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05-05-2014, 07:34 AM   #1
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Need suggestions for lightweight tripod

I'll try to make this short and sweet.

I need a new tripod for a 3 hiking expedition.
My concerns are Weight, compactness, stability and price.

I need something that can easily be slung over a shoulder and is compact.
Unfortunately, I cannot afford to pay $600 for a tripod. My budget is to stay under $150.

05-05-2014, 07:48 AM   #2
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I use this one when I need a light, portable tripod: MeFOTO BackPacker. It's not as sturdy as a $600 one but is good enough. Also the colours!
05-05-2014, 08:34 AM   #3
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I just finished researching that exact same topic.

I got the Sirui T-025X tripod.

It's the lightest and most compact around. Period.

It's actually sturdier than my larger alunimum tripod (that Sirui is carbon fiber).

The included head is excellent.

You can even carry it attached to your hip with the included carabiner...

The options I had narrowed it down to were:

-the Mephoto products, but they were larger, heavier and could not carry any more weight.
-the Sirui T-005X which is almost similar to my final choice, but aluminum and not as strong/sturdy
-the T-025X which was the cheapest available for carbon fiber, not much more expensive than a MePhoto aluminum tripod, and checked all the boxes.

I have no regrets.

You can read my short review here:

And Heie's longer review here:

Sirui T-025x Travel Tripod Review - Introduction - Pentax Camera Forums
05-05-2014, 03:09 PM   #4
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QuoteOriginally posted by theraven871 Quote
I'll try to make this short and sweet.

My concerns are Weight, compactness, stability and price.
My budget is to stay under $150.
You're going to have to up that budget to get the other 3. In tripods, there's light, stable and cheap. You get to pick only 2.


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