I'm looking for a tripod about 20 - 22" long (collapsed) to carry on my bike (pedal kind) with my Rollei. I've found the Rollei to be a great biking camera, but the tripod I carry around in the car for it is way too long collapsed. It would need to be sturdy enough for the Rollei, and have a column, but not necessarily a crank.
I have a Gitzo 2711 carbon fiber several years old, folds to 22in plus the ball head another 4in, together weigh 5lbs and easily supports 17 lbs. I have traveled all over including very long walks. The legs have three sections and the column is 12in. Supports a Hasselblad with a 250mm lens with no trouble. I don't know the current model# and they are not cheap but I found it to be a good investment. At the time I bought it they threw in a padded case that went for approx.$100.
For some time I have been thinking about incorporating a tripod into the stem of a bike, using the bike itself as a tripod. So you would tilt the seat or take it off and pull the stem up and voila, bikepod.
Waaay too long!
Originally Posted by Ektagraphic
The Bogen 3001 is about 21" long collapsed & certainly strong enough for a Rollei.
You would have to add the height of whatever head you put on it but you could carry the head attached to the camera & install them both when you stop to fuzzygraf.
You might try this. A Manfrotto Magic Arm with camp at one end, small 3-way head at the other. It would hold a Rollei easily. The bike itself becomes the tripod. A lot less expensive than a Gitzo.
Morry Katz - Lethbridge
What is the bike ? How big ? Rack ? kickstand ?
Originally Posted by George Collier
how tall are you ?
Thanks for the replies -
Can't make the bike part of the rig - sometimes I have to leave it nearby.
Tiltall definitely too long.
Don - good questions, but already considered in my "specs".
But what you didn't ask - color of the bike is white.