Because I’m going to Italy (my colleague is picking me up in an hour), I decided to buy a new tripod. The one I already have (Induro AKB1 | AT113) is a very good and stable tripod, but it’s too large for travels and it ends up spending most of its time home alone.
So, this morning I went to the local toy store Scandinavian Photo and bought a Benro IT25. It can fit in a small suitcase, which means that it’s good for travelling. It’s made out of aluminium. They had some lighter carbon tripods there too, but the prices were too high. The aluminum one was something like 400 grams heavier and about 100 Euro cheaper.
In the camera bag I've packed: Olympus OMD EM5II A 45mm, f1.8. Lens A 40-150mm, f2.8 lens One ND8, plus one ND32 filter. Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 with a 12-32mm f3.5
Now I’m looking forward to try out this new tripod.
Specifications for Benro IT25: Sections: 5 Maximum height: 1545mm Folded: 415mm Weight 1,61kg Load: 6kg
Enjoy your weekend!
That’ll be plenty adequate for a mirrorless….I have a little Slik tripod that I even used to use with my D300, all 2kg of it, and it’s much better suited to my OMD mirrorless!
Yes, I think that it’ll suit fine. The only heavy stuff that I have with me is the 40-150 lens.
Just noticed that you have OMD EM5II which I am saving money to buy.
It’s a fun and light camera.
Very, very nifty. I really hope to get my own tripod soon, a compact one if possible. Tossing up between an aluminum and a carbon fibre one. In the meantime, I’m having fun with my Gorrilapod. Have fun in Italy and with the new toy. It looks handy 🙂
Thank you Mabel. It was handy and easy to bring around. I’ll probably write a review later on.
I approve of your equipment, probably because I have the same lenses. But you have the cool OMD which I can’t afford. Yet.
The 45mm lens is a great lens. I tell people “you can’t take a bad picture with that lens,” but of course, a bad photographer can take a bad picture with any lens 🙂
I’m going to take a look at your new tripod. I got a lightweight travel one a few years ago, but it’s so flimsy, I don’t like using it at all. I need something that is light, compact … but stable, too. Have fun in Italia!!
Have a great trip. I’m looking forward to seeing the photos.
Looks good – have a great trip.
Enjoy your trip.
Safe and enjoyable travels. Looking forward to seeing your photos. 🙂
Looking forward to seeing your photos of Italy. Which part are you travelling to?
Hi Michelle. Came back from Chianni & Firenze last night. Had a great, but short trip.
Nice! Look forward to seeing the photos.
A tripod will really make a big difference to low light and long exposure shots. Looking forward to seeing the shots.
I bought a manfrotto be-free tripod recently and although I haven’t taken it traveling yet, it is great for hiking and stuff. I’ll be interested to hear how this one works out. Have fun in Italy.
oh, I’m so excited for you, this is great, when are you starting for Italy, how long will you be there? which places will you visit? the tripod looks nice, I’m using an old and broken second-hand one, am not even sure of its producer… maybe this is why I never venture into low-light photography lol…
safe travels and I’ll be looking forward to the photos you take there… 🙂
I went on Saturday and came back last night, so it was a very short trip. Had to attend a business meeting, but managed to fit a trip to Firenze, wine tasting at a local farm and some night photography into the schedule.
Safe travels. Have a blast and bring loads of stunning photos to us!
Thanks Lucile. I did my best and took plenty of photos. No, actually, I didn’t do my best, but I did take a lot of point & shoots 😀
You are welcome, Max. Are you going to post them all?
Most of them will probably collect dust on my hard-disks forever, but I’ll post some of them as soon as I find the time to edit them… These days my son is with me, so the only time I have available is after he’s gone to bed and the other chores are done.
In my next “Changing Seasons” post (which is scheduled to post right after midnight tonight), I decided to create a gallery on Flickr with all my excess photos. I might do the same with the photos from Italy. It saves up storage space on my WordPress account and I can post the best ones here in the blog.
It’s an idea I’ve been considering as well, to use Flickr to save space.
Good to know you’re preparing the Changing Seasons.
I’m thinking about making a post about the Sail event, which photos I never used to blog. Tough to choose as I shot so much! They’re like you you described, collecting dust!
Safe travel, hope you get lots of use out of your new tripod.
I haven’t had the time to look at & process the photos yet, but I’ve transferred them and deleted some of the totally useless ones. I’ll process the photos and write a post (probably more than one) later. Perhaps I’ll write a review of the tripod too.
Sounds good, glad you are getting some photos. Also, I find product reviews written by actual people that I follow on blogs to be helpful.
Same here. Reviews in magazines/websites can often be to technical and nerdy. All numbers and shit.
Yeah, numbers have their place, but I want to know if actual real people like it.
Have a great trip! Looking forward to hearing about it when you get back.
Nice to see what is in your bag. Now that you’ve traveled with it, would you recommend the tripod?
Hi Lisa. I’ll write a review of the tripod soon, but without revealing too much, I can say: yes.
(Shit, I just gave away the ending of my coming review…)