Looking for something generally portable on a backpack able to hold a DSLR with small to moderate lense (i.e. no massive, heavy lenses). I'll be off to my honeymoon in Hawaii soon and this will really come in handy. TIA
Without a max price, we can no help. Tripod quality, unlike most other things, almost always determines quality (especially in the build and weight department). A quality, lightweight tripod will set you back a few hundred. Unfortunately, throwing in those two requirements makes a tripod expensive, otherwise you have to choose one or the other (quality -vs- lightweight).
- Cheap: Heavy but stable or light but unstable.
- Expensive: Heavy or Light and able to hold heavy DSLR+Lens combos, stable, etc.
- Cheap: Horrible quality plastic making it unstable with crappy leg controls (that slip or are difficult to use).
- Expensive: Carbon Fiber (or other exotic material) that remains stable.
My favorite lightweight + quality tripod is a Gitzo (I have two of them, one larger, one smaller).
I have this; Oben 1410 Aluminum Tripod with Ball Head and it serves my purposes perfectly.
Sturdy, light, nice enough ball head to support my gripped D90, and collapses to 21" so it fits in my carry on luggage, and all for $120.
Could not be happier and recommend it enough
Otherwise, a monopod is a great addition to your gear.
For really small and light, I can recommend the Manfrotto MKC3-H01. It's only around 60" tall and isn't suitable for really large lenses, but has been stable enough for me to get some HDR images in windy situations. I don't think I'd trust it for really long exposures over one minute though, at least not at maximum height. The pistol grip head makes setup very quick too, not good for panos tho.
Sample HDR images taken using this tripod:
Entrance to the Walt Disney Concert Hall by Manila Vanila, on Flickr
Coat Hanger at Night by Manila Vanila, on Flickr
Last edited by Dirtistasty2; 06-21-2012 at 05:53 PM.
In all seriousness, the times I use my tripod are slim to none. I much prefer Tri-X pushed to 1600 and shoot handheld. If I do some tripod work in a studio it will be with a MF/LF camera and rotating backs are available.
Finally It is possible to do a portrait orientation... it's just a pain