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Best compact tripod available???

Ryan I. , Mar 07, 2004; 05:18 a.m.

I'm traveling to Europe this summer, and am preparing my gear well in advance. Since basically all I'm taking with me is what I can hold in my backpack, aside from a camera body and a single lens, I would like to take a tripod. I've heard the Velbon Maxi 343E is a very very good tripod for traveling. Before I buy it though, I was wondering if there are any other smaller tripods out there that are better than this one (for a reasonable price), or are there any newer versions of this tripod? Thank you!


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Walter Schroeder , Mar 07, 2004; 05:36 a.m.

can you give some more background? one persons small is another persons large :-)

are you taking a travelers choice 4x5 (linhof technica) or a memorystick sized camera?

cheers walter

Yakim Peled , Mar 07, 2004; 07:02 a.m.

How about a self standing monopod ? It will be less sturdy that any tripod but it also weigh less.

Happy shooting ,

Jonathan Thurlow , Mar 07, 2004; 07:38 a.m.

You might want to take a look at the replies to a question I posted yesterday:
Cheapish, lightweight tripod and ballhead for travel.

Jonathan Thurlow , Mar 07, 2004; 07:46 a.m.

Just as a note:
The Bogen/Manfrotto self-standing monopod that Yakim Peled refers to is actually heavier (2.4lbs) than the Slik Sprint Pro (1.95lbs) or the Velbon Maxi 343E (1.9lbs). I'd guess (from its design) that it's less stable, but I've not actually seen any of the three of these to make an objective assessment!

Berg Na , Mar 07, 2004; 11:02 a.m.

The best compact tripod... Gitzo G0027

Jonathan Thurlow , Mar 07, 2004; 12:09 p.m.

The Gitzo G0027 only goes to 28" with the centre column extended. The Velbon goes to 53" (column closed) or 62" (column extended); the Slik goes to 52" (column closed) or 64" (column extended). That might or might not be a concern.

Keith Van Hulle , Mar 07, 2004; 12:26 p.m.

It's a simple equation. You need to determine how small you want it to be folded, how high you want it at extension (which relates to stability), how much it can weigh (don't forget the head), and how much weight it needs to hold. if you can define those four factors and compare them to what's available, it'll almost make the decision for you.

"Best compact" is too vague. To me, that's something that folds to 12 inches, extends to 25-30 and holds a basic auto SLR with a 50/1.8 without any hand support. From what I think you're saying, I'd suggest a Bogen 3001 and cut down the legs a couple inches. If money is no object (I never object to it), a CF Gitzo would be my choice. If you're going to lug it all over, pay VERY close attention to total weight of the package.

Ryan I. , Mar 07, 2004; 02:04 p.m.

Well, weight is an issue, but most important is size. Must be as compact as possible when folded up, as every inch it takes in my backpack is another piece of clothing I'll be without for a month! I think that for this trip I'm going to take my Canon 7e and make due with my 28-105mm lens, and leave it at that. I like the height of the velbon and the slik... I will definatley be looking into that

Ryan I. , Mar 07, 2004; 02:34 p.m.

Anyone heard anything about this tripod http://www.adorama.com/VNUMPH.html ? Been looking for reviews on it...

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