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Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Redux

Aperture Priority, Shutter speed 1/4 sec, f4.6 @ 28mm, ISO 400

Shutter Priority, 1/5 sec, f4.0 @ 21mm, ISO 400

Can you see the difference a solid platform provides? My previous post showed a handheld shot without PP and above are shots I made a few hours ago also without PP. Click on the photos to enlarge. The only difference was the 40 was sitting on 2 Italians, I mean a tripod and ballhead, both Italian-made. Individually, the ‘pod and head can kill a person when swung. Together, they provide some upper body workout.

Changed into my decommissioned 2120s and a t-shirt, I waited for sundown before heading out. I’d planned my “shooting tour” the day before and was a bit upset that the vendor didn’t deliver the RC2 head as promised yesterday. After pestering the fella 4 times today I finally laid my hands on the thing. In case you’re wondering, I opted for Manfrotto. Other brands that were in the shops I checked simply didn’t cut it. Playing with the other makes didn’t give me the confidence to attach my 40 to them. But with the Mannys, you feel the difference the moment you lay your hands on them – the build is typical Italian. While I can’t afford an Italian-made car, I’ll settle for their mid-range support system! I felt the pinch but it was a necessary “burn” if I wanted some decent shots and not waste my time committing basic mistakes. After all, unlike the camera, this equipment is for life. And I want to get on to the "serious" shots quickly.

Prior to my purchase, I searched the web and came across this review - http://www.cameralabs.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=7063 . This shooter’s set up is
coincidentally exactly the one I have (the 40D) and was eyeing (the best-selling 055XPROB tripod and the 488RC2 ballhead)! You’ve to check his review out – not because he covered my gear but because I felt that’s how gear reviews should be done – with lots of pictures. I felt that he saved me some money as I had considered the Velbon, which isn’t really in the affordable range anyway. If I'd gotten the Velbon just because I wanted to save some cash, I might have regretted it. With photography, you’d want to get the gear that you’ll be satisfied using, and not having to change anytime soon. You wouldn't want to find out just a month after your purchase that the item just couldn't perform. Might as well get a good one from the start. My gear is just in the midrange. What's important for me is to have a reasonably good platform to start the learning process. There are potentially many other brands and make out there that have more value for money or performs better. So be sure to expand your search if you’re in the market.

As usual comments and critique are most welcome.

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5 Comments:

  • i was also looking at the Manny, but didnt commit to it until I perfect my shooting skills. Anyway wat is the damage $$$ like? Maybe its time for me to get one too. In the mean time I am using a cipalak one that was given free when i purchase my D40.

    By Blogger C-CUBE, at 10:34 PM  

  • slightly over rm800. but like continental car, cinya nice to touch and use. go to der ampang shop 1st lr outlet called leos com. this fella can give good price. let me know and we can go together on one of these lunch time.

    By Blogger Carboman, at 11:05 PM  

  • Good purchase PM5, I had a Manny Monopod too and they're built like tank with those damn fat tubes yet soft to touch (They're quite light too). Italians never cease amaze me with their products.

    By Anonymous PM25, at 1:35 PM  

  • Carbo, good exposure work you've got there! Keep Up!

    By Anonymous pm25, at 4:44 PM  

  • kam siah petalingrnr!

    By Blogger Carboman, at 10:10 PM  

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