I'm wondering if anyone has any experience or feedback with this model?
"Sirui R-4203L 3-Section Carbon Fiber Tripod" From what I've seen, it looks pretty darn good for the price but I'm not familiar with the brand.. at 70" it seems that may be a good height for me, I'm 5'10".
Anyway, please give me your thoughts or comments. Thanks!
I don't have that tripod but I do have a few Sirui products and find them to be very good. I currently use the P424 Mono pod (similar leg thickness to the 4203 tripod) and can confirm that Sirui carbon legs are close to Gitzo in performance and I love the Sirui leg locks!
My problem is that I wonder whether you need a monster like the 4203? Yes it is a cracking tripod but what lenses are you going to use it for? If you are looking at a 600 F4 or an 800 F5.6 then the 4203 would make you very happy. However if you are thinking of shorter lenses then have a look at the Sirui R3203. This would be more than enough to do the job with quite large lenses and quite tall enough. I am 5ft 9inches tall and use tripods of 140cm tall quite happily - this one is quoted at 150 cm so it's plenty high enough.
As a footnote I would add that if I hadn't got my Gitzo tripods so cheap the Siruis are what I would have bought.
Yes, I suppose 140cm would suffice. After the Ball head is mounted it will likely put the viewfinder right about my eye height... I thought the 4203 coming in at 70" or 150cm would give me that extra height should I need it, without a center column.
Yes, I'm looking to use it with everything from my 100-400L to a 600mm. Not sure about anything larger than that or my 300 f/2.8 with Teleconverter.
I noticed the 3203 model has the ability to remove one leg and use it for a monopod! That's clever, I've got a monopod already but I could give it to my daughter and have an "all in one"! Thanks for your input. I appreciate your comments.