An often underestimated piece of urbex equipment. For me the tripod should fit two criteria : light and small. Having been out with several people who take a larger tripod around, its not something that I really want to do. I like to have both hands free for climbing and to have a little as possible hanging from my bag or myself.

The Manfrotto Maxi Modo 785B fits the bill very well.

It’s a well made bit of kit and has served me well over the last year. Its had its fair share of knocks and is treated the best but still performs well.

It packs down to the size of my bag and the whole thing is fairly streamlined once tidied away. At full height the camera is around eye level. It’s not the most sturdy like this as the final set of legs are fairly thin, however for the price one cannot go wrong.

The biggest gripe that I have is that the head is not sturdy enough in portrait, especially with my longer lens. This can be cured with any number of twigs / bits of plaster or glass. However the ideal solution would of course be to provide a way in which to attach a proper head. I have found a way to do this but need an aluminum machinist to make the bolt to attach the head to.