Travel tripod recommendations

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Stejo Senior Member • Posts: 1,357
Travel tripod recommendations

Trying to find a travel tripod and got lost in the countless available options. Here's the requirements (incl. head):

Folded height: <45cm (18") preferably <40cm (16")

Weight: <1.5kg (3.3lb) preferably <1.3kg (2.9lb)

Load capacity: >4kg (9lb)

Height w/o column: >120cm (47")

Height with column: >145cm (57")

Price: <$250 ideally much lower

Don't necessarily need carbon fiber, long as the minimum requirements are met.

Would be nice if it had spiked feet and friction control but not required. Twist locks strongly preferred.

Fixed center column is a deal breaker. 5 section legs with a max tube diameter of 23mm or less, also a deal breaker.

You'd think that with such strict requirements it would be pretty easy to find the correct one, but apparently not. Quite a few tripods meet the minimum requirements and it's not easy to evaluate them on paper.

So far been looking mostly at Sirui T-004X/024X, Manfrotto Element Big and Vanguard VEO 2 264/265AB/CB. Anything else worthwhile that I'm missing?

I'd appreciate any recommendations or real world usage feedback.

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