Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Tripod head and car window mount questions

Hi,
I am looking for assistance with selecting a tripod head.  I recently purchased a Manfrotto carbon fiber tripod locally (MT190CXPRO3) and intend to use it and whatever new tripod head your recommend for birding and photography.

I have looked over your selection of Manfrotto heads, viewed your instructive videos on Choosing the Right Tripod Head, and have narrowed my on-line search to the Manfrotto 700RC2 Tripod Head and Manfrotto 128RC Micro Fluid Tripod Head.

First, are either manufactured in Italy?  Second, which would you recommend for my use(s)?  In addition to holding my binoculars, cameras, and spotting scope, I plan on ordering the Manfrotto Car Window Mount.  Which of these two tripod heads will work best with the car window mount? 

Thanks, in advance, for your help with my questions and for making so much information available on your website.

Patricia W.

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Dear Patricia,
Thanks for your interest in Eagle Optics.
Both these tripods are manufactured in Italy and distributed in the US.

I would recommend the 128 RC as the best of the 2.
It’s more fluid in its movement, heavier duty depending on which size scope and gear you use, and I think build quality and overall use is a bit better yet than the 700 RC2.

These heads take the same tripod plate, and they share that same plate with that on the little 391 RC2 head of the Manfrotto Car Window Mount, but the position that the plate will sit on the 128 RC head is the same as on the 391CWM head, whereas the position you have to use the plate on the 700RC2 is different.

This means that it is also more convenient to move between using the 128RC head and car window mount head than it would be to move between the 700RC2 and 391 Car window mount heads because in the latter example, you will have to switch the position of the plate each time you move back and forth between the two.

I hope this makes sense, helps you distinguish which route you might want to go, and if you have any other questions, I’m happy to help.

Sincerely,

Eagle Optics

Looking for a travel tripod

Hi Eagle Optics,
I am looking for a lightweight carbon tripod kit for an upcoming birding trip. I'd like to fit it in my carry-on luggage, so it needs to fold down to a length under 20".  Do you have recommendations?

Thanks

Bob

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Hi Bob,
Thanks for your inquiry. Here are a few suggestions. Remember, you can save some inches by removing the center column (with the tripod head attached) and laying it next to the leg set in your luggage.

Manfrotto 190Go Carbon Fiber Tripod Leg  17.7" folded 3 lbs. (Leg set only, head not included)

Vortex Summit Carbon Tripod 18.5" folded length (includes head) 

Opticron XFS-C Traveller Carbon Tripod Leg 18.9" folded length (Leg set only, head not included)

A good lightweight and compact tripod head is the Manfrotto 700RC2 Tripod Head.

If you have further questions, let us know. Happy travels!

All the best,

Eagle Optics

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Need advice for an older Kowa scope

Hello,
Recently, I was given a Kowa TSN-1 spotting scope with a 20X Wide Angle eyepiece, which I will use for birding.  I have an old Bogen #3021 tripod that I would like to mount it on and need some advice on the following:

1.  Which tripod head would you recommend for this tripod?
2.  Can I get a mounting plate for the base of the scope to connect with the tripod head that you recommend?

3.  Should I also consider upgrading the eyepiece, and if so, what would you recommend?

Thanks!

Vic

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Dear Victor,
Thanks for your inquiry!

I would suggest the Manfrotto 128RC Micro Fluid Tripod Head, which comes with a quick-release plate. It is a nice quality, heavy-duty, fluid-moving tripod head. We sell a lot of them and also use this head for demo purposes here in the store.

Unfortunately, there is no new Kowa eyepiece that will fit your older Kowa scope. However, you may be able to find one on eBay.

Let me know if you have any other questions.

All the best,

Eagle Optics