In our continuing series on travel photography, this time we tackle a lightweight travel tripod. In this article we optimize a Gitzo GT3542LS “eye-level” systematic tripod to fit within hard-sided carry-on luggage (see Figure 1).
For avid photographers a tripod is essential equipment. Even with today’s modern stabilization systems, longer exposures for water flow, cloud blur, or extreme depth of field still demand a sturdy tripod. The challenge is when you need to travel by air, especially in smaller airplanes. This article shows the results of optimizing the size and weight of a sturdy Gitzo GT4552TS travel tripod.