I have come to the point that I want to upgrade from my current tripod. I have a Manfrotto 190CXPRO4 with an 054 head converted to A/S that is getting pretty beat up. I use it primarily for landscape and night photography. Heaviest rig is a 5D3 and 100-400. I am a 5' 4" older lady, and don't need a bunch of height or weight.
So I need advice from the RRS gurus out there. What height of legs should I consider? I like the travel-friendly TVC-24, but am afraid that it would be too short even for me on uneven ground. Would it?
What RRS [or other] ballhead? I used to have a BH-40 but it seemed to have a lot of creep. Maybe I was too afraid of over-tightening. A screw-knob clamp might be better than a lever for me, since I have plates and L-brackets from everybody.
Thanx in advance for your help!
IMO the TVC-24 will not be too short for you, and if you use the excellent leveling head, it will raise the camera further and mitigate some of the issues with (slightly) uneven ground.
In the image below, you can see the second guy from left (5'6") using a TVC-24 while slightly bending forward.
Couple of things I have noticed:
1. It is better to have the camera a bit lower than otherwise- it sucks if I can't peek at the top LCD because it is too high.
2. It is a major pain if you don't want to extend the legs all the way- it takes a lot of time to set it up and level. (for example, when you are extending all 4 sections, but one section part way; if you are extending three sections and keeping one unextended that works okay, but I think if you do that with the 24L it will be as low as the 24).