light backpacking tripod

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  1. coigach

    coigach Member

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    Have just bought a new-to-me Fuji GA645zi rangefinder. I bought this to take with me on backpacking / mountain walking trips. It's certainly a lot lighter than the 5 lens Pentax 67 kit and heavy tripod I normally use for my landscape photos...!

    I'm looking for a lightweight tripod, as light as I can get off with as I'll be carrying it up mountains. For info, the camera is under 1kg in weight and has a short fixed lens. I'm after a 3 section tripod as I think they're more stable (and the length means that it will fit into the ice-axe loops of my rucsack!). Weight-wise I think carbon will be the best bet, a tripod with no centre column would also cut down the weight. I plan to put a light ballhead on the tripod. And finally, price is important too - can't stretch to a Gitzo I'm afraid...:rolleyes:

    Any recommendations?

    Cheers,
    Gavin
     
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    I like my Feisol. I own the smallest one that the American importer has and itweighs about 1kg. I use it with a Hasselblad (mirror and aperture locked) and for a small field camera. It may actually be overkill for the Fuji. Even at that, I'd still recommend it. The US importer is a sponsor here and provided me with excellent service. http://reallybigcameras.com/Feisol/Feisol
     
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    I know a lot of people here rave about the Feisol and they are probably very good tripods. But I bought a Flashpoint, which is the house brand for Adorama: http://www.adorama.com/FPTPF1128.html. I bought the 1228 which holds 17 pounds for my 4x5 Tachi and it works great. The 1128 is the smaller version which may fit what you need. For $159, I doubt you can find a better deal. It is a 4 section, not 3 section you want. And it does have a center column, but the column is a two piece column so you can unscrew the bottom half and only have a 6 inch column. In the year I've had mine, I have not had a single problem, having using it with my 4x5 and a Nikon F3 with a 24-50 and a heavy Vivitar Series 1 35-85 f2.8.

    You may want to check out Adorama's little ball heads that go with these tripods, small and light weight and amazingly stable enough.

    BTW, I take this tripod with me when shooting at 10,000 ft and it's really nice to have a 3.5 pound tripod.
     
  6. coigach

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    Thanks for help folks.

    Cheers,
    Gavin
     
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    Happy new year Gavin!

    Don't know if you've had a look, but Ffordes are doing a clearance on ex demo Gitzos and Manfrottos. I don't know if they are clearing anything you'd be interested in though. https://secure.ffordes.com/index.htm

    All the best, Peter
     
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    Gavin,

    I'm not located in the UK, but I'm a Feisol dealer (and APUG Sponsor). You can see complete specs and prices on the entire Feisol tripod line at:

    http://reallybigcameras.com/Feisol/Tripods

    I personally use the Feisol CT-3342 (3-section legs, no center column) for backpacking with my 4x5 Toho FC-45X. It will handle your Fuji GA645Zi with ease. It's longer and bulkier than the CT-3441S Traveler Tripod, but as long as you don't need it to fit inside your pack, or inside an airline carry-on, the size shouldn't be a problem. In terms of weight, it's only about an ounce heavier than the more compact CT-3441S, but gives you the other features you desire (3-section legs and no center column).

    If you have any questions about the Feisol products, I'd be happy to answer them here, by PM or though email.

    Kerry Thalmann
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    Thanks for info Kerry.
     
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    My recommendation is to carry your present heavy tripod. Do it as often as possible...minimally once a day. The Fuji and your photos will thank you. Your wallet will not change. You will have less reason to spend funds or time to go to a gym or a doctor.