So many times, I haven’t taken my tripod out hiking with me, because I have been packing light and not wanted to carry the extra wait around. So many times I have regretted it! On other occasions, I have taken it with me, not used it all day and regretted it!
The problem is that the tripod I have, while very sturdy is also very heavy. When I bought it, I was focused on price and stability, and overlooked the weight aspect completely. This wouldn’t matter if I was going to use it in the studio, but since most of the time I am outside, often walking or cycling – this was a fundamental error on my part.
After reading Digital Camera World’s article about the best tripods for travel, I have come to the conclusion that it is time to replace the tripod I have (or at least relegate it to the studio) and give my back and shoulders a well-earned rest.
Eight different tripods under 2 kg are included in the test, with prices ranging from around £100 to £250.
- Benro GoPlus Travel FGP18A + B0
- Kenro Karoo Ultimate Travel
- Nest Traveller NT-6294CK
- Novo Explora T10
- Vanguard VEO 235AB
- Manfrotto Befree
- MeFoto RoadTrip Air
- Velbon Ultrek UT-53D
Based on this I am probably going to go for the Nest Traveller. Even this is at the top end of the price range, the maximum load limit is likely to be helpful for some of my longer lenses.
Read the article at Digital Camera World.
Alternatively, check out the selection of tripods available at Jessops.