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These would be the key aspects I would look for in a tripod:

 

  • Folded Size: To be able to transport it you need a tripod that can be easily carried in a handbag and on carry-on-board lugagge.

  • Completely deployed size: This is also an important factor, you should be able to position your camera at least as high as your eyes.

  • Weight: The lighter, the better for carrying. However, weight provides stability, so consider if the tripod has a ballast weight attachment (sand bag).

  • Ease of locking: Clip design is probably the quickest one, however, they wear out and after time they don't hold as well as new. Turn-tighten design is more forgiving to aging.

  • Quick-mount shoe design: This is an absolute must. It allows you to go quickly from tripod-mounted to hand-held shooting. The thinner, the better; that way it will not bulk up your camera when off the tripod.

  • Ball heads: These are quickly adjustable and lock in with a single knob.


Nice to haves:

  • Multiple angle lock in settings: It allows for close to the groud shooting as well as various stability options as well as adapting to uneven terrain.

  • Invertible post: Allows to shoot "under the tripod" for close-up and table work.

  • "Panning" feature: I mean a head piece that allows to lock-in everything except for the horizontal axis (rotate). This is helpful if you want to do panoramas.

  • Indicators: Nice to have again, angle indicators on rotating heads, bubble levels both on the head and the body, compass.

  • Off-center posts: This allows for close-up shooting and getting around objects, etc.

 

ALL of these features are available in the Induro AX114 (click on the link to check it out and/or purchase) which I particularly like and it is my main tripod. Bear in mind that this tripod comes WITHOUT a head -as most professional tripods- and you will need something like the SA-01 head to complete the kit. Induro also has portable, low cost models that come complete with the head, like the Adventure AB0.

 

This is a LOW COST alternative, not sure how it will perform over the long run, but looks good for light use.

Proline Tripod

Proline Tripod

 

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