Approve the Cookies
This website uses cookies to improve your user experience. By using this site, you agree to our use of cookies and our Privacy Policy.
OK
Index  •   • New posts  •   • RTAT  •   • 'Best of'  •   • Gallery  •   • Gear  •   • Reviews
Guest
New posts  •   • RTAT  •   • 'Best of'  •   • Gallery  •   • Gear  •   • Reviews
Register to forums    Log in

 
FORUMS Canon Cameras, Lenses & Accessories Canon Accessories 
Thread started 03 Jun 2011 (Friday) 23:46
Search threadPrev/next
sponsored links
(this ad will go away when you log in as a registered member)

Light weight TriPod

 
pcanon
Member
66 posts
Joined May 2009
     
Jun 03, 2011 23:46 |  #1

I am looking for tri-pod used during travel.


Thanks.
10D, 5D Mark ll, 70-200
L F2.8 IS, 50mm, 17-40L F4 USM, 24-70L f2.8 USM, Canon 2x ii, 580 Ex ii, 420 Ex

  
  LOG IN TO REPLY
sponsored links
(this ad will go away when you log in as a registered member)
Saint728
Goldmember
Avatar
2,892 posts
Likes: 1
Joined Jun 2009
Location: Honolulu Hawaii
     
Jun 04, 2011 00:54 |  #2

Gitzo GT-0541 Mountaineer 6X Carbon Fiber. It weighs 1.7 pounds and collapses down to 18.9 inches including head. I use it with a Markins Q3T ball head.

Take Care,
Cheers, Patrick


Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III | 17-40mm f/4.0L | 70-200mm f/2.8L USM | 100mm f/2.8L IS Macro | 300mm f/4.0L IS
Click Here To See My Gear
Click here to see my Flickr (external link)
http://www.runryder.co​m/helicopter/gallery/9​019/ (external link)

  
  LOG IN TO REPLY
Anke
"that rump shot is just adorable"
UK SE Photographer of the Year 2009
Avatar
30,454 posts
Likes: 2
Joined Oct 2006
Location: Royal Tunbridge Wells, UK
     
Jun 04, 2011 01:07 |  #3

Budget?


Anke
1D Mark IV | 16-35L f/2.8 II | 24-70L f/2.8 II | 70-200L f/2.8 II | 50 f/1.4 | 600EX-RT and ST-E3-RT
Join the Official POTN UK South-East Thread | Follow me on Twitter (external link) | Tunbridge Wells (external link) | Flickr (external link)

  
  LOG IN TO REPLY
peter_n
Goldmember
Avatar
2,480 posts
Gallery: 2 photos
Likes: 124
Joined Apr 2010
Location: Boston, USA
     
Jun 04, 2011 10:07 |  #4

Yes, how much do you want to spend, how tall are you, and what gear are you planning to take on the trip?


~Peter

  
  LOG IN TO REPLY
Exposure101
Senior Member
555 posts
Gallery: 1 photo
Likes: 5
Joined Sep 2008
Location: West Coast
     
Jun 04, 2011 10:30 |  #5

Saint728 wrote in post #12533316 (external link)
Gitzo GT-0541 Mountaineer 6X Carbon Fiber. It weighs 1.7 pounds and collapses down to 18.9 inches including head. I use it with a Markins Q3T ball head.

Take Care,
Cheers, Patrick

Holy cow that tripod is $$!! Crazy...




  
  LOG IN TO REPLY
peter_n
Goldmember
Avatar
2,480 posts
Gallery: 2 photos
Likes: 124
Joined Apr 2010
Location: Boston, USA
     
Jun 04, 2011 10:48 |  #6

Yes but if you buy a quality tripod like Gitzo or RRS to begin with you will in the long-term pay less than for the series of cheap tripods you will inevitably be continually replacing. Plus you'll get proper stability right off the bat.

Patrick has bought a quality tripod and ballhead and that purchase will be immediately reflected in his pictures and ultimately in his wallet.


~Peter

  
  LOG IN TO REPLY
Joe ­ Ravenstein
Goldmember
2,338 posts
Likes: 1
Joined Mar 2010
Location: E Tx
     
Jun 04, 2011 10:50 |  #7

In photography gear, light isn't cheap, carbon fiber and titanium are costly components and aluminum although common gets expensive when alloyed for durability.


