Forgot Password
Pentax Camera Forums Home
 

Reply
Show Printable Version Search this Thread
09-20-2021, 03:30 PM   #1
Loyal Site Supporter
Loyal Site Supporter




Join Date: Dec 2016
Location: Shelton, CT
Photos: Albums
Posts: 709
Anyone using the Peak Design Aluminum Travel Tripod.

I currently own a Manfroto MT190XPRO4. It is a great tripod for using in a single location. Iím looking at purchasing the Peak Design Alumiinum Travell Tripod for Landscape photography. It seems like it would be much easier to haul around than the Manfroto. My issue is there is nobody near me that sell them. So I have no way to check it out. Iím hoping that someone on the forums owns one and can tell me what they think of it. Ex: Is it sturdy and stable? Is it easy to carry? Ö..

Any feedback or recommendations would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks

09-20-2021, 04:16 PM - 2 Likes   #2
Tas
Site Supporter
Site Supporter




Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: Brisbane, QLD
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 2,189
QuoteOriginally posted by steve_k Quote
I currently own a Manfroto MT190XPRO4. It is a great tripod for using in a single location. Iím looking at purchasing the Peak Design Alumiinum Travell Tripod for Landscape photography. It seems like it would be much easier to haul around than the Manfroto. My issue is there is nobody near me that sell them. So I have no way to check it out. Iím hoping that someone on the forums owns one and can tell me what they think of it. Ex: Is it sturdy and stable? Is it easy to carry? Ö..

Any feedback or recommendations would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks
G'day,

I use a Manfrotto 055 tripod as my primary and picked up the CF version of the Peak Design tripod a few months ago.

Firstly, all tripods are a compromise so don't expect the same level of stability as with the Manfrotto. I have used the Peak Design with the K-1 and it did what I wanted from it: provide a light, compact tripod for travelling on a plane and on a motorcycle.

I normally use a geared head so wasn't keen on going back to a ballhead but it wasn't as bad as I expected.

The tripod has plenty of flexibility in how it can be used and the weight difference between aluminium and CF isn't significant so saving money is possible.

Having this tripod has meant more capture options and a bag for sand or rocks is an easy way to add stability when you need it.

I think the Peak Design is a premium bit of kit that I can recommend if you want a quality travel tripod to work alongside your main tripod.

Tas
09-20-2021, 07:56 PM   #3
Loyal Site Supporter
Loyal Site Supporter
UncleVanya's Avatar

Join Date: Jul 2014
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 23,352
I have been eyeing it also. However if I do Iím convinced Iíd need the carbon version to make it worth switching from my Sirui.
09-20-2021, 10:34 PM - 2 Likes   #4
Loyal Site Supporter
Loyal Site Supporter
Paul the Sunman's Avatar

Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Melbourne
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 4,265
One day I'm sure I will find a use for a tripod.

09-21-2021, 01:56 AM   #5
Loyal Site Supporter
Loyal Site Supporter




Join Date: Dec 2016
Location: Shelton, CT
Photos: Albums
Posts: 709
Original Poster
QuoteOriginally posted by Tas Quote
G'day,

I use a Manfrotto 055 tripod as my primary and picked up the CF version of the Peak Design tripod a few months ago.

Firstly, all tripods are a compromise so don't expect the same level of stability as with the Manfrotto. I have used the Peak Design with the K-1 and it did what I wanted from it: provide a light, compact tripod for travelling on a plane and on a motorcycle.

I normally use a geared head so wasn't keen on going back to a ballhead but it wasn't as bad as I expected.

The tripod has plenty of flexibility in how it can be used and the weight difference between aluminium and CF isn't significant so saving money is possible.

Having this tripod has meant more capture options and a bag for sand or rocks is an easy way to add stability when you need it.

I think the Peak Design is a premium bit of kit that I can recommend if you want a quality travel tripod to work alongside your main tripod.

Tas
Thank you very much Tas. Isn’t the head replaceable? If you don’t mind me asking. What gear head are you using? That would probably be my next purchase.

Steve

---------- Post added 09-21-21 at 02:06 AM ----------

QuoteOriginally posted by Paul the Sunman Quote
One day I'm sure I will find a use for a tripod.
I donít use it much. But I do use it for long exposures. I also use it sometimes when I want to bracket shots because of difficult lighting conditions.

