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| p.2 #17 · Really Right Stuff Tripods |
Looking at the RRS tripods, it seems the TVC-23 is really short. I use an Induro CX-213, which I got for a great price (I think I paid $190 for the legs on clearance, which was nearly half price), and it's held up wonderfully over the past 3 years and has been a great and light tripod to work with. However, I use pretty light gear, so I know the RRS would be more solid for heavier gear...but if I went that route, I'd need the TVC-33 at least (I hate 4 section tripods and I need at least 56" in height without a center column).
My Induro is 56.5" without the column extended, which is just about my minimum height. With the head and camera mounted, it brings the finder just to eye level on me. I'd actually prefer it to be about 2" taller, but I can deal with this height. The 52" on the TVC-23 is too short for me at least.
As an amateur, there would need to be some serious deficiencies in the lower end tripods to get me to spend $1,000 on tripod legs, and so far I haven't found those deficiencies. I know the RRS is going to be a little more solid, and I'd bet it will last longer too (though as I said, my Induro still looks brand new)...but I can't say I've ever had a shot on my tripod ruined by vibrations, or even any sort of softness due to wind or anything. But, as I said, my gear is pretty light and I don't shoot a lot of really long telephoto stuff, where I'm sure the extra solidity is most needed. However, II my tripod is also a thinner, lighter weight model not really intended for supertelephoto work. I know Induro makes other tripods that are thicker and sturdier for those sorts of work, and I don't know if the RRS is worth the double price premium.