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Manfrotto tripod + head
I'm buying a new tripod+head and I decided to go with Manfrotto 055XPRO and 488 RC2..

I shoot mainly panos and macro with Nikon D80, flash SB800 and some lenses but not the huge ones..

Is this a good choice?.

With this setup do I need a plate for D80?.

Let me know if you have some advice, but I will only buy Manfrotto 'cause in Italy is much cheaper than anything else..

Thank you for your help.

Fab, Rome..

Comments (12)

That is a good combination. The 488 RC2 comes with a plate which you can attach to your D80. If you have telephoto lens with it's own tripod foot you might want to buy a 2nd..

Chris Elliott.

*Nikon* D Eighty + Fifty - Other equipment in Profile.

Http://PlacidoD.Zenfolio.com/..

Comment #1

I bought the same rig for use with a Canon 350D, and I am pleased with it. I noticed some lens droop using a 70-200 lens without a collar, but I have no lens droop when I use a collar..

Jerryhttp://jchoate.zenfolio.com/..

Comment #2

No, I'm not using a pano head. That's why I asked if the Manfrotto 488RC2 ball head could be good in shooting panos..

Thank you for any help you can give.

Fab, Rome..

Comment #3

FabPlx wrote:.

No, I'm not using a pano head. That's why I asked if the Manfrotto488RC2 ball head could be good in shooting panos..

It has a separate pan lock and so should be fine as it will pan with the ball head locked..

Chris Elliott.

*Nikon* D Eighty + Fifty - Other equipment in Profile.

Http://PlacidoD.Zenfolio.com/..

Comment #4

FabPlx wrote:.

No, I'm not using a pano head. That's why I asked if the Manfrotto488RC2 ball head could be good in shooting panos..

Not in my opinion. Get a pano head:.

Http://wiki.panotools.org/Heads.

Charlie DavisNikon 5700 & Sony R1HomePage: http://www.1derful.infoBridge Blog: http://www.here-ugo.com/BridgeBlog/..

Comment #5

I use 55pro, with 322RC2 head, fantastic combo, for my pans, I just unlock the centre column and then turn/twist the required amount. Works OK for me..

Only proviso, the centre col must not be extended, for the best results, and camera must be set level using the bubble..

Having said this, I handhold for many of my pans, just need a good eye for alignment, if your viewfinder has a grid option, this is a great help.Cheers.Ken.http://www.pbase.com/kentel..

Comment #6

Chuxter wrote:.

Not in my opinion. Get a pano head:.

Http://wiki.panotools.org/Heads.

Fab,.

You will note that Charlie does not have have a D80. Indeed he does not have a DSLR..

All panorama software requires a generous overlap to allow the meshing of adjoining shots. As long as you can get roughly the same horizon in each you will be fine so the pan lock on the 488RC2 is all you need. I have done a number of panorama shots. You will note that they can be done hand held though I would not recommend it. Spending ages adjusting separate knobs is completely unnecessary unless you are obsessive..

Chris Elliott.

*Nikon* D Eighty + Fifty - Other equipment in Profile.

Http://PlacidoD.Zenfolio.com/..

Comment #7

Thank you everyone for your help..

I'll follow Chris and Ken's advise and I'll go with my Manfrotto kit. I'll post some panos for C&C .

Fab, Rome..

Comment #8

Pano head IS the way...Using a pano head (on your ball head) may require a ball head that can handle more weight because of the way the weight of the camera is transferred to the ball head when using a pano head. Good Luck..

Comment #9

Hi Fab, I'm only an amateur, but as a demo check out three of my panos at.

Http://www.pbase.com/kentel/scapes.

Not the first image, but the other three. All taken handheld, using a FZ50..

Just Left Click on a thumbnail, to get a larger size, then to see the largest size, click on original at foot of page..

Cheers.Ken.http://www.pbase.com/kentel..

Comment #10

Chris Elliott wrote:.

Chuxter wrote:.

Not in my opinion. Get a pano head:.

Http://wiki.panotools.org/Heads.

Fab,.

You will note that Charlie does not have have a D80. Indeed he doesnot have a DSLR..

Shux. I've been found out. .

However, I have an eSLR, a Manfrotto tripod, and a pano head. And I have taken a lot of panos. .

Charlie DavisNikon 5700 & Sony R1HomePage: http://www.1derful.infoBridge Blog: http://www.here-ugo.com/BridgeBlog/..

Comment #11

I may be too late in responding to this but I would just like to suggest that instead of the RC2 head get the RC4. For a relatively small increase in cost it's significantly more sturdy. I have this combo and it works really well. I've only done a small number of panos so I find the ball head to be fine. If you want really super slick seamless panos then a pan head is better, but of course it's also more money. The way it was explained to me is that a pano head allows you to have less overlap in images which makes it easier for the software to actually do the combining.

Today's software is good enough to create some really good ultra-wide shots but I guess if you help it along it will do just that much better.Too many subjects, not enough time.....

Comment #12

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