I have just left the work force due to a disability. And now that I have a lot of time on my hands. I want to see if I can take my photography skills up a notch. The disability is also the main reason for the lighter tripod. Beside the fact that even if I was 100%. I would not want to haul the Manfroto around all day.
09-21-2021, 04:29 AM   #6
Tas
Site Supporter
Site Supporter




Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: Brisbane, QLD
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 2,189
QuoteOriginally posted by steve_k Quote
Thank you very much Tas. Isnít the head replaceable? If you donít mind me asking. What gear head are you using? That would probably be my next purchase.
Hi Steve,

I hadn't considered replacing/swapping the Peak Design head, but apparently you can change the head according to Peak Design: https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/2986/1172/files/INS-Tripod-Ball-Head-Adapt...g?v=1584487742

My first geared head was a Manfrotto 410. I like this unit as it's a bit more compact than the other one I replaced it with, the Manfrotto 410. I picked up the larger more expensive one when I bought the K-1. Not sure I really needed it though.

The control knobs on the 410 are what I prefer as the larger unit uses a rubber ring around the quick adjusters and they need to be glued down.

I find both geared heads are good but bulky but once you're set up the ability to change position quickly and do fine adjustments makes them my favourite mounts to use for landscapes etc.

Tas
09-21-2021, 05:29 AM   #7
Loyal Site Supporter
Loyal Site Supporter




Join Date: Dec 2016
Location: Shelton, CT
Photos: Albums
Posts: 709
Original Poster
QuoteOriginally posted by Tas Quote
Hi Steve,

I hadn't considered replacing/swapping the Peak Design head, but apparently you can change the head according to Peak Design: https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/2986/1172/files/INS-Tripod-Ball-Head-Adapt...g?v=1584487742

My first geared head was a Manfrotto 410. I like this unit as it's a bit more compact than the other one I replaced it with, the Manfrotto 410. I picked up the larger more expensive one when I bought the K-1. Not sure I really needed it though.

The control knobs on the 410 are what I prefer as the larger unit uses a rubber ring around the quick adjusters and they need to be glued down.

I find both geared heads are good but bulky but once you're set up the ability to change position quickly and do fine adjustments makes them my favourite mounts to use for landscapes etc.

Tas
Thank you. I was looking at the 410.

09-21-2021, 05:49 AM   #8
Loyal Site Supporter
Loyal Site Supporter
UncleVanya's Avatar

Join Date: Jul 2014
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 23,352
QuoteOriginally posted by steve_k Quote
Thank you very much Tas. Isnít the head replaceable? If you donít mind me asking. What gear head are you using? That would probably be my next purchase.
You can change it but part of the design of that tripod is that the whole thing nests together very compactly and the head sits very short at the top - a different head might work but it might be a bit bulkier.
09-21-2021, 05:57 AM   #9
Pentaxian
bertwert's Avatar

Join Date: Jun 2015
Location: Golden, BC
Posts: 15,161
It may be worth having a look at the PF review here: Peak Design Travel Tripod Review - Introduction | PentaxForums.com Reviews
09-21-2021, 08:07 AM   #10
Loyal Site Supporter
Loyal Site Supporter




Join Date: Dec 2016
Location: Shelton, CT
Photos: Albums
Posts: 709
Original Poster
QuoteOriginally posted by bertwert Quote
It may be worth having a look at the PF review here: Peak Design Travel Tripod Review - Introduction | PentaxForums.com Reviews
Thank You very much. Will read it now.
09-22-2021, 09:13 AM   #11
Loyal Site Supporter
Loyal Site Supporter




Join Date: Dec 2016
Location: Shelton, CT
Photos: Albums
Posts: 709
Original Poster
QuoteOriginally posted by Tas Quote
Hi Steve,

I hadn't considered replacing/swapping the Peak Design head, but apparently you can change the head according to Peak Design: https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/2986/1172/files/INS-Tripod-Ball-Head-Adapt...g?v=1584487742

My first geared head was a Manfrotto 410. I like this unit as it's a bit more compact than the other one I replaced it with, the Manfrotto 410. I picked up the larger more expensive one when I bought the K-1. Not sure I really needed it though.

The control knobs on the 410 are what I prefer as the larger unit uses a rubber ring around the quick adjusters and they need to be glued down.

I find both geared heads are good but bulky but once you're set up the ability to change position quickly and do fine adjustments makes them my favourite mounts to use for landscapes etc.

Tas
One other quick question. The head doesn’t pan? So you need to turn the whole tripod to frame your shot properly?

