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    What tripod do you have?

    Hi all,

    I'm going to be investing a bit of cash in a tripod for a large format camera when do indeed get one, I will be shooting a 'small' large format size ie 5x4 so nothing massively heavy but of course I would need a stable base as I might need to do long exposures on some of the experimental processes I might try and use in camera.

    This will be my first proper tripod, I won't really need to mount anything heavier than a 5x4 field camera so I don't need to go super high end otherwise I might as well just gaffa tape it to a large rock lol

    Anyway, what tripod are you using or would recommend me looking at - should I buy legs and a head separate or should I get one with both parts together? My budget would be at around the £150-200 mark as its something I want to put a bit of cash into, but the more I spend on it, the less I have to spend on film etc ie I could get a £1,000 tripod that's amazing, but then can't afford anything else lol

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    I use Gitzos myself, although I know many people like Reis or Feisols.

    I shoot a lot more 120 than I do 4x5 though, so I prefer a looser Gitzo ball head to keep things snappy and fast than mucking about with a precision geared head. My Gitzo Reporter held my Crown Graphic just dandy, but sadly that one vanished this summer in a cab somewhere in NYC. I replaced it with a slightly heavier Gitzo, although I'm not totally positive of the exact model. I do know it holds the 4x5 Crown just fine, and I've put a 4x5 monorail on it before without any troubles so I've had no complaints.
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    hallo

    i use a wolf wooden tripod with a inclinable column and a novoflex adapter.
    http://www.wooden-tripods.com/8043.html
    tomorrow comes the novoflex ball 4. it should work with my calumet 400

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    I have 2 Manfrotto's plus a large B&S head. The 55b is a bit of a beast but with a good B&S head would handle large format easily. The other is a Manfrotto 190 which is a bit light for a LF camera but OK for MF and 35mm.

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    I´m a great Gitzo fan too, since they are a joy to use. It doesn´t need to be carbon fibre, alu is pretty sufficient. I had several tripods before but now I am satisfied. Use a GT4330LS with 1570M head for medium format. The head can be found pretty cheap used. Its movements are a bit stiff though, since it was obviously designed for heavier cameras, but I put a lot of lube on the axes and that solved it so far.

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    I use a Mannfrotto 055 CLB with the centercollumn cut off. Not long ago I had it fitted with a Benro B3 Ballhead which is only slightly inferiour to the Arca Swiss heads but at a fraction of the price. I use it for all formats up to 13X18cm and it supports my Sinar Norma just fine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pcyco View Post
    hallo

    i use a wolf wooden tripod with a inclinable column and a novoflex adapter.
    http://www.wooden-tripods.com/8043.html
    tomorrow comes the novoflex ball 4. it should work with my calumet 400

    regards

    thomas
    Those Thomas are beautiful, I ruled out wooden tripods due to them apparently being really expensive but those are very reasonably priced! Would people recommend that I get the legs and mount separate?

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    Tripod depends on the shooting conditions. If it is windy I use a converted tripod originally intended for use with laser instruments at building sites and a Gitzo no 4 head. This tripod weighs 15kg and supports my weight without any trouble.
    If the conditions are normal I use a Manfrotto 190 with 4x5 field cameras. No need to carry more than you have to. Light tripods can be weighed down if necessary.

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    Berlebach Report. Wonderful tripod. But not for travel. I will get a lightweight compact Feisol when funds allow.
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    Quote Originally Posted by m1tch View Post
    Hi all,

    I'm going to be investing a bit of cash in a tripod for a large format camera when do indeed get one, I will be shooting a 'small' large format size ie 5x4 so nothing massively heavy but of course I would need a stable base as I might need to do long exposures on some of the experimental processes I might try and use in camera.

    This will be my first proper tripod, I won't really need to mount anything heavier than a 5x4 field camera so I don't need to go super high end otherwise I might as well just gaffa tape it to a large rock lol

    Anyway, what tripod are you using or would recommend me looking at - should I buy legs and a head separate or should I get one with both parts together? My budget would be at around the £150-200 mark as its something I want to put a bit of cash into, but the more I spend on it, the less I have to spend on film etc ie I could get a £1,000 tripod that's amazing, but then can't afford anything else lol
    Spend about 70 to 100 USD on a used Tiltall, the Leitz or Marchioni production. Do not buy the current Chinese garbage version. No other tripod will do any better job of holding your camera up.

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