Thanks for all the advice! In reference to the Feisol recommendations, it appears to me that they are nearly as expensive as Gitzo (none come with the center leveling section, so the basic price you see is not really all that accurate once you add in a center piece and head).
Can anyone speak on load capacity and it's relevance to a hasselblad with a 150mm lens. Would the Monfrotto 190CXPRO (11lb load capacity) be adequate for a hassy?
Thanks for all the helpful advice!
I'm still wrestling through my options.
I have both a 055 and 190 tripod and have not noticed any problems using the 190 with the Hasselblad and 150mm lens. Never conducted any sharpness test however. I use the 055 for LF and Mf and the 190 for MF and 135/dslr.
something to keep in mind -- carbon fiber is delicate -- it is very strong and very light but any damage -- a dent? tiny crack? -- destroys its inherent structure and you could be looking at failure. This gives it a lifespan of distressingly short duration, given the cost.
metal stays strong. You dent it, ding it, it keeps on going. bend it, you bend it back.
bicycle frames made of carbon are very light and very costly, but steel has more flexibility and inherent strength.
Tripods get tossed around a lot -- mine rattles around the back of my car.
i have a bogen with a grip head that is amazing. Added weight also gives added stability to the whole platform. that's why good tripods have a little hook from which to hang a sandbag.
Weigh your gear... its not nearly that heavy.
Originally Posted by mporter012
The 190 series works well with Hassy and a 150.
Manfrotto Alum 055 for around the house, studio.
Gitzo CF for the hiking. 1 series not strong enough, too much wobble. 2 series rather lovely, stability refound.
The real issue is the head, tho!
I have made the experience that one should not tighten the Gitzo G-locks too much. You will ruin them that way with time. I donīt know about the older models but with the new G-locks, the legs are locked properly even if they are tighten gently with just two fingers. I think a 3 series Gitzo will be best for a Hasselblad though a 2 series will suffice. I used a 2 Series CF even with SL66 and 250mm Sonnar and it worked. Concerning the head: do you want a ball head or 3-way?
My three-way head for the smaller tripod is a Manfrotto 460 MG. It doesn't have the levers but more comfortable rubber knobs. I don't know whether that would be enough for medium format but in my experience is OK for the small format. I bought it second-hand on an auction site and I am very glad I did.
I mount it on some Slik legs which I bought in 1989 for birdwatching, therefore it had a two-way head with one lever, good for telescopes but not good for photography.
I long pondered whether to substitute the legs but, as said, the biggest concern was the cost of theft/forgetting/damage in the trunk of the car etc.
Don't analyse too much. A tripod always has its use. If you buy some cheaper legs and you find out that they are not good enough for the Hasselblad, you will still have some cheap legs for situations when you don't have an Hasselblad but you need cheap legs. Think airports for instance.
I can only offer this advice: if you think that weight doesn't matter and you decide to go for a heavier tripod because it's cheaper, you will regret it.
Spend a hundred bucks (or less) on a good used Marchioni Tiltall or Leitz Tiltall. Aluminium, around six pounds, will handle any medium format camera (and most 4x5 cameras) you put on it. $600 for a (fairly fragile) CF tripod is ludicrous, save the extra $500 for film or another lens.
Originally Posted by mporter012
If you decide the Tiltall is not for you, you'll be able to sell it on and get your money back with no trouble.
I know a lot of people like CF, I have aluminum and never had a problem with it. Just get a good tripod and it will be worth its weight in gold.