Hi, recently looking for ultra compact tripods (in terms of folded/collasped length) to fit into my crumpler backpack which doesn't have a dedicated tripod holder...
My search criteria revolved around the folded length including the head to be around (or as short as possible) 35cm and fan-out to have the highest possible working height with a min. load of 1.5kg since my typical travel gear will consists of D40 / 18-200mm / SB-400
I looked at the Sprint series from SLIK but was too long folded, Manfrotto only had the 714SHB but is without the head... Then i came about Velbon... any fellow-CSers used or know where to get the Velbon's Ultra-Maxi series ?
hmm... but correct me if i'm wrong, for my setup a D40 would probably weigh at most 0.6kg, and a 18-200 would weigh in at 0.5kg, so total would be 1.1kg... with sprint or velbon's load capacity (per their respective specs) should be enuff rite?
I got a friend who used sprint pro for his d70 + 18-70 kit lens setup, he used to say still "ok" but ended up switching to manfrotto 190prob.
the slightest touch will induce lot of shake if the tripod is too small/light.
my tripod theory, buy a super cheap one for the moment now, and save up for a really good one. It's a lot cheaper than buying something in between then upgrade and upgrade.
My first tripod was a cheap ~$20 carrefour tripod. a bit short, good for my P&S back then.. upgraded to SLR and continued using it. no prob. till now, i'm still using this cheap and light tripod when i travel.
save up a long time and got myself a tall CF tripod and Foba Superball M1 ballhead. weighs in at just over a kg and takes 8.5kg loads more than enough for a body + 70-200/2.8 and flash combo.
“How fortunate for leaders that men do not think.” - Adolf Hitler
That's right. Dun just look at what you have now. Look further into the future. My theory for anything related to CAMs are as such - buy one that can "withstand" your upgrades in the forseeable future.
As the old adage goes: Your Long pants can be folded to be a pair of Bermudas. But your bermudas cannot be stretch to be a pair of long pants...
The DIFFERENCE is not in the "Cue", it is in the SKILLS...
If have tight budget, get Slik Sprint Pro.
If got tight budget and heavy gear, get PPCP tripod: http://forums.clubsnap.org/showthread.php?t=267934
so far, the common tripods sought after at various quality and price range.
one can start with the PPCP, benro, slik and velbon.
better ones include giottos, manfrotto and feisol.
and gitzo is more favored by some over manfrotto, but it is also priced at a higher rate, esp for its CF.
Canon EOS 30D w/ grip 580EX, Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8, EF-S 10-22mm
Also getting a good ball head is equally important too...
Last edited by Jet Lim; 28th March 2007 at 10:59 PM.
there is a few ways of looking at it. one can either get one tripod and live with its plus and minus, ie. heavy tripod but able to take current/future upgrades. or get two or more tripod and choose different tripod for different purposes, that is if you can afford and are able to bring out the correct tripod for the expected situation.
contrary to the saying of the berms/pants, there are situations where berms are better than pants, such as the beach or in the water. so pants is not always better.
my advice is get what is suitable for you now, i.e. the heaviest most stable tripod you are willing to carry around (ie. it cannot be too heavy depending on your fitness and willingness) for your current equipment, and depending on how likely you are going to upgrade, provide some reservations if very likely to very heavy additions. also look at the type of photography (e.g. when you add flash, you may not use tripod for some situations, so adding of flash may be a non issue) and the venues you are going. sg isn't that windy, but if you are doing highlands and coastal overseas, you probably need a more steady one. so it varies.