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May 07, 2016 20:13 |  #1

Can someone suggest an option for that particular lens whereby portability is also taken into account as I'll be traveling to Costa Rica & Brasil and be lugging it around with me on long hikes. Thank You.

My question was not very clear. Must have been the Rum. I meant to specifically to ask about a Tripod. A Tripod that would be a good fit for the 100-400mm I just bought. Considering this is a "Tripod" forum I just assumed that readers would understand. Thank You.


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May 07, 2016 21:39 |  #2

This seems pretty interesting... http://www.the-digital-picture.com …t-Gear-BackLight-26L.aspx (external link)


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May 07, 2016 22:01 |  #3

I'm curious to see replies to your post. I too have been looking at the Mindshift Backlight 26L. I have the Think Tank Street Walker Pro and really like it for traveling. It fits nicely in overhead bins and snugly under the seat on all the aircraft I've traveled on so far. This bag is also really good for working out of when working out of an automobile or at a function. However, I find that it doesn't wear well, if that makes sense. Not that I'm into hiking, but the Backlight 26L looks like it would be a great option for carrying gear when rambling about looking birds and wildlife. Unfortunately, none of my local shops carry Mindshift gear.


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May 08, 2016 00:56 |  #4

Mindshift comes from thinktank... It's their brand targeted towards hiking/outdoor/adventu​re etc.

Considering the reputation quality and lifetime warranty Thinktank has i would pick up mindshift in a heartbeat if it fit my purpose.


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May 08, 2016 02:20 |  #5

Bag suggestions, this is the Tripod forum.

Can you clarify your question?

I usually just use a neck strap, but a monopod can be very handy as well.


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May 08, 2016 14:24 as a reply to  @ CyberDyneSystems's post |  #6

My oversight. I edited my question.


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May 08, 2016 14:47 |  #7

What sort of shooting are you expecting to do on those hikes? If you're doing long ones, a tripod may be extra weight/space that you don't need to pack for. As Jake mentioned, a monopod (preferably one that can double as a hiking pole) may be a better option, depending on the shoot.


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May 08, 2016 18:53 as a reply to  @ Bogino's post |  #8

No problem, it was certainly not your mistake, but it seemed the replies were confused :)

With the amazing 4 stop IS, and the action oriented shooting I tend to do, I shoot this lens hand held most often. (easily 90%)
The only exception is when I like a steady rest, in which case I use a Monopod.

If your type of shooting requires the use of a tripod, an appropriately sized tripod for this size lens would be something along the lines of an Induro 2 series. For weight savings carbon fiber;

http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …203_2_stealth_c​arbon.html (external link)
http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …t203_2_grand_st​ealth.html (external link)

Similar in design, features and build quality of a Gitzo, at considerably lower cost.
A 3 series would be better overall, and allow more leeway for future heavier gear, but will weigh more for a trek.

For a Monopod, lightweight CF solution is this one on sale;
http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …04l_3_stealth_c​arbon.html (external link)
or the 2 series;
http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …04l_2_stealth_c​arbon.html (external link)


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May 08, 2016 20:32 |  #9

I must have that backpack on my mind... :rolleyes: :lol:

So, I have that lens too.

For the tripod, I use a Gitzo 3-series with a Arca-Swiss Z1 ballhead. It may be overkill but I never have any worries about using it. Anything equivalent to that setup will be plenty solid enough, but probably anything equivalent to a 2-series Gitzo will be fine too. If the Gitzo were to break, I think I'd go for a Feisol, but from the sounds of it Induro is just as good and even less expensive.

I quit using monopods as I found they slow me down when photographing birds and such. I just handhold now for most wildlife. (But back in the day) I used an old Bogen 3218 monopod. It was aluminum and plenty strong (it could hold my weight easily without collapsing) but loud if I wasn't careful opening it. If I ever want another, it'll be carbon fiber for sure. The Induro 3-series Jake listed sounds about right.


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May 20, 2016 17:35 |  #10

Having done the Costa Rica trip earlier this year and Brazil 2 yrs back, here is my take on the tripod conundrum.
For Costa Rica I carried both a tripod and a monopod (I was carrying multiple bodies). After lugging the tripod (with the gimball head) on day one through 4+ hours of hiking (birding), I switched to the monopod for the rest of the trip.
From day 2 onwards, 75% of my shots were on the monopod and the rest were handheld.

I'm planning to go to Costa Rica again in November and will carry only the monopod and a small lightweight tripod (for sunset photos).

For Brazil, I carried only a lightweight tripod and that worked out very well for me, as I was shooting a lot indoors (church, cathedral, etc) and a lot of sunsets

I'm very happy with my Induro tripod and monopod.


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May 22, 2016 10:58 as a reply to  @ Ahazra's post |  #11

Good Luck on your trip in November, however, November is typically the most rainy time of the year in CR (which I guess can have its advantages). If I don't make it to Pantanal this year then I will almost certainly head back to Osa Penisula in December.


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