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22-09-09, 07:47 AM
Join Date: Jul 2009
I use the 5D MkII, but I'd say you need to think more about the lenses than the camera body as they can add significant weight and leverage, especially if you're shooting wildlife.
Unhesitatingly I'd recommend Giottos over Manfrotto. I've had both, and had to sell a 055 ProB X as it wasn't up to the job. One of the problems with the Manfrotto is that the centre column only has two positions, vertical or horizontal, the Benbo and the Giottos will both allow variable angles. There is also the price of accessories to consider with Manfrotto, such as spiked feet (another £20) carry strap (£30?) etc etc. By the time you've brought a Manfrotto tripod to the spec of the others you could have bought a Gitzo!
Calumet have their own brand which is very like the Manfrotto, but they also have a range called Induro which look very interesting. I bought mine from Fotosense who are approved dealers for quite a range, have competetive prices, although knowledge and service can be a bit lacking. Take a look at Gitoto's range topping carbon fibre model at £150.
Manfrotto still do make very nice heads however and you can always mix and match, all the heads I use on the Giottos are Manfrotto.
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