A couple of weeks ago I went tripod shopping, and a salesman persuaded me to get the ligher, more compactifiable option... a "Promaster" something-or-other. It included a small ball-head I had no intention of ever using.
After a few chances to try it with the Bigmos on board, I threw it back. I exchanged it for a Manfrotto 294A3. Now those are REAL legs. I 'spect they'll do me for the rest of my life. And because it was headless, I even got a $30 refund on the swap, which can go toward a video head once I finally decide which one I want.
I took the Bigmos out to the wetland again, with a monopod, and also tried some handheld shooting. Lemme tell ya, handholding that gets old rather quickly.
One thing I want for that is a pair of small carabiners to hitch the neck strap to the shoulder straps of my daypack, to take the weight off my neck. But on the other hand, I still might return the Bigmos next week. Because though it's now taking adequate images, the degree of improvement over my smaller zoom is very minor compared to the vast increase in weight.
"A good photograph is knowing where to stand." -- Ansel
- Canon EOS M58.8%
- Panasonic G85/G803.3%
- Panasonic FZ2500/FZ20001.9%
- Panasonic LX10/LX151.2%
- Panasonic GH5 development3.6%
- Sony a99 II15.9%
- Nikon KeyMission 170 and 801.0%
- Fujifilm GFX 50S development28.3%
- Olympus E-M1 II development18.7%
- Olympus E-PL80.1%
- Olympus 25mm F1.2 Pro1.5%
- Olympus 12-100mm F4 IS Pro1.9%
- Olympus 30mm F3.5 Macro0.1%
- Sigma 85mm F1.4 Art3.6%
- Sigma 12-24mm F4 Art2.6%
- Sigma 500mm F4 DG OS HSM Sport2.4%
- YI M12.2%
- GoPro Hero50.8%
- GoPro Karma drone2.2%