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Max Dilthey
(mdilthey) - M

Locale: MaxTheCyclist.wordpress.com
It just works! Ultralight Tripod Case on 07/22/2013 19:21:27 MDT Print View

Photo gear is NOT ultralight, but a lot of landscape photographers strive to be. Going ultralight with 5-10lbs of camera gear is arguably MORE important because traditional backpacking stuff quickly clocks you up to "Too Heavy to Hike."

So, I thought I'd share this. In the (infamous?) hunt for perfect stuff sacks, I realized the Thermarest stuff-sacks by Cascade Designs come in lots of different measurements, and are ideal for keeping an expensive tripod relatively dry and dust-free when you're out on the trail. For pack-rafters, they also have drybags.

Here's my tripod, the Oben AC-1410 4-Section Aluminum Tripod with BA-0 Ball Head (3.2lbs):

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At 21", it fits perfectly in the Thermarest 11.5L stuff sack. I also wrapped it in about 2 feet of Gossamer gear's Thinlite pad, which adds a bit of protection for a couple ounces that doubles as insulation in camp.

Enjoy!

K C
(KalebC) - F

Locale: South West
Tripods on 07/22/2013 20:58:56 MDT Print View

I only use tripods for time lapse or shooting flowing water with a ND filter in daylight. I brought my slik sprint pro II (1lb 13oz), after two trips i realized it is Waaaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyy too heavy to be worth bringing and is for day hikes now. I now stack rocks, fill a stuff sack with leaves to get my slow shutter shots.

Edited to add a few more a's and y's

Edited by KalebC on 07/22/2013 21:02:50 MDT.

diego dean
(cfionthefly) - M
Slider on 07/22/2013 21:31:50 MDT Print View

I can usually do without a tripod and just use a small claw afixed to something. But im getting into video using cameras and sliders add way more interest to shots. Cant wait for this to hit the market. Hopefully it works.

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/baker/airtracks-inflatable-all-terrain-camera-slider/description

Tanner M
(Tan68)
Re: Slider on 07/22/2013 23:14:22 MDT Print View

I noticed the date that the fellow got him money.
Have you read the comments?
Looks like he has regained interest in the project... He went MIA for a while...

Josh Brock
(needsAbath)

Locale: Outside
stuff sac? on 07/23/2013 11:26:26 MDT Print View

What on your tripod would you be worried about? If you just remove the ball head and pack that away you should be fine? No need for extra stuff sack or pad.

Max Dilthey
(mdilthey) - M

Locale: MaxTheCyclist.wordpress.com
Just general care. on 07/23/2013 12:05:21 MDT Print View

I don't want dust to stick to the grease in the joints. I don't want rust to form on the metal parts from salt corrosion along the coast, either.

Tanner M
(Tan68)
Re: stuff sac? on 07/23/2013 12:21:47 MDT Print View

Tripod bags aren't a bad thing. I just usually keep my tripod in my pack or in my hand. It isn't typically found strapped onto or in anything else.

I made a light sack and reinforced just some areas where sharp tripod things might poke. I put the tripod in it to protect my pack from the tripod... I don't want it to abrade the coating of my pack.

Usually when I travel, I put the legs in the little sack and the head in two zipocs. This protects the pack enough. The inner ziploc does get some pokes...

I don't usually worry about wrapping my tripod to protect it. I figure if I have done a thing wrong enough to hurt it, then I got other troubles as well...

A bag wouldn't have helped with what caused this. Now, the way I was carrying the tripod may have had an effect, bag or not :^)

I call this Goblin's Grin

Induro v. ice

Edited by Tan68 on 07/23/2013 12:24:56 MDT.

Ian B.
(IDBLOOM) - MLife

Locale: PNW
Re: Re: stuff sac? on 07/23/2013 12:33:12 MDT Print View

FWIW this month's Trail Groove Magazine has an article on UL tripods.

http://www.trailgroove.com/?utm_source=TrailGroove+Magazine&utm_campaign=5c3cfb5854-Issue+9&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_df09d26464-5c3cfb5854-63248477

Starts on page 51

Derrick White
(miku) - MLife

Locale: Newfoundland & Labrador, Canada
TrailGroove on 07/23/2013 13:44:47 MDT Print View

Ian,

Thanks for the great tip to this magazine I have never seen before. It great.


Derrick

Ian B.
(IDBLOOM) - MLife

Locale: PNW
Re: TrailGroove on 07/23/2013 13:47:45 MDT Print View

I'm really impressed with the quality of this periodical too. One of the benefits of BPL surfing is coming across gems like Trail Groove.

Josh Brock
(needsAbath)

Locale: Outside
Re: Just general care. on 07/23/2013 14:24:50 MDT Print View

Hmm I have yet to see any grease in tripod legs? The ball head yeh. which is why I could see taking that off and putting it away.

and as far as rust from salt corrosion- Are you using it on the coast or just carrying it? because use alone will expose it to the same salt corrosion as not having it in a stuff sack.

Also simply cleaning your tripod after back packing would solve this issue just like I'm sure most do with their sensors and camera bodies.

Tanner M
(Tan68)
Re: Re: TrailGroove on 07/23/2013 15:55:36 MDT Print View

Yeah, I ended up reading about the Wichitaws

Max Dilthey
(mdilthey) - M

Locale: MaxTheCyclist.wordpress.com
Yep! on 07/23/2013 20:33:57 MDT Print View

Josh,

You are perhaps right. Call me paranoid. I'll carry the extra 3oz to guard the stuff sack.

I'll be using it while backpacking and bike touring. My pack gets dirty, my bike gets dirty, my body gets dirty- I can't help but envision sand grains wedging themselves between the sliders and joints of my tripod and ball head. And the Oben most definitely comes greased.