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Old August 22nd, 2012, 06:48 PM   #1
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Backpack to carry large(r) tripod? Sachtler DV6?

I'm going to be doing a bunch of documentary work and am looking for a backpack that can carry a light-duty 2-stage w/ sachtler DV6 head. 33.1" (almost 3') tall when all folded up, which isn't exactly a "compact" tripod.

What would you do for this sort of thing? Or do you know of any products that would work?
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Old August 22nd, 2012, 10:42 PM   #2
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Re: Backpack to carry large(r) tripod? Sachtler DV6?

Hi, Jeff...........

If the tripod is a Sachtler, it should have fixing points for a shoulder strap already fitted, which may, or may not, be a better option.

The problem with a backpack is that it, in itself, has a weight, adding to the load.

Depending on what else you're carrying, the terrain you're traversing, distance carried and your sheer carrying grunt, transport options vary.

A bit more info on the above would be usefull.


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Old August 23rd, 2012, 02:35 AM   #3
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Re: Backpack to carry large(r) tripod? Sachtler DV6?

I had the shoulder strap on my Sachtler CF75 legs with the DV6SB head. I wouldn't fancy carrying it uphill and down dale for days on end, I found it pretty uncomfortable for anything other than short distances.

Same with my Vinten Vision Blue. I have the shoulder strap on that, and it's fine for short distances (e.g. car to nearby filming location). But you still have a whacking great lump of metal banging against your body and it isn't fun.
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Old August 23rd, 2012, 03:14 AM   #4
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Re: Backpack to carry large(r) tripod? Sachtler DV6?

You could spilt the head from the legs and put that into a backpack, but to be honest these are relatively lightweight tripods. With the 100mm and 150mm tripods and heads the usual method is to find the balance point and place that section on your shoulder, then walk with the head counterbalancing the legs out the front.

Carrying a Ronford F7 for a couple of miles is when you start to really notice it, great to operate, but not the lightest head.

Regarding possible bags, I'd check out shooting and fishing gear.
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