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ben egbert wrote:
This is what I wanted to hear. Of course any tripod maker will tell you how they would like for you to take care of their product, the question is how fragile it really is.
I don't abuse my tripod, but it has fallen a few times, and gets jostled in the back of my covered pickup bed, and has been in water and so on.
On my last trip, we had to lower our packs over a cliff on a rope. My tripod was well protected behind my tent that was strapped to the side of my pack, but my buddy wasn't so lucky. His pack slid down the first part of the cliff with all 90lbs of pack grinding his RRS carbon fiber tripod into the sandstone. It has a few scrapes on it now, but nothing more than cosmetic damage. Carbon fiber is very strong. The only real weakness to CF is extreme cold. We're talking conditions that are so cold that you might not be shooting in them anyway. Under such conditions, the glue that holds each leg into the metal socket becomes brittle.