The trick for a good pano tripod;
It's the guiding of the centre column what does the job, not the legs or brand.
A cheap Manfrotto 055 has a "not so good" center column.
Perfect tripod but not for pano's.
Feisol, Gitzo and others have good tripods with a fine guided, no flex, center column.
And that helps a lot..
Have Fun !
I mostly use a manfrotto O55 pro B
I always use the column down and locked for pans.
I use no other head between the Tripod and The NN3ll
It is an Ideal general purpose tripod and as more then 50% are my shots are non-pans it saves carting about more than one tripod.
I also have a lightweight ancient MPP wooden tripod with no centre column.
wooden tripods for their weight and size tend to dampen vibration better than metal ones.
I think the tripod head is important too in obtaining a small foot print.
What do you guys vote for the tripod head? I use both tripod and head from benro but I think their ball head screw was big.
The head screw also occupied some spaces with the tripod hole in the panorama.
I've given up on "economical" tripods. I've tried them (head+legs) at the $20, $80, $120, and $200 price points and I've been left seriously wanting by each of them. Now I have a $400 pair of legs (Gitzo basalt) and a $350 head (acratech gv2 plus another $400 in custom plates) and I'm quite a bit happier.
I don't think you can skimp on the tripod. I have tried and been miserable in the field dealing with things that don't support the weight of the camera and NN3 MkII.
I was using a Silk Sprint Pro but it just wasn't steady enough. I wanted a small light weight tripod so I bought that one...it was just money wasted. I recently bought a Benro Carbon Travel Angel C-169 M8 ($330 on ebay) with a Giotto MH 1302 head. I couldn‚Äôt be happier! It folds up super small and hardly weights (2.2 lbs I believe a little more with the head). I wanted a light weight solution and this is perfect.
Don't skimp on a cheap tripod! I made that mistake...I believe you really need to invest in a good and steady one plus a decent head as well.
I use a Manfrotto 055MF3, which is excellent. I'm tall and appreciate the extra height.
I am considering the 190XPROB as a more compact lighter alternate for hiking.
How sturdy/stable is the new 190XPROB "tip over" style clamp/column design?
Does anyone know how it compares with the 055MF3/4 style clamp/column?
I use a Bogen 3040 that I've had for at least 20 years. It has the 3265 grip action head that has been modified for the larger plate. The 3040 doesn't backpack well, so I'm also using a Manfrotto 725b modified for the larger plate. The 725b would not be suited for serious everyday use. It does travel well and will do ok if you don't ask too much of it.
-The 756B's unique center column construction and precision-machined red anodized aluminum allows the leveling ball to be locked by a detachable rotating grip built at the bottom of the center column. This allows the camera operator to level the camera and even adjust its height without needing to make micro adjustments to each individual tripod leg.
i use a Slik 35B tripod it's more than 20years old, it was my dad's.
It's still in perferct shape and weights only 900g about 2 punds and it's very steady!
i guess i'll go with slik again once this gives up!