Searching for the "perfect" mini tripod - XILETU XS-20 as a finallist? What's Yours?

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I agree, I have the Ultrapod II and it lives in my camera bag. A very useful little thing. Very well designed, too: the tilting part of the head is ratcheted and stays firm if you unscrew the head just a bit to slightly adjust the ball. If you need to adjust the tilt, just unscrew it some more.
I have an Ultrapod II and the velcro strap just broke. I'll have to figure out how to replace it or leave it off altogether. It's a few years old, but that strap is definitely a weak point. Good idea to check the strap and make sure it'll still hold before strapping your camera to a tree branch or railing.
 

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I have a bit of a mini Tripod affliction ... In the mail heading this way is the Oben CTT-1000 Carbon Fiber Tabletop Tripod. It is a bit bigger than the FLM CP10 and hope it will still be small enough for me to want to carry around! -16 in. max height, folded 11 in., weight 445g-
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Yeah, I have a tripod affliction too, although mainly for the full-size or "travel" type. The Oben CTT-1000 is on sale right now at B&H for $85. I got one and like it very much. It's larger than some of the "pocket" types in this thread, but it's one of the nicest table-top tripods I've seen. Carbon fiber, with mostly metal fittings. So it's pretty fine for the money, I think. :)
 
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I use two small tripods. A Manfrotto Pixi EVO 2 which I love as a travel (always bring) tripod

https://www.manfrotto.com/nl-en/pixi-evo-2-section-mini-tripod-black-light-and-compact-mtpixievo-bk/

And I have a Sirui T-025x as my compact tripod if photography is the goal of the day but I don’t expect to need a tripod (but may come in handy).

https://www.siruiusa.com/mobile/photographic/t05s.html?cid=2&id=86

If I know my photography depends on a tripod (landscape / long exposure) I bring the full size Sirui W-2204.
 

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I agree that Sirui travel tripods (and full-sized too) are very good.

For travel, I prefer the T-04s series (T-004SK for aluminum; T-024SK for cf):

https://www.siruiusa.com/index/photographic/t04s.html

because they have a center column that slides thru the center collar and is reversible (as with a full-sized tripod), instead of just mounting on the top as with the t-25x.

Edit: The t-04s total length when collapsed is longer than the t-05 series, however, because the t-04 series has only 4 sections instead of 5. So the t-04s are less portable, but the fewer sections means the bottom section of the t-04 series is thicker, which is a slight advantage for stability.
 
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Yes the T-04/T-024 serie tripods are a better middel ground between portability and the functionality of a full size tripod.

The T-025 does have some compromises to make it as small as it is. But to be honest I'm not the biggest fan of the center column. Would be great if you could leave the center column off, but then the ball head interference with the folding legs. But for probability it's great and the stability is ample for smaller lighter systems like m43 (and Fuji x100t for which I use the tripod most of the time).
 
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