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06/16/2006 03:13:58 PM · #1
I just got a new tripod, the manfrotto 3021BN with the Manfrotto 3265 head. It has to be the greatest set up EVER. The head for those of you who dont know, is like a joystick so all you have to do is hold down one leaver to adjust the head, not do each thing one by one.
06/16/2006 03:26:15 PM · #2
I second this setup, I have the exact same thing. I liked the feel of the 3265 better than the horizontal grip one, just a personal preference. Plus, when you're really bored you can pretend you're flying a fighter jet shooting down enemy aircraft. -ok, I really don't ever get that bored... just a vivid imagination.
06/16/2006 03:43:43 PM · #3
You may not get the bored, but I do, I was sitting in the store doing it...LOL...It really is just like that though.
06/16/2006 03:46:50 PM · #4
I eye that head everytime I go into a camera store, it looks like it would be such a nice easy way to do things. Is it pretty stable though? How much weight do you usually use with it?

edit: I grammer sucx

Message edited by author 2006-06-16 15:47:20.
06/16/2006 03:51:23 PM · #5
I bought a head yesterday. I was going to go for the 3265. I got the 322RC2 instead. (horizontal and right handed by default). I changed it to a left hand grip. It can also be changed to a joystick (mentioned here) with moving the grip and changing the plate to position with 2 screws. When you do that, it becomes a 3265. I tried both heads. I tried big lenses on both and thought that 322RC2 was a better investment.

I like the flexibility of the 322RC2. If I want a 3265, I can just turn it and change 2 screws.
I personally prefer the horizonal position because I find it easier to pan on a ballhead with force on the camera with the right hand and force on the grip with the left hand. I know that even in the vertical position you are using both hands to control the movement, but I find it easier to push with my left hand than to twist my left wrist in a controlled way.

Message edited by author 2006-06-16 15:53:16.
06/16/2006 04:42:57 PM · #6
how do those heads perform when you have a heavy lens on there like a 70-200 or 100-400

06/16/2006 05:01:11 PM · #7
I also opted for the 322RC2 like Xion. I love it. I have used very heavy glass on it and have not had any problems with slipping. I too prefer the horizontal mode. Just seems to work better for me.
( am not even supposed to be looking at these forums, I am supposed to be studying...)
06/16/2006 07:24:26 PM · #8
Best tripod ever .. I'd rather say Gitzo 1348 with Arca-Swiss B1 (then again coupled with RRS plates for camera and lenses).
06/16/2006 07:42:34 PM · #9
Originally posted by TroyMosley:

how do those heads perform when you have a heavy lens on there like a 70-200 or 100-400

They're reted to 15 lbs, I think, so it should handle it. They have tension adjustment too, so you can make the action more stiff for heavier setups. Anything bigger and you need an arca-swiss type setup really.
06/16/2006 09:28:50 PM · #10
My 3265 holds my 20D w/ grip and 70-200 on there with no slipping. The tension adjuster works well for that setup.

Edit to add: That's using the rotating tripod collar, and usually not tilted forward or back more than 45 degrees. I suppose if I had the head totally sideways for portrait oriented shots it might not hold as well.

Message edited by author 2006-06-16 21:37:29.
06/17/2006 05:21:49 AM · #11
Well I had one of those heads for my Manfroto...and after many uses it started to slip...I thought I could tighten it up but just ended up breaking the whole damn thing...I now own the 3-way-pan/tilt head and love it...once you get use to it it's not a bother and this won't slip at all...but when I had the other one I loved it also...just be careful on how much you put on it and how often...it won't stay that tight forever.


06/17/2006 06:45:59 AM · #12
This was me caught by someone else, this grip allows me to change angles at an instant, it is strong and very adaptable. Completely forgot the name of the company who makes it. Sorry. Maybe the picture will help.

Trypod is a Manfroto.

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