Which tripod to buy?

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1. Posted by Mugiwara (Budding Member 4 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!


I'm going on a RTW trip and I'm looking for a light and non-spacious tripod. But it still has to offer me some degree of stability.
It can't be to long when packed down.. 40-50 cm? And Rather light aswell. Has to have ball-head.

I have a Canon 30D with a 10-20 and 18-55mm, and will be carrying a 50-65 l backpack. I was thinking on bringing some sort of dayback to fit my camera, tripod and some food and clothes.
Any suggestions?

Thank you in advance!

2. Posted by marlis (Travel Guru 1167 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

if I would (I dont)carry a tripod with me while travelling it would be one with flexible legs.

3. Posted by jlala (Budding Member 36 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

i use a benro CF travel angel series tripod. It is rather lightweight and small. This is a China brand.

4. Posted by monika72 (Budding Member 6 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

I use a Feisol CT-3441 carbon fiber which is very light and easy to carry.

5. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Have you considered a monopod? Doesn't give quite as much stability as the tripod but easier to carry!

6. Posted by Schof26 (Budding Member 20 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!


I've heard the monopod argument before and I don't understand it. It's great for sports or situations where you have to keep the camera steady in good light, but for long exposure shots, it's useless. Unless, of course, you can hold it perfectly still.

This link may help:

- 39 cm packed down
- ball head
- weighs about 1.5kg
- stands 150cm fully extended

I believe that's everything you need!

You know what? I may get one of these myself.

Let me know how you make out!


7. Posted by Annie0 (Full Member 128 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

I have a Manfrotto for my canon SLR i find it is compact, lightweight and will be taking it on my travels in October

8. Posted by traveling2 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Hey... i from Malaysia.
As i know Joby tripot is convenient for travel. Is different with the traditional tripod.
Each Gorillapod is made up of 30 or more fully articulating ball-and-socket joints. You can bend and twist them into any shape, and they'll always keep your camera steady!
I get one from my place is MYR 160.00.

[ Edit: Edited on 06-May-2009, at 05:09 by traveling2 ]

9. Posted by Redpaddy (Inactive 1004 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

There are tripods (with screw in top) that are just 8" long. They fit in your pocket and cost (in UK money) just £3.

10. Posted by jasbulk (First Time Poster 1 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

I use UFO POD from Bedox, it's a pretty convenience tool,
just put in pocket wherever I go, and use it with the strong suction cup.