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hoshour
04-15-2013, 07:59 PM
I'm in the process of getting a Vortex Razor 16-48x65 spotting scope and want to upgrade my tripod.

I usually hunt 1-5 miles off the road so weight is an issue. Budget is $100 - $250, including the head. I'm leaning toward a pan head, not sure about twist lock vs. levers.

I'm looking at the Velbon Luxi L II or Maxi L. I've seen others on this site mention Vortex High Country, Gitzo and Slik.

hoshour
04-16-2013, 12:58 PM
Any thoughts on which tripod would be best for my spotter?

Doe Nob
04-16-2013, 02:41 PM
I got a vanguard alta carbon fibre one off cammofire I like quite a bit so far.

LaHunter
04-16-2013, 08:50 PM
I have that exact spotting scope. I have the Promaster 525 Carbon fiber tripod with the Promaster 6160. Since I just received my spotting scope, I have not had a chance to hunt with it, but it is a very stable tripod and a smooth pan head. I have had it out a few times checking it out. The tripod packs down to under 15" and weighs about 2.25#. The tripod with the head attached packs down to under 17". The head is about 17 oz. Bought all three from Camera Land. The tripod retails for about $300, but you can watch ebay and find a new one for under $250. The 6160 pan head will retail for about $45. This is the only tripod setup I have ever had, but for the price I am not sure how it can be beat. The tripod with the pan head will fit perfectly in a side pocket of an Eberlestock J34 pack, FYI. I recommend checking out this setup.

tdub24
04-17-2013, 10:11 AM
I have the Vanguard MAK 233OS which is a window mount and tripod all in one. I think it weighs in around 3.31lbs, but I haven't had a problem with packing it around in my KUIU Icon 6000 bag. I am thinking it would be nice for something else that is less than 2lbs for longer backpacking trips. Do majority of you folks use a pan head or a pistol grip head, and why???

Drhorsepower
04-17-2013, 01:11 PM
I have the Vanguard MAK 233OS which is a window mount and tripod all in one. I think it weighs in around 3.31lbs, but I haven't had a problem with packing it around in my KUIU Icon 6000 bag. I am thinking it would be nice for something else that is less than 2lbs for longer backpacking trips. Do majority of you folks use a pan head or a pistol grip head, and why???

Check out the vanguard alta 233 ao or the 253 ct. I upgraded from your tripod to the alta and finally to a manfrotto.

I prefer a pan head over ball or pistol grips because I like to pan slowly on initial grid. The pistol grip just seems like too much unnecessary muscle movements to achieve the same thing.

I am in the market for a small backpacking tripod with ball head though because they seem lighter.

clacklin009
04-17-2013, 09:28 PM
There are three that I would look at: Vortex Summit SS, Vortex Summit XLT, or the Manfrotto Compact Series Tripod MKC3-H01. Retail will vary but MSRP on the Summit is $179, only weighs in at 1.8 lbs. collapsed it is 14" and extends to 54" with twist lock legs-makes it more compact with a ball head. The Summit XLT MSRP is $329, weighs 3.6 lbs. collapses to 18" and extends to 64", same legs and head as the SS but thicker body. The Bogan Manfrotto is the cheapest retailing at $60, head is a plastic movie/photo head but I like how it operates. Weighs 2.5 lbs. collapses to 17" and extends to 60" with locking legs. Extended height on these is with the center column (neck) extended, which isn't ideal. I don't think of a packing tripod as being very tall so for me it isn't that big of a concern but we all hunt different.

hoshour
04-18-2013, 10:12 AM
the Summit is $179, only weighs in at 1.8 lbs. collapsed it is 14" and extends to 54" with twist lock legs-makes it more compact with a ball head.

At 1.8 lbs., is the Summit SS too light to be steady in a wind?

hoshour
04-18-2013, 10:14 AM
Any thoughts on ball vs pan head?

I know the ball is lighter, but for spotting using a grid system I wonder if it is more of a hassle than the pan head.

mcseal2
04-18-2013, 05:30 PM
I have that exact spotting scope. I have the Promaster 525 Carbon fiber tripod with the Promaster 6160. Since I just received my spotting scope, I have not had a chance to hunt with it, but it is a very stable tripod and a smooth pan head. I have had it out a few times checking it out. The tripod packs down to under 15" and weighs about 2.25#. The tripod with the head attached packs down to under 17". The head is about 17 oz. Bought all three from Camera Land. The tripod retails for about $300, but you can watch ebay and find a new one for under $250. The 6160 pan head will retail for about $45. This is the only tripod setup I have ever had, but for the price I am not sure how it can be beat. The tripod with the pan head will fit perfectly in a side pocket of an Eberlestock J34 pack, FYI. I recommend checking out this setup.

I have the same tripod, head, and pack. I also like them all very well.

chad
04-20-2013, 08:03 AM
I just bought the ss and was impressed. I haven't used it in the wind but it has a hook to add weight. It is so small and light and for the price I felt I could not go wrong.

Bwht4x4
04-21-2013, 11:52 PM
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/888849-REG/Manfrotto_mk293c4_a0rc2_293_Carbon_Fiber_Tripod.ht ml

Lightweight and Monfrotto is always the best for tripods!

tim
04-30-2013, 04:35 PM
lightweight is awesome, except when the tripod head doesn't hold up the spotter.

Antler addict
06-04-2013, 07:27 AM
This is the route I went and couldn't be any happier. I use my 85mm razor on this setup no problem. It would put you in budget too. Sunpak Pro 423PX Carbon Fiber Tripod
http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/ol/B0046R0ZJE/ref=mw_dp_olp For your trippod. Then I sold the head on eBay and got this head...promaster Pan head 6160
http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B003AXMXCW/ref=mp_s_a_1_7?qid=1370352190&sr=8-7&pi=SL75. Promaster also has inexpensive ball heads if you don't want to pan.