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| p.1 #5 · Mefoto Globe Trotter Tripod by Benro |
The Manfrotto 492, 494, 496 and 498 all have a phenolic resin ball. Phenolic resin is a plastic normally used for pool balls, so it is pretty darn tough. Nevertheless, a metal ball would inspire more confidence in the head's durability. You need to move up to the Manfrotto 054, 055 or 057 series for the larger magnesium ball. At that point you're stating to dip into Sunwayfoto head territory and might do better with a FB-36 for about the same price as a plain 054 (no clamp).
The Gitzo Explorer series have a center post that can be tilted and extended to clear the legs for macro and copy work. But they're pricy. The Manfrotto 190 and 055 tripods with the Q90 center post are sorta the poor man's version of the Explorer. I love being able to shoot straight down without the legs being in the way.
I was looking into this tripod when I saw a Video on Youtube with Will Crockett. After checking them out a Calumet, its not what I was looking for. I wan a Tripod with the Center Column can rotate also not just be reversible, such as Oben AC-2320LA or the Manfrotto 055 series.
Anyone else have suggestions:
Ive looked at these but havent purchased yet. Almost bought one here on the forum but seller stated was too busy to send pictures then said will send pics if I commit to the sale.. What is wrong with people?
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