Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Looking for a travel tripod

Hi Eagle Optics,
I am looking for a lightweight carbon tripod kit for an upcoming birding trip. I'd like to fit it in my carry-on luggage, so it needs to fold down to a length under 20".  Do you have recommendations?




Hi Bob,
Thanks for your inquiry. Here are a few suggestions. Remember, you can save some inches by removing the center column (with the tripod head attached) and laying it next to the leg set in your luggage.

Manfrotto 190Go Carbon Fiber Tripod Leg  17.7" folded 3 lbs. (Leg set only, head not included)

Vortex Summit Carbon Tripod 18.5" folded length (includes head) 

Opticron XFS-C Traveller Carbon Tripod Leg 18.9" folded length (Leg set only, head not included)

A good lightweight and compact tripod head is the Manfrotto 700RC2 Tripod Head.

If you have further questions, let us know. Happy travels!

All the best,

Eagle Optics


  1. Hi there! I'm new at birdwatching and I do want some tips for suitable binoculars to use. There seemed to be a lot in the market right now although my friend reminded me to get from excellent brands. I was wondering what the top brands are nowadays? I've been reading a lot of reviews and it seems confusing. Although I want affordable binoculars, it must be at par with those expensive ones. It must also be lightweight and suited for eyeglass-wearers such as me. I've seen this site with reviews, do you think these are good for birdwatching? See http://myoutdoorslife.com/gear/camping-and-hiking/best-binoculars.html


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