Travel Tripod recommendations

mikehit 10 8.0k 13 United Kingdom
30 Jan 2013 4:28PM
Same weight and size as the Velbon, doesn't pack down as tight and 3 times more expensive

But the detachable monopod looks good...

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andybebbs 11 591 1 England
30 Jan 2013 4:33PM
My god the price of some of these i could have a holiday for, sorry guys just my thoughts but nice kit.
katieb 15 255 4 United Kingdom
30 Jan 2013 4:55PM
Giottos Vitruvian VGR8255 & MH5310-630 yep they look goood but far too expensive for this trip - would mean I would have less travelling money. Sad
colin beeley Plus
16 1.2k 10 England
30 Jan 2013 6:14PM
see here might get at a good price Wink
Paul Morgan 18 19.4k 6 England
30 Jan 2013 6:24PM
I`ve got the old version of this and it does its job, you can even fit your own head.
seahawk 12 1.3k United Kingdom
30 Jan 2013 6:27PM
I use a Vanguard SBH100 on my Ultra Rexi - it's a bit heavy but the new version is supposed to be lighter and more secure. Otherwise I cannot fault the SBH100.
Paul Morgan 18 19.4k 6 England
30 Jan 2013 6:33PM
I use a Vanguard BBH-200 head on my little Hama thanks to an ephotozine competition Smile
SlowSong Plus
11 8.4k 30 England
31 Jan 2013 9:45AM
I'll check out the Vanguard. Smile
katieb 15 255 4 United Kingdom
7 Feb 2013 10:04AM
Just an update on my tripod choice for my 6 week journey down under - After reading Petes review of the Velbon Ultra Rexi L and the reccomendations of several people I went into Wex and had a look - had to say I was very impressed. My biggest worry was that it wouldn't be man enough to carry my D800, 24-70mm lens and Vangaurd SBH300 ball head, well my worries were unfounded. It is compact, Lighter than my everyday tripod Smile and will fit into my suitcase for flights. It seems very well made and the twisty legs have certainly improved - by the end of my 6 weeks travelling I will probably have got used to them - actually they work really well and lock tight with no drift downward. The price is another added bonus - such good value for a really good quality tripod - so Im happy another thing I can tick off my list.
Thanks everyone for your suggestions.
Only 4 weeks to go now - YEHHHHHHHHH
seahawk 12 1.3k United Kingdom
9 Feb 2013 11:48AM
You made a good choice, hope you get as good results with the Rexi as I do with mine. If the twist locks are a little sticky open the legs out and rub them down with some WD40 using a cloth (don't spray it on directly), then retract the legs. I found this did the trick. Repeat occasionally as necessary.

Have a good trip!
simonkit 12 1 United Kingdom
30 Jan 2014 12:44PM
Been following this as I'm on the search myself for a "travel only" tripod to take on holidays, my everyday one is just to bulky.

The Velbon was on my list too but folded height with head was a little too much for me. Thought I'd post my other findings just in case anyone looking

Not well know but this Dutch manufacturer (Redget) makes a pretty good travel tripod.. currently top of my list

A newish model made by Benro: Mefoto Backpacker

Another not so well know make but very good quality by most accounts:

Obviously all of these are compromised in such as their lightweight and portability make them less sturdy than a heavyweight but I've read reviews on them all from full frame camera owners suggested they are capable of supporting them securely... long exposure photos in gale force winds obviously aren't going to work out too well though

discreetphoton Plus
15 3.5k 20 United Kingdom
30 Jan 2014 10:22PM
My favourite is still the Gorillapod Focus. I've used that thing in places that categorically forbid normal tripods by attaching it to handrails/ church pews and the like, and never had an issue. Plus it weighs next to nothing. Pricey, but at least I know I can always use it.
Tynnwrlluniau Plus
10 112 38 Wales
22 Mar 2014 12:06AM
Glad the Velbon Ultra Rexi worked well. I have one and think it's brilliant for travel, sturdiness, weight and compactness. It's also very quick to unlock twisting all leg sections at the same time. My only gripe with it is that the grooved plastic feet are a bit unkind to my city-dweller palms when I lock the sections but it's certainly the best compromise tripod I've ever used.

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