I would like to buy a photography tripod with great stability and sturdiness to gain "perfect" precision as I will be using it to take panoramic pictures to do VR Tours.
I need one that reach 150cm (including central extension). Stability and sturdiness is a priority I think rather than compactness and versatility; but if all of that can be found in one I'll call myself lucky.
I've previously bought one that was compact and versatile but in order to reach the required 150cm I have to stretch the central extension to its limit. Looked sturdy enough and well built but when put to the test it failed. Pictures were taken on a carpeted joist subfloor which I think also affected the results. Pictures weren't blurred but the stitching was uneven or look crooked even when using a remote control and levelled appropriately. I can't find any other reason but the "cheap" tripod.
Conclusion; Would any of you recommend a "great" (£100-£250 budget) steady and sturdy tripod that would support a Canon 70D and a Sigma 8mm and the Tomshot 360 Panohead? One that wouldn't need to extend the central column to its limit to reach 150cm? Thank you very much for your answers.
I've returned the tripod in question and fortunately got my money back. I think a sturdy and steady tripod will be the option this time; as someone suggested to me the Manfrotto 190 range are a good option as they are light-weight hold up to 7kg. Somebody also suggested the EZ Leveler for easy leveling. Have any of you got experience in using any of these?