Heavy duty tripod head for 500mm lens


Clarky

Link Posted 05/02/2009 - 03:41
I picked up this Manfrotto 116 video head to use with my Pentax Takumar 500mm 4.5. Its a monster of a head and weighs 2.5kgs on its own and holds up to 20kgs. The quick release plate is around 5" by 4"inches wide It has 2 15inch long handles which splay out to either side and feels like you are riding a motorcycle when moving it about.

It works great and is deffinately more sturdy than my previous setup. But I would'nt advise carrying it around for any length of time.

I got it for $25 from my local classified mag. A bargain I must say.







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loskeran

Link Posted 05/02/2009 - 08:51
Either take up body building, or higher a camera crew to carry it for you.
There is one other option , get closer.
Very impressive though.

Gwyn

Link Posted 05/02/2009 - 09:06

Make sure your tripod can take the combined weight of that monster and the Bigma!
Don't the handles get in the way?
Think I'll stick to my Markins ball-head

hefty1

Link Posted 05/02/2009 - 09:42
That's a seriously large tripod head!
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tomkeet

Link Posted 05/02/2009 - 09:53
Interesting combination and heavy! Looked at quite a few combinations for my Sigma 50-500, but decided to use the Manfrotto 393 and my DIY Gimbal. Hoping to give them a good test as the weather improves!!
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Tom

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Clarky

Link Posted 05/02/2009 - 10:09
Gwyn wrote:

Make sure your tripod can take the combined weight of that monster and the Bigma!
Don't the handles get in the way?
Think I'll stick to my Markins ball-head

I was thinking I may have to upgrade to a sturdier tripod but the 055 seems to handle it ok if I don't use the centre post.

The handles can be moved down and out of the way or taken off completly if I so wish.

I will mainly use it from my rear balcony for birds and moon pics and will eventually mount it directly to the balustrade which is 3" box steel. $25 well spent I reckon
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Voigtlander|125/f2.5SL Macro APO Lanthar|
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Flashes:|AF540FGZx2|RingFlash AF160FC|

Unlocker

Link Posted 05/02/2009 - 10:25
Don't know where you got the idea from!




Seriously though, cracking bargain there, but I would get something sturdier than the 055, mine just felt way too top heavy!

Those arms are handy for strapping a wired remote to though, pan and find the target with one hand, focus with the other, then hit the remote button to take the shot. Takes a bit of practice but easy when you are used to it.

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Gwyn

Link Posted 05/02/2009 - 10:51
Clarky wrote:
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I will mainly use it from my rear balcony for birds and moon pics and will eventually mount it directly to the balustrade which is 3" box steel. $25 well spent I reckon

Now that is a brilliant idea Clarky! And it is of course an absolute bargain.

If only I had a balcony

Clarky

Link Posted 05/02/2009 - 13:05
Unlocker wrote:
Don't know where you got the idea from!

Seriously though, cracking bargain there, but I would get something sturdier than the 055, mine just felt way too top heavy!

Those arms are handy for strapping a wired remote to though, pan and find the target with one hand, focus with the other, then hit the remote button to take the shot. Takes a bit of practice but easy when you are used to it.

I must confess Danny I did refer back to your post several times when I was in the market for a sturdy head. But I couldn't justify the outlay for the 503 you purchased. My $25 paupers head will suffice for now Thanks for the tip with the remote

Gwyn wrote:


If only I had a balcony

Hefty seems a very handy fellow, perhaps he can pop over and build you one out of leftover Saab and MX parts
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Voigtlander|125/f2.5SL Macro APO Lanthar|
Sigma Lenses:|EX DG 100-300 f4|2X & 1.4X TC|
Flashes:|AF540FGZx2|RingFlash AF160FC|

greyhoundman

Link Posted 05/02/2009 - 13:16
Now that would be much easier to control than my Manfrotto 268 super ballhead. And it's probably lighter too.

And I love the idea of the remote on one of the handles right under your thumb.
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womble

Link Posted 05/02/2009 - 13:48
Those old 500s are monster lenses. SRS had one for sale just before Christmas when I was there.
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hefty1

Link Posted 05/02/2009 - 14:15
Clarky wrote:
Hefty seems a very handy fellow, perhaps he can pop over and build you one out of leftover Saab and MX parts

At times it certainly feels like I have enough of both to make a small outbuilding...
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Unlocker

Link Posted 05/02/2009 - 14:16
womble wrote:
Those old 500s are monster lenses. SRS had one for sale just before Christmas when I was there.

Probably mine! Traded it in for a 12-24.

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womble

Link Posted 05/02/2009 - 14:29
Unlocker wrote:
womble wrote:
Those old 500s are monster lenses. SRS had one for sale just before Christmas when I was there.

Probably mine! Traded it in for a 12-24.

I went for the 12-24mm too. It has got more use already than the 500mm would have done although in the "my toy is bigger then your toy" stakes it would be a winner.
Kris Lockyear
It is an illusion that photos are made with the camera… they are made with the eye, heart and head. Henri Cartier-Bresson
Lots of film bodies, a couple of digital ones, too many lenses (mainly older glass) and a Horseman LE 5x4.

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LiamD

Link Posted 05/02/2009 - 20:44
"although in the "my toy is bigger then your toy" stakes it would be a winner. "

http://kmp.bdimitrov.de/lenses/zooms/long/K135-600f6.7.html

Mannesty wins that one then..

If only I'd had another fiver.....

Cheers

Liam
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