Nill Toulme said:
Hadn't thought about that aspect! Thanks for the explanation.
Nill Toulme said:
Swivel head: Only useful in my experience in situations that I virtually never encounter, i.e., shooting at extreme angles up or down, such as birds/flowers and such. For field sports, the angles are such that I've found any sort of head at all to do nothing other than get in the way.
1. The 1588's successor, which is the 5540, is almost two inches shorter than the 1588, which was already a little on the short side IMO. I've had a 3" extension machined for my 5540, which makes it just right for me. (I'm 6'2" and use the shorter Wimberley replacement foot on my 400.)
2. Don't believe the new load ratings. The new 3550, which is "rated" at 39.6 lb., felt like spaghetti under my 400 f/2.8 in comparison to my old 1588, which was "only" rated at 26.5 lb. It'd probably be fine for smaller lenses, but I consider it inadequate for the 400 and sent it back in exchange for the 5540.
While the GM3550 may feel less rigid to you than your prior 1588, I'd have to disagree with the spaghetti qualification. When extended fully (nominal 1.92 metre / 75.6 in height), the 5 section G3550 flexes only a little when considerable lateral force is applied. ...
I did say "in comparison to the 1588," and I have to stand by that. I rest my left hand on the hood of the 400 f/2.8 when I shoot, and I could see the finder image deflect very noticeably downward every time I did that with the 3550. I consider that unacceptable.
I am now considering an RRS ball head for the feisol to be used with my 300. What are your thoughts.
Also, I am wondering about the RRS BH55. Can I attach the B61 lens plate directly to the LR bracket.
Would that setup work out OK on a monopod ?
Bart I am just making sure I am deciphering the procedure correctly. I am guessing that the B61 which is attached to the lens collar will the couple with the release plate which is attached to the ballhead.
Note that Bart's comment also applies to a monopod used without a head, as the monopod can obviously be rotated so that the clamp is oriented left/right (for a camera plate) or fore/aft (for a lens plate).Correct. And since being used on a ball head, it is no issue that the B61 runs for/backwards while the camera's bracket runs left/right.
Nikolai I am not widely enough experienced with tripods to offer more than a few very prejudiced opinions (not that my monopod opinions are not equally prejudiced...). Here I am a Gitzo bigot also. The "standard" Gitzo tripod for serious medium-to-heavy work, and not requiring particular lightness such as for hiking, has long been the 1325. In Gitzo's new line, its equivalent is the 3530LSV.Nill,
would be a dear and post your thoughts on tripods? ;-)
I'm thinking of selling my Manfrotto and interested in good ideas and real life experiences..
You know the mounting screw is reversible, right?Yea my Feisol arrived a few days ago. Concur with Nikolai regarding quality & prompt delivery. It really is a high end product & about half the price of the competition.
I am now leaning toward stickin a Markin M20 ball head on it.