Tripod for backpacking with 8 x 10. : LUSENET : Large format photography : One Thread

I am looking for recommendations for a tripod that would accomodate backpacking with my 8 x 10. I already have a Ries A-100 tripod with a double tilt head that is to long and heavy for more than short journeys from the pick up. How short it collapses is as much of a plus as weight. Anybody out there really get off of the beaten path with your 8 x 10 ?

Thanks in advance.

-- Michael Kadillak (, September 11, 1998


Response to Tripod Recommendations

You know, I wouldn't want anyone to hear me say this, but I've put my 8x10 Deardorff on a Bogen 3021 with a 3055 ball head. Not ideal but it works, as long as it isn't too windy. I now use a 3031 with a 3047 head. Much studier but much heavier too.

-- Peter Hughes (, September 11, 1998.

Response to Tripod Recommendations

One of the greats (dont remember who it was supposed to be, but they shot 8x10) was quoted as saying 'if it isnt within 100 yards of his car, it wasnt photogenic':-)

-- Ron Shaw (, September 11, 1998.

Response to Tripod Recommendations

I should think that one of the carbon fiber Gitzos with the Sinar Pan Tilt head would be a good combo.

-- Ellis (, September 11, 1998.

Response to Tripod Recommendations

Michael, Gitzo makes a series of metal tripods with numbers in the 500's that would work. Several of them have four section legs and are short when collapsed. However, they may be too short for you if you're tall. Look at the B&H web site for details.

By the way, I have the 510, which I think weighs 9 lbs without the head. It's a 3 section, and is fine for day hikes.

Best wishes, Bruce

-- Bruce M. Herman (, September 12, 1998.

Response to Tripod Recommendations

What does your 8x10 weigh? If its not too heavy why not get the Ries J100 backpack model. It breaks apart and comes with a storage case and is fairly lightweight. Under 8lbs if memory serves me right.

-- Michael Wellman (, September 17, 1998.

Response to Tripod Recommendations

Check out the Berlebach wood tripods in the Calumet catalog or at their site They have a 7 3/4 pound model with 2 section legs that collapses to 40" and extends to 64" and is rated for 8 x 10 cameras.

-- Tony Brent (, September 25, 1998.

Response to Tripod Recommendations

You already have a RIES (so do I) so you know about their quality. Why not a Ries J100 backpacker. I have one and I love it.

-- Tom Johnston (, November 20, 1998.

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