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| p.1 #8 · Which tripod for Macro Jewelry Photography? |
I haven't tried the manfrotto tripod you're talking about, though I've used others (Gitzo 2220), etc. they're OK, but they often don't go out far enough, plus you have to watch the balance (story about putting tilt shift lens through a piece of glass deleted).
If you want to get one of these side arm tripods to just try, note that amazon has the 190xprob as one of their daily deals today...
I normally do a couple of things: one is to build up a gantry with a rail, a couple of autopoles, superclamps, ball heads, etc. The other is to use one of these on a regular tripod:
I like these because I can put them on any tripod (READ: heavier duty than you can get with most of the side arm tripods), and you can screw a shaft into the un-used end so you can counterbalance the rig more easily.
Also, if you're shooting down a lot or from a specific position, look into a geared head (manfrotto 410, etc) - they're a lot faster than going through the usual "adjust, tighten, see where the setup droops to, repeat" cycle that you get with ball heads.
I am using a product table that is pretty tall and I need a tripod that has the horizontally moving mid section so that I can get the camera aiming above the piece of jewelry and shoot straight down on it. I was looking at this Manfrotto one, is this the best option? I am using a 5d3 with the 100L macro.