Tripod for Hasselblad

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  1. thegman

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    A simple question: What's a good tripod for a Hasselblad? I'm after portable/lightweight, but able to hold the heavy camera.

    I'm looking to spend not much more than $200/£150. Thoughts?

    Thanks

    Garry
     
  2. lns

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    If you can compromise on the weight, I use a Manfrotto 3021B Pro, which isn't very lightweight, but fits your price range and is sturdy enough for my Hasselblad. Even with a head you can probably come in close to $200.

    -Laura
     
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    I'll second the above. It's aluminum so not very light. But it is built well and priced right.
     
  4. CGW

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    It's the same as the Manfrotto 055 which is tripod enough for 6x6 cameras that aren't flipped around much. I use one for a Bronica SQ-B and Mamiya RB 67 with no problems. If you're on the short side, a Manfrotto 190 would also work.
     
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    I use an old Leitz Tiltall with no issues. With the square format I don't have to tilt it for verticals obviously so the camera sits centered over the tripod. I've had no issues with lenses upto the 250mm.
     
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    Ditto
     
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    I use the least expensive Feisol from Kerry Thalmann. You will not do better for the price and Kerry is a great guy to deal with. I have the smaller Kirk head on it and it is a nice combo. If $200 includes head, then the Manfrotto tripods mentioned are the best bet.



    Mark
     
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    Manfrotto 055 CLB
    for my Hasselblad here, no problems at all, yet, isn't that lighweight, but very solid and sturdy.
     
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    My initial thoughts are if you want a easily transportable, lightweight, stable tripod suitable for a medium format SLR you're going to have to be prepared to pay much more for it than £150 - $200 for it.
     
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    Manfrotto 055, heavier than what you want but it will keep your camera secure.
     
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    Manfrotto 190 seems more than sturdy enough for the Hasselblad. I normally use the 055 except when it is in use or am in need of a smaller, lighter tripod such as travelling by air.
     
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    And why would that be? What's your recommendation within the OP's price/weight constraints?
     
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    It is stable/sturdy enough. I use one with Hassy and lens up to 150mm on a 486 ball head. With bigger lenses it might not work so well.
     
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    I have no specific recommendation, what I was saying was that the O.Ps expectations for the price he stated were unrealistic, there are several Carbon Fibre ones in the Gitzo and manfrotto range that would be suitable for his requirements, but not within his price constraints.
     
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    That's what I thought. For those who actually use them with the equipment described, aluminum Manfrottos like the the small 190 or the larger 055 hit a sweet spot for stability/price/weight. I use several Manfrottos including the older CarbonOne 440--lighter but less stable than the 055.
     
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    I've been using a Manfrotto 055 Aluminium tripod for about twenty three years and Although I agree it would be fine for a Hasselblad at about 14 1/2 pounds without a head in no way is it lightweight to me, but it depends what the prospective purchaser considers to be lightweight, but I still maintain that really lightweight,transportable and stable tripods are expensive
     
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    Tiltall. Been using a leitz tiltall for close to 20 years now with a variety of camera. I've used others too of course. I actually think pretty highly of the new tiltalls too as they come with a carrying bag and can turn into a monopod.
     
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    14.5 lbs? :confused:
     
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    If you pre release the mirror you can use just about any tripod you like with a Hasselblad (unless it is very windy)
     
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    Thanks for the advice, I'll look at the Manfrotto and also the Feisol models. There is a Jessops carbon fibre model which looks good, and it's cheap, so I'll check that out too.
     
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    I have three tripods that all work with a Hasselblad - a Bogen that also can take a 4x5, an old faithful Tiltall from when they were Leitz and a lightweight Gitzo carbon fiber. What was not mentioned was what lenses are to be used on the camera. If you are going very long a heavier tripod is necessary. My Gitzo can handle up to a 250mm lens with a cable release but not in a strong wind.

    http://www.jeffreyglasser.com
     
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    Can any of these be bought for around $200, and are they lightweight and stable, because that's what the O. P specified in the original post ?
     
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    I use a Manfrotto 190. Works great. I have a 486 ball on it, which is generally the limitation in stability as weight goes up.
     
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    Benjiboy's going to love this one. ;P
    Bogen 3001 with a 3030 fluid head on it.
    If you're not using 30&40mm or greater than 250mm it works fine. It's not going to be Gitzo like. Who cares.
    The legs weigh 4 lbs are less than 21" collapsed and stands 46" w/o the center column. ctr column is about 9" long. Add another 4-5" for a head and you're under $200. and most likely under 6.5 lbs. Cut the excess column off and you save another 1-2oz. The base is about 37" per side. so it's pretty stable
    This assumes a Waist level finder. With a 45 degree prism finder it's OK. With the 90 it's not so fine.
     
  26. benjiboy

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    I rest my case.