Compact lightweight tripod for night photography?

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  1. Anby

    Anby Been here awhile

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    Hi everybody,

    One of my joys in my life is taking photographs of the milky way in the middle of nowhere while drinking copious amount of beers. My current tripod with the three way pan tilt swivel head is way too long, heavy, and unwieldy to carry on a motorcycle. So I am in the market for a lightweight, easy to pack tripod (and tripod head) that would be able to support a combined weight of ~ 8-9 lbs or so. Cheaper is always better and I am interested in buying used.

    Do you have any recommendations?

    Thanks,
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    The Manfrotto BeFree is my travel tripod of choice but it looks like it only has an 8.8lbs load rating.

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    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B072NZL11B/

    This is what I use for moto trips. Sturdy enough for long exposure, and gets small enough to fit in my boxes easily. It's not going to have the quality of the above posted one, but it gets the job done for me.
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  5. Anby

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    Way out of my budget. Thanks though.

    This looks pretty good for my purpose, and not outrageously expensive. Is the load rating for the tripod legs or the ball head? If the rating is for the ball head, I can get a small used three way pan-tilt-swivel head to replace it. How is the damping of the tripod legs? I am thinking of going carbon fiber for improved damping, but I wonder if they are much more fragile.

    This looks very good too, cheaper than the Manfrotto one. How is the damping of the tripod legs? And do you like the ball head on this thing? Do you have the aluminium one or the carbon fiber?
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    Aluminum. It's pretty light, so if it's breezy you'll need to hang weight on it or lower your expectations. The head seems fine, simple but it works. I've used it for 10-stop daytime photography or night time shots, and it's done fine for those purposes.
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    Got it. Does it have a hook at the bottom to hang some weights?
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    a small one, yes
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    My tripod says BOSCH on the legs, Home Depot and bout $30 if I remember. I think they are used to hold lasers at construction sites.
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  12. 2 SPOT

    2 SPOT bring the rape whistle

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    I've been down this road and believe it or not my tripod of choice has become my bike with RAM parts.

    We all have RAM mount stuff, all you need is an $8 1/4" camera ball.
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    Anby Been here awhile

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    A friend of mine uses some of those Home Depot tripods for work, not a huge fan of them due to the weight..

    I have considered this in the past for taking quick shots off of the bike, but I don't have a ball head. Can you see us some photos of your setup with the camera?
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    2 SPOT bring the rape whistle

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    Here ya go
    20200530_155733.jpg
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    So basically take the top off and replace it with at attachment to go into the tripod hole threads in the camera?

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    2 SPOT bring the rape whistle

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    You got it, you can buy the parts separately also.
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    I have been thinking of adding a RAM mount to my motorcycle to use the GPS and the phone. How adjustable are the four little arms/clamps? Can you use the same mount to or do they come in only specific sizes?
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    they are spring loaded and adjustable
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    I have an iPhone XR, I can put the phone in the x-clamp without the Otterbox, but with the Otterbox the phone JUST barely fits. Hope this helps.
    BTW the arms on the x-clamp are spring loaded to fit various size contraptions.
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