RS-284 and RSH-24 3-way head
A while back someone here recommended Red Snapper tripods- although the model they mentioned was more expensive than I wanted to/could spend money on but a look at their website yielded the above model including postage a mere £66 so I got it
(Red Snapper's customer service by the way was very good and the tripod arrived within the time mentioned by them and so well packed it took me 20 minutes to get it out the box)
The one minor niggle was poor/non existent instructions if you know your way around tripods this is not a problem but as a newbie it took me a while to work out how to screw the head on
But for the price it was impressive, spirit level, feet that if conditions were muddy you could twist the rubber feet up to reveal a spike at the end of each pole and a spring loaded central hook so you could weight it down with your camera bag
It looked good but today was the first day I was out and about with although setting it up in our hallway (which has amazingly uneven floorboards) suggested it was pretty stable.
First of all it's light enough to carry for ages without noticing it
When called into use it set up beautifully- it's dead easy to adjust the legs and they lock securely very easily just a couple of turns. It's so light it's hard to beleive it's going to be stable but once it's locked down it suddenly turns into a solid beast, All the locking and unlocking has a smooth action-nothing has to be forced. The camera screws in and locks tight and the head moves smoothly.
Because it's so light and smooth it's very easy to move from one location to another I simply unlocked the legs and shoved it in the bag head end first so the legs collapsed into themselves and moved on
It can be used very low to the ground with all legs unopened but expands when all the leg sections are extended to the point where I at 5 feet 6 inches tall barely had to lean down to look through the viewfinder
And one for the ladies (and these days some gents) the centre spring is brilliant -never mind using your camera bag to stabilise it- it took the weight of my handbag which made it very stable and meant I could get on with shooting without having to keep an eye on my handbag
It's a very nice piece of kit for not an extreme amount of money I recommend it
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