Paul Tsong , Dec 28, 1998; 05:50 p.m.
Here's what Art Morris says on the nature forum.
WHAT IS THE BEST TRIPOD ON WHICH TO MOUNT A 500 OR 600mm LENS?
There are only 2 choices: the Gitzo 410 or the lightweight Gitzo 1548 Carbon Fiber. Both are strong and sturdy enough to routinely produce--with perfect technique on the photographer's part, sharp images at shutter speeds down to 1/60th of a second. Though the 1548 is expensive, and I wish that it were a bit taller, I absolutely love mine; it is my everyday tripod. When working out of and near my vehicle, say at Bosque Del Apache or Ding Darling, I'll opt for the heavier 410 tripod.