So unlike other SE sites I realised you can ask for equipment recommendations here so here it goes:

I need a tripod for one-month backpacking in Southern Africa in summer - both mountains and savannah - using the tripod mainly in the wild country. I will use it for long-exposures and definitely night-sky exposures. It will be with a DSLR, so I must have access to the viewfinder/screen (hence why I'm reluctant to get a gorilla pod).

  • Lightweight (under 0.9kg NOT OVER!)
  • Has a minimum maximum height of 130cm
  • Has a fold-down height of 50cm or less.
  • Must be able to support a Canon 1300d (485g) and a prime or wide angle lens so around 1kg total load.
  • MUST BE UNDER £50!

There is lee-way - though not on the weight. With the price I may be able to sway to £60 because I'll be able to find a cheaper deal. Also - are tripods from eBay a safe bet?

closed as off-topic by Philip Kendall, scottbb, mattdm, Michael C, Caleb Dec 6 '17 at 6:56

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  • Please read Q&A is Hard, Let's Go Shopping to understand why we don't support this kind of question - if you can rephrase your question to ask how to make a decision rather than what decision to make, that's something we do support. – Philip Kendall Dec 5 '17 at 19:37
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    When you said, unlike other SE sites I realised you can ask for equipment recommendations here, what led you to that conclusion? I mean that as a serious, non-snarky question, because equipment recommendations are by-and-large off-topic here. If there's something that indicated equipment recommendations were topical here, we'd like to know. Thanks. =) – scottbb Dec 5 '17 at 19:57
  • I was curious so I started shopping. Have you looked at what's out there in your price range? Hitting all of your criteria is an uphill battle. How did you arrive at these specific needs? – Hueco Dec 5 '17 at 22:59
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    Offhand I'd say you've boxed yourself into a corner by specifying multiple opposing criteria - the tripod you want doesn't exist. – Mark Ransom Dec 6 '17 at 0:07
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    Possible duplicate of What should I pay attention to when choosing a tripod? – user50888 Dec 6 '17 at 0:18

If you're willing to go away with your minimum maximum height requirement and are willing to use whatever environmental features you have at hand, a Joby Gorillapod (https://joby.com/gorillapod-tripods) will do you well as a cheap, moderately sturdy travel tripod.

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