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Lightweight & sturdy tripod for camera & spotting scope

As per the title.

I'm looking for a decent quality tripod that's easily carried but sturdy enough to take a scope and worst case an E-M5 with a Lumix 100-300.

I'm looking for "compact" rather than standing height viewable.


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Re: Lightweight & sturdy tripod for camera & spotting scope

I've got a Hama traveller-Pro tripod, they come in 2 or 3 different height versions but are rated with a maximum load of about 20 lbs. That might well be a bit optimistc but it feels sturdy enough and I've used it with my E620 and 14-54 lens without any problem although, in all honesty, just to be on the safe side I haven't used it at it's maximum height yet. I haven't the foggiest how that compares with a scope for weight purposes. Obviously, there are plenty of others out there but for the 40 that I paid for it, I'm very pleased. If you like the look of them, just be aware that you'll need to buy a quick release plate for it as that isn't included.
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Re: Lightweight & sturdy tripod for camera & spotting scope

'Lightweight' and 'Sturdy' tend to be contradictory qualities in a tripod - especially if price is also important as you will find the carbon-fibre tripods are probably best at meeting both needs! I bought a Manfrotto CarbonOne tripod at the Focus show a few years back as it was just being superceded and so was going at a reduced price. It's certainly lighter than my similar-sized aluminium Manfrotto 190. I've just added a Scopac carrying system (like rucksac straps to carry a tripod with spotting scope attached) when birding, although my Rover II AW will take it for photographic expeditions.
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Re: Lightweight & sturdy tripod for camera & spotting scope

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Ephotozine Review here.... small, light, tall and sturdy by all accounts....
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I hike a lot with the Velbon UT 45L, folds up to about 11 inches, weighs 2lbs 12oz. No complaints with the E-1 and 70-300. Doesn't go all the way down to the ground, only nine inches or so (due to center post), is tallish instead, but easy to invert. The head that it came with gets the job done but I plan to buy a better head at some point. The legs can be difficult to loosen if over-tightened, but that's not normally a problem. Fast to set up or strike, goes high enough to make a good monopod on just one leg. Has rather large rubber feet which get caught when dragging it through brush.
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Re: Lightweight & sturdy tripod for camera & spotting scope

Thanks for the suggestions folks.

I recently bought the spotting scope and last week got around to buying a lens adaptor for the eyepiece. With an O-MD on the scope and the tripod that I have at the moment (which is a cheapish aluminium hand me down) the weight of the scope/camera makes trying to lock the scope in position extremely difficult and not that user friendly.

DekHog, Stewart,

How do you find the Velbons for holding anything heavyish?

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Re: Lightweight & sturdy tripod for camera & spotting scope

I have got a Nikon ED III scope and for that I use a Manfrotto 190CX Cf3 tripod with a Manfrotto 701 HDV video head. It is not a cheap combination but the tripod is light, although the head is less so. However the head incorporates counterbalance springs and a sliding quick release plate to balance the scope.

The tripod has 3 leg sections which means that it is not as compact as 4 section versions but fewer joints means less chance of play in them. It is probably overkill for your requirements but I am pleased with mine.

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