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.