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Vista by Davis & Sanford TRAVERSEB8 Traverse Tripod with BHQ8 Ball Head

B&H # VITT8 Mfr # TRAVERSEB8
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Product Highlights
  • Includes BHQ8 Ball Head
  • Supports Equipment up to 8 lb (3.6 kg)
  • 57" (144.8 cm) Maximum Height
  • 16" (40.6 cm) Minimum Height
  • Unique 180° Folding System
  • 3.3 lb (1.5 kg) Total Weight
  • Twist Action Leg Locks
  • Two-Position Independent Leg Adjustments
  • Tripod Bag Included
  • 10-Year Manufacturer's Warranty

The Davis & Sanford Traverse Tripod with the BHQ8 Ball Head is a versatile all metal tripod that will support your DSLR, point & shoot, camcorder or spotting scope weighing up to 8 lb (3.6 kg). The BHQ8 allows for easy positioning of your camera and has a quick release for easy installation and removal of your equipment from the head. The Traverse has five leg sections and the legs have two-position, 23mm independent adjustments. The freeze-proof rubberized twist leg locks hold it securely at the height you select and it will reach a maximum working height of 57" (144.7 cm).

The easy glide center column can help position the tripod down to 16" (40.6 cm) for shooting close-ups and macro photography. It weighs only 3.3 lb (1.5 kg), folds down to only 16" (40.6 cm) via its unique 180° folding system and comes with a high-quality padded carrying bag, making it well suited for travel. This tripod is a solid camera support and Davis & Stanford stands solidly behind it with a 10-year warranty.

Perfect for DSLR and point and shoot cameras
Versatile all metal tripod uniquely folds super small
It features five leg sections with freeze-proof rubberized twist leg locks
Black anodized finish
Two-position, 23mm independent leg adjustments
Bottom center post hook allows for hanging equipment or adding weight to increase stability
Rubber feet add extra stability
Easy grip foam-cushioned insulated legs for handling under most weather conditions
Vista by Davis & Sanford TRAVERSEB8 Traverse Tripod with BHQ8 Ball Head
  • BHQ8 Ball Head
  • Padded Carrying Bag
  • 10-Year Warranty
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    Vista by Davis & SanfordTRAVERSEB8 Traverse Tripod with BHQ8 Ball Head
     
    4.3

    (based on 11 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (6)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

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      (1)

    91%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Folds away (8)
    • Lightweight (8)
    • Stable (7)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/scenery (7)
      • Night shots (6)
      • Travel (5)
      • Home (3)
      • Portraits (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Photo enthusiast (6)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (9)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Great with D700 & 24-120mm or 28mm

      Bought this tripod based on its size and support and price. I travel as a flight attendant and have taken up interiors photography. I am very happy with this tripod. It is exactly...Read complete review

      Bought this tripod based on its size and support and price. I travel as a flight attendant and have taken up interiors photography. I am very happy with this tripod. It is exactly what I had hoped. Although not necessary my Manfrotto 322RC2 Grip Action Ballhead fits for more support if needed. Adds weight but still fits in my suitcase. Smooth operation with legs and versatile head although nothing beats the pistol for me. I've been using Gitzo explorer 2220. Its a great tripod but heavy. I am not putting alot of weight with the short lenses and would not use with the 80-200mm.I found the excerpt from the below review to be very accurate. "able to hold my Nikon D90 with Nikon 24-70 2.8 AFS lens, as well as with the 70-200 AF-S VR1 lens with no issues. The only area i ran into problems was putting it in portrait orientation with the 24-70 2.8 lens which is by no means a lightweight lens, and without a tripod collar on that lens it makes for a very front heavy rig.. The problem seems to be with the quick release plate, it is small and has cork inlaid to give it some grip on the camera, however the tripod pin uses a very small flange to twist, and no matter how hard i tried i couldnt seem to get enough for the quick release plate to hold such a front-heavy setup in portrait orientation with any level of security, instead it sagged a tiny bit as it rotated on the quick release plate then settled in. For just about any other situation it is more than strong enough. So keep that in mind, i may have just been asking a bit too much from such an inexpencive tripod (i paid [$] at a brick and mortar) That gripe aside, the tripod head CAN be removed in liu of a stronger ball head. But going with a stronger head means a heavier setup. For the size of the ballhead it is suprisingly strong. The legs locks are the twist type rather than the locking lever style(which i prefer), however with just a little twist they go from loose to tight. I found myself getting used to this method quite easily. You can either fold it with the neck all the way down and the legs down, or to get even smaller you can raise the neck column all the way up and flip the legs so they point upwards, turning it into even a smaller package. The added weight of this tripod on my bag through some pretty strenuous hiking did nothing to slow me down to give me any concern. It is not as tall as i would have liked, but lets get real, this is a lightweight travel tripod that folds down to under 16 inches. Some compromises have to be made to get the thing this tiny. The overall build quality of this tripod is fantastic, i have no doubt it will be my companion on many photographic hikes. It did take quite a bit of abuse on my trip, it was banged against rocks, got wet, tossed about and totally covered in the fine red dirt of Sedona Arizona, and still continued to have smooth action and tight locking legs."

