I’ve never had the “love/hate” relationship that some photographers have with tripods. I don’t use one for every photo that I make, but a tripod is necessary for much of the photography that I enjoy. I don’t mid carrying one, I simply consider it part of the deal. Since I started shooting more video over the last couple of years my tripod has become even more indespensible.
I accept the fact that I will be carrying a tripod, but I don’t want to drag around any more weight and bulk than I have to. The ideal tripod for me is tall enough for me to use comfortably when I’m shooting, while folding small enough to travel easily. It supports enough weight to hold any gear I throw at it, but weighs as little as possible.
The tiny travel tripods that are available today are very tempting. They work well for the small Micro Four Thirds gear I use, but I find them too shaky for shooting much video. I have a few “full-size” tripods that work beautifully, but they are so big they are tough to travel with. Wouldn’t it be great if there was a tripod that fit ALL of my criteria?
I think I’ve found one…
I was really intrigued when I saw the new Grand Turismo tripod from Induro. On paper it was just what I was looking for. I picked up the carbon fiber version of the GT-214 from Hunt’s Photo & Video. It weighs about albs, but it supports up to 36lbs! It is tall enough for me to shoot with (I’m 6’3″), but it folds to only 18″. Check out the video to find out how my new tripod works for me in the field.