A very real concern, especially if you travel by air, is loss/theft/damage. That's what makes inexpensive tripods like the Manfrotto 7322YSHB attractive. They're really best suited to lightweight gear but they will do in a pinch with a 6x6 SLR/TLR that's not flipped for vertical shots. My "old faithful" for travel is an aging Manfrotto 190 with a 486RC2 head. Overall, a borderline stable tripod is better than no tripod for travel; if anything, a light tripod loaded with a little weight is quite secure. Despite the insistence here and elsewhere that overkill tripod/head combos are absolutely necessary, something like a Manfrotto 190 is more than up to holding tanks like an Mamiya RB67 for travel. The cameras don't care and my shots are sharp.
Originally Posted by luxikon