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Old Dec 18, 2004, 12:27 PM   #1
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I am searching for as light as lightweight as possible tripod for backpacking. Compactability would also be a big plus. I have used a Velbon Maxi 343E tripod (it weighs approx. 2 lbs.)for the past 2 years and while it is a bit flimsy this aspect has been acceptable. What has not been acceptable has been the snap-locks on the legs which occassionaly fall apart. I am searching for a replacement. Thanks
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Old Dec 19, 2004, 4:09 PM   #2
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what camera(s)are you using with it?

what is your budget?
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Old Dec 19, 2004, 7:39 PM   #3
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I use a Olympus C730 UZ and while I cannot go wild with money, if the tripod fit the bill, I would figure out a way to buy it
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Old Dec 19, 2004, 11:30 PM   #4
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I have the Manfrotto 3001BPRO, not as light as you want,
but it is far from flimsy, and the flexibility there will
make it worth carrying into the backcountry or where ever.
But i couldn't have gotten this shot without it.:-)

(edit)With a lighter camera you could use one of the tripods thatis lower on the scale. I just needed one that could bear 6 or 7 pounds of camera and lens.
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Old Dec 22, 2004, 10:05 AM   #5
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lightweight. is nice but ridgidity is the important. buy cheap, buy another. you get what you pay for. the bogen/manfrotto line of tripods give the most bang for the buck. you have to decide the balance.

there are a couple of excellent primers here on tripods. i suggest reading them and learning. it can be as important a purchase as th ecamera itself if you intend to use it and not make it closet clutter.
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Old Dec 22, 2004, 10:54 AM   #6
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I agree, my current tripod makes me wonder what
i did before. It was expensive, but definitely
worth every penny.
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