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Old Mar 18, 2014, 7:46 AM   #1
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Hi all,

As we are doing 3 trips on the next 4 months, I am looking at a very light, small travel tripod.

Ideally, it should fit in a small suitcase and be able to support an OM-D body with the basic lenses (nothing as big as the 70-300,50-500,etc).

Any ideas?

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Old Mar 18, 2014, 8:27 AM   #2
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Hi all,

As we are doing 3 trips on the next 4 months, I am looking at a very light, small travel tripod.

Ideally, it should fit in a small suitcase and be able to support an OM-D body with the basic lenses (nothing as big as the 70-300,50-500,etc).

Any ideas?

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Old Mar 18, 2014, 8:44 AM   #3
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I saw these at a camera show... short fold to 16 inches, the backpacker is only 14 inches ==> http://tinyurl.com/lj3cnsz
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Old Mar 18, 2014, 9:29 AM   #4
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Hi,

I was thinking more about something like ...

http://www.mcbaincamera.com/productd...ain_id=1210080 (but not very high, about 32 inches)

or

http://www.vistek.ca/store/ProPhotoT...pod-boxed.aspx (weird one ...)

or

http://www.amazon.ca/42-Inch-Section.../dp/B007S02F8K

and even

http://www.amazon.ca/Dolica-TX570-Co...=cm_cr_pr_pb_t

as mentioned, the goal is to be able to carry it on travel inside my camera bag if possible...

What do you think?
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I agree with Sammy the Slik Sprint Pro II Tripod is a great small tripod, light weight and well built it has no problem fitting inside a carry-on suitcase or a back pack.

However it would not fit inside my camera bag, the MeFoto is pretty neat but I found it a bit too expensive compared to the slik.

Of the ones you posted I have used one like the AGFA and it was a piece of junk, too light weight to stay steady or not get top heavy and those types of leg locks are prone to movement if you happen to lean a little on it, say while peering through the EVF. The Dolica is the best looking one and appears to be very similar to the MeFOTO.
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I haven't tried others but I enjoy the Manfroto MKC3-H01 Photo Movie kit which you can see at Amazon here. http://goo.gl/sw13Pu

I like the built-in pistol grip and the thumb wheel to quickly lock a camera into position. Also fits in my camera bag albeit with the head out. The only body/lens combination I have that slightly exceeds it's rated capacity is the EM1 with 100-300 mounted but if the tripod's not fully extended it holds it pretty steady.
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I agree with Sammy the Slik Sprint Pro II Tripod is a great small tripod, light weight and well built it has no problem fitting inside a carry-on suitcase or a back pack.

However it would not fit inside my camera bag, the MeFoto is pretty neat but I found it a bit too expensive compared to the slik.

Of the ones you posted I have used one like the AGFA and it was a piece of junk, too light weight to stay steady or not get top heavy and those types of leg locks are prone to movement if you happen to lean a little on it, say while peering through the EVF. The Dolica is the best looking one and appears to be very similar to the MeFOTO.
I went to see the meFoto and almost bought it but stopped because of the place it will take on my luggages (I like to travel light whenever is possible).

Finaly, I went with the Small and Cheap Optex 8 (which is like the Afga above) for only $34.95CND at Walmart.

I do not expect anything fantastic from it ... but it is small and easy to carry everywhere. The EM-1 with the 40-150 is happy on it which mean that I can use it with any m4/3 lens I have. This is perfect to travel light!

Worse case scenario ... I spent $35!

Thanks all for your sound advices!

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