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I recently was granted the ability to upload videos to eBird, and I think that I am going to do so much more, but I've noticed that stability with just my hands can be a problem for me, so I'm thinking of buying a tripod. However, I don't know what to buy. I could use the one from my scope, but my camera is fairly small (point-and-shoot) and that tripod is made for bigger equipment like a larger camera or scope. Additionally, I don't have my scope or tripod in California with me, so I would need to have my parents ship it to me if I wanted it. I also was wondering if there were options that are maybe smaller and easy to carry around. This is a big thing for me. I like to bird as light as possible, so something smaller and more compact that could then expand would be helpful. To make it easier to understand, I am looking for a tripod that:

- rather convenient for travel/hiking (smaller or more compact and expandable would be nice)

- relatively cheap if possible

- hopefully rather stable

Whatever advice you guys have, I will take. The only tripods I've ever had have been gifts or hand-me-downs, so the search for a new tripod is new to me.

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17 hours ago, Trevor L. said:

I'm definitely open to a monopod. Any recommendations?

I would suggest a tripod with a removable monopod. The first one linked below is the cheapest that Amazon Canada offers but it has limits to how the legs can be positioned due to all the legs being connected together. 

https://www.amazon.ca/Aluminum-Monopod-Compatible-Camcorder-Projector/dp/B0CCXMJM14/ref=sr_1_2_sspa?crid=1UXWP8A6ZS78U&dib=eyJ2IjoiMSJ9.2kzzdkbdqRNpeONXELhZphboi1tl7O6IgJnbZs6ckUdjfAeNEdW1noWeOCV01AblicVWZGpp77tHvAsTxa9C7as2w2m99PYretMA78S9hnbh2UoMX9HpafRRSxU4cNY7FIWA4kwaduOJnFnZCEaX-qPSZ-ll-qR0rPnHzlSonjVE3I46t6ZEUBJ0lldghYi7QTKBP4bd-wmLpQ7qoXFGSAkVA6ivWakF95Xva5azIB7JF0W1dnkIaXiNWJyVHyrLsgO501hTq5nt_JAFVgC6Re0YoLS7xu9zoES6GFN9EZ4.cjPs2BIwk3aJBbiDbOkJctk1jk_Q303JslTb5eAw4Jc&dib_tag=se&keywords=tripod&qid=1713972848&s=electronics&sprefix=tripod%2Celectronics%2C248&sr=1-2-spons&sp_csd=d2lkZ2V0TmFtZT1zcF9hdGY&th=1

 

The second one is almost twice the price, but has a superior ball head and the legs can be independently adjusted at different angles. Both features are pluses that justify the cost difference, in my opinion.

https://www.amazon.ca/Regetek-Monopods-Aluminum-Binoculars-Telescope/dp/B0BZVRPM7N/ref=sr_1_2_sspa?crid=5Q3S9PN1LM7A&dib=eyJ2IjoiMSJ9.FhVmiPS60fA2wWQHu6XX-IbynPC1EJUNNTeBfqLKcz2pjrggVC2IT-CNUZjmWW7fIBAAQb4BnIGy_cfibDpx1IspH1_hxk_f7ElL3DEWcvDJNH6OHWNE1Ut4yRdxiAJYvzMieOl8RgL58tb8X2fAOtjVUoIj5LxlkFSvp0sGsoOjM5UXo4FsBO7w8VdVXxNQoKjBCD7BsPHlCZZO4djyFJFCVFpMCCcvNqsb3nZviPcMS4O68WL5k5-mlF7Iv4Dyps6S8pjWWqRvwSlvw6txCmSbfnCdtouyOd3dVvahXd4.9Ludcn6SRUr4ntpcTRIDBiqVCjPNQ2c40a_BQazly6s&dib_tag=se&keywords=gimbal+head+tripod&qid=1713970616&s=electronics&sprefix=gimbal+head+tripod%2Celectronics%2C128&sr=1-2-spons&sp_csd=d2lkZ2V0TmFtZT1zcF9hdGY&psc=1

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9 hours ago, lonestranger said:

I would suggest a tripod with a removable monopod. The first one linked below is the cheapest that Amazon Canada offers but it has limits to how the legs can be positioned due to all the legs being connected together. 

https://www.amazon.ca/Aluminum-Monopod-Compatible-Camcorder-Projector/dp/B0CCXMJM14/ref=sr_1_2_sspa?crid=1UXWP8A6ZS78U&dib=eyJ2IjoiMSJ9.2kzzdkbdqRNpeONXELhZphboi1tl7O6IgJnbZs6ckUdjfAeNEdW1noWeOCV01AblicVWZGpp77tHvAsTxa9C7as2w2m99PYretMA78S9hnbh2UoMX9HpafRRSxU4cNY7FIWA4kwaduOJnFnZCEaX-qPSZ-ll-qR0rPnHzlSonjVE3I46t6ZEUBJ0lldghYi7QTKBP4bd-wmLpQ7qoXFGSAkVA6ivWakF95Xva5azIB7JF0W1dnkIaXiNWJyVHyrLsgO501hTq5nt_JAFVgC6Re0YoLS7xu9zoES6GFN9EZ4.cjPs2BIwk3aJBbiDbOkJctk1jk_Q303JslTb5eAw4Jc&dib_tag=se&keywords=tripod&qid=1713972848&s=electronics&sprefix=tripod%2Celectronics%2C248&sr=1-2-spons&sp_csd=d2lkZ2V0TmFtZT1zcF9hdGY&th=1

 

The second one is almost twice the price, but has a superior ball head and the legs can be independently adjusted at different angles. Both features are pluses that justify the cost difference, in my opinion.

https://www.amazon.ca/Regetek-Monopods-Aluminum-Binoculars-Telescope/dp/B0BZVRPM7N/ref=sr_1_2_sspa?crid=5Q3S9PN1LM7A&dib=eyJ2IjoiMSJ9.FhVmiPS60fA2wWQHu6XX-IbynPC1EJUNNTeBfqLKcz2pjrggVC2IT-CNUZjmWW7fIBAAQb4BnIGy_cfibDpx1IspH1_hxk_f7ElL3DEWcvDJNH6OHWNE1Ut4yRdxiAJYvzMieOl8RgL58tb8X2fAOtjVUoIj5LxlkFSvp0sGsoOjM5UXo4FsBO7w8VdVXxNQoKjBCD7BsPHlCZZO4djyFJFCVFpMCCcvNqsb3nZviPcMS4O68WL5k5-mlF7Iv4Dyps6S8pjWWqRvwSlvw6txCmSbfnCdtouyOd3dVvahXd4.9Ludcn6SRUr4ntpcTRIDBiqVCjPNQ2c40a_BQazly6s&dib_tag=se&keywords=gimbal+head+tripod&qid=1713970616&s=electronics&sprefix=gimbal+head+tripod%2Celectronics%2C128&sr=1-2-spons&sp_csd=d2lkZ2V0TmFtZT1zcF9hdGY&psc=1

I should have added that the links are just for reference and not a recommendation for any particular brand.

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