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Question - Manfrotto Clamps

Discussion in 'Kit / Clothing / Equipment' started by Adders, May 18, 2012.

  1. Adders

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    It's almost a tripod related thread, but not. It's been touched on by a fair few people over the last few months. BenCooper and Winch spring to mind, mentioning scaffold clamp camera supports. But it's not really been gone into with any detail. (that I can remember or find)

    In some situations a tripod can be awkward to carry, for me getting my Manfrotto 718B digi tripod up a tower crane is annoying, and have to carry it on my front to stop it getting caught on the ladder cage. My bag of choice, Lowepro slingshot 100 probably doesn't help too much with the angle it holds it on the side.

    So, after discussing with people, and looking online this is the setup I've found.

    Manfrotto Super Clamp + Clamp stud (to enable addition of a head)

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    Manfrotto MH293A3-RC1 3-way head with quick release.
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    Now, those who have and use one of these clamps, what head do you use? Or can you secure your camera to the clamp using just the stud and don't need a head? Obviously there's an entire range of heads to use but I quite like the 3-way head that I'm used to with my 718b. I don't trust ball heads as everyone complains of ball-slip (smirk) a while down the line.

    So yeah, I'm after people's opinions and maybe it'll help others out too. The above setup comes to just shy of £50.
     

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    I've one of those too, but I've got a red snapper ball head on it. Shouldn't slip, but it's pretty bulky!
    I've been thinking of getting a small tilt/pan for it. Other than that it's great.
     
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    There's a monopod head which has a tilt without the arm, but I don't really like the look of it. And it takes different quick release plates than I have.
     
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    Trouble with 3-way heads is if the thing you're clamping to isn't horizontal, you're stuffed. A ball head is much better, but apart from that that's exactly what I use.
     
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    What kind of weight load do you put on the ball head? Have you ever had any trouble with it slipping under weight?
     
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    About 1.5kg. I did have the tiniest Manfrotto head, which was fine in landscape but needed to be very tight in portrait. Now got a mid-range Calumet one which is fantastic - two clamping knobs so never slips.
     
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    I've had no trouble yet with ball slippage..:D
    It'll happily hold a hefty film body with a big chunk of glass.
     
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    Don't suppose you could link to the head you use?
     
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    I got one of these Adders, it's good but lots of screws keep coming loose and one of the tightening screws fell out....

    Probably not the greatest recommendation but might be cool if you give it some threadlock.
     
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    Excellent question adders, I've wanted clarification on exactly this.
    The head I have is a Manfrotto 392 I think (looks similar to the one above), on a Manfrotto tripod. It doesn't cope well with the lard of a
    D5000 and Nikon 18-200 combination. On maximum zoom you tighten everything up to the nth degree, only for the image in the viewfinder to sag downwards. Any more suggestions for reliable decent kit would be welcome.
     
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    I use a small manfrotto ballhead, and find this perfect. It's compact, strong enough and not too heavy. I tried it with my old 3-way head and it just didn't cut it.

    OFE, you might want to consider a larger tripod plate that balances the weight so the larger lens doesn't cause it to sag.

    I'm usually using a 17-40 on the 5D mk2 .
     
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    I use the super clamp and the ball head from a hahnel triad 40 with my 1D mkII with no worries. I'd have no problem recommending the Hahnel ball head to anyone at the price of it. Especially as it holds my set up solidly. Cheap too.
     
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    Ok, so I've ordered the clamp and stud. Now for the non-simple task of choosing a decent ballhead. :rolleyes:

    Thanks everyone for their input, it's proved invaluable so far.
     
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