Travel Tripod Suggestions

ClandersphotoClandersphoto Beginner grinnerPosts: 3Registered Users Beginner grinner
Hi All,

I will be in Washington DC for 3 days this summer. It will be my first time there, and I want to make the most out of my time there.

I am looking for suggestions on a travel friendly tripod i can strap to my backpack that will support a Nikon D7100 with Sigma 70-200 f2.8 lens.
The current tripod I have is bigger, and heavier than I'd like to walk around DC with.

I will be driving to DC and leaving my vehicle at the hotel, using public transportation, so I'm not concerned about airline restrictions

What is anyone using? Do you have any suggestions?

Thank you!!

Chris

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  • Cygnus StudiosCygnus Studios Commercial Photographer San Francisco's North BayPosts: 2,195Registered Users Major grins
    edited February 14, 2017

    You didn't mention your budget, but if you want super light weight that can still support a body/big lens, the FLM CP30-M4L6 or CP30L4L6 are super light weight tripods. They weigh around 4 pounds. I own the M4 version and love it.

    Steve

    Website | Gear
  • ClandersphotoClandersphoto Beginner grinner Posts: 3Registered Users Beginner grinner
    > @"Cygnus Studios" said:
    > You didn't mention your budget, but if you want super light weight that can still support a body/big lens, the FLM CP30-M4L6 or CP30L4L6 are super light weight tripods. They weigh around 4 pounds. I own the M4 version and love it.
    I'm not terribly concerned about price, just looking for quality, thank you for your suggestion, I will look into them!
  • ziggy53ziggy53 Still learnin'still lovin Posts: 18,884Super Moderators moderator
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  • ClandersphotoClandersphoto Beginner grinner Posts: 3Registered Users Beginner grinner
    Thank you, I did not come across this thread when I had searched
  • cmasoncmason Old dog, new tricks Raleigh, NCPosts: 2,505Registered Users Major grins

    For what its worth, I have been very happy with my Benro carbon fiber tripod legs. They weigh only 11lbs (legs only). My criteria was for a lightweight set that folded to less than 20", so that they would fit in my rollaboard suitcase. This way I have the option of packing them in my bag or carrying in my photo backpack.

    No longer for sale, but here are details: https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/497911-REG/Benro_450_158_C_158n6_Carbon_Fiber_Tripod.html

    This might be a close equivalent in the range: https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1157824-REG/benro_tma18c_mach3_9x_carbon_fiber.html

    Now, its important to note that these legs do not include the bit that attaches your camera, you will have to purchase that, otherwise known as a tripod head. The benefit is that you have a wide range of choices. I use a Kirk ball head, but there are tons of options, and nearly any price point. The head can add significant weight, but for travel, I remove it from the legs and pack it away.

  • lightyearlightyear Major grins Posts: 182Registered Users Major grins

    I have the same Benro carbon fiber tripod as above and agree with above comments, and use a ballhead. When selecting a ballhead make sure that the ballhead width is narrow enough ( some are not) to permit you to fold the legs all the way to minimize overall width when packing the tripod. I use it with a Nikon D700 and up to 400mm Tokina lens.
    Stan

  • JkatzphotoJkatzphoto Big grins Posts: 15Registered Users Big grins

    My personal choice is the ProMaster X525c Carbon Fiber tripod which comes with its own ballhead. Super lightweight, sturdy, and not too expensive. I attached my Nikon D810 and larger lenses to it and it does just fine. I wrote about this one, and some of my other favorites in this article on the best tripods for outdoor or travel photos.

    Check out my portfolio of landscape photography and my personal favorite shots.

    I am also the cofounder of Travelstoked, an adventure photography blog.
  • PhotoManSamPhotoManSam CaliforniaPosts: 1Registered Users Beginner grinner
    Gitzo Traveller with Acratech GP-SS! The ultimate travel setup/hiking.....

    https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1175114-REG/gitzo_gt1545t_series_1_traveler.html

    https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/903253-REG/Acratech_1185_GPSS_Ballhead.html
  • Brett1000Brett1000 Major grins https://www.flickr.com/photos/photoscw/Posts: 796Registered Users Major grins
    edited June 12, 2017

    in Washington DC I use a $10 folding telescopic tripod from Walmart (but I use a small lightweight mirrorless camera)

    flickr.com/photos/mmirrorless

  • BlackRockBlackRock San JosePosts: 10Registered Users Big grins
    > @PhotoManSam said:
    > Gitzo Traveller with Acratech GP-SS! The ultimate travel setup/hiking.....
    >
    > https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1175114-REG/gitzo_gt1545t_series_1_traveler.html
    >
    > https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/903253-REG/Acratech_1185_GPSS_Ballhead.html

    This is the best choice
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