I looked into tripods and heads from all the big names like Miller, O’Connor, Sachtler and Acebill. Talk about sticker shock… there are dozens of models to choose from in the $5000 to $19000 price range! That’s more than I want to spend. So I looked at the next tier. Manfrotto and Benro are big players in the under $5000 video tripod segment. They make nice stuff.
But since video is not my main thing, that’s still more than I wanted to spend. Then I found out about the Magnus REX VT-6000 2-Stage Video Tripod with Fluid Head.
I don’t use tripods or gimbals nearly as often as I used to. Since I switched to Olympus, the vast majority of my work is either hand-held or on a monopod. The Olympus image stabilization eliminates the need for a tripod, most of the time.
But there are three cases when I still use tripods and gimbals.
1. During extended flight photography sessions
2. When photographing from a blind
3. When I am tired
If you read my other Robus Tripod review, you already know that the Robus RC-5570 Vantage Series 3 Carbon Fiber Tripod is my new favorite. But sometime you need TWO tripods – for instance if you want to have a second camera rolling or you want to take the smallest, lightest one you have for one job, and the biggest, heaviest one you have for another.
So I added to the family! The RC-5558 Vantage Series 3 Carbon Fiber Tripod (https://bhpho.to/2Nzobax) is very similar to the larger, 5570. It has the same general build quality, accessories, etc. It has slightly different stats.
The Uniqball UBH 45XC Ball Head with X-Cross Clamp is perhaps the most unusual ball head I have ever used. And I’ve used pretty much all of them.
Oben CTT-1000 Carbon Fiber Tabletop Tripod
Oben GH-30 Gimbal head review
People don’t think much about tripods. They use them or they don’t. But there are things you can do to improve your success using tripods, especially if you are an outdoor photographer.