Travel Tripod - Smaller than this one? BENRO MeFOTO

Started Jul 26, 2012 | Discussions
Birch_Tree Junior Member • Posts: 34
Re: Travel Tripod - Smaller than this one? BENRO MeFOTO

I use a compact vintage tripod for travel, the legs are telescopic and made out of brass. Brand is MEI and was made in Germany. Looks very similar to this vintage Zeiss Ikon tripod.

Paid I around $10 for mine from a local market, seen a few on Ebay for around $80-120 which I feel is to much. Its stable enough for most photos, but would move in a strong wind.

OP drpoop Regular Member • Posts: 449
Re: Travel Tripod - Smaller than this one? BENRO MeFOTO

Hey, ya I did see that video. But it isn't so much a review than an Advert for "cowboystudios" products.

I guess the main thing I'm looking for from a review is someone to tell me just how low quality this tripod is... compared to the Sirui T005 ideally.

Optical1 wrote:

drpoop wrote:

So, I am about to pull the trigger on getting the Sirui T005 Travel Tripod. It seems to have all the features I'd like, plus the leg locks seem more versatile for setting the angle.

BUT.. then I stumbled on this even CHEAPER Chinese offering

Anyone have any experience with this tripod? Its $50 cheaper than the Sirui, and I understand the quality will suffer... but at this price point, I have to do some research into it. has no user reviews on it just yet.....

Don't know if you saw this video from 'cowboystudio' on this tripod:

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hinting Contributing Member • Posts: 751
Re: Travel Tripod - Smaller than this one? BENRO MeFOTO
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Optical1 Senior Member • Posts: 1,096
Re: Travel Tripod - Smaller than this one? BENRO MeFOTO

hinting wrote:

I use zipshot. Not as strudy or short, but lightweight and quick to operate.

That is the largest camera/lens combination that you've successfully used with this tripod? I might consider this for international travel...

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00birdie Forum Member • Posts: 57
Re: Travel Tripod - Smaller than this one? BENRO MeFOTO

Deciding to bump this because I've noticed new products that seem to address the center column problem that people were mentioning on earlier models.
There's a newer T005X (AL) and T025X (CF) that have a removeable center column. They run $140 and $240 respectively. This INCLUDES the C10X ballhead you were also raving about for its smaller size. (I really wonder if they were reading your posts here :-O)
I can't seem to find any video reviews or whatnot, just the older t005 and t025 ones.

I was trying to decide between this one and the Benro A0690T Travel Angel

the sirui claims a 11.8'' folded length vs the 15'' travel angel. Based on appearance though, the travel angel does look to have a much beefier 'spider' column where the legs all connect? I'm also curious if a removeable center column is the same thing as one that will lower below the spider area. It seems like instead of lookin glike a 4th leg in the middle, it would just have nothing there. That seems like a big design difference so I wonder how that affects performance. Any more insight would be helpful. Thanks!

donmoraes New Member • Posts: 1
Re: Travel Tripod - Smaller than this one? BENRO MeFOTO

Over the years I have gone through a lot of tripods in my quest to find the smallest and lightest for travel purposes I stumbled across the Sirui T-025x. Shaving off a few centimetres and a few grams from your tripod can mean the difference between carrying it along or leaving it sitting in your hotel room. My previous tripod was a Gitzo 1541T with a Manfrotto ball head and for all intents and purposes it was a fantastic set up. It was light, sturdy and folded down to a fairly small footprint. But the Sirui T-025x blows it out of the water when it comes to portability. It's less than a foot long and comes in at barely a kilogram with the C-10x ballhead attached. Compared to this, the Gitzo seems obese. Is the Sirui as sturdy as the Gitzo? Not really but close enough that it becomes negligible. It comes down to sufficiency I would imagine. I shoot with a Sony A7R attached to the tripod by means of an RRS L-Bracket with a Zeiss 16-35mm f/4 permanently attached to the front. With the centre column of the T-025X removed I get consistently sharp and vibration free photographs. Would it be as stable if you were using a Nikon D700 with a 70-200mm f/2.8?? I am not sure. But then again, the reason someone would buy one of the lightest travel tripods on the market would obviously be because they did not want to lug around a lot of weight....and I would imagine that such a person would not be travelling with a heavy DSLR and a huge zoom lens. So to cut a long story short, the Sirui T-025x will perform flawlessly with any mirrorless camera on the market today.

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