Old 05-12-2012, 10:42 PM   #1
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Can anyone here recommend a good compact tripod that I can carry in a average backpack? I will be in Europe this summer and my current tripod will not fit in my bag making it rather cumbersome to take along when not travelling by car.
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Old 05-14-2012, 05:37 PM   #2
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Can anyone here recommend a good compact tripod that I can carry in a average backpack?
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I sometimes use one as shown in this link.
But I am afraid it is just suitable for my camera below 1Kg. weight.
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Old 05-14-2012, 06:30 PM   #3
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Here's an idea - a bean bag "tripod". Haven't tried it myself, though it's gotta beat using a jacket:
http://www.amazon.com/Pocket-Adjusta...7016351&sr=8-2

I picked up a Tiltall Traveler - seemed ideal for what you are looking for. I thought they were phasing them out at $99.99 but seems they are back at 159.95. Only issue - the lock on the neck stripped the 2nd time I used it.

http://www.amazon.com/Tiltall-Sectio...7016516&sr=1-9

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Bean bag tripod....that seems like a expensive way to improvise!
I've had to balance the camera on a bag, wallet, various things before, rather annoying and you look like an idiot doing that in the middle of a station lol.
The second one looks good but way out of my pricerange, had a bit of a change of plans so now about 600 dollars of my budget is going to towards driving trains at Wolsyztn...
I plan on getting one of those small flexi tripods to attach the video camera to door windows and such for shooting video from inside trains, this is the only thing I've found in my pricerange that looks decent.
http://www.amazon.com/Sony-VCT-R640-...859096&sr=1-43
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I've had to balance the camera on a bag, wallet, various things before, rather annoying and you look like an idiot doing that in the middle of a station lol.

I plan on getting one of those small flexi tripods to attach the video camera to door windows and such for shooting video from inside trains,
Have you considered a Gorillapod? I don't have one yet, but these are pretty awesome:





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I have this little table top guy and have been very happy with it. Very well made, sturdy, and very stable with my 60D and most any lens. The ball head is well made.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...op_Tripod.html
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Yup, Im planning on getting one of those for shooting video from inside trains and such but need something a little more substantial for most other occasions.
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Have you considered a Gorillapod? I don't have one yet, but these are pretty awesome:

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Hey Jim Thias - this one's for you!

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I picked up a Tiltall Traveler - seemed ideal for what you are looking for. I thought they were phasing them out at $99.99 but seems they are back at 159.95. Only issue - the lock on the neck stripped the 2nd time I used it.

http://www.amazon.com/Tiltall-Sectio...7016516&sr=1-9

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Fixed the tripod today! Cut the insert which allowed the neck to slide lower on the thread where it was still good. : )
(I could've sworn this was an edit to my original post and not a new comment....).
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Can anyone here recommend a good compact tripod that I can carry in a average backpack? I will be in Europe this summer and my current tripod will not fit in my bag making it rather cumbersome to take along when not travelling by car.
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How long of one will fit inside 20" 22" ? or less
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Currently it seems to me the best travel tripods are carbon fiber and fold over themselves, i.e. the legs fold over the head so they can fold as small as possible. Find the best combination of this at the price you can afford.

3 Legged Thing tripods do this really well but mucho dinero.

The Sirui T-025 folds to just 11.8", the max height goes to 54" and it weighs just 1.8 lb. For what it does, it's not too expensive.

Manfrotto, Smith-Victor, Vanguard and all good companies for tripods as well.
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Here's one that boasts a super lightweight design and 5-seconds to set up:

http://photojojo.com/store/awesomeness/folding-tripod/

I do not have one of these so I cannot provide a first-person review.

That page says it is also known as the Zipshot made by Tamrac.
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Here's one that boasts a super lightweight design and 5-seconds to set up:

http://photojojo.com/store/awesomeness/folding-tripod/

I do not have one of these so I cannot provide a first-person review.

That page says it is also known as the Zipshot made by Tamrac.
Does it come with a whisk and dust pan to pick up the broken pieces of glass after you use it?

I don't know that I'd trust a DSLR - maybe a pocket camera.

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Good point. A Tamrac video says it's good for up to three pounds. Perhaps lightweight is a double entendre
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This maybe the best tripod ever. For your $490 you will likely never need to buy a new one or out grow it.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...on_Carbon.html
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This maybe the best tripod ever. For your $490 you will likely never need to buy a new one or out grow it.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...on_Carbon.html
That's the one I was thinking of too.
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