Upload & Sell: On
I can give it a rather unusual testimonial
Picture this: Driving across the Brooklyn bridge on my motorcycle at about 50 MPH, full 4x5 LF format and 50% of my DSLR kit in a backpack in the passenger seat, Gitzo with A-S Z1 strapped to the outside, no cover, total weight about 35 pounds, forgot to strap it down
I heard a loud crash as I left the bridge and instantly knew that the bag was in the street behind me . Miraculously, the traffic was light (unusual for Manhattan at 8 PM) and no one ran over it.
The RPT/Kelty Photo Redwing backpack from Photo Backpacker got a bit scrapped up and the tripod and head were as seen below. The lip for the clamp was a bit folded over but after light work with a fine file, it functions perfectly. I was very worried about the damage by the slot for the ball but the action is still as smooth as before. I did not have to adjust either the clamp or the ball tension after this.
Of course I do not know if the damage on the head and tripod were from direct impact or from sliding along the street. In either case I was thrilled by the outcome. The only downside is I doubt I could sell them as "Like New" . I Also have high praise for the bag. The LF kit was unscathed.
I also had the clamp come apart one time due to over zealous adjustment as Matt described (my fault), but was able to get it back after a bit of fiddling. When adjusting, you do not have to turn it much. As I mentioned in my earlier post, I was not overly thrilled by the ease of opening and closing the clamp compared to the RRS. However after some use it becomes second nature. On the plus side, the camera will not fall out if the clamp is open.
I think I can vouch for its durability.