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24-Jul-2016, 11:12
was hoping somebody had experience using a manfrotto 3051 in the field. i understand it is quite heavy but i have used one and like how sturdy it is. does anybody know of a camera backpack that can carry a large, heavy tripod?

24-Jul-2016, 12:03
The 3051 collaspes to about 36" without head -- not many packs that long to fit inside...and at 13 pounds (w/o head), certainly not one of the lightest (even outweighs a Ries A100)! I suppose you could strap it onto any pack, but it will be awkward...okay for flat or easy walking.

I hand carry a Ries A100 (with 250 head makes it about 17 pounds). Just got use to it, since it is not convienent to strap in on the pack with the 8x10 inside. I was a trail builder and fire fighter for 10 summers, so on the trail I always had a shovel, pulaski, or something in my hand...so your results may differ.

Since I am often off-trail, or on rough trails, I find it nice to be able to place end the tripod ahead on me on the ground as I step up or down. That is 17 pound less my legs/knees have to handle in one go. The pack with the 8x10 (6 holders, etc) weighs about 45 pounds already!

If you do hand-carry, you can take off the head and put it in your pack to lighten your load in your hand. I have done that occasionally on long hikes back to car or camp and I have no more unexposed film on me. The head weighs 4.75 pounds.

24-Jul-2016, 14:15
It depends on your backpack. Mine fits fine on the frame of my Kelty, which is what I typically use to pack my Deardorff, but I have never gotten it onto any of my other packs. I have a cheap, old, Walmart Ozark Trail, internal frame pack that should work, but I can't get it to stay stable for any period of time unless I tie it down on top.

All the others are a no go from the start for something that big and heavy.

Drew Wiley
25-Jul-2016, 08:31
I simply bunji my big Ries tripods to the back of my frame packs. Works fine, miles on end, though I do have to be conscious of low overhanging limbs. But I stuff collapsible CF tripods under the top flap sideways. There are real risks hand-carrying tripods. Nice way to slip. Nice way to get bursitis. I might tote a view camera
a short distance rifle-style on tripod, with my pack off nearby. Just a couple years ago I had a buddy slip in a creek that way, and luckily duct tape salvaged his
ankle enough to allow another week of off-trail hiking out. We were way back. But his expensive camera gear didn't survive the slip. And he was an extremely experienced climber and backcountry veteran. My refurbished Kelty is turning out very comfortable for various camera systems - MF right up to 8x10.

Drew Bedo
25-Jul-2016, 13:05
Not sure I understand the problem. Weight alone should not be an issue: If you can can shoulder the total burden it will work.

Do you want to stow the tripod entirely inside the Pack? If so—why? Many backpacks, photo and otherwise have tie downs or cargo straps.

For such a large (long) and weighty load you might look at backpacks designed for backpacking rifles.




May not be what you are thinking of, but one of these or something similar should work out as well as other more traditional options.


25-Jul-2016, 18:17
the way many backpacks carry tripods I fear will not be able to handle the weight of the tripod

25-Jul-2016, 22:17
I agree. But I am not too sure that those types of backpacks will work for large format. I have one of those and I can get one Crown Graphic and three Grafmatic film holders inside with a light duty tripod outside. To be honest though, even though these things will fit, the backpack does not make them comfortable to carry for any distance.

But people have been able to adapt all kinds of things for packing camera gear around. Just look at what the military has provided over the years. (shudder)

Drew Bedo
26-Jul-2016, 06:43
the way many backpacks carry tripods I fear will not be able to handle the weight of the tripod

Right: My LowePro Trekker can be made to take an 8x10 Kodak 2D and the other stuff, but I wouldn't want to backpack with it for any distance, even when I was young and fit. The design philosophy behind the discontinued PhotoBackpacker system was to adapt a sophisticated, high-end hiking backpack to carry large format photo gear. Most if not all photo backpacks are designed to carry DSLR bodies and lenses, not LF gear.

The OP wants to transport a long and heavy tripod securely.

That's why I suggested adapting some backpack designed for tactical operators transporting bulky long arms. The construction is rugged ("Hell-For-Stoute" as thay say here in Texas), and the suspensions are ment to deal with the load. Dunno if this approach would work, but its worth looking at.

neil poulsen
27-Jul-2016, 00:04
Given the weight involved, I've always carried my 475 Manfrotto by hand, and my pack has been for the camera, lenses, holders, etc.

The 475 is an excellent tripod, but with age, it became too heavy. So, I purchased a CF tripod that I carry by hand.

Drew Wiley
27-Jul-2016, 09:07
I practice periodically with my big CF tripod. It holds the weight of my 8x10 and huge MF telephotos just fine, but just doesn't have the mass or wind resistance of
my larger wooden Ries tripod. I bought it as old age insurance, for when I truly need to lighten the pack. But I routinely use a smaller Gitzo CF for backpacking
trips with 4x5, but prefer a mid-weight Ries for dayhikes and road shooting with 4x5 or quickie MF work. If its just a few hours trail walking locally with a 6x7 or
Nikon, I'll simply use a shoulder bag and carry the tripod rifle-style over my other shoulder. But doing that with a view camera seems to be begging for bursitis.

2-Aug-2016, 05:53
I purchased a now discontinued Lowe Pro pack called the Super Trekker. The thing is HUGE and will carry about anything. I have a Benro tripod that is 30+" when collapsed and it fits well either centered on the back, or on the side of the pack. Beware, the pack is too big to take as a carry on on a plane, so that gives you some idea of its size. If I am feeling up to it, I can fit a Toyo 45G, three lenses, 12 film holders, reflex viewer, compendium shade, bag bellows and still have room for more. You may look for one of these, or I may part with mine soon.

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