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Travel Tripod recommendations

katieb 15 255 4 United Kingdom
30 Jan 2013 8:27AM
I have scoured the Internet looking at the various makes of lighter, shorter but sturdy tripods for travelling with and my head is in a whirl. I have the heavy old man 055prob but it doesn't go in my suitcase and is heavy for hiking. I'm going to be travelling for 6 weeks needs to go in a suitcase and needs to carry a weight of at least 3kg.
What do all you travellers out there use, any reccomendations, I cant afford a Carbon fibre one.
Ooh I don't need a head as I am happy with my vangaurd Sbh 300.

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TTT 18 586 United Kingdom
30 Jan 2013 8:47AM
mikehit 10 8.0k 13 United Kingdom
30 Jan 2013 8:50AM
The Velbon Ultra Rexi-L. I have it as a travelling alternative to my Manfrotto 190XproB - it packs shorter (30cm long without head) so will fit in most suitcases, is as light as many CF tripods, extends slightly higher than the Manfrotto and feels more stable as well (probably because the legs are thicker). There is areview on this site if you want more details.
seahawk 12 1.3k United Kingdom
30 Jan 2013 9:40AM
I agree, the Ultra Rexi - I have one and can't fault it.
Jasper87 Plus
9 2.3k 158 England
30 Jan 2013 9:57AM
Ultra Rexi went to Burma with me last December. Does exactly what it says on the tin Grin. Recommended.
puertouk 8 1.1k 17 United Kingdom
30 Jan 2013 10:08AM
I know what you are going through, as I'm looking for a new carbon fibre tripod myself, as I'm coming to the UK in July on a photo shoot up in the Lake District, but I need one that will hold around 8Kg. From what I've read, you can get one weighing around 1.6 - 1.8Kg. I keep looking at various reviews, but each one differs from another and there's not one tripod that stands out over the others, unless you go and spend silly money by spending 400 to a 1,000. Photography is my job, but I begrudge paying silly money to sit my camera on basically 3 plastic legs! Tongue Surely they must be a decent tripod for around 200 to 250. Then you have to get the head!
katieb 15 255 4 United Kingdom
30 Jan 2013 11:02AM
Interesting I was looking at the ultra Rexi earlier this morning and got put off because years ago I had a velbon and used to hate the twisty legs - but I know things have moved on since those days and it would stop my fingers getting pinched which I always seem to do with my current tripod.
Pete Plus
18 18.8k 97 England
30 Jan 2013 12:13PM

Quote:I had a velbon and used to hate the twisty legs

I tested the Velbon Ultra Rexi L and it really was a pleasure to use - and twisty legs are not my thing either more because of the lack of tightness - you think it's tight and then a leg slips, but as I explained in the review this wasn't the case. I'd recommend you find a dealer who has one in stock and try it.
parallax 10 204 United Kingdom
30 Jan 2013 1:16PM
I recommend the top of the range Giottos Vitruvian carbon. Light compact and can take a DSLR with a big lens easily. The best purchase I've made for my camera.
SlowSong Plus
11 8.5k 30 England
30 Jan 2013 2:15PM
Am reading this thread with interest as I think I need something more portable than my old Benbo Trekker which, although excellent, is rather heavy and unwieldy. However, I know nothing about heads as I've only ever had the 3-way pan and tilt type. The Velbon you've mentioned above does look rather good, but I wonder if I could be cheeky and interrupt your thread and ask what sort of head you'd recommend. Something easy to use but subtantial enough for a 60D plus long zoom, to be used at all angles, low and high. But not video. Smile
RobboB Plus
13 133 United Kingdom
30 Jan 2013 3:13PM
I am really pleased with my "Eric" from Three Legged Thing. Its Carbon Fibre but can hold 8kg. Seems really well made. They are a British company with design etc but manufacture in China
katieb 15 255 4 United Kingdom
30 Jan 2013 3:38PM
Thank you everyone for suggestions - Pete just read your review and agree sounds interesting - I see Wex have them instock so will pop in there on Sat and have a play.
@ SlowSong - I love my Vangaurd SBH 300 ball head, its an old model now they have some rather fancy new ones - it holds my D800 + 24-70mm approx 2 kilos in weight. I used to have a heavy duty 3 way pan head which I swore by until I used a ball head.

Pete Plus
18 18.8k 97 England
30 Jan 2013 3:48PM

Quote:I see Wex have them instock so will pop in there on Sat and have a play.

Handy having them nearby...let us know if you agree with my findings.
katieb 15 255 4 United Kingdom
30 Jan 2013 3:59PM
Yep 10 mins up the road - far too handy Smile
Will let you know what I think.
colin beeley 17 1.2k 10 England
30 Jan 2013 4:16PM
i just got one these to take on holiday Wink

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