Which Travel tripod should I buy?

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AlisonE New Member • Posts: 5
Which Travel tripod should I buy?

Hi,

I am going on two holidays this year to places I am not likely to revisit - Vietnam/Cambodia and Morocco.  I'm obviously keen to  get the best pictures i can.

I  would appreciate advice on buying a tripod.  It has to be lightweight and fold to relatively small size or I know realistically it'll be difficult for me to to carry around  (I'm a fairly diminutive female!).   My main camera is a Leica V-Lux so is not heavy and is a zoom lens camera.  I won't be taking extra zoom lenses.

What would you recommend as a good trade off between weight and stability?  I have a 'big' birthday coming up so am prepared to treat myself to a decent tripod.

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Hamiltionian Senior Member • Posts: 1,010
Re: Which Travel tripod should I buy?

AlisonE wrote:

Hi,

I am going on two holidays this year to places I am not likely to revisit - Vietnam/Cambodia and Morocco. I'm obviously keen to get the best pictures i can.

I would appreciate advice on buying a tripod. It has to be lightweight and fold to relatively small size or I know realistically it'll be difficult for me to to carry around (I'm a fairly diminutive female!). My main camera is a Leica V-Lux so is not heavy and is a zoom lens camera. I won't be taking extra zoom lenses.

What would you recommend as a good trade off between weight and stability? I have a 'big' birthday coming up so am prepared to treat myself to a decent tripod.

What is your budget?  The best travel tripods are the Really Right Stuff TFC-14 or Gitzo Traveler Series.

Do you want the camera to reach eye level when you shoot?  A lot of size and weight can be shed and stability increased with a slightly shorter one.

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CoryP2003 Forum Member • Posts: 93
Re: Which Travel tripod should I buy?

I like my Mefoto RoadTrip.  bought it at Best Buy.  Lightweight and folds up small enough o stuff inside my backpack if needed.

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David5833 Senior Member • Posts: 1,882
Re: Which Travel tripod should I buy?

A couple of less expensive ones to consider:

https://www.amazon.com/Leofoto-LS-284C-Section-Smaller-Lighter/dp/B077X7BRLR

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/822143-REG/Sirui_BSRT2205_T_2205X_5_Section_Carbon_Fiber.html

Some kind of head will be extra. Unless you get something like a Gorilla Pod or table top tripod, or flimsy full size tripod, expect the tripod and head to weigh about 3.5 - 4 lbs or more, fold up to a bundle of at least 14 inches long and at least 4 inches in diameter.

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HRC2016 Veteran Member • Posts: 6,364
Look at the specs

Don't be fooled by a tripod that's called a "travel tripod". RRS is overpriced.

If you are looking for a very affordable, compact and stable tripod, check the Sirui T-025X with the C10S ballhead or it's aluminum version. It's the most compact tripod I found that's not a tabletop tripod.

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EDub24 Junior Member • Posts: 42
Re: Which Travel tripod should I buy?

I’m a big fan of the Joby Gorillapod. Super small, lightweight and relatively cheap depending on the model you need for your camera size.

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HRC2016 Veteran Member • Posts: 6,364
Re: Which Travel tripod should I buy?

EDub24 wrote:

I’m a big fan of the Joby Gorillapod. Super small, lightweight and relatively cheap depending on the model you need for your camera size.

I believe I've seen a few posts about the Joby tripods cracking after a bit.

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EDub24 Junior Member • Posts: 42
Re: Which Travel tripod should I buy?

HRC2016 wrote:

EDub24 wrote:

I’m a big fan of the Joby Gorillapod. Super small, lightweight and relatively cheap depending on the model you need for your camera size.

I believe I've seen a few posts about the Joby tripods cracking after a bit.

I’ve seen those too. I’ve had mine for close to 7 years without cracking so I personally haven’t had that issue though. I tend not to wrap the legs around objects and use it mainly to stand on uneven surfaces when hiking so maybe that explains its longevity.

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Re: Which Travel tripod should I buy?

Buy once cry once.

http://www.reallyrightstuff.com/BH-40-Ballhead

http://www.reallyrightstuff.com/TVC-24L-Mk2-Tripod

...been using the Mark I version for 2 years, I cannot believe how well made it is.

It will last 3 lifetimes.

Solid s as a rock, 40 lb capacity, weight 3.7 lbs, travel bag available, height range of 7 " - 66 ", clamp system unites camera to tripod like a weld.

...would feel comfortable swinging the tripod with mounted camera like a baseball bat, it behaves like 1 piece of material.

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Mark B.
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Re: Which Travel tripod should I buy?

EDub24 wrote:

I’m a big fan of the Joby Gorillapod. Super small, lightweight and relatively cheap depending on the model you need for your camera size.

The Gorillapods are really a tabletop tripod, though.  Not something I would take as a replacement for a true tripod.  Good for ground-level shots, or where you have something convenient like a tabletop/platform, or pole/tree to wrap the legs around.

I haven't found too many uses for it, and only take it as another option to my travel tripod (MeFoto Globetrotter).

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EDub24 Junior Member • Posts: 42
Re: Which Travel tripod should I buy?

I usually take my gorillapod when I’m hiking/backpacking and when I’m traveling overseas and don’t want to bring my full tripod. The point of view is definitely lower but that just means you have to get creative

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Re: Which Travel tripod should I buy?

Best travel tripod 2018: 5 carbon fiber stands for your camera

  • MeFoto GlobeTrotter Carbon C2350Q2T.
  • Vanguard VEO 265CB. Stable and versatile
  • Gitzo Traveler Series 0 GK0545T-82TQD.
  • Benro Travel Angel FTA28CV1.
  • Manfrotto Befree
HRC2016 Veteran Member • Posts: 6,364
Re: Which Travel tripod should I buy?

higbee wrote:

Best travel tripod 2018: 5 carbon fiber stands for your camera

  • MeFoto GlobeTrotter Carbon C2350Q2T.
  • Vanguard VEO 265CB. Stable and versatile
  • Gitzo Traveler Series 0 GK0545T-82TQD.
  • Benro Travel Angel FTA28CV1.
  • Manfrotto Befree

I have that Vanguard. It does not travel well, which is why I bought/use/recommend the Sirui which is carbon fiber. BH says the Vanguard is unavailable.

You may want to consider an ultrapod.

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