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03-11-2006, 12:53 AM

Following my own research for best record in harsh conditions, you can read Rob Bygott in Eastern Highlands of Papua New Guinea with DVX100A with Miller SOLO 10,

Here is his philosophy : If it (the tripod) doesn’t fit, it doesn’t go.

Look also,

"Lighter-Weight Tripods for Travel: A Suitability Survey"
by Robert Segal

members.bellatlantic.net/~vze2gkrc/Tripod-Test.doc (http://www.dvxuser.com/V6/members.bellatlantic.net/%7Evze2gkrc/Tripod-Test.doc)
members.bellatlantic.net/~vze2gkrc/tripod_PF.pdf (http://www.dvxuser.com/V6/members.bellatlantic.net/%7Evze2gkrc/tripod_PF.pdf)

His survey is relatively old (2002) for purchasing, but he presents one interesting strategic philosophy:

Here is one interesting abstract :

"This is the first step in making a wise purchase: identify your needs and decide what specific criteria will satisfy them. The second
step is to assess your available resources (set your budget). I’ ve already done the third step for you: explore what options the
world offers, then, step four: take action – and here’ s where I’ m going to expound briefly on how to buy stuff in a market economy
without perpetuating today’ s ubiquitous stupidity. This advice goes for every possible purchase: tripod, lens, stereo, house, car,
college, what-have-you. The continuum of possible spending options divides into five categories, five ways to allocate resources,
only two of which make any sense:

1 – deplete your resources for something beyond your reach

2 – obtain the best you can afford, emphasizing quality and suitability to purpose

3 – purchase neither the best available nor at the greatest savings; a celebration of mediocrity

4 – buy the minimum that will do the job, emphasizing conservation of resources

5 – get something too cheap to be of use

Between the extremes of self-destruction and waste, only options 2 and 4 are sensible (I underline). Do you want to conserve money or do you want the best possible tripod? If you insist on number 3, whimpering, “ Well, I want to save some money but I want a better (i.e. chic French or carbon fiber) tripod,” you either haven’ t sorted out your needs or you don’ t know your budget and you should be locked away until you get a clue about steps one and two. Know thyself.
This soapbox advisory is applicable to most of life so take it in the spirit in which it is offered. Perhaps your happiness depends upon impressing others with carbon fiber; perhaps your deficit spending is a wise route to the equipment you need to earn a better living.

Even if the maxim “ you get what you pay for,” is true, as tends to be the case with tripods, everyone’ s needs and resources are
unique. Just don’ t be stupid. Save the planet from Creeping Dumb. Think. That’ s all I ask".