Compact tripod

Discussion in '35mm Cameras and Accessories' started by Dinesh, Jul 23, 2007.

  1. Dinesh

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    Can anybody suggest a compact but sturdy tripod for travelling?

    It will need to be able to support a 35mm rangefinder with a 35mm lens. Ideally, I would prefer one that has a min./max of approx. 30 cm to 150 cm., folds up to about 30 cm. and is fairly light.

    Basically, it needs to be small enough that it won't impair my ability to drink at a pub after an evening of long exposure shooting.

    Many thanks in advance.
     
  2. jd callow

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    I suspect that the max height of 150cm is going to be hard to find..

    This looks nice but is abit short (33" < 150cm)
    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/113834-REG/Cullmann_CU_1001_Touring_Set.html

    Another nice looking tripod but still short...
    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/337969-USA/Leupold_56446_Compact_Tripod.html

    This would be good as well,
    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/428996-REG/Bogen_Manfrotto_715SHB_715SHB_Short_Digi_Black.html

    And another...
    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produ...frotto_718SHB_718SHB_Compact_Digi_Tripod.html

    All these are kits w/ heads and heads are probably just ok as the kits cost about as much as a head.
     
  3. Nick Zentena

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    Some of the people over the LF forum have been raving about some thing called a Feisol. But it doesn't seem much cheaper then what Harry's sells the Gitzo for when you include shipping from Taiwan.

    http://www.feisol.com/english/purchasect.htm

    3301 I think.
     
  4. Roger Hicks

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    If you don't mind the price, Gitzo Traveller (which I've tried but can't afford).

    Otherwise, Velbon Maxi 343 i or Slik Snapman (Frances and I have both, and have used them for years).
     
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    As Roger said, the Gitzo Traveller is great; easily fits into a small rucksack. It is pricey, but you pay for it once and use it for decades. I've been using one for a year now - with 35mm and medium format rangefinders and also a Rolleiflex from time to time - and couldn't be happier.

    Cheers,
    omar
     
  6. Tom Hoskinson

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    Take a look at the Chinese BENRO C-128 n6 Carbon Fiber Tripod. I believe that it meets all of your stated specifications.

    I have one and am pleased with it. I am using a small Markins Ball Head on it.
     
  7. Dinesh

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    Thanks for all your replies.
     
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    I recently bought a Manfrotto Modo 785B tripod. It was designed for lightweight digi cameras, but handles my Bessa kit and F80 no problem. Has a built in spirit level, built in quick release plate, the height requirements you want, is light and folds down quite small.

    Ps, the legs open to three different angles and the centre column divides so you can get as low as 17cm from the ground.
     
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  9. polaski

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    Maybe go even smaller.

    First, Roger, I looked up prices on the Gitzo Traveller. Yikes! If you weren't across the pond, I'd suggest going halves on it.

    Dinesh, if you are using a 35mm rangefinder with a 35mm lens, you can go much. much smaller. There are some very decent pocketable tabletop tripods available (including the Manfrotto). These can be used on a tabletop (or top of a bar), against a wall, or as a chestpod.

    http://www.panix.com/~rbean/tripod/

    There are many varieties, including the Ultrapod, but my most used table top is a generic (now branded Kalt) that quickly deploys and is especislly useful as a chestpod. Check here:

    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/135310-REG/Kalt_NP10120_Pocket_Tripod_with_Ballhead.html

    Now, you can really relax at the pub.
     
  10. Dinesh

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    I ended up going with a Manfrotto 725. It was about 100 bucks, compact, light and tall enough for my needs. It can even hold my Hassy in a pinch.

    Thanks again to all who took the time to reply.


    Cheers!