I bought this tripod head in February 2013 and wish I had got it much sooner. Compared with my other tripod heads I have used for landscape work (Manfrotto 322RC2 and a Vanguard GH-100) the Manfrotto 410 is easily the best tripod head I have used for landscape photography as you have precise control and fine adjustments for composition and levelling of the horizon, especially when using the electronic horizon level on the Canon 5dMKIII as a guide.
Both the Manfrotto 322 and Vanguard are good tripod heads and I never had much problems with them except for occasional slippage when the camera was in the vertical position, both these tripod heads have tension control but even at the tightest setting, slippage would sometimes creep in, but more so with the Vanguard GH-100 which seemed to get worse the more I used it. Not reliable enough when doing very long exposures in the vertical position, perhaps a lighter camera and lens other than the 5dMKII/III and 17-40mm f4.0 L combo would work better for vertical orientation on these heads. The Manfrotto 410 junior geared head is an absolute joy to use, I never have to worry about any slippage while in the vertical position with my Canon 5dMKIII and 17-40mm L or indeed any of my heavier lenses including the Canon 70-200mm f4.0 L and Canon 400mm f5.6 L, and having precise control over elevation, panning and side tilt makes composing my images easy.
The Manfrotto junior geared head comes with the MN410PL Plate which I keep attached to my 5dMKIII; I also bought a spare plate to keep permanently attached to my Canon lens tripod mount ring when using my 70-200mm f4.0 L or 400m f5.6 L lenses. The plate is rather large and protrudes slightly from the base of the 5dMKIII body.
The only minor niggle so far, is the quick release knobs can seem a little stiff at times, but this may be due to some of the freezing cold weather the tripod and head endured in the Scottish highlands.
I am very pleased to be published in Amateur Photographer Magazine (Saturday 23 March 2013 issue) for a second time. My images selected this time were a few winter landscapes from Glencoe and Loch Ard. The magazine is available in the shops from Tuesday 19 March. Click on thumbnail for more detail.
Just received my Spring 2013 issue of Historic Scotland’s members magazine and was surprised to see my image of Threave Castle on the front cover. This is the image that was one of the winners in Historic Scotland’s photographic competition and published in there 2013 calendar.
I was delighted to be contacted by Historic Scotland informing me I was one of their winners in the Scotsman/Historic Scotland photographic competition. We were invited to the opening of the exhibition at Stirling Castle on the 12th of December, but unfortunately we could not attend the event at short notice. We did, however visit Stirling Castle today to see my winning image and the other entrants on display.
My image is in Historic Scotland’s 2013 Calendar.
This is a short video clip of the exhibition. We waited until everyone had left the room
This is my image of Threave Castle in a glass display cabinet at Stirling Castle
I was delighted to be informed that one of my Fyrish monument photographs is published in the Scotland 2013 calendar published by WHSmith, amongst other fine images by established photographers, including Joe Cornish.
I entered Kodaks “your favourite location” competition on ephotozine with my Loch Leven sunset image on April, and won a Kodak hero 7.1 printer which I am delighted with. The judge from Kodak had this to say about my winning image ”The simplicity of the photo just makes this look such a serene and peaceful place to be. Whenever I get stressed in the office, I will dig this photo back out!”
I was thrilled to be asked by Amatuer photographer magazine for a selection of my images for possible publication in their magazine. They selected a few of my wildlife shots which included a Tiger longwing butterfly, Chaffinch in flight, Puffin portrait and a Starling feeding it’s young. This was Published in the March 10th issue which was out on the 6th March. I also won a Vanguard GH-100 ball head as I recieved the Editors choice award for my Butterfly shot, and was very pleased with that too.