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Mini / Tabletop Tripod Choices

 
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May 07, 2013 12:38 |  #1

I've been doing some research trying to find a small tabletop style tripod for travel. Mainly for nighttime long exposure, fireworks, and self shot family portraits (realize I'd need something to rest it on). I've looked at the gorillapod options, but am not too keen on buying the Focus model. I was thinking about the beanbag route as well, but don't think I'd get the sky angles I want. I plan on using my 17-55 and Tokina 11-16 with my 7D. So far, the options I'm considering are the following:
Manfrotto MTT2-P02 (external link) - $24.99 @ B&H
Slik Mini II (external link) - $21.95 @ Amazon
Pedco UltraPod II (external link) - $16.71 @ Amazon

I'm leaning towards the Manfrotto or Ultrapod due to size, but the Slik seems a little beefier. I'm a little leery of the ballhead on the Manfrotto as well since its so cheap. Anyone had a chance to use multiples of the above and care to chime in? Any other options I should be looking at? Want to keep this under $100 and size is key.


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May 07, 2013 15:51 |  #2

sporadic wrote in post #15907142 (external link)
I've been doing some research trying to find a small tabletop style tripod for travel. Mainly for nighttime long exposure, fireworks, and self shot family portraits (realize I'd need something to rest it on). I've looked at the gorillapod options, but am not too keen on buying the Focus model. I was thinking about the beanbag route as well, but don't think I'd get the sky angles I want. I plan on using my 17-55 and Tokina 11-16 with my 7D. So far, the options I'm considering are the following:
Manfrotto MTT2-P02 (external link) - $24.99 @ B&H
Slik Mini II (external link) - $21.95 @ Amazon
Pedco UltraPod II (external link) - $16.71 @ Amazon

I'm leaning towards the Manfrotto or Ultrapod due to size, but the Slik seems a little beefier. I'm a little leery of the ballhead on the Manfrotto as well since its so cheap. Anyone had a chance to use multiples of the above and care to chime in? Any other options I should be looking at? Want to keep this under $100 and size is key.

Be careful on weight..

7d 1.8 lb
17-55 1.42 lb

3.22 for those two alone; over the weight of the Slik.


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May 07, 2013 22:21 |  #3

Dear SPORADIC,

I have gone through the same thought process as you numerous years ago (reviewing all the mini-tripods) and chose…
The MANFROTTO Mfr# MTT2-PO2 which is nifty small/compact but mighty:
http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …P02_Table_Top_T​ripod.html (external link)
The load capacity is 4.4 lbs (this holds my 5DmkII + 70-200f2.8 IS mkI &mkII), without head creep.
Just a note/caveat emptor – while it’s a versatile little tripod, the head & tripod are bolted together I.e. do not separate (so it prevents you from adding an extension to the top of the legs - probably not needed with the lenses/application you describe).

However, when using your 70-200 lens, if you need to shoot at a severely downward angle for added lens clearance with the resting surface (e.g. a ledge or some such surface), then you may want this instead
MANFROTTO Mfr #209 (with Mfr #492 micro-head):
http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …Tabletop_Tripod​_Legs.html (external link)
then you can add the MANFROTTO Mfr# 259B 10” EXTENSION COLUMN:
http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …Extension_Colum​n_for.html (external link)

Just one viewpoint.

Good luck in your selection and happy travelling...


Mary


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May 08, 2013 00:03 |  #4

I have the Manfrotto 209 Tabletop Tripod Legs w/ 492 Micro Ball Head B&H Kit. http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …Tabletop_Tripod​_Legs.html (external link)

Take Care,
Cheers, Patrick


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May 08, 2013 07:48 |  #5

Thanks for the feedback! I'm leaning towards the MTT2-PO2 as I have no intentions using it with my 70-200. Its nice to know I could try it in a pinch however. I just noticed two other options as well from Oben. Anyone have experience with their products / quality? Seems like they'd fit the bill nicely. Thanks!
Oben TT-50 Table Top Tripod (external link) - $24.95
Oben TT-100 Table Top Tripod (removeable ball head) (external link) - $34.95


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