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Small and easy to transport

      The size of this tripod was the man reason I wanted to test it out. However, the top of the tripod that holds the ball leaves a lot to be desired. As when...Read complete review

      The size of this tripod was the man reason I wanted to test it out. However, the top of the tripod that holds the ball leaves a lot to be desired. As when it was never sturdy and and I have to use additional items to either hold it steady or I need to just adjust the legs to compensate for the fact that my camera will tip to one side, by adjusting the legs.

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      1.0

      Small and easy to transport

      By JJMPLS

      from Minneapolis, MN

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • Weak Construction

      Best Uses

        Comments about Vista by Davis & Sanford TRAVERSEB8 Traverse Tripod with BHQ8 Ball Head:

        The size of this tripod was the man reason I wanted to test it out. However, the top of the tripod that holds the ball leaves a lot to be desired. As when it was never sturdy and and I have to use additional items to either hold it steady or I need to just adjust the legs to compensate for the fact that my camera will tip to one side, by adjusting the legs.

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        5.0

        Outstanding Travel Companion

        By Paulcw3

        from Sacramento Ca

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Folds Small
        • Good Stability
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Night Shots
          • Portraits
          • Travel
          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about Vista by Davis & Sanford TRAVERSEB8 Traverse Tripod with BHQ8 Ball Head:

          I needed a good solid light weigh and compact tripod, after trying many from local stores and reviewing hundreds of tripods, I found the traversB8.

          All adjustable points tighten securely and move freely.

          This is not a rapid deployment tripod, but it's overall foot print makes up for this very minor inconvenience . I'm very happy with this little unit.

          The TRAVERSEB8 holds my DSLR and 300mm lens without any problems.

          I use ankle weights to hang from the center post hook for windy days with no issues. Awesome little tripod, I stand 5'8" it puts the view finder at eye level, collapsed it's only 13" long.

          Fits in my carry-on camera backpack nicely.

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          • No

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great Vacation Tripod

          By Lee H.

          from Delafield, WI

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Folds Small
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Night Shots

            Comments about Vista by Davis & Sanford TRAVERSEB8 Traverse Tripod with BHQ8 Ball Head:

            As of 10/13, the current TraverseB8 has been updated and has the TR553 tripod with a BHQ8 head.

            Very nice tripod for the price. Fits easily inside a backpack.

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            5.0

            Sturdy and Compact

            By SPG

            from Bozeman MT

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Folds Small
            • Good Stability
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Night Shots
              • Travel

              Comments about Vista by Davis & Sanford TRAVERSEB8 Traverse Tripod with BHQ8 Ball Head:

              This tripod has worked great with my D600 and assorted prime lenses for time-lapse and landscape photography. The legs, ball head, and plate are solid when properly tightened. The size is perfect for hiking and climbing, though I would opt for a different ball head if high-motion wildlife or sports photography is your game.I have not used it with a telephoto like the 70-200 2.8 yet, however I feel like that would be about its weight threshold.For the price it can't be beat!

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              5.0

              Seems to be exactly what I need

              By Green Bay TSP

              from Green Bay, WI

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Folds Small
              • Good Stability
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Wildlife

                Comments about Vista by Davis & Sanford TRAVERSEB8 Traverse Tripod with BHQ8 Ball Head:

                I wanted a taller tripod that was also both light enough to take on long day hikes, and could support the weight of my camera and lens. This does both. Legs are pretty easy to adjust. It folds to a compact size, too.

