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Old May 14, 2013, 5:04 PM   #1
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Default Travel Tripod - What's a good one?

I am looking for a tripod that is sturdy - gets as high as possible (e.g. no tabletop - would like at least 5 feet) and fits in a carry-on suitcase for travel.
Stills only (like ball-heads). Don't need a large load as I have a DX format Nikon DSLR.
The Manfrotto Befree Compact Travel Photo Tripod at $200 with ballhead seems a good option. Anyone have one of these? Any alternative other suggestions?
Thanks in advance for the help.
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Old May 14, 2013, 8:07 PM   #2
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Manfrotto is a good name, their products are usually good.

An altermate might be the Benro travel angels it also fit your bill (not sure of your planned cash outlay)

Available in A- (aluminum) and C- (carbon Fiber) versions.
Arca-swiss compatible clamp, and on the ones marked trans-functional 1 leg cam detach so it can be used as a mono-pod
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/search...rch=yes&sts=ta

If money is no object the Gitzo Traveler series is very nice!
But they are expensive and you need to buy a separate head for it.
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/search...op+Nav-Search=
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Old May 17, 2013, 12:15 PM   #3
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Pete - thanks for the input - I had looked at Gitzo options as they are highest rated but have to send my kids to college soon
I like the Benro options but will try out the new Manfrotto (slightly cheaper and slightly smaller when completely folded; other Benro expands a bit higher so you don't need to stoop while shooting).
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I have the giottos vetruvian I find great and it doubles as mono pod
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Old Jun 21, 2013, 10:21 AM   #5
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If anyone is interested of still watching this old thread

Benros lineup of travel tripods is changing to newer versions

The new Benro model A1692TB0 transfunctional Travel Angel ii
Folded: 400mm(15.7in)
Max Height: 1565mm(61.6in)
Weight: 1.7Kg(3.8lbs)
Max Load: 8Kg(17.6lbs)

The new tripod version turns into a monopod or a walking stick.
http://www.benrousa.com/products_det...TB0.html#specs
Listing for around 230$us
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Outgoing model A1691TB Benro transfunctional Travel Angel

Folded: 435mm (17.1 in)
Max Height 1610mm (63.4 in)
Weight 1.7Kg (3.7 lbs)
Maximum Load 8Kg (17.6 lbs)

The old tripod version turns into a monopod
http://www.benrousa.com/products_details_A1691TB0#specs
Listing for 256$us but being cleared out for under 200$us in shops like b&H
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Model I am using for backpacking (appears to have disappeared from their current lineup
A2691TB Benro transfunctional Travel Angel

Folded: 450mm (17.7 in)
Max Height 1660mm (65.4 in)
Weight 2.1Kg (4.6 lbs)
Maximum Load 12Kg (26.4 lbs)

This old tripod version turns into a monopod
http://www.benrousa.com/products_details_A2691TB1#specs
Discontinued, now hard to find.
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