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Any compact tripod recommendations for X10?

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Hi all,

I was wondering if anyone had a recommendation for a seriously small and light tripod for use with the X10 (and also possibly the Panasonic G3 from time to time). I already have a Manfrotto 190, but this is just overkill when there's only a small chance I'll need it. I also have a gorillapod SLR, but I rarely find anything I can secure it to (majority of my photography is landscape).

I was looking at the Vanguard Nivelo 204BK as one possibility as it seems pretty useful for the size/weight. I'm not too bothered about the minimum extension of 100cm - if it's very likely I'll need a tripod (or very windy), I'll just take the Manfrotto.

Any thoughts or recommendations very much appreciated!

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Hi Richheath

For a small camera, I kinda like this

http://www.manfrotto.com/compact-photo-movie-kit-black

the gun handle, ball head also have a good video panning feature so it allows a bit of resistance for panning. Very useful for the motion pano feature on the x10.

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Ah thanks, that looks like a good prospect (and surprisingly cheap!). It's twice the weight, and a bit longer, but would certainly be a bit more useful (and probably more solid) than the Vanguard.

Anyone else have a suggestion?

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Thanks Knud, looks great, but a little on the expensive side for my situation.

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I would say that the Manfrotto 190 with a small panning ballhead suits that size of camera great. I have the larger 055Pro that I used with my DSLR and now X-Pro1 and don't want anything less stable.

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Thanks kindanatural, but as I say, the 190 is a bit much for me when there is only a small chance of needing a tripod (particularly when out on my bike), so I'm looking for something small and stashable, just in case I want to use my big stopper or do some lower grain IR. I agree, the 190 is just about right when my only intention is photography.

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My "go-to" tripod when I am out hiking is the Trek-Tech T-Pod. The head kinda sucks but the versatility, size, and weight make it a winner. I always have it with me.

http://www.trek-tech.com/products/tripods.html

Good luck.

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I agree on the Giottos Vitruvian too...amazing value. I have their monopod also.

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I just ordered this for my upcoming trip to Mexico.

Not bad for under 25 bucks.

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Hi guys, thanks for the suggestions. The Vitruvian looks really nice, but is not quite a fit for my needs (size/weight/cost wise). The Vanguard I originally linked to is only 600g complete, and about 35cm long. The manfrotto linked to by WilzWorks also looks like a good option. I've seen the Slik Sprint Mini II GM which might fit the bill (35cm, 780g) - anyone have any experience of this tripod?

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I have a Velbon Mini-f, works great on the X10.

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Had one (small) SIRIU 3pod yesterday in my hands, what a wonderful piece ..

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I have th sirui T005 - works great, super light, small folded but reaches a usable height.

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I've used a Leica mini tripod for several years. It's rock steady and breaks down to fit in a pocket or small bag. Not cheap but I got mine on ebay ages ago. Keep a lookout for a bargainDSCF1161.jpgDSCF1162.jpg

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I use a GorillaPod and never have an issue with it.

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Obviously it's no good for panoramas (why bother with the in camera sweep function) or if you need a photo taken at head height on flat ground but for general use it's flexibility and ease of use far outweigh carrying around a real tripod with such a small camera.

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That looks like a clever device ... may just have to go find me one of those. Thanks!

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I've used a Leica mini tripod for several years. It's rock steady and breaks down to fit in a pocket or small bag. Not cheap but I got mine on ebay ages ago. Keep a lookout for a bargain

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Vintage.

Definitely not cheap...

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I like the Gorilla too.

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I have purchased many tripods over the years and have never used one of them.

Sometimes I use a wall but otherwise hand held.

Maybe I am missing something ?

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I've used a Leica mini tripod for several years. It's rock steady and breaks down to fit in a pocket or small bag. Not cheap but I got mine on ebay ages ago.

There is one on ebay at the moment (located in California) for US$176.00

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