Group test

Tr avel tripods

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If you’re af­ter some truly por­ta­ble kit, these travel tripods are about the size of a drinks bot­tle when folded down, weigh less than 2kg, with the ca­pa­bil­ity of full-size ri­vals

Travel tripods have

a tough job. They need to be small enough to pack, light enough to tote around all day but rigid enough to cap­ture shots of a life­time, shake-free. To shrink the stowage size, they fea­ture legs that swing up­wards, so that the feet en­com­pass the head, slash­ing about 20cm off the car­ry­ing length. Some are only about the size of a drinks bot­tle when folded down, and all of the tripods on test weigh less than 2kg, com­plete with a ball head. De­spite their down­sized de­signs, how­ever, most cur­rent travel tripods are able to reach re­spectable max­i­mum oper­at­ing heights of more than 1.5m, and have hefty load ca­pac­i­ties of be­tween 4kg and 15kg. This makes them ideal for any­thing from a light­weight com­pact camera to a full-blown DSLR with an at­tached tele­photo lens. A cou­ple of the tripods on test even fea­ture a piv­ot­ing cen­tre col­umn, more usu­ally re­served for full-sized tripods.

So let’s take a closer look…

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