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Old 07-19-2006, 10:38 AM
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Tripods

Do you use a tripod on your backpacking trips? If so, what kind do you use?

For those who aren't aware of these models, here are few that are among the most popular lightweight (mini) tripods for backpackers to carry:

Joby Gorillapod (1.6 ounces)

UltraPod (2 ounces) [This item is also branded by various companies - e.g. REI.]

Sunpak Mini-Spider Tripod (3.2 ounces)

Tripods come in handy for self and self-included group photos.

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Old 07-19-2006, 10:47 AM
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I use a Canon Mini-Tripod 7, 88g (3.1 oz). It might actually be an earlier version of the current product. The legs extend to almost twice the pictured length.

I'm pretty lazy about using it, though. I like to keep moving, and taking an extra minute to set up a tripod doesn't often seem worthwhile. Therefore I get some blurry pictures, because setting down my pack doesn't seem worthwhile either. I snap pics while bent over, twisted, and wobbly, probably with the wrong settings.

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Old 07-19-2006, 10:54 AM
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I use a Canon Mini-Tripod 7, 88g (3.1 oz).

That's another good option. I've been using one the Ultrapod's. And I have something I made years ago for the bottom of a hiking stick (that I call the StikPod™) - which is now best attached to a trekking pole (which I didn't use at that time).

I mostly use it for self-portraits (when I'm solo), photos with me and another person (using self-timer), and for low-light/dusk shots (though rarely).

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Old 07-19-2006, 01:41 PM
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I have an Ultrapod. It's not branded by anyone else...just Ultrapod. I like it, and have even strapped it to tree branches to take photos on myself while on solo mountain bikes with the timer function on the camera.
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Old 07-19-2006, 05:41 PM
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Joby

I plan on purchasing the Joby here soon and taking it on a BP trip on the first weekend in August. I use a 4 oz. Casio EX-500S so I think the Joby will be perfect for me.
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Old 07-19-2006, 07:11 PM
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I had the mini spider model but the legs were just to "springy" to get it stable easily.

I now use a Quantaray tripod and just love it. The legs are telescoping so you can set it on uneven surfaces or hills and still get it relatively level. It's even sturdy enough to use with my SLR but I use it with my digitals on trails. Doesn't weigh squat, but I don't have a scale. Folds so flat and compact I can put it in a shirt pocket and forget it's there.
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Old 07-20-2006, 01:48 AM
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When I'm going for photos, I usually carry a full size tripod with a quick release platform that attaches to my camera. It's an old Cullman, not sold anymore, and I'm looking at some of the newer carbon fiber models that are very light for their size. I frequently do macro stuff, so it has to have the feature of being able to spread out to ground level. In camp, It's my light stand.

I never found those mini pods to be worth anything, I never could seem to find a tree or rock in the perfect place/height to capture the image I was imagining. Having a regular 'pod is kind of a pain sometimes, but the pictures are worth it.
Also fun to watch the ultra-light guys snicker when they pass me on the trail.

I always carry a monopod/hiking staff. It's a walking stick with a removable grip that has a threaded stud underneath. Nice compromise for a small digital camera, and I can compose where I want, at what height I want.

One great thing about having any kind of tripod/ camera support is the discipline of setting it up & composing the picture. It forces you to pay attention to the composition.
It also makes me stop and take in the scenery.
I think that's why I hike anyway
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Old 07-20-2006, 02:15 PM
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I've used the ultrapod for many, many years. I can't even remember when I first got it. It has held up great and I use the velcro strip A LOT to attach my camera to branches. Its small enough that I usually just leave it on my camera.
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Old 07-20-2006, 05:05 PM
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I have a Manfrotto tripod with a quick release ballhead. I love the thing but it weighs about 17lb. I really need to get a smaller lighter one but I need something that will hold and support probably 15lb.

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Old 07-26-2006, 04:35 AM
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Years ago I bought a Slik 500G (500 grams). I like it because it has quick release legs and goes to almost 4 feet high. I then modified it a bit by taking the regular head off and bolting a lightweight ball head on for quick, easy set up. I also attached a hook on the center pole so I could hang a stuff sack full of rocks to it to give it added stability in windy conditions. I've been using this for almost 20 years now. When it's not in my backpack it's in my truck ready to use.
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