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Mini Tripod that's not garbage?

Discussion in 'Tripods, Ball Heads, and Gimbals' started by mf44, Sep 18, 2005.

  1. mf44


    Jun 4, 2005
    NJ & MD

    I need a small mini tripod that's capable of holding a D2x and 17-55. I've glanced at a few, but they all appear to be made for compact cameras. Do I have any options, or am I forced to get a bigger monster? I want something as small as possible, as I don't have a problem finding something to rest it on, but I need more flexibility than a steady bag will lend me. Anyone have ideas?

  2. rebrewer


    Aug 1, 2005
    Davis, CA
    Hi Mike,

    It's a matter of physics. The D2x is no featherweight, so you won't be able to support it with toothpics. You want something small; is weight important? Do you have a special purpose for this tripod? Have you considered a monopod?

  3. MontyDog


    Jan 30, 2005
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  4. I recently bought the Gitzo G1098, which is a very tiny tripod. Made of "basalt" fiber. Which is to say something akin to fiberglass.


    I have used it with the D2X and up to the 28-70 2.8 weight wise. I use the RRS 25mm ball head on it. Total well over $400.

    It works. Is isn't the most solid tripod there is, but works well in a pinch - or in situations where I wasn't willing to lug a heavier tripod along. I don't even notice the weight of it hanging on a backpack.

    This one doesn't go as low as you might want due to a rather long center column. I plan on cutting the column down to about half it's length. Not something I would recommend if you don't know how to cut such tubing.

    So far as RRS goes - they seem to be chronically out of stock of many of their products. Something seems to be going on with them.
  5. mf44


    Jun 4, 2005
    NJ & MD
    Hi guys,

    Thanks for all the replies. The weight isn't so much of a concern as the size is. Some of the locations I am shooting at may deny me entry with a tripod hanging off my bag. Also, I understand it's not going to be cheap. Nothing related to this stuff is...

    Paul, that RRS tripod looks like just what I need, but $375 is a bit much. I expect to pay that much for a full size tripod, but since this will be used only in specific cases, I don't really want to spend much more than $200.

    A friend of mine suggested these two options:




    Anyone have any experience with these two options? They look like they can hold a good amount of weight and seem like they can fold down to a small size. Prices aren't too bad either, after seeing the RRS one...
  6. MontyDog


    Jan 30, 2005
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  7. I borrowed last week the Manfrotto 055 MF-4 to try it, I must say I was very pleased with it. The max height is 56 inches and the minimum is 5 inches. That's carbon fiber and magnesium tripod around $400 US.
  8. I haven't tried those Novoflex pods, though I do have one of their focusing rails and it is very well made.

    How about this wooden one? Seems very solid.


    Paul, good to hear that worked. I will try that this week. I buy from them first given they make the thing I need.

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  9. The lowpod is very nice for close to the ground pictures, very light, easy to move, but limited on height, the feet are soft rubber, so if you rest on a big rock near a brook it will not move.

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