Best Compact Tripod

Registered: Apr 30, 2002
Total Posts: 5995
Country: United States

Ok, I asked this wrong a while back, so I will try again.

I have a Velbon Ultra Max I s. After extensive use, one of the legs no longer locks (beyond repair)

I guess the model I have is no longer made, it is about a foot long when collapsed, and about 44" fully extended.

I loved how it would support my gripped 5D with 28-70L pretty well.

Any other models being used out there with similar specs?

I would like to keep it under $100 if possible



Registered: Jun 28, 2009
Total Posts: 12365
Country: United States

Generally, no sub-$100 tripod is going to be very sturdy or durable. Sorry.


Registered: May 03, 2006
Total Posts: 1673
Country: Sweden

Well, if you count legs only, the Slik Pro 700DX is a hell of a value for the money at $89. Mine is ten years old now and has stood up to a lot of abuse. But it's neither compact nor light.

Registered: Mar 06, 2005
Total Posts: 13639
Country: Australia

The 700DX is hardly a 'compact' tripod though, it's actually the opposite!

Registered: Dec 06, 2004
Total Posts: 2043
Country: United States

should be on General Gear-Talk board.

Registered: Feb 13, 2004
Total Posts: 397
Country: United States

Not sure what your needs and requirements are but I take this on hikes with me. Works for me but YMMV.

Carbon fiber and less than 3 lbs and supports over 15 lbs. I got one on e-bay for about $50. Bring your camera setup to BestBuy and set it up to try.