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    Best super portable tripod?

    Hi Guys,

    In one of my trips I saw this guy take this 15cm tripod and extend it to around 130cm! Now THAT is what I call a portable tripod you can take anywhere. Does this ring the bell to anyone? I'd really like to get a hold of one of these.

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    Re: Best super portable tripod?

    Don't know what it is, but it sounds like it would be highly susceptible to shake. A tripod is pretty useless unless it's sturdy and steady... defeats the purpose otherwise.

    Cheers,

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    Re: Best super portable tripod?

    The idea would be to use it with a p&s, not a dslr.

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    Re: Best super portable tripod?

    I had the first version of the current Gitzo GT-1541T Traveler 6x Carbon Fiber Tripod. I used it with my GX-100, LX2 and M8. It is very pricey, but very portable. You might find a Gitzo that would be a little heavier, but that would work with that new D90, too (and would be cheaper).
    Have you considered the Leica tabletop tripod and ballhead? It is very small when folded, very sturdy, and can be used like a stock. You can brace it against your body and walk around while shooting. Mine fits right in the back flap of my camera bag.

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    Re: Best super portable tripod?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rawfa View Post
    The idea would be to use it with a p&s, not a dslr.
    the lighter the camera the heavier the tripod needs to be...used to be a rule.

    maybe a monopod would be better.

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    Re: Best super portable tripod?

    For point & shoot type cameras, I use either a Manfrotto tabletop tripod (it has a mini ball head too), or a small beanbag I made from leather. Very compact but very effective. (The Manfrotto is very similar to the Leica, but much less expensive.)

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    Re: Best super portable tripod?

    Anyone use a Gorillapod?
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    Re: Best super portable tripod?

    I haven't pulled the trigger yet on getting a smaller and lighter travel tripod---but a few months back when I was doing comparisons---it came down to a Markins Q3 head and a Feisol 3442. Legs fold over the head to make it more compact. Small and light---yet still "usable" for its intended purpose. Length about twenty inches and three pounds..

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    Re: Best super portable tripod?

    Quote Originally Posted by Robert Campbell View Post
    Anyone use a Gorillapod?
    Robert,

    Yes, I bought one but I find it only useful for wrapping around something (like a railing), otherwise it doesn't seem to have enough support to do the job (on a flatter surface). Too specific.

    Since I can effectively do the same with my beanbag, and do it much faster, I don't use the Gorillapod at all.

    Cheers,

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    Re: Best super portable tripod?

    Thanks, Simon. I sort of guessed that it might not be all it's cracked up to be.
    Sláinte

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