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    Suggetions for the best Travel Tripod

    Hi all,

    Looking for a suggestions on the best lightweight travel tripod.
    I have a Canon 5D III which is fairly heavy with the lens attached. Going to Hawaii in 8 days and have plans to do quite a bit of hiking to get that one in a million shot. I have a backpack camera bag and I am old so nothing to heavy and bulky is what I am looking for

    Cheers for your help
    Hi my name is Malcolm



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    Quote Originally Posted by AussieBigMal View Post
    I have a Canon 5D III which is fairly heavy with the lens attached.
    Which lens or lenses will you be using?
    Something like a 20mm is vastly different to a 600mm and an idea of the lenses in use will allow recommendations on tripod / heads.
    Also, in this situation the head that you select will be every bit as important as the tripod, if not more so.

    Quote Originally Posted by AussieBigMal View Post
    Going to Hawaii in 8 days and have plans to do quite a bit of hiking to get that one in a million shot
    What do you intend to photograph, once again a recommendation for a tripod is probably easier to make if you differentiate between landscapes and distant wildlife.

    Quote Originally Posted by AussieBigMal View Post
    so nothing to heavy and bulky is what I am looking for
    The lighter tripods that are generally regarded as being rigid enough to do the job are made from carbon fibre, plenty of strength with sturdiness. They will also help you with the bulk and weight problem by making your wallet a lot thinner.
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    Hi Andrew, appreciate you taking the time

    I am taking my 24-105mm & 70-300mm len's.
    Mainly looking to photograph scenery so the 24-105 will used the most.

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    Having been enthusiastically using a new monopod for the last few days, can I ask if a monopod might suffice? Very light, and doubles as a walking stick when hiking about.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wetpixels View Post
    Having been enthusiastically using a new monopod for the last few days, can I ask if a monopod might suffice? Very light, and doubles as a walking stick when hiking about.
    Yeah thought about a mono. Difficult to keep still with longer exposures. See I am old and shake a lot

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    I am happy with my Velbon P-max, handles my D5100 with a 70-300. It is rigid enough, but will shake with even a light bump to it.
    I did just look at the Velbon website, but is not on there. I did buy it 4-5 years ago.
    Just doing a search found few places still selling them.

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    Minimum Height - 34cm
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    Weight - 800g
    Diameter of Leg - 21mm
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    Maximum Load - 1.5kg
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    I have used a Benro Travel Angel (A-065m8)with BH00 head for 3 years and have found it to be excellent.
    It has a clip on it to hang a Camera Bag or weight for extra steadiness.

    This link will show you what is available.

    http://www.photo-shop-studio.com/eng...emClass2=BENRO

    Oh and I am going to Hawaii on 25th August.
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    Malcom, I will present an opinion on purchasing tripods / heads that is fairly widely accepted as being truthful.

    After you have spent $xxxx.xx buying 5 tripods that didn't quite do the job you will find that you have spent $xxx.xx more than the cost of the 6th tripod that does do what you want.

    Darey has linked the Benro travel series tripods and from many accounts they are well made and up to the task of travel tripods. I have seen some of their other carbon fibre models and for the price they offer excellent value.
    Where my thoughts differ though is that you would be better off spending a large amount of money on a tripod head that will be able to be used on additional / subsequent tripods that you may acquire in the future. A very good quality ball head with Arca Swiss mounting compatibility will be able to be swapped between tripods and will last for a long time.

    Quote Originally Posted by Darey View Post
    Oh and I am going to Hawaii on 25th August.
    Sounds like there could almost be an ALOHA Ausphotography meet about to happen.
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    I'm happy with this combo I put together. Not cheap, but quite compact and light.

    Gitzo traveller legs
    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...EC_TRPD_G-LOCK

    Really Right Stuff BH30 ball head
    http://reallyrightstuff.com/ProductD...-Pro-II&key=it

    Have used it with a G1X on a photowalk, a really nice, light kit, and with a gripped 5D3, 24-105, both with L plates. Use a cable release or timer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Darey View Post
    Oh and I am going to Hawaii on 25th August.
    Aloha Mahalo Darey. Not sure what that means but it sounds good

    Yes I leave on the 18th August, looking forward to it.

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    Malcolm,
    Its 14 days before I leave and I am already excited.

