June 4 2011 - Photo Jottings

June 4 2011


Manfrotto tripod and head review.

The Manfrotto 058B tripod is marketed at medium and large format photographers working in the studio.  In my opinion, the most important features are its extended full-height sturdiness, and quick set-up, neither of which seems like it would be critical for studio use.  What makes the 058B tripod unique is its ability to be set and leveled simply by pushing a couple of thumb tabs, which releases the upper extension legs and allows them to drop down, from there you do your final positioning using the built in level, and release the tabs to re-lock the legs; this is super handy for outdoor use in uneven terrain (like here in AZ) when you’re setting up for an important time-sensitive shot.  The head I have on this tripod is not what most people would choose, however, my decision was based on shot-to-shot set up time, such as multi-angled twilight shots and Real Estate work.

In this fake, (but thoughtful) set-up photo I have the tripod fully extended, including the lower extension legs, so it reaches almost 8′ (2.4m) with the 222 head.  Placed next to the tripod is a 5′ (1.5m) step ladder so you can climb up to see the camera controls and viewfinder.

Continue reading…

click for tripod review
Scroll to Top