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    Question Tripod for a folding 8x10

    My question is about a good tripod and head for a 8x10" folding large format camera, for the moment I haven't, but I want to spend not more than 1000 (an entry level) for it (without lens), no to a 8x10" with the price of 3000 .
    I will use it in the field.
    In your opinion a tripod Manfrotto 028B and a head Manfrotto 400 or 405 is a good choice ?
    Someone tell me to buy a Gitzo series 5 Systematic in carbon or a Ries (I haven't found Ries in Europe), there is also Berlenbach.
    I prefer not to buy in USA, too expensive = delivery cost + duty + taxes. I don't want spend more than 1000 for a Gitzo in carbon (I found it also in Italy), there are also the tripods Benro C38 or C48 in carbon and price is less than a Gitzo.
    A tripod in carbon is light weight, but there are also some problems with them.

    Other suggestion ?

    Thank you to all

    With best regards

    Gianluca

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    Re: Tripod for a folding 8x10

    Look for a used Linhof tripod.

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    Re: Tripod for a folding 8x10

    I use a Leofoto LN324CH
    It’s a carbon fibre tripod from the orient, rated for 20kg and extends enough that I struggle to look at the ground glass.
    I was in my local store asking about the manfrotto 475b, but my sales guy convinced me to have a look at the Leofoto... I bought it then and there for about 450€ and it has immediately become my main tripod.

    For heads I’m using different ones for different cameras.
    For my Deardorff 8x10 I use another Leofoto product : the G2 geared head:

    It’s not the most polyvalent head ; it won’t tilt more than 10 degrees in any direction, but for what I photograph with 8x10 it works fine, and support the weight of the ‘dorff.

    For lighter cameras I use a Manfrotto 410 geared head, or a ball head for my dslr.

    Edit : I bought the tripod from my local shop, but I ordered the head from eBay where it was about half price.
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    Re: Tripod for a folding 8x10

    Don't know if FLM is available in EU

    They are designed in Germany

    I bought their biggest with a 1/2 Ball head and Like!

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    Re: Tripod for a folding 8x10

    I bought a used Burlbach years ago. This set of wooden legs has a leveling center column. I have found that mounting my 8x10 Kodak 2D directly to this center column 9 so no ball head) saves weight and still gives as much range of movement as I usually need.
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    Question Re: Tripod for a folding 8x10

    Quote Originally Posted by Drew Bedo View Post
    I bought a used Burlbach years ago. This set of wooden legs has a leveling center column. I have found that mounting my 8x10 Kodak 2D directly to this center column 9 so no ball head) saves weight and still gives as much range of movement as I usually need.
    What model of Berlenbach do you use ?
    And about the head on it ?

    Thank you

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    Re: Tripod for a folding 8x10

    I also use a Berlebach for my 8x10, 7x17 and 11x14. Great stuff!
    https://www.berlebach.de/en/
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    Tripod for a folding 8x10

    Quote Originally Posted by Philippe Grunchec View Post
    I also use a Berlebach for my 8x10, 7x17 and 11x14. Great stuff!
    https://www.berlebach.de/en/
    Berlebach is also my go-to first choice for my Wista 8x10. For smaller formats, dealers choice!


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    Re: Tripod for a folding 8x10

    Quote Originally Posted by popdoc View Post
    Berlebach is also my go-to first choice for my Wista 8x10. For smaller formats, dealers choice!


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    A Berlebach Report or Uni series tripod? Big difference in size, weight and support!

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    Question Re: Tripod for a folding 8x10

    Quote Originally Posted by popdoc View Post
    Berlebach is also my go-to first choice for my Wista 8x10. For smaller formats, dealers choice!


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    What model of Berlenbach do you use ?
    And about the head on it ?

    Thank you

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