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Taking Tripods on Vacation

 
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Jun 25, 2013 02:19 |  #1

Hi Everyone!

Looking for some advice re: bringing a tripod on my vacation to Hawaii later this year. I'm currently thinking of bringing my Canon 60D, 17-55, 430EX II, along with a few other accessories (e.g. circular polarizer).

I'm not sure what to do re: the tripod, however. I currently own the Gitzo GT2542LS (http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …_Ser_2_Systemat​ic_4S.html (external link)), but am wondering if it's too heavy and/or inconvenient to carry on this vacation. Do you guys usually carry a "normal" sized tripod while on vacation, or really only use travel tripods? The budget just isn't there for a high quality CF travel tripod right now, so I'm wondering what your experiences are.

I'm also considering getting into the Lee Filter System, and was wondering if anyone used these handheld (i.e. on the camera but without a tripod).

Thanks in advance!
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Jun 25, 2013 06:59 |  #2

Just back from Europe with my Benro travel tripod and a Sony NEX-7 camera. I took the rig everywhere even when out of the car. Last trip I took my Gitzo 3541LS systematic and Fuji S5 DSLR and being lazy on that trip didn't take the Gitzo too far from the car, and that really was the difference. I think I would probably carry a Gitzo 2-series though, although your tripod weighs nearly 4 lbs, my systematic weighs 3.8 lbs - almost as heavy. I think a contributing factor is the camera equipment, as a film rangefinder user I've never really liked DSLRs and their huge lenses, and the Sony NEX with Leica lenses is a huge improvement in the weight department.

I made the decision to get an "overkill" tripod and a travel tripod years ago, I could have got something like a Gitzo 2-series and have since thought about selling both and getting something like an "in-betweener" but I like the Gitzo systematic so much it didn't make sense and anyway I need it for my heaviest camera.

So for me it's a travel tripod all the way, I'm well into my 3rd year of use with the Benro and eventually sold my Gitzo traveler because I like the Benro better. They don't cost a fortune either.


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Jun 25, 2013 07:10 |  #3

i dont typically travel with my tripod (2 series gitzo). I have been considering picking up a small benro or sirui so that it would be easier to pack and travel with.


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Jun 25, 2013 08:19 |  #4

If I'm on vacation/holiday I take a micro 4/3rds Lumix GF-3, 14-42 and a 20mm f/1.7 prime and leave the 5DIII DSLR etc. at home. I don't want to lug a load of expensive gear, or a tripod around with me.

If it's a specific photo trip then that's a different matter...

If you wanted to take your 60D/17-55 combo, then personally I'd certainly not bother with a tripod. You can always buy one of those little gorilla pods (or whatever they are called) for an occasional shot if required, resting it on a wall or table etc.


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Jun 25, 2013 09:47 |  #5

I just spent a small fortune on a RRS tripod/head and a monopod/head combinations. I don't mind carrying the tripod around at all when I can drive to the location and walk from there. I don't want to take it on a plane, however.

We're heading out to Las Vegas for a few days. Well, I'm joining my wife for 4 days after her sales convention is over. I'm just taking my monopod because it will be lighter and fit into my checked luggage with no issues.

Eventually, I might get a travel setup but I have to recover from the RRS purchases first. ;)


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Jun 25, 2013 10:17 |  #6

Everytime I have not brought my tripod (either my old clunky heavy or my shiny new CF) I regret it. This includes when I leave it in the hotel. For my last few trips I have resolved to just dealing with it, even out for dinner, there is really no point in having the gear if we aren't willing to play with it now is there. Find a way to bring it, find a way to use it, you won't regret it.

As for the Lee filters I have used them by hand, but it is considerably more difficult to compose effectively. Just my experience.

Enjoy the trip, I am currently in a hotel in Shanghai after an evening walk along the Bund taking long exposure shots with the tripod I made a priority to pack...and like I said, I don't regret it!

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Jun 25, 2013 10:23 |  #7

pdrober2 wrote in post #16062770 (external link)
i dont typically travel with my tripod (2 series gitzo). I have been considering picking up a small benro or sirui so that it would be easier to pack and travel with.

I have a gitzo 2541 and I picked up a benro mefoto that has a built in monopod for some trips. It's small light and pretty good.


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Jun 25, 2013 12:41 |  #8

If I'm traveling by car, i usually bring my GT3541 since size and weight are not a problem.
If I'm flying someplace where I'm bringing my larger lenses, like when I go out to Vancouver
Island to do some birding, I will bring it as well. But if I'm flying to someplace like Europe
or Mexico and plan on walking around a lot, taking holiday photos, I bring a smaller GT1541T
travel tripod, to help reduce the weight I'm carrying around.

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Jun 25, 2013 14:31 |  #9

Another idea if you're on the fence about bringing a tripod at all...

I sewed an 8" square rice bag out of some old jeans, and I'm finding I really like for this purpose. Set it on a table, fence post, ground, car hood, whatever, and it will hold everything from my son's Coolpix to my 1D3+70-200 f/2.8L, and I can support the camera in any direction. One note though: TSA in one airport pulled me aside to take a look since it showed up as organic in the scan. I might start sending it through on its own to speed things up.

If you want to fly really light with one of these, sew a zipper into it, fly empty, and buy rice or dry beans when you arrive.


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Jun 25, 2013 15:06 |  #10

waterrockets wrote in post #16064031 (external link)
I sewed an 8" square rice bag out of some old jeans, and I'm finding I really like for this purpose. ...One note though: TSA in one airport pulled me aside to take a look since it showed up as organic in the scan. I might start sending it through on its own to speed things up.

If you want to fly really light with one of these, sew a zipper into it, fly empty, and buy rice or dry beans when you arrive.

You can also reduce the inspection time simply by using two transparent zip closure plastic bags (double bag for leak prevention)...if carried filled, you can put dry beans into it with minimal impact on travel weight, and the TSA can readily see it's a bag of beans. It can be an issue when travelling to/from locales which are diligent about transporting foodstuffs and pests.

Or you can carry it empty and buy beans at your destination, and save yourself the trouble of playing seamstress to add a zipper to a cloth bag.


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Jun 25, 2013 15:17 |  #11

Good point. I like the cotton better for a bit higher friction with the camera though.

That said, I dropped the bean bag in a ziplock to shoot individual swimming action shots last month, to keep the bag dry. It was just supporting the lens though, not left on its own. You can see how wet I was getting from the butterfly swimmers.

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Jun 25, 2013 15:23 |  #12

waterrockets wrote in post #16064177 (external link)
Good point. I like the cotton better for a bit higher friction with the camera though.

One can simply drop the ziplock bag into a cloth outer bag at your destination.

  • A Crown Royal bag is nice, if you want to present the appearance of a well-to-do lush.
  • Or you can use the socks that airlines give you in business class,
  • or you can use those cloth bags that you can buy at the travel supply place, for putting your shoes into the luggage without soiling your clothing from the shoes.

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Jun 25, 2013 15:34 |  #13

lol :) good ideas

point being, of course, that a bean bag is a handy support accessory


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Jun 25, 2013 15:56 |  #14

The weight of a full-size tripod doesn't bother me at all, but the bulk/length does...


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Jun 25, 2013 16:49 as a reply to  @ archer1960's post |  #15

I know it's a vacation. So take those tourist type snapshots.

But it's Hawaii with 100's of once in a lifetime photo ops. Take some time during your vacation to do some serious photography. Find a way to take a tripod or buy a cheap one there (Walmart).




  
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