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    Here is a nice little read for you by Thom Hogan on tripod advice. If you're biting, bite down hard.

    I have a Bogen 488RC4 ball head and pretty happy with it. There are better though.
     
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    Thanks for the recommendations everyone.

    Two steps forward, one step back. I feel like I may have been a bit too hasty when I decided to go with the Manfrotto tripod. The article you linked to says the same thing I've been reading everyone: Gitzo's the way to go -- at double the price the Manfrotto, of course.

    The Markins M10 is looking very tempting. Silverbackmp, are using the full Markins setup, or did you get a Really Right Stuff Lever Quick Release Clamp to go with it?
     
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    I've used the 3251 Manfrotto with their 322RC2 head for a long time, and absolutely love the speed and stability. It's a bit on the heavy side, but in the portrait studio and on location it's a wonderful support. I also use a cable release to get the absolute best image possible.

    Sometimes I get in a situation where I have to use a typical multi-section leg tripod and absolutely hate it. I've been spoiled by the 3251.
     
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    THe 055MF3 is a great tripod. I bought the 055ProB and wish I'd gotten the carbon fibre model.... much lighter!

    I gotr the 488RC4 ballhead and it's excellent in use but is quite heavy. Not sure what better ball heads there are but for me the combo is excellent...if just a little heavy.
     

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