found an interesting travel tripod

Discussion in 'Other Cool Gear, Camera Bags, Camera Straps' started by Scott Sherman, Sep 30, 2005.

  1. I'm guessing that I am not alone in this one. I always want to use a tripod but frequently don't because they are cumbersome, heavy, and awkward to carry on a walkabout. If you are in the city walking about, they stick out and bring unwanted attention to you in crowds etc.

    I have been looking for the best travel tripod that minimizes these issues. I found the Cullmann 2722 Magic 2 Tripod at B&H (here is a link)

    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/controller/home?O=productlist&A=details&Q=&sku=14703&is=REG

    It seems to address all these issues pretty well in it's design, but I have not been able to handle or experiment with it. I have only seen one on line.

    Has anyone here seen one of these in use, if so, do you think it might support a D2x, 70-200 + TC? Is the build solid? The pictures look good but it looks like it has a lot of moving parts.
     
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  2. I've owned this one. It looks great and the workmanship is fairly good, but it actually was disappointing. The tripod section does not come up very high so the rig with a camera and any sizeable lens makes it oscillate. It actually takes quite a while to set up, twisting, pulling, inserting and screwing.

    I much prefer the Velbon ultramaxi. I just timed myself and it took 12 seconds to go from fully folded to extended. With a camera installed the eyepiece of the camera is above my eyelevel and I'm 5' 10". It weighs about the same as the Cullman and folds to 13" x 3" x 3" and took 12 seconds to breakdown ready for storage. The cullman takes almost a minute to erect and breakdown.

    http://www.velbon-tripod.com/ultra_maxi.htm

    Rich
     
  3. Thanks Rich, I knew someone here would know the answer. If you just read the company description, it looks like a great tripod. I appreciate your sharing your experience. I looked at the Velbron site you gave. It also looks great, but it seems like it would be a bit fragile or perhaps not that sturdy just looking at the picture. The bottom most leg extentions look very dainty and I could not tell if it had 4 or 5 sections. Each section seems to weaken the sturdiness as it is extended. But your experience and advice would be valuable to me. I have some very nice tripods but usually leave them home for the reasons I mentioned above.
     
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  7. William

    William Guest

    Gitzo Basalt Weekend Series 0

    Hi Scott,

    I highly recommend the Gitzo, even though it 's basically carrying a rock around (since it's made of basalt). It weighs 700 g= 1.5 pounds, max height 112 cm=44", min size 35 cm=14" with closed length of 42.5cm=16.7".

    It was $270 and the model # is G1097. I really enjoyed using it with my D2X in the Canadian Rockies in August.
     
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