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04-06-2012, 06:59 PM   #1
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Best mini backpack tripod?

Looking for something very compact but somewhat sturdy. Anyhting out there fit the bill?

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04-06-2012, 07:20 PM   #2
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My brother took one with him when we travelled together last. TBH it was appalling and we gave up trying to get it to work. I have heard some positive things about those Gorillapod things and there is a SLR version. Might be worth a look.
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How short are you? How much will your camera+lens weigh?

Tall high-capacity 'pods aren't light. Lightweight 'pods aren't tall+sturdy. Tiny 'podfs are low-capacity. I've tried a gorillapod -- for anything other than a P&S, it sucks, and it pretty much sucks with a P&S too.

I'm 190cm / 76in tall. I've used compact lightweight Velbron MAXI-343E and -347E tripods that extend to just over 150cm / 60in -- I must bend over, and I don't load those with anything heavier than my Sony DSC-V1 P&S. (And they're not stable in high winds.)

I inherited a little collapsible no-name Prinz 430-97 / 551 'pod that extends to about 1m / 40in. It's almost tolerable if I'm sitting on a bench or camp chair. Will you take a camp stool on your hikes? I didn't think so.

My suggestion: Measure yourself. Figure what height you need. Work from there. Good luck!
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I use one of the Slik table top tripods. They don't extend very high but they're sturdy enough to hold SLR + small prime lens.

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Maybe something like the AlettA Stabilizer is a solution.

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the alletta is an over-engineered, awkward to use, over-priced gimmick.

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Low weight carbon fiber for about 280 dollars:
Amazon.com: Benro C0180T Travel Flat Tripod with Carbon Fiber Twist Lock Legs: Camera & Photo

Or the aluminum version for 110 dollars:
Amazon.com: Benro A0190T Travel Flat Tripod with Aluminum Twist Lock Legs: Camera & Photo
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i use one just like this. it came with a laser level, not sure if it was this one, but the tripod looks just the same. its 25cm tall when its fully withdrawn and 45cm tall when extended. very sturdy.

laser level is handy for DIY too.

image from here http://www.alltoolsdirect.co.uk/bosch-pcl-1-cross-laser-level-with-tripod-1686-p.asp

i don't have any scales but it feels to weighs less than my K-r without a lens attached.
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