After the previous post I got a few emails regarding alternative tripods. The Gitzo's are expensive and hard to get hold of in Australia. Instead of listing a bunch of brands and model numbers I will give a suggested list of what to look for in a tripod and head.
- extend to at least head height to avoid getting a sore back, without extending the centre column.
- Be able to shoot at or very close to ground level with out having to reversethe centre column
- be sturdy enough to support your heaviest camera lens combo.
- Leg diameter should be around 25mm
- 3 or 4 section legs, any more than this and the smallest leg extention is as thin as a pencil.
- be easy to set up and adjust in seconds.
- Be rugged enough to stand up to the riggers of outdoor work and easy to clean.
- Be light enough to no be a burden.
- have some insulation on at least two of the legs to stop your hands getting to cold and to offer some padding when carrying you camera/tripod on your shoulder.