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Advise on Travel Tripod
Old 01-21-2007, 10:23 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm traveling to mexico this weekend for some much needed vaction. Can anyone recommend a nice travel tripod? Something light and compact.

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Old 01-22-2007, 01:57 PM   #2 (permalink)
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For travel get a monopod with folding and expandable feet so it can stand on its own. It's light, portable and can be used as a walking stick. Have fun and post pics on your return.
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Rule of thumb is always carry the biggest size tripod you mode of travel allows.

If backpacking in the Alps leave it home and take a monopod (it will serve as support and walking cane). If you travel by air w/auto transport at your location I'd recommend something light like a Bogen 3001BD (@4.8lbs). If you travel in your own vehicle from start to finish, nothing less than a hoss like the Bogen 3246 (my personal favorite). It weighs 13.4lb, but I like it because it holds up a Mamayia RZ67 w/180mm lens on the beach.

Also be forewarned about Murphy's Law for traveling photographers: The one piece of equipment you need the most on location is the one you left back at the studio in your other camera bag.
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At home, I prefer the Manfrotto #055 (I'm not sure what the Bogen part # is). I often switch to the Manfrotto #190 when I need something lighter. The main advantage of the larger tripod is that it allows me to use heavier camera/lens setups at slower shutter speeds or large magnifications (greater than 1:1) which suits my style better. I have another, even larger, Manfrotto (I forget the #) that I mostly use in studio for medium & large format setups but it weighs in at 25 lbs without the head so it's not going on any long trips.

I can fit my 055 into a suitcase by removing the head and center column.

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