    We will be in Hawaii for 4 days, then to Canada for a 3 week golf tour, to LA for 3 days then down to Mexico (Cala SN Luca(spelling)) for a week before coming back home.
    We will be traveling a lot so I am packing my camera gear as light as possible.

    I'm taking
    Nikon D7000
    Tamron 17-50 f2.8 standard zoom , light and excellent IQ
    Sigma 10-20 UWA, light (affordable) and good IQ
    Nikon 55-200 Kit lens for a little reach, light, cheap and good IQ
    Benro Travel Angel tripod, small, light and sturdy.

    I hope you get a good tripod and look forward to seeing some of your travel shots.

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    +1 for the Benro Travel Angel tripods. I purchased one from Photo Shop Studio before my Europe trip at the start of this year and am very happy with it.
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    Another Benro Travel Angel tripod fan here, it is light, folds up fairly small, and solid enough especially with a bag attached to the bag hook. It also converts to a monopod which can be very handy.

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    from my own personal experience, after lugging a heavy metal manfrotto tripod across asia for 3 weeks, the best tripod is the one you remember to pack the hot shoe for
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    : Oh rossco I can only imagine how you fealt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Darey View Post
    : Oh rossco I can only imagine how you fealt.
    a mix of broken hearted and stupid

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    Quote Originally Posted by Darey View Post
    Malcolm,
    Its 14 days before I leave and I am already excited.

    We will be in Hawaii for 4 days, then to Canada for a 3 week golf tour, to LA for 3 days then down to Mexico (Cala SN Luca(spelling)) for a week before coming back home.
    We will be traveling a lot so I am packing my camera gear as light as possible.

    I'm taking
    Nikon D7000
    Tamron 17-50 f2.8 standard zoom , light and excellent IQ
    Sigma 10-20 UWA, light (affordable) and good IQ
    Nikon 55-200 Kit lens for a little reach, light, cheap and good IQ
    Benro Travel Angel tripod, small, light and sturdy.

    I hope you get a good tripod and look forward to seeing some of your travel shots.
    Hey Darey have a great time, looks like a great trip. Had a friend of mine go to Mexico recently. Said it was great location but he felt quite uneasy with way the locals tended to watch him and the family. He felt they were looking for an opportunity to possibly rob him of his belongings. Just be careful and keep you equipment close to you.

    Yes I will be in Hawaii for 16 days, Volcanoes, High peaks, great views, good food. Only 6 days to go Woo Hoo! Just a litle excited

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    I recently watched a stream through Creative Live on Travel Photography (Presented by John Greengo) and one of his sections covered off tripods for travelling. He covered two options:
    1. Gitzo GT1544T (very expensive, but his No. 1 pick)
    2. Slik Sprint Mini II GM (about $90)

    The Gitzo apparently lots better, and can support substantially more weight.

    I'm also going overseas in a couple of months, and got a Joby GorillaPod SLR-zoom, but am unsure if that's the best choice for me yet.

    From what I've read, unless you're on a safari trip (on the back of a ute etc.) then a monopod isn't the best option.

    in any case I would be interested to see what option you end up with and how you find it.

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    Agreeing with Andrew's comments, I can also contribute my experience.

    After considering the Benro Travel Angel, I selected and took a Sirui carbon fibre travel tripod to Europe.

    It was affordable - I couldn't justify the Gitzo option!

    I found it very lightweight and portable, but if you are using a heavy lens, would suggest replacing the ball head that it comes with for something more robust.

    As mentioned above, recognise also that a lightweight travel tripod will not generally be as stable or rigid as a larger or heavier one. Care is therefore required when using it near rocks, the ocean or in windy conditions.

    Have a great trip. I've visited Hawaii a few times. You should have a fantastic holiday.
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    can anyone help me decipher the Benro Nomenclature, i'm confused as hell...

    digitalrev - Benro Travel Angel II Aluminium Tripod Kit A1682TBO $289.90
    digitalrev - Benro Travel Angel II Aluminium Tripod Kit A2692TB1 $319.99
    digitalrev - Benro Travel Angel II Aluminium Tripod Kit A2682TB1 $279.99
    eGlobal - Benro Travel Angel Aluminium Tripod Kit A2692TB1 $179.00

    I'm just looking for a good travelling tripod for tassy and England/Europe...
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