Impossible to have created a shot like this without me tripod  heart eyes

Impossible to have created a shot like this without me tripod heart eyes

In both the outdoors field and the photography industry, you will find people who are so into the gear. These gear-loving outdoor enthusiasts own five different types of 2-person tents and can rattle off the dimensions and specs like I can Ed Sheeran lyrics. And the snap-happy tech junkies jump on the latest camera and lens releases like I do on new Clif Bar flavours. 

For the most part, I am almost the exact opposite with my gear. I literally use my winter down sleeping bag that is rated to -17 degrees in summer because I don’t want to spend the money or storage space on a summer sleeping bag. I have one lightweight 2-person and one lightweight 1-person tent and the only situation I foresee having to buy another tent is one for winter camping. Necessity over pure gear lust. (One could argue it’s necessary to have a summer bag but I rarely camp in summer anyway and if it is warmer I open up my bag or just use the liner.)

When it comes to my photography kit, I am just as minimalistic. It’s why I loved my Canon 24-105mm f/4 lens - it was so versatile. It lived on my camera 99% of the time, helping me create beautiful imagery both outdoors in the mountains and indoors in the gym. 

So trust me when I say that my Sirui tripod (the A-1205 Carbon Fibre tripod with ball head) ticks many boxes simultaneously for me! 

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SEE! The Sirui A-1205 carbon fibre travel tripod is tiny and I can carry it with my camera on it with one arm!

SEE! The Sirui A-1205 carbon fibre travel tripod is tiny and I can carry it with my camera on it with one arm!

THE SIRUI A-1205 TRAVEL TRIPOD IS SUPER LIGHT

My biggest concern is always weight. I would say I am small but strong…but I am still small and every kilogram counts especially when you’re on a multi-day adventure.

Before my travel tripod, I would sometimes leave my tripod at home on backpacking trips and I would regret it SO MUCH once the stars came out. 

At 1.3kg, it’s no longer ever a question whether to take my Sirui A-1205 or not. 

IT’S COMPACT

After weight, space is the issue. Some tripods don’t fold up and have knobs and dials poking out all over the place. Putting such a tripod inside my pack created weird air pockets and strapping it to the outside annoyed me.

The Sirui A-1205’s length, when closed, is only 37cm. 

This does compromise the maximum height which is 1.4m. For landscape and outdoors photography, I wouldn’t think tripod height is too much of a dealbreaker, especially when the A-1205 is so light and compact. However, I can imagine that if you are photographing people, you would need a taller setup because you may want to shoot at eye-level and many (most) people are over 1.4m tall. 

 
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IT’S STURDY

You may worry that a travel tripod won’t be strong enough to support your camera but the Sirui A-1205 can support up to 10kg. It has held my Canon 5D Mark III and Canon 70-200mm lens just fine.

The next worry may be that it wouldn’t hold up in windy conditions. I have photographed in some gusty New Zealand weather in some pretty high places and have felt confident in my tripod’s ability to stay grounded. There is a tripod hook and you can attach your backpack, ensuring it isn’t swinging off the ground, for extra security. 

I would say that I haven’t really shot in strong winds with the tripod at its full height though. 

OTHER FEATURES I LIKE

  • I like the twist locks. I find them heaps speedier to work with than flip locks

  • The ball head is super smooth to operate

  • The cold weather grips on all the legs, not just one. As you may have gathered from following my work, I looove the mountains, especially in the cooler months. The grips are nice to have in these conditions. 

 


I’ve had three tripods in my photography life, 2 x Sirui and 1 x Manfrotto. My Sirui A-1205 is my favourite to date. I don’t see myself needing to purchase a new tripod anytime soon*!

*unless I misplace it which is not out of the question. One morning, I left it by the lakeside in Queenstown FOR LIKE 4-5 HOURS. Thank you to the honest people of that place - it was exactly where I’d left it when I finally realised.

Barrington Tops National Park, Australia
 

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