December 4, 2017 Donald Scarinci

Last Christmas, it was almost impossible to purchase a tripod from Really Right Stuff (RRS). By the time the holidays came, the company had sold out of most of its popular products. Thankfully, the company appears to have better prepared for the holiday rush this time around. If you have a photographer on your list or are looking to buy yourself a present, all of RRS’ tripods are currently available to purchase. It’s not totally surprising that Really Right Stuff was unable to keep up with demand last holiday season. The company manufactures some of the best tripods on the…

June 19, 2017 Donald Scarinci

For some reason people never believe they should spend a lot of money on a tripod.  They buy one and then after a few uses they become frustrated and usually upgrade.  Or, sometimes the tripod they select is just too heavy to carry around so they never use it. What is the best tripod?  As the saying goes, “the best tripod is the tripod that you always take with you.” The criteria for selecting a good tripod is that it is light enough to carry, will fit in your luggage without taking up too much space or weight so your…

April 25, 2017 Donald Scarinci

When a small company happens to make the best ball heads and tripods on the market, sometimes they run out of supply.  That is exactly what happened to Really Right Stuff in December, 2016.  As of March, 2017, supply has still not returned for the company’s most popular tripods. Really Right Stuff is currently sold out of its most popular tripods. They are unavailable at most retailers as well with no date projected for restocking.  According to the company, its holiday sales far exceeded expectations. “Actually, we had so many tripod sales in November that our inventory was decimated (despite…

November 30, 2015 Donald Scarinci

To capture great images, the tripod “head” is just as important as the tripod itself. The head not only supports the often-heavy lens, but it also allows photographers to smoothly and quickly point the camera in the direction of their subjects. For wildlife and sports photography, “gimble” heads are the most popular because they allow photographers to precisely move the lens in the desired direction while keeping the tripod stable. However, there are a dizzying number from which to choose. To help narrow down the choices, below are the top tree on the market right now: Wimberley WH-200 Gimbal Tripod…

September 30, 2013 Donald Scarinci

Photographers always say that the best tripod is the one you take with you. No matter the vacation travel, whether you are hiking or flying, every ounce counts. Unfortunately, when choices need to be made because of weight, the tripod always seems to be the tool that is left behind. Choosing a tripod that is light enough for travel can be tricky. If it’s flimsy and wobbles in the wind it is useless. If it is sturdy and rugged then that usually means it will be heavy and force you to make packing compromises that could be difficult and unpopular…

May 30, 2012 Donald Scarinci

Sometimes I think that choosing a tripod and ballhead is more difficult and more confusing than choosing a camera. Tripods and ballheads can be as expensive as your camera and they come in all varieties, makes and price points. Until you get some experience using different ones it’s hard to decide what to buy. Let’s leave ballheads for another video and talk about tripods. A tripod is a tool. Like any tool, you need to use the right one for the job you are doing. If you choose a screwdriver that’s too small for the screw, you can still use…

March 19, 2012 Donald Scarinci 1Comment

The search for the right tripod and ballhead is a rite of passage for photographers. Eventually you meet someone who puts his arm on your shoulder with compassion and looks at you with the experienced eyes of someone who shares your pain. With that consoling sound in their voice as if saying, “I know what you are going through,” they tell you about Really Right Stuff. Really Right Stuff is probably one of the best kept secrets in photography. It is the pro photographer’s secret ingredient that isn’t shared until you’ve reached a certain level of proficiency with your camera….