|Posted: Thu Sep 06, 2007 11:58 pm Post subject: Re: Manfrotto 055PROB tripod question for Jesito
I see you have an 055 listed in your signature - how do you find it for stability and general bendiness?
Reason I ask, is that I'm in two minds of whether to fit a more modern pan & tilt head to my old Slik 88 which looks a bit like a North Sea oil platform and weighs about the same, or getting the new Manfrotto 055 with the vertical/horizontal centre column which is a feature I would use.
In addition to my 35mm gear, I'd also be mounting medium format as well, so any user comments about the 055 would be handy. I'm a big guy so gear weight isn't an issue...
Thanks in advance.
My 055PROB is the old one, (not the new 055PROX). It's quite tall and weighty, I use it mainly for studio, but not for travelling. It got a head 141RC, sturdy and stable, but also not very fast to adjust and weighty as well. The good thing is when you go out with it, you can see other photographers next to you trying to fix theirs with additional weights on the column (i.e. in case of light wind) and mine is rock solid and does not move a millimeter. (I suppose it's like your oil platform )
got a second one, a Starblitz one, cheap and light, but the head was a pain. I did a head replacement (serious surgery, I published it on a spanish forum not too long ago, unfortunately in Spanish,
but pictures are universal ), and now I take it when I go out. I use also a monopode, not so stable but once you get the feeling, it's extremely useful and very light to carry.
With the 055PROB you can take out the central column and place it horizontally, the stability is good, but to be honest I've used it very little this way. To turn the column horizontally, in the old model you have to unscrew the bottom of the column, to fully take it out and to put again the column end in place. I believe the new one has a better way to move the column.
If you finally decide to go for a 055, be sure to look to the new model before taking a decission...
(I'm not sure if I've been of any help...
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