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10/04/2017 01:18:36 PM · #1
Recommendations for a super lightweight and super compact travel tripod? I presently have a Tamrac Zipshot mini and a Manfrotto tabeltop style unit. I was looking for the full sized Zipshot, which stands a little taller than the mini, but it does not appear to be made anymore and all I can find on Amazon or Ebay is the mini, which I already have.

It doesn't have to support anything larger than an Olympus PEN, and usually just a Canon G7x subcompact. Main requirement is that it doesn't take up much space in my luggage for business travel. Thanks.
10/04/2017 01:44:42 PM · #2
Get a gorilla tripod, I won this tripod in Viewbug and it's always in my bag.
https://joby.com/gorillapod
10/04/2017 02:39:55 PM · #3
Dang, for once I had the perfect equipment recommendation ... and it's no longer available. :-(
10/04/2017 04:19:51 PM · #4
Originally posted by GeneralE:

Dang, for once I had the perfect equipment recommendation ... and it's no longer available. :-(


I'm pretty sure I have a copy of that exact product skulking 'round the house someplace...
10/04/2017 04:36:38 PM · #5
Originally posted by GeneralE:

Dang, for once I had the perfect equipment recommendation ... and it's no longer available. :-(

You can get a knockoff version on Amazon for less than 10 bucks...
10/04/2017 04:50:11 PM · #6
how tall do you want it to get
10/04/2017 04:52:45 PM · #7
Originally posted by Bear_Music:

Originally posted by GeneralE:

Dang, for once I had the perfect equipment recommendation ... and it's no longer available. :-(

You can get a knockoff version on Amazon for less than 10 bucks...

I don't think it's a knock-off -- I almost sure it's the same thing without the REI-branding. Get it, even if you get something else too ... :-)
10/04/2017 07:08:53 PM · #8
Originally posted by GeneralE:

Originally posted by Bear_Music:

Originally posted by GeneralE:

Dang, for once I had the perfect equipment recommendation ... and it's no longer available. :-(

You can get a knockoff version on Amazon for less than 10 bucks...

I don't think it's a knock-off -- I almost sure it's the same thing without the REI-branding. Get it, even if you get something else too ... :-)


Found mine...
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Don't think I'll ever use it again. If anyone wants it, "free to a good home."
10/04/2017 10:26:47 PM · #9
Originally posted by tanguera:

how tall do you want it to get

Looking for something to stand about chest to shoulder height. I wasn't looking at the gorillapod and knockoffs as I don't always have something to attach it to. For example, on a beach or the middle of a road.

After my initial posting, I found a clone of the taller Zipshot for $30 on Amazon.
10/30/2017 06:38:18 PM · #10
Originally posted by Yo_Spiff:

Recommendations for a super lightweight and super compact travel tripod? I presently have a Tamrac Zipshot mini and a Manfrotto tabeltop style unit. I was looking for the full sized Zipshot, which stands a little taller than the mini, but it does not appear to be made anymore and all I can find on Amazon or Ebay is the mini, which I already have.

It doesn't have to support anything larger than an Olympus PEN, and usually just a Canon G7x subcompact. Main requirement is that it doesn't take up much space in my luggage for business travel. Thanks.


I have a Really Right Stuff TQC-14 for hiking; overall length 20" collapsed. The hot ticket right now is the Manfrotto BeFree which is really, really compact and tall enough so you don't have to stoop that much. DO NOT try a Three Legged Thing unless you want to carry an allen wrench with you all the time, 'cause it's wobbly.
10/31/2017 08:59:05 AM · #11
You might want to take a look at the Mefoto Backpacker Air... this is a pretty decent tripod in a compact form..
10/31/2017 07:49:45 PM · #12
In the money-no-object camp, the Gitzo Traveler CF can't be beat. I've had one for about 6 years that collapses down to around 15" and extends up to about 55" using the center column. Most of the others are 18"+ when collapsed. I recently ordered one of the new-ish Benro travel pods that have the tilting center column and collapses to around 16", but sent it back because even when collapsed its overall diameter was about the size of a CD, significantly bigger than the Gitzo, which is about as big around as a coffee cup. Weighed a bit more too.
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