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Trying to decide on "Travel" Tripod

spret

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spret Registered since 12th Jun 2012
Mon 02-Jul-12 01:28 PM

Hey, Nikonians!

I'm narrowing my decision on a tripod. I need light and sturdy and not a lot of $. I've read enough reviews and posts here to know that's a challenging combination.

It want to be able to hike/run or bike with it in one of these:

http://products.lowepro.com/product/Photo-Sport%20200%20AW,2271.htm

For those adventures it will be a D7000 with the 18-300.

I have a local shop staffed with professionals. One that's done military work and countless outdoor adventures recommended the Sirui T-025. http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/822241-REG/Sirui_BSRT025_T_025_5_Section_Carbon_Fiber.html/BI/4775/KBID/5289/

Another says I'm too tall for it (I'm 6'3") and I should go with something bigger and more stable, the Benro Travel Angel TRCB169. http://www.benrousa.com/products/details.asp?ID=200

Since we're talking running/hiking miles over rocks, etc, I'm not too concerned about being comfortable looking through the viewfinder. It's more a nice to have. I'm flexible and can take a knee. However, I'm concerned the camera and lens combo is too much for the little guy. Subjects will be whatever I happen to see that's interesting while I'm out there.

Yes, I've done thread searches and noticed that some around here aren't fans of Benro. Oh, I was also looking at Vanguard, but the shop said they're receive many complaints and really don't like the head.

Thoughts? ...keeping in mind I've already blown the camera budget and Freshman Tuition Bill is coming.

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