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To the best of my limited knowledge, the supposed weight ratings don't correspond to *any* physical standard. It's all up to the manufacturer to assign a pound/Kg rating. While comparing the ratings of 'pods from the same mfg may have some validity, comparing those from different brands is utterly pointless.
My old Slik700 brick is rated at 15#, but will physically support many, many times that load. It works great with my 4x5 and Bronica 6x6, but is not quite up to very long lenses on my digital or film SLR bodies, despite the low total weight. Tell me, Slik, what the *bleep* does '15#' mean?
Instead of the absurd weight capacity rating, some standardized measure that combines strength, rigidity, and vibrational damping might actually be useful.
Edited on Sep 21, 2012 at 01:05 AM · View previous versions