Manfrotto Tag

I spent a happy Saturday at the WA Hot Rod and Street Machine Spectacular and came home with hundreds of photos. They are not great art, but they are great illustration - thanks to the Fuji X-100, the Fuji EF 42 flash, and a stick.You'll hear all about the Fuji stuff later, so prepare to be jealous, but right now let me recommend the stick. In my case it was a Manfrotto stick, but we can also supply Cullmann sticks as well.These are sophisticated sticks. They extend and retract, and can be configured to nod sideways as well. They have wrist straps. and rubber feet. You can screw your camera or flash onto the top, or, if it has a 3/8" thread, a Subway sandwich. The latter is a good idea at the Show Ground - the catering there is pretty expensive...

I bags being in the next photo shoot!This whole Friday morning footle came about when one of our good clients called a moment ago to pick up some rental lighting gear for a shoot in the city. I must record my admiration for his packing ability - he got more in the boot of a Holden than I could fit into a moving van. I think he will be getting some of it out with a crowbar, but that is his problem...

The panoramic photograph seems to have been to be the soupe du jour - or is that the suppe di anno? Whatever, everyone was doing them them last year. As a number of manufacturers make wonderful equipment for the specialty, we hope they do them next year as well.The heavyweight star of the panoramic brackets is. of course, Manfrotto,. The MH057A5 head is magnificently equipped for horizontal or vertical panoramas with a great deal of precision and repeatability. It can accommodate the largest lenses that one might choose and has adjustable click stops to let you take your exposures rapidly. It is super-engineered and so heavy that if it fell on you from a tall shelf, it would kill you.If you wish less risk but almost the same expense, I recommend Novoflex products. They are also engineered but with elegance and style. They are also lighter.These used to be the two choices for the big player, but now Cullmann has come out with a design as well. The Concept One system from Cullmann has a similar precision turntable that bolts...

Tripod manufacturers up till now have generally based their products on memories - generally the memory of the mount for the Vickers or '08 Maxim machine guns. Perhaps they used to make them in the good old days. In any event they have big spikes and knobs at the ends of the legs designed to lock into the terrain and take the recoil of a wide angle lens on a DSLR. Them 24mm' s can be vicious...

So you've got your set of studio flash lights - you chose Elinchrom or Profoto? Good for you - they will work for decades and they will make your images look good. You've invested in manfrotto studio accessories like Expan roll holders and Autopoles and light stands? Great - Manfrotto make some of the sturdiest gear around and there are so many ways you can clamp and combine that you'll never be stuck for ideas. You've got your first roll of Superior paper? White, black, or Mardi Gras Pink? I've got TWO rolls of Mardi Gras at my place and they are wonderful!So, What are you gong to do? What clientele do you want at your studio? What will make your studio...

If the most exciting thing that is sitting on your studio table is a dried up coffee-cup stain, it is time to head on down to Camera Electronic for something new. We have fresh coffee-cup stains.No, no, apart from that - we have the perfect answer to the boring table top and the shaky camera - the little tripod.If you are on a budget, look to the Manfrotto 209,492. This used to be known as the Table Top Tripod until Manfrotto got all streamlined and efficient and gave it a new number. It is a European number too, as you can see from the comma in the middle...

Saturday night last was a  revelation for me. I attended a hafla - a dance show for Middle Eastern dance - at a local school auditorium. The evening was four hours of wonderful dancing to terrible music by talented dancers in colourful costumes. I hasten to add that the experience is not new - I do a half dozen of these a year. What was new was the equipment I took along.Camera the same, flash the same, flash bracket the same...

Manfrotto wish to make you an offer you can't refuse.The two heads that you see in this post are the answer to most of the landscape and studio worker's requests. They will handle the largest of cameras - up to the big 11 x 14 large format field cameras - and they will position them in the most precise way. You see each has a three-axis movement and there is a clutch mechanism on each movement that allows the camera to turn freely or to be swivelled in millimetres.The advantage of this is evident when you are trying to get a level horizon in a landscape shot. A ball head is the worst thing in this situation as it becomes all floppy as soon as you release it and every time you try to return it to level you are fighting the same battle again. The three-way head lets you get one axis perfect before tackling the next one.They feature bubble levels - which are window dressing in most situations - and quick release plates that are bigger than the average....