You, my friend, are the exception to the rule. You know what you're doing you are an experienced, informed consumer. Most are not, I can tell you. The sales pitch put on beginners is just awful. They don't know what they're buying. I hear "...but the sales guy said it would work..." all the time.Hooray to you for buying an inexpensive, heavy tripod with a relatively low load capacity that is way to large for air travel. Perhaps you’d be happy putting a load of ~17 lbs on it (just a couple pounds shy of it’s rated capacity), I certainly would not. I make careful, well-informed buying decisions, and I’m fortunate enough to have a personal income that allows cost to be at or near the bottom of my priority list, although I recognize that’s certainly not the case for everyone.
I’m a fan of using the right tool for the job, and a strong, light, short-collapsed-length tripod with a good ball head that doesn’t drift (e.g. the RRS BH-30 LR) is the right tool for my travels. The most it needs to hold is a 1D X and something up to a 70-300L, and with some weight on the hook it’s very stable. However, it’s not robust enough for routine use with my 600/4L IS II – for that, I have an RRS TVC-33 (yet another >$1000 tripod) and a gimbal head.
Not that it matters, but I don’t find this new PD tripod particularly appealing.
Sorry about the picture quality!That is correct. As opposed to $1,000, $1,500 or $1,600. Less cost than a Peak Design and is the proper height, more stable and center-of-gravity does not change.
For me, one tripod and one monopod. I started with a Manfrotto 190CXPRO4, later added a Manfrotto 694CX when I started shooting birds with a 100-400L. Those two lasted me from my Rebel T1i + EF-S 17-55 through its replacement by a 7D, an added 5DII, and the replacement of both by a 1D X and also a bunch of L lenses...until I got the 600/4 II. I replaced the monopod with an RRS MC-34 and added the TVC-33, BH-55 LR and PG-02 gimbal. I kept the 190CX for travel, until I started doing more short trips and grew tired of removing the ballhead so it would fit in a carryon, at which point I replaced it with the RRS TQC-14 w/ BH30-LR.How many 'pods have most of us (and bags as well) purchased until we found the type which works for us in all or most circumstances?
$590 is also less than $1,700, $1,800, $2,345 and lots more numbers!!! I'm not really sure how that is relevant though.That is correct. As opposed to $1,000, $1,500 or $1,600. Less cost than a Peak Design and is the proper height, more stable and center-of-gravity does not change.
Agreed that many people get suckered, which is sad. I’d rather do research and buy right the first time if possible. Thus, when considering getting back into photography in 2009, after a long P&S hiatus from the times I shot a film SLR and developed/printed myself, I set a $2500 budget and got a T1i body only, EF-S 17-55/2.8, 85/1.8 and the 190CX legs with a hydrostatic head. The only part of that initial setup I ended up regretting was the Manfrotto RC-2 plate/clamp system (I ended up going Arca-Swiss after a couple of years, fortunately the ballhead had a replaceable clamp, unlike some Manfrotto models).You, my friend, are the exception to the rule. You know what you're doing you are an experienced, informed consumer. Most are not, I can tell you. The sales pitch put on beginners is just awful. They don't know what they're buying. I hear "...but the sales guy said it would work..." all the time.
I put a Pentax 645Z w/ the 28-45mm f/4.5 on there as well as my Canon 5D MKIII w/ the 150-600mm Sigma f/5.6 and it works perfect. I haven't weighed what that load is, but it doesn't drift and my 50mp 645Z images are tack sharp. So maybe you're correct on the load oimits, but I've been using this tripod for over 10 years and it just keeps on ticking. I haven't overloaded it yet. And it isn't too large for air travel. I go to Europe all the time and it fits perfect in my checked luggage. It is heavier than other choices I could make, but FOR THE MONEY I get one hell of a value. Good choice on the ballhead; I take my BH 55 in my carry-on camera bag when I travel.
If you need some extra weight to carry on your hike, you can always pack more lenses."It's easy to carry!" or "I can hike with it!" or "It fits in my suitcase" is the refrain I hear all the time. Folks, buy a tripod for the first reason; as a stable platform to hold your camera still. All other considerations are secondary. You like to hike? Schlepp it up. If it's heavy you'll get a better workout on your hike as well as get better pics.
Two of my friends have the Feisol Tournament tripods (one 3 section and one 4 section). For their size and weight (or lack of it) they are a really nice design and work very well.If you need some extra weight to carry on your hike, you can always pack more lenses.
I bought a Feisol Tournament tripod when I found out that while I can carry 100-400 and Manfrotto 055 together on a mountain hike, I don't really enjoy that.
I fly regularly and have never had an issue carrying a Manfrotto 055 on with me, normally strapped to the side of either my carry on or my ‘personal item’ though when I only have one carry on item i’ll carry it by itself.A bigger tripod is ok if one is checking luggage. I replaced the Manfrotto tripod after I started doing more short trips where there would be urban photo ops (mainly business overnights where I’d be free at blue hour), and I would not want to check a suitcase solely because of a too-long tripod.
When I bought my first tripod, I spent ~US$450 on a Manfrotto CF tripod and head. Better to do your research, and buy once.Um, er, a "tripod for professionals and first-time tripod owners alike" ?
holy cr4p, Batman. I don't know too many first-timers who would blow US$350 (A$503) to US$600 (A$860!) on a tripod.
Not a fan of screwing/unscrewing the BR lug. My two lugs (one for a regular BR strap, one for the left-handed strap I use with my 600 II) are each Loc-tite attached to a Kirk 1” clamp. Makes it easy to move the attachment point from body to lens (e.g. when I attach the 70-200/2.8) or remove it for use on a tripod.I use Fusion Gear Arca plates on the bottom of the camera as I can screw a black rapid into it and unscrew to place the camera on the tripod quickly.
The Fusion Gear Plates have a pull out loop that you can connect the carabiner from a Black Rapid Strap to.Not a fan of screwing/unscrewing the BR lug. My two lugs (one for a regular BR strap, one for the left-handed strap I use with my 600 II) are each Loc-tite attached to a Kirk 1” clamp. Makes it easy to move the attachment point from body to lens (e.g. when I attach the 70-200/2.8) or remove it for use on a tripod.