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10-01-2009, 09:29 AM
For backpacking, that sort of thing - this is for a coworker of mine who isn't a super-serious photog but wants to have something to put her Sony a100 on when she's using her longer zoom lens.

Thanks for any suggestions you may have!


10-01-2009, 09:31 AM
IBsomeonerecommendsaSunpak :lol:

10-01-2009, 09:36 AM
how high do they want it?

gorilla pods and or beanbags can work really well w/o being big/heavy if you're willing to work with their compromises (low to the ground, harder to setup anywhere).

10-01-2009, 09:37 AM
If she's using a telephoto, I'd tell her to look into a tripod collar for it too, if they offer one... heavy/long lens + "highly portable tripod" sounds like trouble to me, and a collar would help with balance, at least.

10-01-2009, 09:40 AM
i dont think a beanbag is great for her longer zooms, but id suggest maybe a manfrotto supergrip + umbrella adapter? nearly pocketable and with all the trees you get backpacking im sure theres a ton of branches you can use at desired heights. gorilla pod works too as ben said

10-04-2009, 02:00 AM
I LOVE my gitzo 1531 w/ q3 ballhead combo
very light and rock solid with my 40D + 70-200...

10-04-2009, 08:59 AM
I am content with my GorillaPod SLRZoom and Induro ballhead


A few more pics here http://kensingt0n.smugmug.com/January-March-2009/February/21809-Camera-on-Gorillapod/7402890_oMPQp#476938894_gdh9p

Looks like they have a new size out that is even larger than the one I have which looks pretty cool http://joby.com/gorillapod/focus/