Manfrotto 055XPROB tripod and Manfrotto 410 geared head
The combination tripod and head is available as a B&H Photo kit, although the price is about the same as buying the tripod and head separately.
This stock image shows the center column in the horizontal position, probably ready to take a macro shot of something on the ground.
The Manfrotto 410 geared head.
This is the Manfrotto 410 geared head, which uses the RC4 quick release plate. This head is fairly heavy at 2.7lbs (1.22kg) and is capable of holding a pro 35mm camera with lens, or a medium format system with a maximum load capacity of 11lbs, or (5kg). The 410 head is very easy to set up and adjusts quickly, but is still very precise when you need it. For quick adjusting, rotate and hold the slim inner knobs, which unlocks the gearing, and move to the required position, and release. Use the large knobs for the final adjustments. The plate mounting area on top shows the release lever and safety device. If you accidentally hit the release lever, the camera will not fall off the tripod, you must manually push in the small lever on the end of the large lever to fully release the camera. A small spirit level is located on top. This head secures solidly to the tripod with three set-screws.
I’m confident enough to regularly use this combination with the Sony A900 and Carl Zeiss 16-35mm F/2.8 lens in any position, but I’m careful when I use it in the horizontal position.
This tripod is very solid on smooth flooring and relatively inexpensive, that’s why I bought it. I bought the 410 geared head for two reasons; because I wanted a stable platform for a heavy camera and lens combo, and because there are no handles sticking out to hinder maneuverability in tight areas, or when put in a carrying case shared with other equipment such as light-stands.
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