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Old 17-04-2009, 20:00   #1 (permalink)
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Trek-Tech Optera tripod good for macro?

I'm looking for a table tripod for when I go on my macro phototrips, but haven't got any experience with them. I found the normal tripod to be too big when on it's lowest. The legs are sticking out to much.

Anybody experience with the above tripods? WE has got a few on offer.
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Re: Trek-Tech Optera tripod good for macro?

Interesting looking stuff but you might want to check out the Benbo range: Benbo Camera Tripods from Paterson Photographic

These are the classic outdoor/macro tripods. You can get the camera into pretty much any position you want and maintain maximum stability, once you've learned how to use the "bent bolt" locking system that gives the tripod its name. They're superb in wet places, as the design keeps water out of the tubes, unless you submerge the entire unit.

I have an original Benbo and a Uniloc Light (made by a group that broke away from Benbo). The Benbo can manage a heavy Hasselblad rig while the Uniloc is pretty much the same as the Benbo Trekker and more suitable to lighter camera/lens combinations.
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Re: Trek-Tech Optera tripod good for macro?

Would I be able to use my manfrotto ballhead on this tripod?

The minitrekker does look good and more stable as well.
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Re: Trek-Tech Optera tripod good for macro?

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Would I be able to use my manfrotto ballhead on this tripod?
Yup! I've the Benbo Trekker and once you've mastered the wrestling-with-an-octopus way it works, it's superb. I use it for most macros, landscapes and wildlife shots using a Cullmann QR system one end of the central pole (sitting on the Benbo standard ballhead, as supplied - but any system could be used) and a joystick ballhead the other end.

It does work out fairly heavy with the two ballheads and, as it's only two sections, it is longer than most tripods when retracted - but it's perfect for my needs

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Re: Trek-Tech Optera tripod good for macro?

Could also look at the manfrotto pods. Got one myself.
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I went for the benbo compact trekker mk3.
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