Originally Posted by Steed
RRS is incredibly over priced for what you get, but if you're willing to drop the cash I won't stop you, just giggle abit. I've been hearing good things from Vanguard lately but personally I've been saving up for a Manfroto 058B system. As for carbon fiber goes it seems to defeat the purpose of a tripod being that light, seems for any long exposures any weight savings you'd get you loose in having to carry a sand bag around. Then again I'm not a small guy so carrying around heavy gear doesn't bother me.
Well where to start:
- Carbon resists vibration much more than aluminum does. Vibration and slight movement is what kills sharpness in really long exposures, whether it's waves, movement nearby or vibration from vehicles driving by, Carbon will do a better job.
- Tripod geometry, rigidity and size is more important than weight as far as stability goes
- RRS is not overpriced. It's an excellent product from a small company, and it's made 100% in the USA. It's really fairly comparable to Gitzo pricing and IMO a superior product.
- RRS products are completely modular. If I fall with it and break or bend something while on Vacation, I can get RRS to overnight me the parts and fix it myself with a set of allen keys. If you break a Vanguard or Manfrotto tripod, you throw it away and buy another.
- I can completely dis-assemble my tripod legs without tools. Very usefull for cleaning mud, sand and salt water if you use your tripod outdoors.
- Centre columns are the devil. Avoid them at all costs.
I will never have to replace my RRS tripod, that can't be said of many other brands out there.