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27-09-09, 09:41 PM
Join Date: Jul 2009
I use one of the larger Giottos models, although models by Induro Benbo & Gitzo are also good. I'd avoid Manfrotto as they only allow the column to be horizontal or vertical and nothing between. You might also want a hook on the bottom of the column to attach a counterweight to.
For a head, although it's a bit of a luxury the panoramic head would allow you to create perfect panos for stitching, especially when there is an object in the foreground. It also works well for macro as it's really just a couple of macro plates screwed together at 90 deg to each other. This will allow you to take several images at slightly different positions, to focus stack them, and acheive a much better depth of field.
Of course its not ideal for portraits but the Giottos tripods have a small head built in, and the pano head allows portrait and landscape mounting.
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