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09/10/2017 12:03:22 PM · #1
Finally pulling the trigger and venturing out to Iceland for ten days in October.

I'm thinking the occasion calls for a tripod update - my current one is essentially broken.

Can anyone recommend a good one? Here are some of the things I like in a tripod/head:

-lightweight and can collapse compact (enough to fit in a roller suitcase)
-sturdy enough for long exposure landscapes
-a head that is easy to manoeuvre - my current one can rotate in all directions with the twist of a single knob. I don't like tripod heads that require you to fiddle with a bunch of knobs to swivel each axis separately.
-snap locks are cooler than the screw kinds
-maybe one of those new carbon fibre materials?

Budget really isn't an issue, as long as the higher price is warranted by an actual improvement in terms of features/quality
09/11/2017 04:48:55 AM · #2
Have you thought about a monopod they are compact and easy to use
09/11/2017 05:11:02 AM · #3
I am currently using this Sirui. I also mounted it with my 6D and 100-400 but not with it fully extended. It worked OK. This was taken using it.
09/11/2017 10:03:05 AM · #4
Originally posted by kiwinick:

Have you thought about a monopod they are compact and easy to use


How can you take a long exposure with a monopod?
09/11/2017 10:37:44 AM · #5
Originally posted by GeorgesBogaert:

Originally posted by kiwinick:

Have you thought about a monopod they are compact and easy to use


How can you take a long exposure with a monopod?


It's not easy
09/11/2017 11:04:24 AM · #6
For travel, I'm using this one. While it looks to be 2x the weight of the Sirui, that weight includes the included ball head. I am pretty happy with the MeFOTO, but I am not using the ball head, so frankly I'm sure I'd also like the Sirui, which seems to be a really nice, light travel tripod. One feature I do really like about the MeFOTO is the included spiked feet.
09/11/2017 01:59:46 PM · #7
Loving that Sirui reccommendation!

Lastly, those fandangled Gitzo units - super expensive, but does anyone have experience with exactly how good they are?

Are they worth it? I am looking at the specs, and the Sirui seems more or less the same if not better (smaller, lower to the ground min height, etc...)....

this is the gitzo i was eyeing...
09/11/2017 04:24:02 PM · #8
I'd guess that the included ball head on the Gitzo is about a $200 value, perhaps a bit more. That still leaves a $700 tripod. Is it $475 better than the Sirui? IMO, no way. I think you are paying quite a bit for the name. Not saying that there might not be added value in the Gitzo, but IMO not *that* much added value...
09/12/2017 12:30:24 AM · #9
Originally posted by kirbic:

... but IMO not *that* much added value...
hence my purchase.

The only nitpick is that fully extended is not as sturdy as I wished (not sure how the other brands are) but I don't care much. I do hike and when I take it i usually don't extended fully.
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