Rookie field move by GIS Guy - Forgot the Prism
There should always be room in the instrument case for a mini prism and a plumb bob. Every vehicle should always have a rod, prism, plumb bob, tape, 6' rule and bipod.
Paul in PA
There's barely room for the two extra batteries in the SX10 case. LOL Equipment manufactures must assume that I like carrying two and three addition cases of stuff. Don't get me started on the Ranger/TSC 7. That comes with it's own briefcase to store the beast in. It is has a very un-ergonomical and poorly thought out design. I can't imagine taking it places that real surveyors go. You know...places off the pavement and more than 100' from the truck.
The money is in heavy construction and architecture/engineering, not surveying rural acreages. That is why the new products are geared toward heavy construction and AEC. If you want to be where the money and the new technologies are, get into those fields and out of surveying rural acreages. If rural acreages is what you want to do you are probably money ahead using a #2 pencil and a field book as your data collector.
All that said, the one thing I love about Leica is the packaging. The way the accessories coordinate, the way the parts fit in the carry case. Why the H___ the other manufacturers haven't caught on to that is beyond me. At least with my Topcon PS (which I intensely dislike for other reasons) the 360 prism and the "dog whistle" have a place in the instrument case.