Back in August I went on a B&H shopping spree and got myself a new tripod legs and ball head.
This was kind-of a big deal for me since I went from my old $40 Walmart Tripod that I was ashamed to use in public to my new beautiful $300 Bogen/Manfrotto tripod legs and ball head.
I looked at all the kits in my price range and unfortunately couldn’t find one with the parts I wanted so bought my legs and ball head separately.
- Bogen/Manfrotto 190XB Tripod Legs
- Bogen/Manfrotto 486RC2 Compact Ballhead with Rapid Connect System 2
- Kaiser Opaque 2 Axis Flash Hot Shoe Bubble Level *for good measure*
One of my favorite parts of the 190XB Tripod Legs if the low profile feature. It’s super easy to use and really quick to switch to.
Low Profile on 190XB Tripod Legs
Switch to the low angle adapter
First switch to the low angle adapter by detaching it from the bottom of the center column, then pull out the center column (make sure you’ve loosened that screw before you pull), then pop in the low adapter and tighten the screw again. Take a look at the collage below for details, custom made for you visual learners!
Switch the legs to a higher angle
Then to get the tripod low you just need to push in the leg release lever at the top of each leg and pull out the leg. You can hear it click and lock in at 25,46,66 & 88 degrees. With all the legs compacted and at 88 degrees the tripod (without ballhead) has a profile of only 3.3″. Cool huh?
Scott Kelby Recommends Similar Equipment!
In his book, The Digital Photography Book , Scott Kelby recommends similar equipment. Well actually he recommends the older versions of this equipment as his “budget” picks on pages 8 and 9 but B&H refers you to these items…the updated gear!
I have the tripod you are showing here, but bought the pan head instead for various reasons, though I do think I am going to spring now for that ball head, have heard many good things about it. The pan head has its merits also. Depends on what your needs are in my opinion. P.S. Hate to put you on the spot, but are you still shooting with that D70? 🙂 ? Despite that old body, you always, as far as I could see, put it to good use, DOUG