Manfrotto 3221WN with a Manfrotto 3047 head
I have a Manfrotto 3246 with 3047 head. The legs are sufficiently heavyweight for an 8x10 but I am not a big fan of the head design, and the hex plate doesnt seem as secure as I would like.
-I always thought a gitzo 1570 head would be perfect, but I never had the chance to try one out.
I also have a antique wooden miller tripod, probably designed for a cinema camera. Similar to this but with a flat plate and a 1/4 tripod screw. No head at all, I just raise or lower the legs for a little bit of tilt. Loosen the tripod screw for pan. I cut out a circle of cork to protect the wood of the camera from the metal the head, but I think rubber gasket material would work better. Easily handles 8x10.
For 35mm - 4x5, I have a manfrotto 055xPROb with 804RC2. I like the lever locks on this better than the twist lock on say a tiltall. Again, the quick release plate seems to be a point of instability, but I have learned to live with it.
I have had a Tiltall before ( a later version). The integrated head is better (for large format) than most other pan-tilt heads imho. There is no quick-release plate, only a 1/4 inch standard bolt. (though this requires some force to tighten enough for a heavy camera/lens) The pivots are stacked right on top of each other and completely centered. But I was having problems tightening the legs enough, or too much. The lock rings really need to be larger, or have a tab for more leverage. Perhaps the earlier versions are better in this respect.
yes the wolf tripods are real value for money.
they are no highend, yoy can not get the camera 9 cm above the floor (only ca. 35-40 cm)
and its not lightweight. but it was also in the alps at 2800 meters high.
i prefer the screw-fastener and not the quicksnaps.
For reference, the tripod is a 12-year old Gitzo G1227 Mk II, a 3-section, central column, carbon mountaineer, with a hook for weighing it down with my equipment backpack, which I rarely do. It is a bit beaten by now, and still works like new. The head is a recent Acratech GP. Some photographers remarked how "lightweight" my set-up looked to them—I relish that light weight every time I go hiking or climbing for a few days, long may it last... Having said that, I have been in a very few situations where a heavier set-up would have been more appropriate, but I would not have carried it there in the first place.
I do wish we had KEH in the UK lol
You have Mr Cad