Last edited by steve_k; 09-22-2021 at 11:34 AM.
09-22-2021, 05:31 PM   #12
Tas
Site Supporter
Site Supporter




Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: Brisbane, QLD
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 2,189
QuoteOriginally posted by steve_k Quote
One other quick question. The head doesnít pan? So you need to turn the whole tripod to frame your shot properly?
No, you don't have to pick up the tripod to rotate it, however the design has enabled a more compact tripod in the stowed position by allowing the head to sit into the legs. To rotate there is a locking ring at the top of the tripod that pins the head in place that you undo. This allows you to pull the head up and clear of the tripod legs to enable panning, rotating titling etc. It doesn't have a separate rotating section like some heads, the panning is using the ball so the integrated level bubble should be checked to ensure the horizon will be level. Alternatively use the camera level.

Tas
09-22-2021, 05:59 PM - 1 Like   #13
Loyal Site Supporter
Loyal Site Supporter
davidreilly3207's Avatar

Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: South Jersey
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 719
I have the carbon fiber version and it is my go-to tripod now. Very quick to set up and take down and quite stable, especially if you don't use the center column up and skinniest leg section. Even all the way up and center column up is quite stable, especially if you use a delay shooting method.
09-23-2021, 07:41 AM - 3 Likes   #14
Senior Member
Dale H. Cook's Avatar

Join Date: Mar 2019
Location: Roanoke, VA
Posts: 123
QuoteOriginally posted by Paul the Sunman Quote
One day I'm sure I will find a use for a tripod.
One reason that I own one is that, at 70, it is difficult for me to use a 1300mm lens without one.
09-23-2021, 08:16 AM   #15
Loyal Site Supporter
Loyal Site Supporter




Join Date: Dec 2016
Location: Shelton, CT
Photos: Albums
Posts: 709
Original Poster
QuoteOriginally posted by Tas Quote
No, you don't have to pick up the tripod to rotate it, however the design has enabled a more compact tripod in the stowed position by allowing the head to sit into the legs. To rotate there is a locking ring at the top of the tripod that pins the head in place that you undo. This allows you to pull the head up and clear of the tripod legs to enable panning, rotating titling etc. It doesn't have a separate rotating section like some heads, the panning is using the ball so the integrated level bubble should be checked to ensure the horizon will be level. Alternatively use the camera level.

Tas
Thanks a lot. I thought about it and realized that I could just loosen the ring. The only issue I possibly see is for panoramas. But I Haven’t done any yet.

---------- Post added 09-23-21 at 08:22 AM ----------

QuoteOriginally posted by davidreilly3207 Quote
I have the carbon fiber version and it is my go-to tripod now. Very quick to set up and take down and quite stable, especially if you don't use the center column up and skinniest leg section. Even all the way up and center column up is quite stable, especially if you use a delay shooting method.
That is what I would like to get. But itís just a little out of my reach. I would have to go for the aluminum version..Am also looking at the Manfroto 190 Go carbon fiber version.. You can never get everything you want in a single package. There are always trade offs.
Reply

Bookmarks
  • Submit Thread to Facebook Facebook
  • Submit Thread to Twitter Twitter
  • Submit Thread to Digg Digg
Tags - Make this thread easier to find by adding keywords to it!
carbon, center, cf, column, day, design, design aluminum travel, disability, fiber, flash, head, legs, level, lighting, manfroto, manfrotto, peak, peak design aluminum, photo studio, section, stability, strobist, tripod
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Peak Design capture clip WARNING! jerryleejr Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 70 05-19-2021 07:18 AM
Peak Design Travel Tripod Review Posted PF Staff Homepage & Official Pentax News 0 08-23-2020 02:50 AM
General availability of the Peak Design travel tripod on April 7th bdery Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 14 05-12-2020 10:15 AM
New Travel Tripod from Peak Design gatorguy General Photography 14 07-10-2019 06:33 AM
A new Kickstarter campaign for Peak Design : travel bag bdery Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 23 10-01-2018 01:21 PM



All times are GMT -7. The time now is 10:46 AM. | See also: NikonForums.com, CanonForums.com part of our network of photo forums!
  • Red (Default)
  • Green
  • Gray
  • Dark
  • Dark Yellow
  • Dark Blue
  • Old Red
  • Old Green
  • Old Gray
  • Dial-Up Style
Hello! It's great to see you back on the forum! Have you considered joining the community?
register
Creating a FREE ACCOUNT takes under a minute, removes ads, and lets you post! [Dismiss]
Top