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BL3
06-03-2006, 01:08 PM
Recommended this tripod to Pavel the other day and Orthogent suggested I post some pics and maybe a review, so:

http://bl3.smugmug.com/photos/73162403-S.jpg

http://bl3.smugmug.com/photos/73162644-S.jpg

http://bl3.smugmug.com/photos/73162382-S.jpg

As previously stated, this tripod is expensive, but very rugged and easy to disassemble and clean. It's small enough to be carried in a pack rather than slung over a shoulder, yet it can be extended enough to comfortably accomodate a seated position. The legs can also be splayed to form a "ground pod" as depicted in pic 2. I use this tripod now almost exclusively for hiking as I can carry it in my pack, yet it is sturdy enough for anything I can attach to it. If it gets goobered up with grit or whatever, it's easy to field strip and clean to return it to service. It cannot of course be raised to eye level for a standing adult, but lots of photographic texts advocate low-level photos anyway.

Pros: Rigid and Sturdy, almost to a fault. Simple adjustments, reversible legs, POV goes all the way from ground level to sitting height eye level.

Cons: Expensive! Combine this tripod with the medium BH40 from RRS and you could buy a new E1 kit from Cameta for a little less money. This tripod is also heavy for its size, but not so much that the weight is objectionable, and the sturdy construction does have its price. Full height is about 20", so you'll need a 90 degree eyepiece or Live View to take full advantage of its offerings (or you're going to have to get down in the dirt to get your shot--maybe a problem unless you're dressed for the occasion).

Cost: $375 at Really Right Stuff, not available from anywhere else. (Kirk has a similar offering, for quite a bit less, made from a "chopped" Manfrotto tripod)

I'm not a shill for RRS but I really like this 'pod. Think of it as (relatively) inexpensive image stabilization.

Rocky