Canon 60D,18-55mm,55-250mm,50mm compact macro, AF ext tubes. Sigma 8-16mm uwa, 18-250mm, 85mm F1.4, 150-500mm

  
  LOG IN TO REPLY
Exposure101
Senior Member
555 posts
Gallery: 1 photo
Likes: 5
Joined Sep 2008
Location: West Coast
     
Jun 04, 2011 10:50 |  #8

peter_n wrote in post #12534911 (external link)
Yes but if you buy a quality tripod like Gitzo or RRS to begin with you will in the long-term pay less than for the series of cheap tripods you will inevitably be continually replacing. Plus you'll get proper stability right off the bat.

Patrick has bought a quality tripod and ballhead and that purchase will be immediately reflected in his pictures and ultimately in his wallet.

Oh yeah for sure. If I had the money I would definitely invest in a very nice tripod. I was just saying that something like that is probably not in the budget for the majority of people.




  
  LOG IN TO REPLY
RPCrowe
Cream of the Crop
Avatar
8,274 posts
Likes: 2116
Joined Nov 2005
Location: San Diego County, California, USA
     
Jun 04, 2011 11:46 as a reply to  @ Exposure101's post |  #9

Modified SLIK Pro 330DX

I have modified a SLIK pro 330DX titanium tripod into a very viable travel and boonie-tromping tripod which will not require selling the farm to purchase.

I replaced the long center column with the shorter, optional column. I could have cut off a partion of the column but, using the optional center column is, IMO, a better choice.

I switched the heavy stock pan-tilt head that comes with this tripod to an Adorama Flashpoint F-1 Magnesium, Arca Compatible ball head.

Modified SLIK next to my full-size Giottos MT-8180 Tripod

IMAGE: http://rpcrowe.smugmug.com/Other/Photo-Equipment/Tripods-Slik-and-Giottos/919424734_sxW6K-L.jpg
IMAGE LINK: http://rpcrowe.smugmug​.com …6QWH#919424734_​sxW6K-A-LB  (external link)

The modified tripod weighs less than two pounds and will support my 1.6x cameras and 70-200mm f/4L IS lens, even in a brisk wind. The total cost for the rig was less than $150 (I got the tripod on sale at Calumet Camera).
IMAGE: http://rpcrowe.smugmug.com/Other/Photo-Equipment/slik-02/919424462_kqiXb-L.jpg
IMAGE LINK: http://rpcrowe.smugmug​.com …6QWH#919424462_​kqiXb-A-LB  (external link)

I would not choose this as my only tripod but, it is great for travel and boonie tromping since it is quite lightweight and rather small. The one downside is that the tripod is fairly short but, I am 6'2" tall. It is worth it to me to bend over a bit in order to have a tripod that is this small and light, yet will support a decent size camera.
IMAGE: http://rpcrowe.smugmug.com/Other/Photo-Equipment/slik-01/919424432_GDn6s-L.jpg
IMAGE LINK: http://rpcrowe.smugmug​.com …6QWH#919424432_​GDn6s-A-LB  (external link)

See my images at http://rpcrowe.smugmug​.com/ (external link)

  
  LOG IN TO REPLY
kinghong1970
Goldmember
Avatar
2,093 posts
Likes: 1
Joined Jun 2009
Location: NYC/NJ
     
Jun 04, 2011 11:47 |  #10

gitzo 1550t is even smaller, can take upto a 70-200 2.8 IS and it's a joy to travel with it...
and yea, it's going to hurt your wallet...


Albert the Clumsy Ape
GEAR | FEEDBACK | REVIEW | KING OF GREENE STREET (external link) | FS: Gitzo GT1550T, Photoclam PC30N

  
  LOG IN TO REPLY
Creevesphotography
Member
224 posts
Gallery: 1 photo
Likes: 1
Joined Apr 2011
Location: So. Cal
     
Jun 04, 2011 11:54 |  #11

have you looked into the manfrotto tripods? i have one i bought almost 15 years ago that still works great.


Carol Reeves Photography (external link)
No fate but what we make for ourselves

  
  LOG IN TO REPLY
pcanon
THREAD ­ STARTER
Member
66 posts
Joined May 2009
     
Jun 04, 2011 14:40 as a reply to  @ Anke's post |  #12

well, I am thinking around $500 to $600 US


Thanks.
10D, 5D Mark ll, 70-200
L F2.8 IS, 50mm, 17-40L F4 USM, 24-70L f2.8 USM, Canon 2x ii, 580 Ex ii, 420 Ex

  
  LOG IN TO REPLY
tvphotog
Cream of the Crop
Avatar
6,093 posts
Gallery: 1 photo
Likes: 37
Joined Aug 2007
Location: New York City
     
Jun 04, 2011 14:44 |  #13

Look here, a review of Feisol 3441.

