Follow up review. This has got to be one of my most reached to tripods that comes out with me onto location, I have the TR344 for when I need something lightweight. This tripod is a beast and so sturdy even when you have it at the maximum height, I've done 5 minute plus long exposures in windy conditions and it was still tack sharp. I use the levelling bowl paired with the BH1 ball head most of the time, I never have to weigh it down for my long exposures, I just put the tripod down on the ground and it stands up to the elements, using the spikes helps you anchor into the ground.
4 years on and nothing has broken on this, I have put it though a lot and it has battle scars on it from use yet it still keeps going. I do regular cleaning and once a year I give the tripod a full service to keep the tripod functioning.
I have people ask me why I have such a tall tripod and I say it is great for working on uneven ground or on a slop, great as well when you want to shoot from high up. I have considered buying the centre column for more height.
If you look after this I can see you getting easily 20 years out of it, PMG will also look after you if you'll need anything.
This is the best tripod I have seen or used. I needed a tall tripod as I'm 6'2" and am tired of bending over to take photos. There is no worries about that with this tripod! I shoot Olympus EM-1ii with the 300mm so this tripod is way over kill for this M43 camera and it's wonderful stabilization but will work wonders for astro/ time-lapse photography and long range bird photography. I don't plan on hiking back country with this tripod at 6+lb but for the right image I could. I could have went with the 344L but I wanted the quick release bowl system to change heads with out tools. The bowl system is almost smooth enough to use as a limited range gimbal. I took the attached photo for the fun of it and to show off the tripod in deep snow and un level ground.
I was looking for a Strong tripod that could handle big lenses 400F2.8, 600mm, 800mm after looking at just about every brand of tripod out there and playing with a large part of them at the Photo Expo in New York. I came across a guy in Colorado while chasing Mule deer with that owned the TR424L pro stix 77 inch 42mm legs. Once i play with it i really liked it and being that we already owned Promedia Gimbal heads and really like the quality of them i figured i would buy one. So when i got back home i started looking at the 42MM but figured all needed was the 58" tall one. But when i was ordering it while talking to Tony he stated that i should look at the 77" that the extra weight was so small i would never know the difference between the two. So i went with his suggestion and bought the 77" tall one. MAN I AM SO GLAD I DID!!!!!!! The first trip out with it to the Great smoky mountains I used the long legs so i could set up on a rock while waiting on some black bear cubs to wake up to get the shot i wanted. While i was able to set on the rock waiting and ready every one else had to stand there for a quit long time are set on the ground with the ticks and not comfortable or ready for the shot. The whole time I was setting there nice and comfortable i was thinking about what Tony said you may not need them all the time but if you need them you'll have them. The tripod is built super strong it worked great with my 400F2.8 and other big lenses there was no shake compared to my other tripod witch is a very nice high end tripod. But it can't compete with the 42mm legs of this beast. Buying this tripod was a great choices and i know if i ever need the long legs i have them there just in case i need them. So if you are looking for the best built super strong tall tripod. I would for sure give this one a hard look. Thanks for the help Tony!!!!!
I received my TR424L PMG CF tripod and it is a beauty. Very well built, finished, engineered, functional and sturdy. I have previously owned a few Bogen (now Monfrotto), two Gitzo series 3 tripods, a wood Zone 6 tripod (supposedly the best ever made - it wasn't), a Tiltall and others I cannot even remember their brands of names. Before purchasing this tripod, I considered a Gitzo Series 5, a Really Right Stuff TVC 45 and a Leofoto series 5 tripod. My PMG TR424L was my choice this last week to take to Bosque Del Apache NWR in New Mexico. One of my lenses is a Nikkor 600mm f4 VR coupled to a Nikon D850. Between the tripod and the lens is my Whimberley WH-200 gimbal head. I ordered an extra tripod plate so I could mount my Really Right Stuff BH-55 ball head to it and this facilitates a fast change from gimbal to ball head by turning the release lever on the tripod, pushing the release button and reinserting the other tripod plate and locking it in place. My maiden week with the PMG TR424L was great. The tripod sets up easily. The 600mm combo (sometimes with a 1.4x converter) was steady and it felt more than confident in use. I like the way the legs can spread out quickly for a quick lowering of the tripod without retracting the legs. The tripod looks and feels just right. Funny how you can go to a place like Bosque Del Apache and see crowds of other photographers. What really gets me is how some of these photographers have the $2000-$12000 lenses wobbley balanced on pencil leg tripods. To me that is scary. For two days while at Bosque, the wind blew quite hard. I felt confident with my TR424L in the wind and while the 600mm lens would blow around like a weather vane, the tripod did not waver. Now the only con I could find about the PMG tripod: the aluminum leg locks. They are large, easy to grasp and probably will outlast the plastic ones on Gitzo and RRS and others. However, when shooting one morning at 17 degrees, it was difficult to grasp the leg locks because of the cold. II had difficulty grasping the legs and turning them even with gloves on. I am thinking of getting a bicycle inter tube and cutting some tight fitting thick 1-3/8" rubber bands and covering the leg locks with them. Or some other coating to apply to the leg locks. Maybe that would help with the grip in cold weather and gloves. I really like the PMG TR424. Great looking and a joy to use. Makes me want to get more PMG gear. Attached is a image taken using my new tripod.
I've had this tripod for almost a month now and from my experiences with it I love it! I've been using manfrotto since 2009 but I haven't been pleased with some of there bigger tripods they brought out like the 055 that has become a pain to use now so I needed something new. After looking at Gitzo and RRS I came across PMG and was loving the look of the gear and the features they pack into there stuff, I appreciate gear thats been well engineered and thought out for us that need reliable and strong gear. The amount of mounting points for accessories is brilliant I've used it a few times for my magic arm for triggers or anything. The legs are very solid it just doesn't move even when fully extended which is impressive and the tripod can support up to 56kg which is mind blowing and far stronger than what others can do! I will be getting more gear from PMG from here on out as I'd like to support them and I'd use my social media channels to help get them out there to. You won't be disappointed with this as you get more than your moneys worth! :)