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What is your favorite travel tripod?

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Oct 04, 2018 06:53 |  #31

peter_n wrote in post #18720754 (external link)
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 09, 2018 01:39 |  #32

I recently bought the Siriu T-025 CF model. So far it’s been great as a travel tripod - small, lightweight and relatively sturdy. Cost was $200 for tripod and ball head.
Previously I used a Gitzo 2541 Mountaineer which was awesome, but I was trying to downsize everything (including camera). Went mirrorless which did not need the big tripod for stability.
Some quick criticisms of the Sirui tripod: The leg locks need about 1/2-full turn to fully tighten (vs. Gitzo’s 1/4 turn) and the leg joints where they connect to the body sometimes need to be tightened using the supplies he wrench. None of these are deal breakers for me, and I’m willing to make these concessions for the price.
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Oct 09, 2018 23:24 |  #33

I got the Vanguard VEO 2 265CB Carbon Tripod at the beginning of summer. It's perfect for hiking around with and easily hold 5D MKIV and a 100-400 L IS. I usually use it with the 24mm L IS II, but it's worked well with bigger lense.

https://www.bhphotovid​ …6mm_5_section_c​arbon.html (external link)

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Oct 19, 2018 13:54 |  #34

What works best for me when I'm traveling is my Platypod and RRS BH-55. Super easy to pack and versatile, it has a permanent place within my camera bag. I know, its not technically a tripod as it has four feet...

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Oct 20, 2018 09:23 |  #35

For a recent photo safari in S.Africa, I wanted a travel tripod small enough to fit in the side pocket of the medium size duffel bag I was carrying for the trip. I didn't want to pack it inside the duffel bag to make inspection easier and avoid damages (looks like every time they open the bag to inspect it they break something...). Last time I packed it in the suitcase, they opened the suitcase, broke the 'approved TSA ' lock and left me an 'we inspected your bag' card, so that I wouldn't put a strange looking object in the checked luggage...

I had trouble carrying my regular (travel size, but bigger) tripod as a carry on attached to my photography gear backpack. Some ground stewards gave me a lot of trouble in the past, wanting me to check it in (right...). Also, the pack for this trip weight 26 lbs already :rolleyes:

Anyway, I landed on the aluminum MeFoto BackPacker AirTravel (they covered everything, didn't they).

https://www.bhphotovid​ …er_air_travel_t​ripod.html (external link)

Collapsed it measures 10.4"

Fully extended 59"

Fully extended is quite wobbly, but it held my 5DIII with the EF 24-70 for some group photos. With one section of the legs collapsed it is almost stable...

You can get decent, stable support below 50", not bad in my book for a tripod the size of a GorillaPod.

I am not a snob in anything, I've been an engineer long enough to know that EVERYTHING is a compromise. My first tripod was an aluminum contraption I bought in 1973 and lasted me until 2011, when a cast aluminum elbow broke. I think I bought it for $20, a fortune those days! :p

Its successor is another aluminum wonder (a Vista Ataras!...) which meets my needs and was under $100 whith a proprietary size QR plate... :-(

The MeFoto cost $79, and if I make the projected move to 4/3ds mirrorless, it will be a resounding success. Carrying 20+ of backpack has gotten really old! Or I have...

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Oct 25, 2018 03:46 |  #36

I am in the midst of considering getting the Sirui 3t-35k and comparing against the GorillaPod.
Do consider if you are looking for a table tripod.  :p

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Oct 25, 2018 06:38 |  #37

I can vouch for the Mefoto Globetrotter CF. Light weight, yet sturdy, and it folds down nicely.

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Oct 26, 2018 16:16 |  #38

The wife/assistant was agreeable when I hand her the tripod bag that has the RRS TP-243 or these :) Height challenged but they fly easily in the messenger bag so they get in carry on. I have many concerns flying with the full sized tripods even when the airlines label "fragile" or "handle with care" and hand carry them to the loading ramp. The aluminum Bogen made the trip fine but the soft bag looked like it had been dragged down the runway. The hard cases...thumb down, works great but lugging that isn't fun.

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