Are there are any "ultra-portable" tripods out there? I'd like to find one for backpacking that weighs 500 grams or less, but none seem to exist... there are tabletop tripods that weigh considerably less, and the full-size tripods that seem to bottom out around 1000g. But nothing in between?
I'm happy to sit down while photographing, but I'd like to make photos without needing a rock or log to put a tabletop tripod on, or a tree to strap one to.
In the spirit of a tripod is better than no tripod, I'd give up a lot. But I have not been able to find a product like this.
I would also be interested in directions for building one.
- The 500g budget includes a complete tripod: both legs and head.
- The goal is to support about 1.5kg (e.g., D90 + 18-200).
- The 500g budget is for additional weight above and beyond what I'm already carrying. So, if an item I'm already carrying on a backpack can be repurposed or a new item substituted, only the net mass increase counts against the budget.