I'm making this post as a funny bone tickler and a lesson for the new and old timers who do large format. I was up in Vt this past week and was my kodak 33a 5x7 and a slik 500dx tripod...well not exactly using because as soon as I removed it from the car one of the legs snapped off due to the cold (carbon fiber) so I made some 2 legged photos with the aid of the snowbanks. but when the second leg broke off I was in deep s...t!! went back to Richard Ritters house and he lent me his lightweight Zone VI wooden tripod and I was finally able to go and make some photos. At the same time I came to realize the difference in a good tool for the job...deep snowbanks; wind;passing trucks and other such inconveniences were no match for me now!! the wood never failed to move freely in the cold and filled with snow too...a really good learning curve
now the slik is not a bad tripod and I own 2 of them...but being cheap carbon fiber it broke like a toothpick in the cold and I can't imagine what it might do in other extreme conditions. so after years and years of assorted metal; aluminum and other such idiocy I'm going for wood. you can repair it in the field or go to the hardware store. make sure your batteries are fresh too as my lightmeter died the same day. you see one is never too experienced to learn something. I'm hoping to go on some long trips to photograph and that single day in Vt in the freezing cold was worth a lot of time saved
have a great day!!!