|Manfrotto 055XPROB tripod
|Manfrotto 410 geared head
This is what the combination looks like as you would use it. It's about 55 3/4" (1416mm)
at the top of the column mount, and 70 1/2" (1781mm) with the center column raised all the way up. In this case,
add another 5" (127mm) or so for the head height. Weight of the tripod alone is slightly over 5.3lbs (2.4kg) The tripod
has a good, to very good build quality, and is made in Italy from aluminum, with a few parts being plastic, like the leg locking
tabs and knobs etc. Included are two leg warmers and a couple of hooks at the top for a carrying strap or weight etc.
This tripod has a neat feature that allows you to use the center column in a horizontal position, see example below.
Here's the center column raised slightly, and showing the horizontal mounting hole just below
the spirit level. The metal tabs are used to adjust the leg spread angles, which can be set at 23°, 45°, 65°
This stock image shows the center column in the horizontal position, probably ready to take a macro shot
of something on the ground.
Here's another use of the horizontal position. Say your optimum shooting position occurs over
something that can't readily be moved, like this office furniture. You can back off another 12" (280mm) or more
by setting the tripod up like this, as opposed to leaving the center column in the upright position. However, you will create
an unstable situation if you move the column too far off center. You also need to make sure you don't get the center
column in the picture, which requires you to set the camera at an angle to the horizontal column.
410 geared head.
This is the Manfrotto 410 geared head, which uses the RC4 quick release plate. This head is fairly heavy at 2.7lbs (1.22kg) and is capable of holding a pro 35mm camera with lens, or a medium format
system with a maximum load capacity of 11lbs, or (5kg). The 410 head is very easy to set up and adjusts quickly, but
is still very precise when you need it. For quick adjusting, rotate and hold the slim inner knobs, which unlocks the
gearing, and move to the required position, and release. Use the large knobs for the final adjustments. The plate
mounting area on top shows the release lever and safety device. If you accidentally hit the release lever, the camera
will not fall off the tripod, you must manually push in the small lever on the end of the large lever to fully release the
camera. A small spirit level is located on top. This head secures solidly to the tripod with three set-screws.
I'm confident enough to regularly use this combination with the Sony A900 and Carl Zeiss 16-35mm F/2.8
lens in any position, but I'm careful when I use it in the horizontal position.
This tripod is very solid
on smooth flooring and relatively inexpensive, that's why I bought it. I bought the 410 geared head for two reasons;
because I wanted a stable platform for a heavy camera and lens combo, and because there are no handles sticking out to hinder
maneuverability in tight areas, or when put in a carrying case shared with other equipment such as light-stands.
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Manfrotto 055XPROB tripod
Manfrotto 410 geared head
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