Let's here it for Ries Tripod Manufactures

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous Equipment' started by Robert Brummitt, May 2, 2009.

  1. Robert Brummitt

    Robert Brummitt Member

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    I had a problem with my J100 tripod. I was out in the field with tripod and RB67 and when I came back to the car I noticed that I had lost one of the assembly screws that attaches the legs to the body gone. The tripod still works without it but I drove over to my local Ace hardware and bought the same assembly to replace what I lost.
    I emailed Ries manufactures to ask how much to tighten down the screws down, sharing what I just shared with you. I got a reply within an hour of my email asking me my address and they would send down replacement parts no charge.
    This is how customer service should be. I didn't ask for replacements just information. They said the screws have to be tight but not too tight.
    I am happy to own my Ries. One of the best buys I made for my photography.
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  2. Shawn Dougherty

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    My a100 and 250dt head are among my favorite possessions. Simply beautiful to use and admire.
     
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    There's nothing else like 'em. I'll never use any other make of tripod. Keith's service and customer relationship management are every bit as good as the gear he makes. I know that they're horrifically expensive, but in spite of that Ries tripods offer some of the best value in any photographic product available.

    My experience parallels Robert's. I lost one of the lug nuts on a hinge and one of the pins came out before I noticed it. I had a replacement from them in two days.
     
  4. Mahler_one

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    Agree...the best people to deal with, and the best tripods and heads. If there is a downside, it is that the tripods are so over built that they can be hard to carry on a walk into the woods. Once you have a Ries there is no other tripod that quite compares-and there are lots of good tripods!

    Ed
     
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    I use the J600 with J250 head. Since it's collapsible and comes with it's own carrying case, I can carry it all day slung over my shoulder. It's rock solid with my 8x10, which weighs 11 lbs.

    I wouldn't use it for ULF, though. I think for that you'd need to go to the A series.
     
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    Jim,

    You are right for most ULF cameras. I own a Ritter 7x17 and it weighs much less than my Zone VI 8x10. I use a Ries J100-8 with J250 head for both cameras. The combination of the lighter camera with the lighter Ries tripod is a real winner.
     
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    I am thinking of buying another tripod,Use MD and wanted to know what head you use on your J1oo, thanks

    mike c.
     
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    I have the A100 and A250 head -- and the heavier Zone VI 8x10. I had a problem with the screw that attached the camera to the head -- it would only engage a minimum of threads and compromised the security of the set-up. A quick phone call and a new part was sent my way without having to send the old part in first. Good folks there at Reis!

    Vaughn
     
  9. Mahler_one

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    I'm not sure if the lighter J series would adequately support a Deardorff 8x10...and the A series of tripods with the double tilt head is much heavier than the J...the A series in its case is not easy to carry for a long while, especially over the shoulder. Of course, you younger guys do everything easier.....:}

    Ed
     
  10. Robert Brummitt

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    The J100 legs with the double tilt J250 head. Winning combo in my mind. :smile::smile:
     
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    The parts department is called Ries's Pieces.
     
  12. c6h6o3

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    'dorffs are surely the heaviest 8x10s out there. I don't think I'd want to try using them with a J series, especially if your lens is at all heavy. Ries recommends a maximum of 16 lbs. for the J series.