Last month, I was debating between purchasing a new carbon fiber tripod (Really Right Stuff TVC-33) or replacing the QR plate head on my Manfrotto aluminum tripod with something that could accept Arca Swiss.
I went a slightly different path. Instead of getting the TVC-33 tripod, I went with the TVC-34L. I decided on the new tripod because I didn’t like the center column on my Manfrotto. I tried not to extend the center column to make the tripod more stable but that resulted in me having to lean over to look through the viewfinder. I went with the 34L over the 33 because I can always shorten a tripod but I can’t extend one further.
I also picked up three of their spiked feet in preparation for a trip to Virginia Beach.
Lately, I’ve been wanting to move to Arca Swiss plates for my camera/tripod. Currently I have Manfrotto RC2 plates for my Manfrotto tripod and monopod. If I want to take a portrait orientation image right after taking a landscape orientation photo, I have to loosen the ballhead, move the camera, make sure it’s level, then tighten the ballhead. With Arca Swiss, I can use an L bracket to go from portrait to landscape and back without moving the ballhead.
I’m debating between spending $1,700 on a new Really Right Stuff tripod and ballhead and L Bracket, or swap out the mounting plate on the top of my current tripod. The benefit to going with the RRS tripod is I’ll have higher reach. Right now, I have to lean over slightly to look through the viewfinder (I don’t like raising the center column on my tripod as it makes it less stable).
I picked up a refurbished Canon 7D Mark II today from the Canon store to replace my Rebel T3. I wanted something that could handle a higher burst rate while taking photos at drag races. The T3 was only capable of 3fps whereas the 7DII can do 10. Earlier this year, I was thinking about buying a Canon 6D because I thought I needed to eventually move to a full frame sensor camera. The 6D tops out at 4.5fps which isn’t much faster than the T3. While both cameras have built-in GPS, I didn’t need the WiFi that the 6D comes with. I also liked that the 7DII has a built-in flash, even though pop-up flash tends to make images look bad. I liked that if I needed a flash and didn’t have a speedlight with me, I had the built-in flash as a backup. Another plus for the 7DII is that it has 63 AF points where the 6D only has 11. My T3 had 9 so 11 didn’t seem like much of an improvement.