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Tripod? Is it worth taking one on a RTW?

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1. Posted by spank18 (Budding Member 19 posts) 9y

Hey all,

I'm taking a DSLR with a 70-300mm canon Lens and the basic 18-55mm lens.

Now, I have been considering whether I should take a tripod.

This is the one: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Joby-GP3-01EN-Gorillapod-SLR-ZOOM/dp/B000KFRSG4

It looks small, is pretty compact and light. 24.9 x 6.1 x 6.1 cm ; 241 g

Has anyone used one? Or any experience with tripods on a long trip?

The big question is...is it worth extra weight and hassle?

I look forward to hearing from you all!

Thanks,

Matt

2. Posted by jwhitten (Inactive 8 posts) 9y

Matt, I would suggest using a monopod rather than a tripod. Monopods offer a great deal of stability without being as cumbersome as a tripod. Monopods are light and easy to carry. Monopods don't offer the stability that a good tripod does, but a monopod is a great deal better than hand holding a 300 mm lencamera and you will not find it so hard to carry with you everywhere, so you are more likely to have it with you when you need some support.

Joe

3. Posted by Taffski (Travel Guru 182 posts) 9y

Hi Guys,

Bought a cheapy tripod before I left (Only 10 pounds) and have already managed to break it (Although it was continually being thrown onto and off the train for the past month!)

Am going to continue without one as I found it a bit of a pain to carry and whenever I didn't take it somewhere with me I'd need it and vica versa :) Sods Law !

So.... I'm going without one from now on.....

If you get a small and good one I'm sure you'll have no problems, however, since we're away for a year the added weight etc. also were becoming a bit of a pain.

Watch this space.... I'll be regretting it from now on :)

Taffski

4. Posted by Buttfish (Respected Member 298 posts) 9y

you could also use a monopod as a whacking stick in times of turmoil. i vote for that one.

5. Posted by jwhitten (Inactive 8 posts) 9y

Hahahahaha - that's a good one Latarina. I have sometimes thought I might have to use my monopod to fend off a mountain lion here in Colorado, but I guess it might be useful against muggers and pickpockets as well. :)

Joe

6. Posted by Makini (Respected Member 80 posts) 9y

I's say the small Manfrotto 190MF3 carbon fibre tripod. Small, lightweight and definitely worth carrying along for the times you need it. Low light shots that demand a really slow shutter speed aren't possible to take with a monopod. If not the Manfrotto, then maybe the "Gorillapod DSLR ZOOM" foldable tripod. Smaller, but very, very steady when used correctly.

7. Posted by lloydthyen (Full Member 1 posts) 9y

bring it! we're 2 months into our 6 month rtw trip. Their are shots we would not have been able to set up - there is nothing worse than asking some random person to take your picture, and getting a lousy shot. with the tripod you can compose the picture YOU want, then use the timer. oh, and run like HELL if you set the shot up a little toooo far away. of course, these days most decent digi-cams have a customizeable timer. came in useful when we set up a shot at the cape of good hope! have fun!

8. Posted by Buttfish (Respected Member 298 posts) 9y

Quoting jwhitten

Hahahahaha - that's a good one Latarina. I have sometimes thought I might have to use my monopod to fend off a mountain lion here in Colorado, but I guess it might be useful against muggers and pickpockets as well. :)

Joe

mountain lion?! perhaps i would be able to join in there, but change the lion to a bear...:S

haha, thanks. i try.

9. Posted by AndyB24 (Respected Member 167 posts) 9y

I brought a light weight aluminium tripod with me to SA, so glad i did, got some great night shots of churches and cities from rooftops, also found it handy if the rainforest areas where there wasn´t much light. It is kind of a pain to carry it around at times, like on flights when they won´t let me take it onboard and I don´t have any check in luggage, but wouldn´t travel without one now.

10. Posted by kombizz (Full Member 1416 posts) 9y

How about Manfrotto carbon fibre monopod which is light and very strong.