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Old 27-10-2006, 08:22 PM
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Bought a Manfrotto tripod a couple of weeks ago, but went a size down from RB & Mike and got the 190CLB which is a little smaller and lighter than the 055 but still quite stable. When looking at heads I noticed that users complained of flex in the cheaper manfrotto heads so I took a punt and bought a Benro ball head, made in China after reading favourable comments on the KJ series ball heads. I opted for the KJ-0 Model which had the added benefit of panning over the manfrotto 484RC2. I'm very pleased with the standard of finish and operation of the KJ-0, it has a solid aluminium ball whereas the 484 has a resin ball and the panning on the KJ-0 (which the 484 is lacking) is silky smooth and can be locked. The camera locking plate has a screw tensioner which locks very solidly and a safety catch which has to be depressed before the loosened plate (with camera) can be detached from the head. The only criticism that can be levelled at the finish is that the rubber grips and the aluminium centre covers on the knobs aren't quite up to the otherwise excellent standard of finish on the unit.
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Old 27-10-2006, 08:34 PM
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looks sweet phil
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Old 27-10-2006, 09:07 PM
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Looks great, Phil. While the 484RC2 head can't pan, the 055ProB tripod can, by just loosening the locking screw on the middle section and turning it left or right.
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Old 27-10-2006, 11:07 PM
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Very nice guys - you seem to know the right gear to hook up with.

Cheers Petra
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Old 02-11-2006, 10:51 AM
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I just ditched my 055ProB for a Benro carbon fibre tripod. They certainly make good stuff for a Gitzo clone and at 1/2 the price it was well worth the money. I'd have bought their ball head as well if I didn't already own a Markins M10.
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Old 02-11-2006, 11:12 AM
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Excellent choice Phil.
Will be nice to see some of your work again mate.
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Old 02-11-2006, 07:58 PM
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I'm kicking myself that I didn't know about Benro before buying the tripod. Like Petal666 (do you have a real name??) I probably would have bought the carbon fibre Benro tripod.
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Old 02-11-2006, 08:17 PM
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Like Petal666 (do you have a real name??) I probably would have bought the carbon fibre Benro tripod.
Added a signature now The Benro Carbon C297 is so much nicer than my 055ProB was, and lighter.
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