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What is your favorite travel tripod?

 
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Sep 24, 2018 22:34 |  #16

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Hardly anything TBH, while the RRS was out with a 600 prime no issues earlier tonight. A7R3 + FE 85 is as heavy as I'll go with this, so under 3 lbs lol.

Got it. Yea I'm looking for something a bit stronger. My Benro that I currently use is rated up to around 35lbs haha. I don't think I could ever get even close to that.


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Sep 25, 2018 19:48 |  #17

Jarvis Creative Studios wrote in post #18715337 (external link)
Thanks. Seems that one is harder to come by as it's been discontinued and no one has it in stock. Also was looking for something that could hold a little more than 9lbs. Not that I think I'll be maxing that out, but I figure the higher it's rated for, the more sturdy and well built it will be.

I did put my Canon 800 F5.6 L IS, 1 DX and Wimberley 2 head on my G1550T to prove a point to a friend, far from ideal but worked just fine.

First rule with Gitzo (I believe RRS is the same) is IGNORE weight ratings! Gitzo weight ratings are what they think a particular tripod is ideal for not what they will hold which is LOT more. Unfortunately a lot of manufacturers are claiming much higher loads than their gear is really suitable for. Supporting weight is easy - but damping vibration is difficult! Gitzo do it rather well.

Naturally any "Travel Tripod" is going to be far from ideal - but they are light and compact, otherwise they will be staying at home! They are a compromise but, quality makers like RRS/Gitzo, will deliver good performance and last longer than most of us.

I was lucky, I only bought two Manfrottos before I learned. Don't skimp - get the right tool for the job, it's cheaper in the long run.

Having said all of that the problem is finding a Gitzo at sensible money! They are stupidly expensive at normal prices and more expensive for you (in the USA) so the used market is the way to go.


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Sep 25, 2018 21:58 |  #18

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I did put my Canon 800 F5.6 L IS, 1 DX and Wimberley 2 head on my G1550T to prove a point to a friend, far from ideal but worked just fine.

First rule with Gitzo (I believe RRS is the same) is IGNORE weight ratings! Gitzo weight ratings are what they think a particular tripod is ideal for not what they will hold which is LOT more. Unfortunately a lot of manufacturers are claiming much higher loads than their gear is really suitable for. Supporting weight is easy - but damping vibration is difficult! Gitzo do it rather well.

Naturally any "Travel Tripod" is going to be far from ideal - but they are light and compact, otherwise they will be staying at home! They are a compromise but, quality makers like RRS/Gitzo, will deliver good performance and last longer than most of us.

I was lucky, I only bought two Manfrottos before I learned. Don't skimp - get the right tool for the job, it's cheaper in the long run.

Having said all of that the problem is finding a Gitzo at sensible money! They are stupidly expensive at normal prices and more expensive for you (in the USA) so the used market is the way to go.

Thanks for the info. BTW Manfrotto and Gitzo are the same company. Not sure if you knew that. That doesn't mean they're the same quality. It's probably a Lexus / Toyota situation.


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Sep 26, 2018 19:20 |  #19

Jarvis Creative Studios wrote in post #18716255 (external link)
Thanks for the info. BTW Manfrotto and Gitzo are the same company. Not sure if you knew that. That doesn't mean they're the same quality. It's probably a Lexus / Toyota situation.

No it is a wobbly sticks VS tripod situation - been there and wasted money.

Yes I am a tripod snob, but that is because I don't want to see others wasting money like I did. Yes Gitzo are great but they are not cheap - hence my suggestion of getting a used one.

If you can cope with a little more folded length then have a look at the Feisol Tournament models. Pretty rigid and VERY light - about 1 Kilo.


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Sep 27, 2018 20:17 |  #20

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This is not my primary tripod. But for traveling abroad or domestically, this tripod gets the job done.
The Globetrotter just returned from Helsinki, Stockholm and Copenhagan three weeks ago and will be in Prague in a week in the same working order as I bought it.
I highly recommend the Globetrotter CF for its intended use.

I recommend it too. It's very light weight and sturdy, and folds up into a convenient carrying case. If I were to be critical, the only element that I think could use improvement is the head (I find it's sometimes not easy to lock at a specific point with the different axis knobs). But that's been during critical MFA type applications (and the included head is designed such that the legs rest flush when folded up). The main thing I did have to get used to was just how light yet sturdy it is. I think it's a good design feature that it (and many carbon tripods) have a hook at the bottom...you can add your camera bag to weigh down your setup and still have your camera and telephoto mounted. You can also unscrew one of the legs for use as a monopod....but it's so light! If I know I'm just going to use a monopod, I prefer a heavy aluminum Monfroto I have. Though it doesn't have an arca swiss mount: the Globetrotter has a universal arca swiss (which you can use any plate: I've used a nice system I like from a small company called CAMS, that makes a flat arca swiss plate with shoulder strap). And as Manfroto/Gitzo, MeFoto is part of Benro.


