What’s the best tripod on the market? The one that you will actually want to carry!
Over the years, I have collected several different tripods. Once you have a good tripod, the only reason to buy another one is the fit a specific need. Last year was my first time on the Intrepid to watch the Macy’s July 4th Fireworks Show. My top tip on how to photograph fireworks is to bring a sturdy tripod. Last year, that meant my Gitzo Traveler. Even though I had called ahead about the use of a tripod, I was stopped by security and my expensive tripod was almost confiscated. After talking my way through, I had to promise not to use it. Of course, I used it anyway … but very discreetly. My mistake was publicly displaying the tripod in the first place.
This year, I was smarter. I brought my new Sirui T-025 and just put it in my camera bag. That’s right … the Sirui T-025 folds to 11.8 inches – small enough to stow away without drawing attention! Take a look:
This cool little carbon-fiber wonder expands to a full-sized 51-inches and supports 13.2-pounds. Yet, it only weights about 2-pounds making it the perfect travel tripod! It also has a support hook which can be used to further stabilize it.
So, how good was it? Did you see my fireworks photos? Tack-sharp! The Sirui T-025 is the most compact tripod that you will actually want to carry!