Talley wrote in post #17694975
Ya the 1204 is nice, we'll see. I got the 1205 only because it was amazon prime and I leave out soon and wanted a lighter tripod. I for some reason could not find the 1204x in stock and/or able to get quick enough.
Also... I took this photo last night w/ my phone. I already own a RSS L bracket.
EDIT: I looked up the Feisol... while it may be better it's longer by several inches and heavier and does not have center column. I bought the Sirui just for travel. I'll be buying something larger to match to my K40x ball head I got last year. So I'll have two tripods... light travel and big monster. my vanguard will get donated to a local school.
I was mistaken about the 1204, I tried the 2204, and that was a great tripod.
Great thing about the feisol is that it's DEFINITELY travel friendly, taking it to the land down under this year. I figured out anything 20" and below will fit into my travel luggage, thus travel friendly
it weighs in at 3.5 lbs WITH head, so it's not terribly heavy.
I am like cameras for tripods, I dont like shooting small and weak tripods.... ever (just like I refuse to shoot crop cameras ). The feisol is considered a bargain to what it compares to, which IMO, is the RRS TVC 24, gitzo simply does not offer a competing product. Closest thing coming from gitzo is the 254x series, which is comes in at 22", a tad too long for travel. The 5 series 6 section would work, but that's 8lbs.... So I concluded that there were only a few tripods that I considered for travel, and that would double as regular tripod. Sirui had the 2204 (28mm leg diameter) and 3205 (foreign), ugh, center column. RRS TVC24...... well it's 850 for legs only, out of price range . Gitzo no offer. Induro CT-214, same issue as sirui, ugh center column. Last but not least, the Feisol Tournament CT-3442 rapid (28mm leg diameter)......
I do have a smaller tripod similar to the size of the 1205, but it had problems shooting with the tamron 70-300, gave me many shaky shots , in contrast, have sharp long exposures with 400mm using the feisol....
One tripod to rule them all, I do keep my spare in the car, because I get mad if I look at it in the house I also have another smaller worthless tripod, which I disassembled and use the legs as walking sticks for the kids.
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