A tripod is a tripod is a tripod, an inescapable three legged design, remove two legs and you have a monopod, but like all products it’s always about new and improved.
Which in the reverse begs the question is a company saying their previous model was bad or mediocre, wasn’t worth the money invested?
Was that detergent or cleaner you were using made by the same company inferior and they just weren’t telling you?
The current meme is lighter is always somehow better, I’d beg to differ with that but in the end it’s always about personal preference.
Remember the marketing campaign that induced consumers to go smaller, smaller phones, smaller displays, smaller tablets etc?
The inevitable result would be once that market had been saturated a new campaign would be launched to convince consumers bigger was better – bigger phones, bigger displays, bigger tablets etc.
Will that be the way of with tripods or any number of other things – will it be a more “robust” build and “added stability”? Wouldn’t surprise me in the least.
If you’re in a controlled environment or the terrain and weather are always favorable it probably doesn’t matter, but the majority of the shooting I do isn’t and it does matter.
You know, what strikes me as funny is the all out promotion of lightweight tripods that in a variety of situations lack stability – so if it’s about camera shake etc what’s up with that?
Not to worry though you are advised to make an additional purchase for a canvas bag of sorts to hang underneath your tripod you can add weight like rocks or bricks to counter the lack of stability.
Now I don’t know for a fact but I’m just about willing to bet there is yet another purchase that could be made that involves weighted bags to place in your canvas bag – kinda funny how all that works isn’t it?
I’ve never been much interested in the small table top tripods but wound up with one and having used it a few times decided to hang on to it.
A Manfrotto Extreme featuring a ball head that will support an appreciable amount of weight – cost twenty some dollars new I believe and worth it in my opinion.
I don’t know what the load rating on it is but have had a good six pounds or seven pounds on it on more than one occasion positioned at different angles and been impressed with the stability.