Tripod or Monopod: Which to Pack?

By Jonathan Spira on 14 May 2010
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Is a tripod a true necessity on a trip – or just extra weight?

The answer, as most photographers know, is both.  While it can take up precious space in one’s luggage and add a few kilograms, when it comes to getting good sharp photos, especially landscape, architecture, and nighttime shots, there is no substitute for a stable shooting platform.

Today’s business traveler/photographer has a wide range of options available, ranging from inexpensive and relatively simple tripods to top-of-the-line models with sophisticated heads.  And a tripod isn’t the only option – take away two legs and you have a monopod, a lighter, far more inexpensive shooting platform for the photographer on the go.

The key points to look at when selecting a tripod or monopod include its weight, load bearing capacity, extensibility, versatility, and the head.

Paul Riegler took a look at two, the Davis & Sanford Trekker Pro Monopod and the Gitzo GT1550 Traveler.

–Jonathan B. Spira is the Editor of Executive Road Warrior and Chief Analyst at Basex, a knowledge economy research firm.

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