A number of members, including me, have switched from Gitzo to Feisol.


Jay
Ireland in Word and Image (external link) Jay Ben Images (external link)5D IV | 5DS/R | Powershot S100 | 24-105L | 100-400 IIL | 16-35 f/2.8 IIL | 24 T/S f /3.5L II | 17 T/S f/4L | 50mm f/1.2L | 35mm f/1.4L | 70-200 f/2.8L II | 580 EX II | 600 EX-RT | Feisol 3441T/Markins Q3T lever QR | Gitzo 3542L Markins Qi20 BV-22 | Gitzo 5561T RRS MH-02

  
  LOG IN TO REPLY
kinghong1970
Goldmember
Avatar
2,093 posts
Likes: 1
Joined Jun 2009
Location: NYC/NJ
     
Jun 04, 2011 14:55 |  #14

pcanon wrote in post #12535877 (external link)
well, I am thinking around $500 to $600 US

i'm willing to part with my gitzo...

if you're interested, pm me...

just not traveling as much these days.


Albert the Clumsy Ape
GEAR | FEEDBACK | REVIEW | KING OF GREENE STREET (external link) | FS: Gitzo GT1550T, Photoclam PC30N

  
  LOG IN TO REPLY
peter_n
Goldmember
Avatar
2,480 posts
Gallery: 2 photos
Likes: 124
Joined Apr 2010
Location: Boston, USA
     
Jun 04, 2011 19:16 |  #15

pcanon wrote in post #12535877 (external link)
well, I am thinking around $500 to $600 US

Well you can get an excellent tripod and ballhead within your budget. It doesn't have to be one of the top brands as there's plenty of experience with less expensive (but excellent quality) products here. The key is to avoid buying something that looks great but isn't well designed or manufactured. Members here like brands such as Benro, Feisol and Sirui that have been tried and tested in the field and have proved reliable. The knee-jerk reaction to requests for advice on travel tripods has been the Gitzo 1541T, but that model has been discontinued and replaced by the 1542T which costs $680 at B&H. Expensive, and apparently less impressive specs then the 1541T.

I have two travel tripods, a Gitzo 1541T and a Benro C2680T. The Benro was bought as a backup for the Gitzo; half the price and almost as light I bought it after a fair amount of research. In short order it replaced the Gitzo and now the 1541T is the backup and the Benro is first choice; I think it's a better tripod. The Benro costs $326 and is sourced directly from China on eBay, I have my reasons for thinking that it's a better tripod and you can read these in some detail, but in short it has better specs: it's taller so you use less of the center column, it has replaceable feet, and in many small ways it is easier to use. It is worth considering. The ballhead is another conversation.


~Peter

  
  LOG IN TO REPLY
sponsored links
(this ad will go away when you log in as a registered member)

4,087 views & 0 likes for this thread
Light weight TriPod
FORUMS Canon Cameras, Lenses & Accessories Canon Accessories 
AAA
x 1600
y 1600

Jump to forum...   •  Rules   •  Index   •  New posts   •  RTAT   •  'Best of'   •  Gallery   •  Gear   •  Reviews   •  Member list   •  Polls   •  Image rules   •  Search   •  Password reset

Not a member yet?
Register to forums
Registered members may log in to forums and access all the features: full search, image upload, follow forums, own gear list and ratings, likes, more forums, private messaging, thread follow, notifications, own gallery, all settings, view hosted photos, own reviews, see more and do more... and all is free. Don't be a stranger - register now and start posting!


COOKIES DISCLAIMER: This website uses cookies to improve your user experience. By using this site, you agree to our use of cookies and to our privacy policy.
Privacy policy and cookie usage info.


POWERED BY AMASS forum software 2.1forum software
version 2.1 /
code and design
by Pekka Saarinen ©
for photography-on-the.net

Latest registered member is countrygirl67
790 guests, 190 members online
Simultaneous users record so far is 15144, that happened on Nov 22, 2018

Photography-on-the.net Digital Photography Forums is the website for photographers and all who love great photos, camera and post processing techniques, gear talk, discussion and sharing. Professionals, hobbyists, newbies and those who don't even own a camera -- all are welcome regardless of skill, favourite brand, gear, gender or age. Registering and usage is free.