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Sep 28, 2018 03:32 |  #21

I am using a Manfrotto BeFree aluminum tripod.
I was thinking of getting a Pixi or GorillaPod.  :p


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Sep 28, 2018 12:09 |  #22

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I am using a Manfrotto BeFree aluminum tripod.
I was thinking of getting a Pixi or GorillaPod.  :p

A pixi won't even come close to the duties of a regular tripod. They're great for vlogging, and as a last resort when you have nothing else, but I would not recommend them as travel tripods.


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Sep 28, 2018 12:25 as a reply to  @ Jarvis Creative Studios's post |  #23

I have both Pixi and Gorillapod, but I never take either of them with me when I travel.



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Oct 02, 2018 11:48 |  #24

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I'm looking for a sturdy but small travel tripod. Hoping to find something that can fold up to around 16-18 inches when collapsed. Primary uses will be for hiking and taking on vacation.

I have used three travel tripods; Gitzo 1541T, Benro C2680T and Leofoto LS-284C. The Benro was bought as a backup to the Gitzo but soon replaced it when I realized it was a better tripod. I won't buy another Gitzo because the customer service is bad here in the US, like some other European companies they farm out the customer service to the foreign country distributor.

I got 8 years of reliable and trouble-free service from the Benro then replaced it with a Leofoto last January, so I guess my favorite is the Leofoto. It's just a better tripod than the Benro, higher quality carbon fiber, billet aluminum apex and stainless steel hardware, no center column, folds shorter than the Benro, and fully extended is just an inch shorter than my RRS TVC-24 (see pix below).

The Leofoto is a copy of the RRS TFC-14 and take a look at Dave Berryrieser's travel tripod stability rankings (external link) and note the respective positions of the TFC-14 and the Leofoto LS-284C and what they cost.


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Oct 02, 2018 12:30 |  #25

I have the original Benro Travel Angel aluminum legs with an upgraded ballhead for a more sturdy hold. The original B0 ballhead just did not hold tight with a full-sized DSLR and L lens. With the reversing fold legs, I can fit it across the bottom side of a roller carry-on (14-15"). As long as I didn't use the last extension, the legs hold quite well. The worst conditions I placed on it was decently blowing Icelandic wind on a cliffside with a 5D2 and a 70-200 f/4.

I think they discontinued the small version and only have the longer leg version with the monopod option. Not as packing friendly.


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Oct 03, 2018 00:35 |  #26

Jarvis Creative Studios wrote in post #18718041 (external link)
A pixi won't even come close to the duties of a regular tripod. They're great for vlogging, and as a last resort when you have nothing else, but I would not recommend them as travel tripods.

The BeFree would be my travel tripod.
I was thinking of complementing the tripodwith a Pixi or GorillaPod.  :p


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Oct 03, 2018 00:37 |  #27

SYS wrote in post #18718051 (external link)
I have both Pixi and Gorillapod, but I never take either of them with me when I travel.

May I ask which one you prefer more and use more? I was thinking getting one for camera and hooking my phone for selfie.  :p


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Oct 03, 2018 08:52 |  #28

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May I ask which one you prefer more and use more? I was thinking getting one for camera and hooking my phone for selfie.  :p

Pixi is more stable but Gorillapod Focus is more flexible and taller, so it depends on the use. When I don't need much flexibility nor height, then Pixi is preferred. If I want to wrap around a tree branch or a pole, that's when Gorillapod can come in very handy.



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Oct 03, 2018 15:45 |  #29

All of the thoughts above are great, and I can second that the MeFoto CF Globetrotter variant is a winner at it's price point. Try giving this thread a read for some Gitzo Traveler vs Globetrotter comparisons. Since the posting of the above thread, the Gitzo has been on tens of thousands of miles of journeys and has still held up nicely.

Though a word of caution is that the included ballhead with the Globetrotter--and potentially all MeFoto products--needs a tad of width adjustment to accommodate the Arca Swiss plates made by RRS. They're 100% compatible, but if you want to use the included MeFoto ballhead with the included AS-style plate on one camera, and say, an RRS made plate on another, the widths are slightly different and you may have to adjust the width between the tynes of head's clamping mechanism when interchanging between the two cameras.




  
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Oct 03, 2018 22:33 |  #30

SYS wrote in post #18721419 (external link)
Pixi is more stable but Gorillapod Focus is more flexible and taller, so it depends on the use. When I don't need much flexibility nor height, then Pixi is preferred. If I want to wrap around a tree branch or a pole, that's when Gorillapod can come in very handy.

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