Jon wrote in post #13123650
He'd have to take the picture with another camera; if the laser's firmly mounted to the camera on the tripod the beam will stay still relative to the sensor.
Yes, this is very true and is what happens when an idea pops into my head when I'm excessively tired! For longer exposures (order of 1 s), I think large enough vibrations of the tripod or head would show a beam spot that's larger than the actual beam spot of the laser, but this would take some massive vibrations (unlikely to be the fault of tripod or head). So... this idea for a tripod test is also flawed.
peter_n wrote in post #13125102
Not quite sure why you want to do this but I don't have a laser pointer. Maybe someone else who uses this tripod could try it?
Perhaps, but only if someone addresses the issue Jon pointed out above! It's rather significant.
I was curious about it because I want something to substantiate how various tripods compare... I wouldn't be upgrading anytime in the next three months, but as much as I want an RRS 24, I can't justify $950 for a tripod unless its performance advantage can be quantified.