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05-22-2007, 10:33 AM #1
best tripod for bc use suggestions?
looking for something light weight and durable. have about 5 shitty broken ones sitting around the house. durability takes importance over weight as the tripod need to be able to take some abuse. oh and only needs to hold a rebel xti.
figured that some of you mags would have a good suggestion to what you have used and been happy with.
05-22-2007, 10:44 AM #2
it all depends on how rough you are on your gear
but ive had this one http://www.wolfcamera.com/product/291660637.htm
for at least 5 years and its been everywhere with me climbing peaks and long hikes.
I generally dont carry anything while skiing though.
otherwise, a friend of mine had one of these that was stupid bomber at a fraction of the price of a bogen. http://cgi.ebay.com/Heavy-Duty-Metal...QQcmdZViewItem
(at least i think it was that one, it looks very similar)
Although I think his had rubberized foam padding around the leg uppers.
05-22-2007, 10:52 AM #3who guards the guardians?
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Look for a lightweight head, for BC use. Depending on how much you want to spend, it might be a bit high. But... for less than the price of your 5 broken ones you'll get one that will sustain some abuse.
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05-22-2007, 11:02 AM #4
thanks for the suggestions,
bklyn, i'm thinking more towards your line of thinking that more spent is better than 5 cheap broken ones.
as for abuse, these tend to beat the shit out of yr gear pretty quick:
and thats a pretty wide slot
05-22-2007, 11:33 AM #5
that vanguard ebay tripod is a sick sick SICK tripod/head steup for $70
but it is 6lbs
I'm using something very similar to that Quantaray for backpacking (3.3lbs)
I'm looking at buying a Gitzo GT0530 or GT0540 or GT530
The 530 only weighs half a pound and compacts to 1ft in length!
Add a 0.3lbs G1077M ballhead and you are in business...
Of course those Gitzo carbon fiber tripods do cost $330-$430 without the head...
There are also solutions out there that can utilize hiking poles for extra light weight.Originally Posted by blurred
05-22-2007, 11:37 AM #6
05-22-2007, 11:58 AM #7
Last edited by Summit; 05-22-2007 at 12:00 PM.Originally Posted by blurred
05-22-2007, 02:56 PM #8Un Paid Spokesman
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I have a Leki hiking staff (monopod) that works well as a ski pole. It has the removable knob with a camera mount underneath. I tied 3 equal lengths of parachute cord to the staff and staked it out like a tent.
I just took it on a hut trip to experiment, worked great! very lightweight as it is your ski pole. (double duty) It held up my heavy SLR no problem.
05-22-2007, 04:00 PM #9
telehoar == BRILLIANT
Originally Posted by blurred
05-22-2007, 11:24 PM #10
looking like the gitzo 0530 is right up our alley. that with the ball head should fit the bill.again thanks for the suggestions.
05-23-2007, 12:09 AM #11Registered User
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I'd invest (or make) a decent hard case instead of buying a more expensive tripod. Some large diameter PVC pipe might work, drill plenty of holes to lighten it and drain water quicker.Elvis has left the building
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