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Backpack size tripods w/ ballhead combo?

 
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Oct 11, 2009 21:05 |  #1

Hi friends. I am looking for a backpack size tripod. Something light and small and reasonably priced. (Around $100 or so) Will be using a 50D and a 24-105, 10-22 and a 70-300 so I think I will be under 5lbs on the rig. I dont know if these would support say a 70-200L IS and body, but I doubt I have one anytime soon. I have a beefier cheap brand tripod but its too big for hikes and vacation trips. Would like to hear opinions from people that have used small, light weight tripods. Thank you

Is there a better alternative than this Manfrotto? Thanks
How heavy is a XXbody with a 70-200L?

Manfrotto (Distributed by Bogen) 7322YB Compact Tripod with Ball Head and Leg Angle Selectors, Max. Height 55", Supports 4.4 lbs., Black $94.90


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Oct 11, 2009 21:20 |  #2

that will struggle to support 70-200L - well depends on which 70-200L, the 2.8 IS version, forget about it, the lens itself is about 1.5kg...

if you need something compact, get the gorillapod focus, and it's ball head, this one will support up to 5kg which is perfect...


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Oct 11, 2009 21:48 |  #3

The travel tripod that I think is the best is the Gitzo 1541t. About $600. The Feisol and the Benro Angel run about $300 each, and I think you get what you pay for.

For $100, you will have to deal with a heavy tripod if you want stability. You can have two of these three things in a tripod...stability, lightweight, and low price.


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Oct 12, 2009 01:35 |  #4

The benro travel angels are pretty well regarded from what I hear. I mean obviously it's no Gitzo, but it should easily last a few years or more. They also have an aluminum version as well which is even less. I was looking to get one myself as I'm not a tripod brand loyalist, and I can't afford to buy Gitzo as much as I would like to.

I'd check those out before other brands personally. It folds down to about 14"


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Oct 12, 2009 01:56 |  #5

agphotography wrote in post #8804652 (external link)
The benro travel angels are pretty well regarded from what I hear. I mean obviously it's no Gitzo, but it should easily last a few years or more. They also have an aluminum version as well which is even less. I was looking to get one myself as I'm not a tripod brand loyalist, and I can't afford to buy Gitzo as much as I would like to.

I'd check those out before other brands personally. It folds down to about 14"

I went to a mini photo fair in the neigbourhood and there I saw the Benro travel angels. Those things are really small and light! The price over here is also very cheap imo, only 200€ or so. I'm thinking of selling my "gigantic" Manfrotto 055XProB for that small thingy...

I just don't bring my current tripod with me because of the size and wheigth. But before I sell my manfrotto I will test them both to see oif something that light and small can be used with my gear.


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Oct 12, 2009 03:08 as a reply to  @ Dawud's post |  #6

By this and thank me later. I assure you that you will be upgrading the one you are looking at. Spend a bit more and get a respectable tripod. I upgraded mine twice now. The below model is $180 but shines in every way to the one you linked up top.

http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …B_Tripod_Legs_B​lack_.html (external link)


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Oct 12, 2009 03:33 |  #7

Thanks to everyone for the Benro Travel Angel info!

DANATTHEROCK wrote in post #8804845 (external link)
By this and thank me later. I assure you that you will be upgrading the one you are looking at. Spend a bit more and get a respectable tripod. I upgraded mine twice now. The below model is $180 but shines in every way to the one you linked up top.

http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …B_Tripod_Legs_B​lack_.html (external link)

Thanks for the example Dana. I really would like to go a tad shorter since it will be strapped on my pack. I would like to go with four legs and keep the folded length as small as possible.

What do you think about these? I like the fact the Benro has a 14" folded length, but I know zilch about the durability of these models or their ball heads.


http://www.adorama.com …l?searchinfo=tr​avel+angel (external link)

http://www.adorama.com​/BG7302YB.html#Product​Reviews (external link)


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Oct 12, 2009 04:25 as a reply to  @ hammmerhead's post |  #8

That is a cute tripod man:D

I am kidding (kind of). Honestly, I think you are putting too much stock into portability. Remember, tripods are for stability. Plain and simple. If you have a photography style backpack, you will have the tripod hanging in the back. Who cares if 2" or 7" is sticking up in the air? What is the difference. And what about all the times when you are taking photographs and not hiking with it all on your back? I say get a sturdy tripod and deal with a bit of length and weight. Hell, if you got some money, look at the 4 piece 190 tripods. They are a great value for the money in my opinion. Granted the carbon fiber cost you more, but just wanted to remind you that there are some shorter and lighter offerings in the 190 series. Just as (if not more) importantly is the head. You need something that will be secure. Don't underestimate the importance of this. In the last two years I have bought four heads and three tripods. It would have been much cheaper for me to have got what I really wanted in the first place. Lessons learned.


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Oct 12, 2009 04:52 as a reply to  @ DANATTHEROCK's post |  #9

Eating some crow?

Looking over the Benro travel angel on B&H, I must say I am impressed. Looks like a slick tripod if portability is your primary concern. I may still go with a Manfrotto carbon fiber pro 4 section 190 for about the same price though. Nice to have all these options. My initial suggestion was considering your stated budget. The Benro triples what you said you were going to spend.


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Oct 12, 2009 07:54 |  #10

DANATTHEROCK wrote in post #8805055 (external link)
Eating some crow?

Looking over the Benro travel angel on B&H, I must say I am impressed. Looks like a slick tripod if portability is your primary concern. I may still go with a Manfrotto carbon fiber pro 4 section 190 for about the same price though. Nice to have all these options. My initial suggestion was considering your stated budget. The Benro triples what you said you were going to spend.

No the Benro I was looking at wasnt triple. I think you were looking at Carbon legs maybe. This one is a little beefier than the one I posted above and its still under $200. This will probably be more than enough for me.

http://www.adorama.com …chinfo=benro+tr​avel+angel (external link)


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Oct 12, 2009 22:31 |  #11

Just remember that every extra pound you carry says hello the longer you walk with it. A long hike will make you wish you had bought the lightest one you could afford.


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