As a photographer, I prefer to use a tripod for travel shots – particularly landscapes. For shots taken early in the morning, or late at night, having a solid platform to keep the camera steady for long exposures is a must.
Choosing a tripod can be a quite a personal thing for photographers. Everyone has their favourite style or brand.
I have a number of great tripods of different styles which are solid but mostly are pretty heavy as well as cumbersome.
When travelling right around the world and carrying all of my gear around for 30 days straight, I really need to reduce the weight and size of my pack.
For this trip, I have picked up a new tripod (to me) which should save on some weight and size without losing stability.
The tripod that I have chosen to go with is the Dolica AX600B250 60-Inch Aluminium Alloy Proline Traveler Edition Tripod with High Performance Ball Head. That is quite the product name.
Dolica AX600B250 60-Inch Aluminium Alloy Proline Traveler Edition Tripod with High Performance Ball Head
This was found an Amazon – so it has already travelled halfway around the world from the USA to Australia once (at least). This is a brand that I have not had before so I was unsure of the quality of the product but I have not been disappointed.
There are a lot of benefits to this design. I like the following:-
- Low weight : 1.25 Kg (2.75lbs)
- Small size when folded : 42cm (roughly 16 inches)
- Great operating height as I am tall : 1.5m (60 inches)
- Centre column which reverses
- Ball head – my preferred option
- Legs that can adjust to 3 angles