I’m of the opinion that with most things in life…relationships, work, etc…there is almost never a perfect situation. You have to look at the all of the pluses and minuses, run a little cost benefit analysis and decide what compromises you can live with. Gear is no different.
Now, just a few short weeks ago, I found myself traveling across the country to Cali for some photo exploration and education. Last time I made that trip, I flew Southwest, where bags travel free and I put my very large, very solid Manfrotto in the luggage. This time, I flew a different airline and tried like hell to avoid bringing anything more than a carry-on with me. That meant I needed a much smaller tripod, as the average height of a carry-on bag is between 20-22 inches.
I found myself with a bit of a dilemma. …
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