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Old 02-14-2019, 04:55 PM   #1
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Best Portable Camera Stabilizer/Tripod ...........

I am looking for a Great Portable Camera Stabilizer/Tripod. This will not be for a Large Camera with Big Lenses, But a portable camera or Phone for taking mostly Night Shots. Portability is the main priority. And then a quality piece of gear that will stand up to use. I have had other mini tripods that were junk or fell apart and did not work that well. This is a Sample Photo I took here in Hawaii last month, but I had to sit the camera on the deck railing as I don't have a way to stabilize it.
So, can I have your recommendation on a good Portable Tripod/Stabilizer?
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Old 02-14-2019, 07:25 PM   #2
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I just purchased this carbon fiber tripod for traveling. I am shooting with a 4/3 mirrorless camera system.


https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produ...on_carbon.html
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I just purchased this carbon fiber tripod for traveling. I am shooting with a 4/3 mirrorless camera system.


https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produ...on_carbon.html



Thanks for the tip.... What would you say is the big advantage of the carbon fiber over the aluminum ?
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I love the Joby Gorillapod. They come many different sizes and designs; and they are cool because they can be wrapped around things and are small and easy to pack.


The Manfrotto Compact is good if you want a more traditional setup.
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Light weight, very stable, low price. Pick any two.
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I love the Joby Gorillapod. They come many different sizes and designs; and they are cool because they can be wrapped around things and are small and easy to pack.

The Manfrotto Compact is good if you want a more traditional setup.
+1. Exactly what I’d recommend too. If none of the many sizes of Joby’s work for you, a small Manfrotto. I have both including the Joby universal smartphone holder. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B009GHYLKS...550217848&sr=3

There are Joby knock offs, but some/most are junk.
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I like this one. Manfrotto bought at Best Buy. Works great for phone or small point and shoot. A little shaky on my big dslr.
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Thinking about getting one of these for a table top tripod
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Like Oldshooter said: pick any 2 of these: lightweight, stability, low price. Can't have all 3.
Gitzo makes excellent carbon fiber tripods, very light and stable, I have a traveler carbon fiber, awesome tripod. CF tends to absorb vibrations unlike aluminum. Important if you're shooting at a slow shutter speed.
Make sure whatever you buy has a nice ballhead, as important as the tripod.
Feisol, Benro, Oben?, Manfrotto all make nice tripods. Read about tripods on www.fredmiranda.com
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For purchases like this I usually check Wirecutter review site https://thewirecutter.com/reviews/th...travel-tripod/
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I bought one of these not long ago because I needed one that fit easily in a suitcase. Pretty happy with it so far.

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produ..._traveler.html
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Light weight, very stable, low price. Pick any two.

I'm not that interested in those features ---

How about Portable (compact - not necessarily light weight), Stable, High Price ?
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Anyone use anything like this? And had good luck with it?


https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0787YXQNP...v_ov_lig_dp_it
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Here is one to consider, I don't know anything about it other than the review below:
https://www.amazon.com/Leofoto-LS-22...eofoto+ls-223c

https://adelembuttolphgallery.com/le...tripod-review/
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I use a Gorillapod about 6 inches long. I screw it into the bottom of the camera and use it to brace the camera against a wall, table, pole, etc. If there is nothing else to brace the camera against, I hold the Gorillapod tightly with my left hand/arm pressed against my chest, hold my breath and shoot. It works remarkably well.

If I am shooting out of a car, then I use a tripod. But, I find more and more of my shooting is when I am out on foot, and carrying tripod is no longer an option for me.
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I'm not that interested in those features ---

How about Portable (compact - not necessarily light weight), Stable, High Price ?
Easy. Gitzo.


Aluminum Reporter models are remarkably cheap on eBay. Get the 4 section legs called the Compact model. Under $150 shipped should be easily achievable with a little patience.So not even that high a price.
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Anyone use anything like this? And had good luck with it?


https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0787YXQNP...v_ov_lig_dp_it


I have not, but it looks like it would work.
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Thanks for the tip.... What would you say is the big advantage of the carbon fiber over the aluminum ?

As others have said the carbon fiber is lighter than the aluminum and absorbs vibrations better. If you are doing longer exposure or HDR it would be better in my opinion.
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I made a couple of my own. One from an Irwin clamp that I use to take photos in my workshop. Another I made from mdf for low level shots.
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I am looking for a Great Portable Camera Stabilizer/Tripod. This will not be for a Large Camera with Big Lenses, But a portable camera or Phone for taking mostly Night Shots. Portability is the main priority. And then a quality piece of gear that will stand up to use. I have had other mini tripods that were junk or fell apart and did not work that well. This is a Sample Photo I took here in Hawaii last month, but I had to sit the camera on the deck railing as I don't have a way to stabilize it.
So, can I have your recommendation on a good Portable Tripod/Stabilizer?
I own a lot of tripods (ten of them now), but the best for travel has to be my ZOMEI Q555 which I picked up on Ebay for $41 with free shipping. It cost a fraction of some of my other tripods but it's the one I use the most now as it is fairly light weight and very durable and well designed.
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