Please Reccomend Small, Lightweight Tipod, thats not too expensive

Discussion in 'Ask B&H Photo' started by MichaelChiara, Aug 11, 2010.

  1. MichaelChiara

    MichaelChiara SC Regular S.C. Charter Member

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    Hello

    I am searching for a small, lightweight tripod for my Leica D-Lux 4
    I would like to travel with the tripod and it not become a burden. I would prefer a tripod with a ball head already attached. Any thoughts, recommendations would be appreciated.

    Warm Regards,
    Michael
     
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  2. Chuck-B&H

    Chuck-B&H B&H Photo Specialist S.C. Charter Member

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    Hello,

    The Sunpak DigiPro 4B Tripod is a compact, lightweight tripod that is optimized for the digital photographer on the go.

    It features a convenient lift-and-lock split center column with tension adjustment collar, sturdy 4-section legs with quick-action flip-locks, and unique one-touch low-angle adjustment wheels atop all three legs, providing a minimum height setting of under 11", and a range of click-stopped intermediate leg-spread settings.

    Sunpak DigiPro 4B Tripod with Ballhead 620-870 - B&H Photo Video


    The Manfrotto 7322YB M-Y Tripod with Ball Head is a compact and lightweight 4-section aluminum tripod with small ball head, designed primarily for the latest compact digital and conventional point and shoot cameras.

    This tripod includes a small ballhead that allows a mounted camera to pivot, while the legs have two independently adjustable angles: 25° and 51°. Three locks divide the four leg sections that bring the max height to a workable 55" with the extension of the center column.

    Manfrotto 7322YB M-Y Aluminum Tripod with Ball Head 7322YB - B&H
     
  3. BBW

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    I'm wondering about this item Giottos VGR9255-SC Vitruvian VGR Aluminum VGR9255-SC - B&H Photo? I've been thinking about the versatility of having both a tripod and a monopod. I'd imagine myself using the monopod if I were out hiking or walking in the country, and the tripod more for interior photos. Do you have experience with this one, I wonder? Granted it is not inexpensive, but it does not cost what the carbon fiber costs.
     
  4. Chuck-B&H

    Chuck-B&H B&H Photo Specialist S.C. Charter Member

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    Hello,

    While I own and use both tripods and monopods, I've never had an all in one set up. I remember a Gitzo tripod that had a removable leg which was used as a monopod. I would have to wonder how firm the center column would fit in the lens and how sturdy it would be on it's own, especially if used with heavy gear or used as you say as a walking stick.

    Chuck
     
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  5. Djarum

    Djarum SC All-Pro S.C. Charter Member Subscribing Member

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    BBW,

    That looks cool, and fairly light weight, but the minimum length is too long for my needs. I've also been interested in getting a new tripod for hiking for my Pen. I have a cheap lightweight one(the modo Maxi 785) which has taken some serious abuse and still works great, but I'd like to get one that could handle a little more load.
     
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  6. BBW

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    No heavy gear for me, Chuck - either an E-PL1 or a Leica X1. I'm interested in lightweight and ease of carrying. Can't deal with anything heavy if I'm carrying it for any length of time. I guess it's best to try one of these out in real life and see how they work.

    DJ, someone mentioned this tripod/monopod on mu-43...but the one that was reviewed in an accompanying link was the carbon fiber one.:wink: Little too pricey for me...considering my recent acquisition...the money cupboard is rather bare at the moment.
     
  7. MichaelChiara

    MichaelChiara SC Regular S.C. Charter Member

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    Thanks Chuck

    I went with the Sunpak. After some time I will post a review.
    Thanks again
    Michael
     
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  8. BBW

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    Looking forward to it Michael!
     
  9. Mal

    Mal SC Veteran

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