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Tripod legs for travel

Ned_L

Philadelphia, US
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Ned_L Moderator Awarded for his in-depth knowledge in various areas, especially Travel Photography Charter Member
Fri 08-May-09 05:34 AM

Hi All,

When I travel with checked luggage, my regular tripod is no problem to take, but lately, I've often been traveling with only carry-on, and I'm tired of arguments with gate agents that my tripod is photographic gear and therefore permitted on board. It's attached to the exterior of my roller carry-on. I've been forced to gate check it about a third of the time, and that's scary. I'm afraid that one of these days it's going to succumb to either breakage, or more likely theft.

I need a tripod which can fit inside my carry-on, even on international flights (it meets the carry-on size restrictions of every airline I surveyed on the Internet, both domestic and international), so I'm setting my limit at 20" (50.8cm) folded up. I'll take the head off and stow it separately.

I'm all set with a head, so no discussion of a head needed. I'll use one of my RRS heads.

So you don't have to look it up, the camera will be a D200 with MB-D200 grip for now, and the longest lens at this point is the Nikon AF VR Zoom Nikkor 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6D ED.

I have reviewed the previous posts pretty thoroughly, and find no specific discussion concerning the Gitzo GT-0541 Mountaineer 6X Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs, about which I'm considering. It supports 11 lbs., folds to 18.9", max height without center column is 46.5". I'm a bit over 66" tall.

Ideally, I'd like the tripod to support more weight and be a bit taller, but with the travel fold-up length constraint, I don't think that's not going to happen.

What do you all think of the choice, and do you have an alternative which I should be considering?

Thanks for your help.

Ned
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