Tr avel tripods
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…