Recommend a Lightweight Tripod


darkskies

Link Posted 14/09/2016 - 17:01
Hi Folks,

I want to buy a lightweight tripod for travelling. The preference is for it to fold up quite small, but it needs to be robust enough to take a DSLR like a K3 plus a decent lens. It's not going to have to take anything like a DA*300, for example.

Have you nice people got any recommendations?
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johnriley

Link Posted 14/09/2016 - 18:01
I would perhaps take a table top tripod, a good one like an old second hand Leica one, but wouldn't bother with any tripod that isn't heavy enough to be a nuisance.

You have SR in the camera, plus the use of all sorts of impromptu supports. Trees, walls, tables, all sorts of places to hold a camera firm.

Unless you have a specific purpose for the tripod, such as photographing small items in museums, then it probably won't get used and will just be one more thing to carry.
Best regards, John

redbusa99

Link Posted 14/09/2016 - 18:17
i always use a tripod at least once on holiday when using my 10 stop filter so would not travel without it. i have a "3 legged thing" punks version but i see now they appear to be only doing carbon fibre and no mag alloy ones so they have become very pricey compared to what they were. the other i have is the large Gorillapod which is very handy and versatile. you can literally wrap it around anything to gain a support and never had a problem supporting K5 11s plus DA*16-50 when i had one which is quite a heavy lens , now have a Pentax 17-70 again no problem or with the A70-210 ALL METAL lens
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Mag07

Link Posted 14/09/2016 - 18:31
I will second a Gorrilapod- I have this Joby (https://www.amazon.co.uk/Joby-GorillaPod-SLR-Zoom-Cameras-Ballhead/dp/B002FGTWOC/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1473873744&sr=8-4&keywords=joby) and love it - it happily fully supports the K3II and the 55-300 or the Sigma 10-20 (up to 3kgs) It's all a matter of how you 'set' it's legs. It's tremendously flexible in that respect.
It's short and stubby though so you will always need a table/wall/rail something to set it on or attach it to.
I personally found the regular size tripods that are super light, just don't hold up to even the lightest winds very well when fully extended without you having to hang some weight on them, which I guess can work if you carry a few extra kilos in your bag at all times. If you don't then you might as well have a Joby.


My main tripod weighs 2.5 to 3kg depending on which head I use and I often find that too much to carry around when walking alone.
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scarr1

Link Posted 14/09/2016 - 18:45
I have a hama compact traveller pro which i use when im away up the caravan. Its quite lightweight and as the name says, compact....folds down to about 14 inches iirc. Comes with a carry case with strap. I think it was 35. it supports my k3 fine with the 18-135 and 55-300 fine.

cardiffgareth

Link Posted 14/09/2016 - 20:55
Don't know how lightweight you want but the Manfrotto 190 series is rock solid and reasonably light. I just bought one and its head and shoulders above my old Jessops carbon fibre unit
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Blythman

Link Posted 14/09/2016 - 21:05
Benro Carbon Travel Angel. The bees knees
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darkskies

Link Posted 14/09/2016 - 21:23
Thanks for the comments so far, folks.

Just to make something obvious, I have already the need for a lightweight tripod, so a table-top unit or a gorillapod won't cut it. It will need to be used for night shots, as well as holiday shots.

I'll check out the recommendations so far.
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GlynM

Link Posted 14/09/2016 - 22:07
A while back I wanted something I could carry on my bicycle for shooting early morning landscapes and after some consideration went for a Red Snapper RSF-284M & RSH-61/30 Ball Head. It is light, folds up quite small and comes with a bag that I could easily sling over my shoulders.

I actually use it a lot, not just for trips, often in preference to my older Manfrotto 055pro. It also comes with with an additional short centre column for when you need to get close to the ground.

The latest version appears to have added two levels on the head.

Max. height - 1550mm (column extended)
Max. height - 1260mm (column not extended)
Min. height - 340mm
Min. height Short column - 145mm
Min. height(column reversed)- 0mm
Folded length 460mm
Tube dia. - 28mm
Weight - 1600g
Max Load - 8kg

RSH-61/30 ball head.

Ball Size 30mm
Height 80mm
Barrel Dia 40mm
Weight 330gms
Max. Load 5kg

You can see the full details here.

Glyn
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Mag07

Link Posted 14/09/2016 - 22:52
In this case you may want to specify what you consider light weight
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McBrian

Link Posted 15/09/2016 - 06:51
I have one of these for travelling, cheap but certainly not nasty for travel, cycling etc.
Cheers
Brian.
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darkskies

Link Posted 15/09/2016 - 15:51
GlynM, that's a bit too big for what i want. i already have a Redsnapper tripod for my macro and telephoto needs.

McBrian wrote:
I have one of these for travelling, cheap but certainly not nasty for travel, cycling etc.

Funnily enough, I was just looking at this. It's size when packed up gives it an edge on others I've seen so far. Given, of course, that I don't really need the "bees knees!!"

Can you confirm that it is stable and performs well with the weight it specifies? Because, if it is, I reckon that's what I'll go for.
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McBrian

Link Posted 15/09/2016 - 16:54
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Can you confirm that it is stable and performs well with the weight it specifies? Because, if it is, I reckon that's what I'll go for.

Very happy with it, takes a K3ii, grip and 16-85, good a stable so far, twist lock legs a nice to use, the only gripe is the legs only have one position.
Cheers
Brian.
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Last Edited by McBrian on 15/09/2016 - 16:55

darkskies

Link Posted 15/09/2016 - 17:09
Thanks, Brian. I don't think the legs only having one position will matter too much, just for the moment, certainly for what I want it for in the immediate term.

Sorry, Alan, didn't thank you for your "bees knees" suggestion, Can't run to that at the moment!
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