Dpreview: Travel Tripods

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While review by itself is well done, the selection of tripods is a bit disappointing. $250+ and 3+ lbs is not really in "travel" category in my book - there are better options price- or weight-wise.
 

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I would consider the Velbon Ultra series of tripods as being true travel tripods: http://www.velbon.co.uk/ultra.html. I have the Ultra Luxi Mini with QHD -61 ball head (both appear to be superseded) and it's excellent. I've had my E-5 and 90-250mm on this tripod and it's been pretty solid, and I recently did some star shots using the E-M1 and 7-14mm f4, and the combination was very stable.
 

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For the few times I use a tripod, I've been using an Adorama 3Pod CF tripod. It's similar to the MeFoto tripods.
It's the one with 5 section legs. It JUST carries the camera and lens. It's by no means a beast but I wanted something very light and compact and this does the trick. I also have one of those Manfrotto table-top tripods that looks like a little ball-head microphone.


I sold my Manfrotto 055 + head. I never used once I went digital because it was just too bloody heavy.
 

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I sold my Manfrotto 055 + head. I never used once I went digital because it was just too bloody heavy.
Oddly enough, I took my Novoflex Classic Ball 5 off my 055 and attached my Benro gimbal head to it, as I found it to be more practical, versatile and stable. Mind you, when I take it with me, it's usually in the car and it's not carried great distances.
 

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I have a Velbon Ultra Maxi L and I like it. It goes really low, you can also mount the column upside-down.
With legs fully extended it is not that stable, you can see a lot of vibrations when focusing in magnified mode.
I would expect that from any other comparable travel tripod but I have no others to compare it to.
 

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I sold my Manfrotto 055 + head. I never used once I went digital because it was just too bloody heavy.
I use my 055ProB with a gimbal and the big 4/3 glass. It works great. (nothing to do with travel of course!)

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same body/lens head on the MeFoto:

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I bought a Sirui earlier this year anf I'm very impressed with it. Great tripod.
Yup...I have two Sirui carbon tripods (a bigger one left over from my DSLR days, and a smaller T-025X for my new mirrorless gear). I have been using both extensively, and have travelled a TON with them...no issues at all...I especially love the T-025X...it fits into my stealthy messenger day-bag, and weighs about 900g/2lbs with the excellent C-10 ballhead.
 

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The MeFoto DayTrip would be very nice but I don't like that it uses a mini-arca (32mm) instead of the standard Arca (37mm). I'm tired of having different types of QR plates that are not compatible with each others. I will probably change every plate systems to something standard like Arca-Swiss because I don't want to change the plates when I switch from the slider to the tripod to the steadycam, etc.
 

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Hmmm... like mentioned above they're a bit expensive for me, and I think those guys at dpreview travel different to me.

I like to travel light so I usually dont have a tripod; most shutter speeds I get are hand-holdable anyway! I just concentrate on holding my camera properly, and if required I lean against a wall, put my camera on a flat surfaces or just turn on Oly's awesome 5-axis OIS.
 

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