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    I want to get opinions here on the best way to bring a tripod during trips.

    Should I get a camera bag that have tripod pouch?
    or are there ways to fasten tripod on the camera bag?

    FYI, I like to travel light.

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    Have you consider a monopod... those with the legs that can stand on it's own. can just use it as a walking sticks

    otherwise, you'd probably need a bag. The last time i carried y tripod around, i kinda clip the loop of the tripod bag to the strap of my camera bag and leave it dangling.
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    Get a tripod bag, or get a backpack that has a tripod strap-able area.
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    i use a tripod strap to sling. when i don't require it tat often i will strap it back to my camera backpack.

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    i do without a bag, it saves alot of hassle, just sling it over shoulders. faster to deploy too.

    how heavy is ur tripod?

    free-end of sling for special requirement, cannot find anywhere to fix. lol.


    carrying handle with cut-off PVC pipe. additional way to carry.


    fixed end of sling in detail.

    materials used:
    . 1' wide nylon strap
    . hose clips
    . basic sewing to re-enforce the strap (optional), as the hose clips should do fine.
    . cutout of transparent PVC hose for friction when tightening hose clips. also prevent scratches
    . elastic cord as shoulder strap
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    weight of the tripod is a very big factor that you must consider.

    anyway, i strap my tripod into my bag with those fasterners you find in the army market. the kind you use to attach things to your field pack.

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    Sling or strap up would mean that you'll have a free availbale hand to do other stuff. Bags can be rather bulky at times. Best if you could strap on to your bag in such a way that it does not restrict movement.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sORe-EyEz View Post
    i do without a bag, it saves alot of hassle, just sling it over shoulders. faster to deploy too.

    how heavy is ur tripod?

    free-end of sling for special requirement, cannot find anywhere to fix. lol.


    carrying handle with cut-off PVC pipe. additional way to carry.


    fixed end of sling in detail.

    materials used:
    . 1' wide nylon strap
    . hose clips
    . basic sewing to re-enforce the strap (optional), as the hose clips should do fine.
    . cutout of transparent PVC hose for friction when tightening hose clips. also prevent scratches
    . elastic cord as shoulder strap


    Why not use plastic connectors/fasteners? Metal will scratch.

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    i use a shoulder bag, make sure i don't bring a truckload of lenses because if one is du lan with carrying lenses one will not get good shots. that's me, anyways.

    and then use a tripod bag. i don't mind carrying the tripod naked but it tends to attract unwanted attention sometimes. a tripod bag tends to be more ambiguous until you whip it out.

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    Never liked tripod bags. Fine when the tripod is in the bag, but I find they get in the way once the tripod is out. Unless they've made some self-collapsing/folding tripod bag that hooks up easily to the camera bag and is easy to use.

    Now I'd pay good money for that one!

    When I was in HK I just slung the tripod out one night. I did feel like some soldier though...

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    Quote Originally Posted by twnll View Post
    Why not use plastic connectors/fasteners? Metal will scratch.
    the part to fasten to the legs? plastic as in cable tie?

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    Quote Originally Posted by YSLee View Post
    Never liked tripod bags. Fine when the tripod is in the bag, but I find they get in the way once the tripod is out. Unless they've made some self-collapsing/folding tripod bag that hooks up easily to the camera bag and is easy to use.
    i stuff my tripod bag until it collapses.

    actually i still like the bag that came with the slik sprint 3-way tripod. very soft, can stuff into pocket

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    Quote Originally Posted by YSLee View Post
    Never liked tripod bags. Fine when the tripod is in the bag, but I find they get in the way once the tripod is out. Unless they've made some self-collapsing/folding tripod bag that hooks up easily to the camera bag and is easy to use.

    Now I'd pay good money for that one!

    When I was in HK I just slung the tripod out one night. I did feel like some soldier though...

    I think strapping the tripod to a camera back pack just attract too much attention plus you never know what you can knock into accidentally.

    Why not get a cheap backpack (non padded) and just throw the tripod inside. Maybe leave a little sticking out for easy access. Just pull from over the shoulder. When packing check-in luggage, just throw the whole backpack into the luggage.

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