Most of my work takes place in a studio environment, while a small but critical fraction of my shoots are outdoors, in dusty, desert conditions, and sometimes on the top of a tall mountain. Odd combination, I know. But that's been my recent niche.
I have a RED One and an Epic-X on order. I'm shooting with RED Primes and I have the RP 18-85 Zoom and the 300mm. The combined camera (One), monitor, bomb, rails, a battery, all additional hardware, and the heaviest lens (18-85) clocks in at a few ounces under 40lbs.
I need a tripod+head that is rock steady for my studio work but still resilient enough (and "light" enough) to make it up the side of a mountain on someone's back. And once on the peaks, I need to have simple enough controls where we're not struggling through vital minutes fidgeting with dials. No rain, sleet, or snow as we climb during the "friendly" season.
Oh and I have a bit of a budget to consider. Anyone up to the task to help us get this sorted?
I've narrowed down three options that all seem to have their good and bad. While I appreciate there are a multitude of other options, I've sunk a lot of time into this search already and I'd prefer to keep the final pick down to within these three, unless someone shows me something that is extraordinarily the better choice. BH Photo links provided for specifications details only.
MILLER 1741 ARROW 55:
SACHTLER SYSTEM 20 S1 HD MCF:
OCONNOR 1030HDSPKG (+ MILLER ENG CARBON FIBER 2-STAGE TRIPOD):
Last, I've been shopping for a support bracket for the 18-85 and I've seen this one recommended elsewhere on here:
Is the Chrosziel the best option and if not, could anyone make a recommendation otherwise?
Many, many thanks in advance for your help.
See here: http://www.reduser.net/forum/showthr...l=1#post944623