Tripod Manfrotto vs Vanguard
Recently won a $500 gift certificate from Wiki Loves Monuments photo contest and I am looking to upgrade my tripod from my trusty rough and tumble Slik Pro340DX to either a Mnafrotto 190XPROB with a ball head OR the Vanguard Alta Pro 263AT with ball head (SBH-100).
Both at about the same cost dollar wise but am not too sure about the quality of the Vanguard. What it does have going for it is that the center column can swivel 180 deg where the Manfrotto can only swivel 90 deg.
Manfrotto seems to be better constructed but that could just be the quality of their web site which is quite slick.
Any opinions and or experience out there using either tripods or one or the other?
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I also want a new camera like here http://fixthephoto.com/blog/tech-tips/best-camera-for-amateur-photographer.html21 October
What do you think, when is the best time to buy?
Hey Keith..!14 March 2014
Great topic.. And Manfrotto "rules"!.. I say that based on 10 years as a customer, as their quality is outstanding.. BUT....
Here I go.... Ready?
The QR system ties you into the QR plate - and lately - I've been headed down the ARCA-SWISS for their plates/brackets, as there are more manufacturers of the Arca-Swiss then RC2 plates.. And, on a smaller system (like my Sony A7R, NEX 7 and NEX 6) I've gone to the Arca-Swiss L brackets...On my Nikons, I still use the Manfrotto RC2 Rapid Connect Mounting Plates - as I don't have any L-Brackets on my D610/D600/D5100/D5200/D200 - blah, blah...
So - while Manfrotto RULES! Tale a look at the RRS tripods. They are very light for hiking and travel - and not "cheap" (either in construction or cost) - they are what I've now been using in the field - as they hike "in and out" light... It really is "really right stuff" if you are looking for a tough - field - tripod...
For a studio tripod - I'd probably back-track - and go with Manfrotto, and spend more money on the ball head - depending on the plate system you buy in to? Again, as I'm switching over to the ARCA-SWISS system, I don't shoot studio...
Anyway - just my $0.00000002 ;)