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UER Forum > Archived Rookie Forum > Carrying a tripod around? (Viewed 1055 times)
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Carrying a tripod around?
< on 3/9/2013 4:27 AM >
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There's a similar thread just below mine, I know. My question is a bit different because I cannot spend 200 dollars on a military bag (given that my tripod and camera combined aren't worth that much!).
I'm looking for any tricks you guys know of. I usually just shove it in my canvas bag, but the tripod is too big so it sticks out a little, then gets stuck places and falls down, or makes it a hassle to get through tight/tricky places.
Any ideas?
Do any of you get by without an expensive specialized bag?

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Re: Carrying a tripod around?
<Reply # 1 on 3/9/2013 6:47 AM >
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I just hook the handle on the lower part of my backpack strap. If done right, it doesn't hit my leg when I walk.

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Re: Carrying a tripod around?
<Reply # 2 on 3/9/2013 7:20 AM >
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At first I bought a little sunpak compact tripod.. worked out great and fit in my backpack. Then I upgraded from a t2i to a 50D much heavier camera so I had to get a beefier tripod.. the sunpak was 30 bucks at best buy.

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Re: Carrying a tripod around?
<Reply # 3 on 3/9/2013 8:32 AM >
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I bought a Targus tripod from walmart for $15. Its really light but sturdy enough for my t2i. It will fit in my camera bag kinda snug but fits just fine in backpack and messenger bag with all my other equipment.

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Re: Carrying a tripod around?
<Reply # 4 on 3/9/2013 7:34 PM >
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I have three or four different tripods. One is held together by masking tape, one is some cheapo little tripod from Walmart, and the third is this huge, all-metal Vivitar beast from the early '70s. It's reliable and heavy as hell, but quite difficult to lug around.

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Re: Carrying a tripod around?
<Reply # 5 on 3/10/2013 1:13 AM >
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While I have a studio tripod for my more planned and non drain related explores I prefer to carry around the crappy 15 dollar Walmart tripod that someone else mentioned, that way I don't need to worry about damaging my nice one, and it fits into my backpack or you can carry it like skaters do there boards by putting it in between the straps.
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Re: Carrying a tripod around?
<Reply # 6 on 3/10/2013 11:43 AM >
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I stuck a sling on mine. Only occasionally do police think it's a sniper rifle.

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Re: Carrying a tripod around?
<Reply # 7 on 3/10/2013 1:36 PM >
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Every tripod I've ever had came with its own case with a single shoulder strap.

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Re: Carrying a tripod around?
<Reply # 8 on 3/10/2013 3:47 PM >
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Posted by Steed
Every tripod I've ever had came with its own case with a single shoulder strap.


This right here, and I just buy cheap ones. I usually hook it to my Canon bad though, it has hoops in the front.

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Re: Carrying a tripod around?
<Reply # 9 on 3/10/2013 10:38 PM >
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Mine came with a bag.

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Re: Carrying a tripod around?
<Reply # 10 on 3/10/2013 11:10 PM >
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Sew extra long Velcro "wire ties" to the side of your pack, one high and one low. Should be rock solid.

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Re: Carrying a tripod around?
<Reply # 11 on 3/10/2013 11:24 PM >
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1st, 2nd, and 3rd, tripods I owned were small enough they could fit in my backpack, which was fantastic. 4th was considerably bigger so I tied a sling around it, which worked okay but always felt like I was carrying too much gear. 5th is just big enough to fit inside my backpack but it's a bit of a hassle, so most of the time I just attach it to the shock-cord net on the back of my bag or attach it to the side with the compression webbing/buckle on the bag.

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Re: Carrying a tripod around?
<Reply # 12 on 3/10/2013 11:43 PM >
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I'd go to a thrift store and look for a duffle bag that I could cut down and sew to fit.

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Re: Carrying a tripod around?
<Reply # 13 on 3/11/2013 12:14 AM >
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This is how I carry my tripod around, I use zipties which I can undo with a knife and re use it. I do like Anapplesnails idea of the sling.... may steal it. 1.




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Re: Carrying a tripod around?
<Reply # 14 on 3/12/2013 1:44 AM >
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Wow, fantastic advice guys. I knew I could count on you!


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Re: Carrying a tripod around?
<Reply # 15 on 3/13/2013 7:33 AM >
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Picked up this tripod and bag for about 100. The bag's not terrible large and the tripod fits inside of it.


Another good trick for packing light is just hang the tripod on your belt, although it doesn't work if the legs have braces. For one like that, I just made loops out of zip ties and fixed a strap to it.

Also there's little travel tripods. This polaroid was only $10. It's 4 feet tall and can fit in a cargo pocket when folded. It's kinda flimsy and wobbly but manages to hold a dslr and kit lens ok without shaking as long as it's not windy. I wouldn't put anything heavier than that on it. Perfect for a point and shoot.

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Re: Carrying a tripod around?
<Reply # 16 on 3/13/2013 11:10 AM >
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Already been responded to with good suggestions, but I'll add my .02 regardless...

I got this idea from the Strobist blog, pertaining to light stands:

Get an old laptop bag strap or something similar (y'know, with the spring clip things on the ends to attach to D-rings, etc) and two split key rings. Drill two holes (or use a zip-tie as was previously suggested), one at the bottom of the leg and one near the head, put the split-ring through each hole respectively then attach strap. You now have a "permanent" strap that doesn't get in your way during use, but allows for comfortable transportation and portability.

edit: spelling
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Re: Carrying a tripod around?
<Reply # 17 on 3/13/2013 12:21 PM >
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Wow! Lotsa good ideas here.

You can pick up a real cheap folding chair for like $5 and it comes with a little bag just about the right size. I just use some braided paracord with a slipknot at each end....perfect tripod sling.




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Re: Carrying a tripod around?
<Reply # 18 on 3/13/2013 12:48 PM >
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Posted by consecrated
Already been responded to with good suggestions, but I'll add my .02 regardless...

I got this idea from the Strobist blog, pertaining to light stands:

Get an old laptop bag strap or something similar (y'know, with the spring clip things on the ends to attach to D-rings, etc) and two split key rings. Drill two holes (or use a zip-tie as was previously suggested), one at the bottom of the leg and one near the head, put the split-ring through each hole respectively then attach strap. You now have a "permanent" strap that doesn't get in your way during use, but allows for comfortable transportation and portability.

edit: spelling


Good idea! Some sports bags also come with clip-on shoulder straps. A trip to a thrift store might be a good starting point to find one. Might even have one laying around in our computer room at work. I wasn't planning on adding one to my tripod, but that's a good enough solution that I may try it.

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Re: Carrying a tripod around?
<Reply # 19 on 3/13/2013 4:02 PM >
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I use a very small tripod (less than a foot collapsed, expands to around 3ft). Usually I can find something to set it on if I need height. It's really just for long exposures. I put a lanyard on it and just loop it around my belt; takes up a bit more room than a water bottle.

I also have a larger (60 inch) one that clips onto my camera bag. Unless I'm going to be climbing I just take the whole thing.

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