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Unread 03-30-2013, 10:11 AM
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Compact Tripod?

Just bit the bullet on a Swarovski STM 65 HD and am now looking for a compact, light tripod for back pack hunting. What tripod and head do you guys suggest for back country hunting?
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    Unread 03-30-2013, 10:41 AM
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    We have one in the LRH Store that Andy uses.
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    Unread 03-30-2013, 06:53 PM
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    Re: Compact Tripod?

    I use a manfrotto 4 section carbon fiber. Super light and compact. I also use a grip ball head that I love.

    190 Carbon Fiber Tripod With Q90 - 4 Section 190CXPRO4 - 190 Series | Manfrotto
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    Unread 03-30-2013, 08:04 PM
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    Re: Compact Tripod?

    Dolica Premium Lightweight Traveler 60" Carbon Fiber Tripod/Monopod with Ball Head Bundle CX600B502D/S

    look at this one... I KNow nothing about it but it sounds nice
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    Unread 03-30-2013, 08:55 PM
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    Re: Compact Tripod?

    Ball heads on High magnification optics will drive you nuts. It is virtually impossible to make nice incremental adjustments on a ball head and the center of gravity is all wrong too. Serious wildlife photographers use a gimbal type mount, it resolves the center of gravity issues by moving the center of rotation sufficiently high that the optic is always stable.

    Like this
    Jobu Design BWG-J3K Jobu Jr.3 Gimbal Kit with Swing-Arm BWG-J3K
    You add a mounting rail for your optic, that allows the best axial position to be found so that it is perfectly balanced.
    That particular model = $329

    How high do you need the spotter deployed ? Yes, the carbon fiber tripods are pricey..
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    Unread 03-31-2013, 09:03 AM
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    Re: Compact Tripod?

    Velbon ultra maxi m with the outdoorsman squeeze head. Very compact, whole system about 3 pounds, easy to use and stable.

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    Unread 03-31-2013, 10:24 AM
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    Re: Compact Tripod?

    Good choice on the spotter! +1 on avoiding ball heads. Well at least similar quality to leupold compact. Don't make the mistake I made by buying a quality optic then try to get by with a cheap tripod and head. Get the best you can afford to get all you can out of your spotter.
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