Thanks for your input here. I completely agree that the best current instrumentation is the robotic total station, but I had many surveying customers who simply could not afford the technology (typically small surveying groups, rather than the large corporate entities).
In all fairness, I included all the practical choices for surveyors within different pricing ranges. Many of my more experienced customers felt that the "tried and true" technologies of the past were more trustworthy. I suppose it's all about comfort and reliability in the end.