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Lightweight tripod

Nick_w Plus
11 4.3k 99 England
28 Dec 2012 11:52PM
I'm looking to get a very lightweight tavel tripod, but it must be stable, capable of handelling a Nikon D700 + 16-35 or 24-120. I have a Gorillapod and its just not stable enough (OK for Olympus Pen + standard lens). But really needs to extent to at least 4ft.

I will want to do a few long exposures (2-5 mins) so it has to be robust.

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Snapper Plus
13 4.3k 3 United States Outlying Islands
29 Dec 2012 12:06AM
You could do worse than starting with this list, but lightweight and stability for 5 minutes don't really go together unfortunately.
Nick_w Plus
11 4.3k 99 England
29 Dec 2012 12:11AM
Thanks Peter. I currently use the Manfrotto 055, but i've been told in no uncertain terms I'm not taking it!! (tho I might just buy the Carbon Fibre version when I get to the US), I will then have to juggle the baggage coming back.

Any other suggestions?
Nick_w Plus
11 4.3k 99 England
29 Dec 2012 1:02AM
29 Dec 2012 1:05AM
Giottos Vitruvian carbon is excellent. Very light, compact yet strong and the ball head can take D700 with big lens easily.
Nick_w Plus
11 4.3k 99 England
29 Dec 2012 1:08AM
Thanks Gary
User_Removed 8 4.6k 1 Scotland
29 Dec 2012 9:54AM

Quote:.................. but lightweight and stability for 5 minutes don't really go together unfortunately.

As snapper says. There just isn't any such thing as a "very lightweight travel tripod" that will give you the stability you need. The 055 carbon fibre version is certainly lighter than the standard version but by no stretch of the imagination could it be described as "very lightweight".

When travelling abroad, you will need to put your tripod into your checked luggage suitcase as most airlines will not let you include it as carry-on baggage (for very obvious reasons). In fact, a tripod like the 055 takes up very little space in a suitcase it really is only a question of whether it will take you over the weight restriction.

Another tip: If you have a tripod in your suitcase, be extra sure not to lock it. All airline luggage is now X-rayed and when the x-ray shows an object such as a tripod, it is very likely that the security staff will do a manual check on the luggage contents. If your baggage is locked, they simply force it open. For flights in USA, you can buy special luggage locks that can be opened by US security staff (but not, allegedly, by dishonest baggage handlers) but I don't think that UK security staff routinely have the necessary key.
Nick_w Plus
11 4.3k 99 England
29 Dec 2012 10:55AM
I realise I will have to compromise, the extreme long exposures will be the bit that gives.

Thanks for the heads up re security. I will buy when in the US, for one its cheaper.ans 2 I'm staying 50 yards from a lathe B&H superstore. Does anyone have any experience of the following?

seahawk 11 1.2k United Kingdom
29 Dec 2012 11:09AM
I have a Velbon Ultra Rexi L - it's very light and packs down small but it's very stable. I'm delighted with it - the head on mine is most of the weight but I use a smaller head when travelling.
Also much cheaper than CF and just as good IMO.
janeez Plus
9 1.8k 8 United Kingdom
29 Dec 2012 2:11PM
Giottos carbon fibre are excellent. Got mine for Christmas last year and have to say it is the best tripod I have ever had.

MH5001 3-Way Head

Worth a look here

I find this company very helpful and even travelled the 120 miles one Saturday to look at their range of camera bags (amongst other things).
RLB Plus
9 52 United Kingdom
29 Dec 2012 3:02PM
I have a Manfrotto 055 which is a great tripod, but to heavy for travelling so I bought a Velbon Ultra Rexi L - It's light to carry very compact & sturdy I have used my Canon 7 D +70/300 lens no problem & once you have got use to the twist & lock system after a couple of blisters on the hands you are up & running. Best of luck & a Happy New Year. Ray
wing 14 456 United Kingdom
29 Dec 2012 5:16PM
Depending on your budget and intended use when you get back home Three Legged Thing are worth a look! A range of Tripods varying in price and made by photographers for photographers.
Paul Morgan 17 19.1k 6 England
29 Dec 2012 10:09PM
keith selmes 14 7.3k 1 United Kingdom
29 Dec 2012 10:46PM

Quote:I have a Velbon Ultra Rexi L - it's very light and packs down small but it's very stable
Same here.

Quote: once you have got use to the twist & lock system

I'm used to Benbo, which I prefer, but it's sometimes too heavy and especially too bulky. The Velbon twist grips are quite different, but OK with practice. It really is a much lighter and more compact carry, on public transport for example, and steady enough with a FF dslr and fast tele.
31 Dec 2012 12:31AM
Another vote for the Velbon Ultra rexi L. It's very strong for its size, incredibly compact and adjusts easily to full height without losing rigidity. The twist and lock legs (all sections can be locked or released by twisting the lower leg section only) take a bit of getting used to but it's an excellent buy. It's been reviewd by Pete under the kit reviews and i bought mine on the strength of that review and have not been disappointed.

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