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| p.1 #3 · Pocket Tripod Recommendations |
Next week, I will be departing on a weeklong Caribbean cruise. While I will be bringing my Manfrotto tripod, I was also thinking about purchasing a small, pocket tripod for my 5DIII + 24-105mm which I could take with me when I go on the beach without having to lug my full size tripod.
The RRS TFA-01 pocket pod is really intriguing, but it's $100, and I don't really want to spend that much. So with that said, I'm looking for a pocket pod which is durable, will work with my RRS BH-40 ballhead, and is under $100.
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Plus you need a sturdy head. If you plan to shoot vertical, you'll want an L-plate as the 5D3/24-105 will topple most mini pods if you use the drop slot. None of the stock tabletop pods I've seen will hold a 5D3/24-105 worth a darn. I can easily see spending upwards of $200 for a head and legs sturdy enough for the job.
I already had a small Gitzo ball head (G1077M) left over from a travel tripod a couple 1" clamps. So I bought a set of Manfrotto 209 legs and mounted the Gitzo head and Kirk clamp on it. I wanted it for my M43 gear and it works like a dream with my Oly E-P3 and Pany GX1, both of which have L-plates. I tried my 5D2/24-105 on it and it worked fine for horizontals but verticals are impossible without an L-plate. As configured it's very easy to stick in my back pocket or leave in a bag. If I was mainly planning to use it for FF, I'd probably spring for the Kirk or RRS legs. The 209 is fine for M43 but is borderline for FF.