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Looking for the perfect travel tripod

shawnmandel

Montreal, CA
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shawnmandel Gold Member Nikonian since 19th Jan 2009
Sat 24-Aug-13 03:33 PM | edited Sat 24-Aug-13 07:06 PM by shawnmandel

I own the Gitzo GT-2541 with which I'm quite happy. However, I'm looking for another set of legs which are more compact and possibly lighter than my current set. I'm particularly looking for more compactness.

I've done much research and have narrowed it down to two models so far:

Sirui N1205
Giottos VGR8255-S2N

I don't care much about the heads that are provided with the above, so what I plan to do is either swap out the heads with my current Markins Q3 or, use my current mini/travel head which I'd already purchased a while ago, the Sirui C10.

I need the versatility to be able to handle both my Fuji X100S as well as my Nikon D700 with at least the 105mm macro lens. I think I may be pushing it if I include the 200mm f/4 micro nikkor in the mix.

I've looked at the Gitzo GT-1541, but I find the folded length of more than 21" not compact enough even though its quite light.

In terms of specs, the sweet spot for me would be:

- folded length of 14-16"
- weight of under 2-3 lbs
- minimum weight capacity of 10-20 lbs
- max height w/o center column of at least my current kit, which is 52.4"
- conversion to a monopod is a bonus

I am wondering if I could get a few more opinions of some ultra compact travel tripod/head combos which could hopefully fulfill my above criteria.

Regards,
Shawn



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D810
Fujifilm X100S as compact backup
24mm f/1.4G
50mm f/1.4G
85mm f/1.4G
105mm f/2.8 VR Micro
200mm f/4 Micro
80-400mm f/4.5-5.6 VR
Gitzo GT2541 + Markins Q3 + Kirk PZ-146 plate

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