Which travel tripod do you use?

Discussion in 'Photography' started by Cynicor, Apr 5, 2005.

  1. Cynicor

    Cynicor Guest

    I'm going to the UK in a couple of weeks and I'm in the market for one.
    Cynicor, Apr 5, 2005
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    Mark Lauter Guest

    I'm going to the UK in a couple of weeks and I'm in the market for one.

    It should be tall enough for your purposes, light enough to lug around, and
    steady enough not to wobble in a light wind.

    With all that said - I use a mini table tripod from Sony because last year I
    got sick of lugging around the full sized one.
    Mark Lauter, Apr 5, 2005
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    Cynicor Guest

    Well, I knew THAT much. How much weight was "too much" for you? I've got a
    thick, 6 lb tripod right now but I don't want to carry it around.
    How much does that hold? I figure I'll need about 3 lbs worth - a D70 (679g)
    and maybe a kit lens (390g) or a fisheye (306g). I have the 70-200 as well,
    but that's 1430g and I'm assuming that 5 lbs is going to be too much on a
    lightweight tripod.
    Cynicor, Apr 5, 2005
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    Drifter Guest

    When I need to reduce weight I use an UltraPod 2 with a Canon 10D
    though I don't dare use some of my lenses but for the most part I stay
    inside their 4 lb recommendation. The nice thing is I can use the
    velcro strap to hook it on a tree branch, or a street sign, and have
    good elevation (or sometimes I've just clamped it there with my hand).


    "I've been here, I've been there..."
    Drifter, Apr 5, 2005

  5. I've tried several travel tripods over the years and have never found one
    that can truly support a heavy camera with telephoto lens. That said, the
    Cullmann Magic II has served me well for a number of years. It works fine
    with any 35mm-size SLR camera with short to medium lens attached. However,
    like most travel tripods, the camera mount is not really sturdy enough to
    firmly support a long telephoto lens. I resolve this by either using the
    monopod portion of the tripod or simply holding the camera in my hands while
    using the entire tripod to support the overall camera.

    Dwight Stewart, Apr 5, 2005
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    ritz Guest

    A very cheap 6' which I strap onto my Lowepro Micro 200.
    ritz, Apr 5, 2005
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    Mark Lauter Guest

    It should be tall enough for your purposes, light enough to lug around,
    Mine is about 2 pounds. It's not like humping an M-60 but then I'm not 18
    3 pounds easy, but there are better mini-pods out there.

    This isn't a mini, but it's only 1.7 lbs. and looks like it would meet your


    Mark Lauter, Apr 5, 2005
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    Mark Lauter Guest

    Mark Lauter, Apr 5, 2005
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    Cynicor Guest

    Cynicor, Apr 6, 2005
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    Mark Lauter Guest

    I was looking at that one online, but haven't found anyone who actually
    Oh, must be nice! I'm very jealous. :)
    Mark Lauter, Apr 6, 2005
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    Cynicor Guest

    It is great. I just went down during lunch and played with about 30 tripods,
    then chose the Velbon Maxi-343E. Supports 4.5lb, 62" high, 2 lbs, 18"

    One thing to note is that they're closed for an entire week for Passover -
    April 24 Thru May 1.
    Cynicor, Apr 6, 2005
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    Mark Lauter Guest

    Oh, must be nice! I'm very jealous. :)
    Of course you realize that you'll have to report back to us after you travel
    with it. :)
    Mark Lauter, Apr 6, 2005
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