The Sirui R-4203L 3-Section Carbon Fiber Tripod is a heavy-duty tripod model that is equally well-suited for photography and professional video capture - especially for field production, considering its light weight. The R-4230L reaches a maximum height of 70.8" and supports heavy loads up to 44 lbs, yet weighs just 5.3 lbs.
This is a tripod you'll want to take on location as you work with heavy large-format cameras, or on wildlife photography expeditions as you mount heavy telephoto lenses to gimbal heads. With retractable stainless steel spikes in its rubber feet, the R-4203L is suitable for a variety of terrain types.
The tripod features automatic leg-angle lock mechanisms; these can quickly set the legs independently to two different angles, for creating a level camera support on uneven ground. The carbon-fiber tripod also features a large range of heights: from its 70.8" maximum, the support achieves a minimum height of only 3.5", thanks to its lack of a center column.
The tripod plate is replaceable, making the R-4203L compatible with optional 75mm or 100mm bowl adapters (not included) for ball-leveling heads. That way you can use the tripod with a traditional pan/tilt head for medium to large camcorders and digital cinema rigs. There's also a built-in bubble level on the tripod to ensure you've got a reasonably level base before you mount a head.
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This tripod balances all the criteria I needed in a tripod; reasonably priced, it keeps long lenses like my 500 and 600 MF steady, is light enough to carry comfortably and the legs twist lock with only a short turn. One of the most overlooked criteria is the maximum height of a tripod, and this one is just right, allowing me to stand upright without leaning, a real advantage as I wait for wildlife action to occur. With my older, shorter tripod backache was a frequent problem. Bird photography with the camera aimed upward is now much easier with the taller Sirui R-4203L tripod.