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Old 23rd November 2012
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Travel tripod

I'm currently looking at the options for a lightweight tripod for a holiday next year.
Have had a look a few options, keeping closed size and weight down.
Benro A-068M8, Manfrotto 732CY, Giottos MT8223-50. Going a bit heavier Manfrotto 190CX3
Like like the Manfrotto 055CXPRO4 but not much weight saving and longer.

Does any body have experience with light weight carbon fibre tripods.

I don't want to by one and be dissapointed because its not very stable.
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Re: Travel tripod

Every tripod - like every camera - is a compromise. In the case of the tripod, between weight, bulk and stability.

With that in mind, I finally settled on a Manfrotto 190CXPRO4 with the 496RC2 head as the lightest and most compact I could go without sacrificing too much stability (note: the CXPRO3 is quite a bit longer when fully retracted). It has seen a lot of service and has performed very well.

In retrospect, the only thing I might have changed is the head - to a 498RC2 or 4 - as using an E-30 with 1.4EC x 50-200SWD with the 496 is pushing the limits of the setup. It is well within its capacity with my other lenses. This option, however, would have added about half a pound to the rig.

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