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                4.0

                Nice size, and holds my D90 and 12-24 to

                By Desertphoto

                from Temecula on the Pachanga Reservation

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Folds Small
                • Good Stability
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Home
                  • Night Shots
                  • Portraits
                  • Travel

                  Comments about Vista by Davis & Sanford TRAVERSEB8 Traverse Tripod with BHQ8 Ball Head:

                  This folds to 16 inches, perfect for travel.

                  No problem holding my D90 with tokina 12-24mm.

                  Really like it!

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                  • No

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                  4.0

                  Excellent Purchase

                  By Kirschman

                  from St. Louis, MO

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Good Stability
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                  • Cumbersome

                  Best Uses

                  • Night Shots

                  Comments about Vista by Davis & Sanford TRAVERSEB8 Traverse Tripod with BHQ8 Ball Head:

                  Great, very adjustable tripod for an SLR. Not as compact as I would have liked, but overall great.

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                  • No

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                  4.0

                  Great Compact Tripod

                  By Joe

                  from Staten Island, NY

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Folds Small
                  • Good Stability
                  • Unfolds Quickly

                  Cons

                  • Heavy

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Portraits
                  • Travel
                  • Wildlife

                  Comments about Vista by Davis & Sanford TRAVERSEB8 Traverse Tripod with BHQ8 Ball Head:

                  HDR photography and also some Macro !!!
                  it collapses into at the smallest (16") tripod ever !!!
                  i wish it was a little lighter but the low price makes it worth the extra weight !

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                  5.0

                  Great with D700 & 24-120mm or 28mm

                  By barbelle

                  from Manhattan Beach

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Folds Small
                  • Good Stability
                  • Lightweight
                  • Unfolds Quickly

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Night Shots

                    Comments about Vista by Davis & Sanford TRAVERSEB8 Traverse Tripod with BHQ8 Ball Head:

                    Bought this tripod based on its size and support and price. I travel as a flight attendant and have taken up interiors photography. I am very happy with this tripod. It is exactly what I had hoped. Although not necessary my Manfrotto 322RC2 Grip Action Ballhead fits for more support if needed. Adds weight but still fits in my suitcase. Smooth operation with legs and versatile head although nothing beats the pistol for me. I've been using Gitzo explorer 2220. Its a great tripod but heavy. I am not putting alot of weight with the short lenses and would not use with the 80-200mm.I found the excerpt from the below review to be very accurate. "able to hold my Nikon D90 with Nikon 24-70 2.8 AFS lens, as well as with the 70-200 AF-S VR1 lens with no issues. The only area i ran into problems was putting it in portrait orientation with the 24-70 2.8 lens which is by no means a lightweight lens, and without a tripod collar on that lens it makes for a very front heavy rig.. The problem seems to be with the quick release plate, it is small and has cork inlaid to give it some grip on the camera, however the tripod pin uses a very small flange to twist, and no matter how hard i tried i couldnt seem to get enough for the quick release plate to hold such a front-heavy setup in portrait orientation with any level of security, instead it sagged a tiny bit as it rotated on the quick release plate then settled in. For just about any other situation it is more than strong enough. So keep that in mind, i may have just been asking a bit too much from such an inexpencive tripod (i paid [$] at a brick and mortar) That gripe aside, the tripod head CAN be removed in liu of a stronger ball head. But going with a stronger head means a heavier setup. For the size of the ballhead it is suprisingly strong. The legs locks are the twist type rather than the locking lever style(which i prefer), however with just a little twist they go from loose to tight. I found myself getting used to this method quite easily. You can either fold it with the neck all the way down and the legs down, or to get even smaller you can raise the neck column all the way up and flip the legs so they point upwards, turning it into even a smaller package. The added weight of this tripod on my bag through some pretty strenuous hiking did nothing to slow me down to give me any concern. It is not as tall as i would have liked, but lets get real, this is a lightweight travel tripod that folds down to under 16 inches. Some compromises have to be made to get the thing this tiny. The overall build quality of this tripod is fantastic, i have no doubt it will be my companion on many photographic hikes. It did take quite a bit of abuse on my trip, it was banged against rocks, got wet, tossed about and totally covered in the fine red dirt of Sedona Arizona, and still continued to have smooth action and tight locking legs."

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                    • No

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                    4.0

                    Great for travel

                    By aliciajuliane

                    from Rochester, NH

                    About Me Casual Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Folds Small

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Travel

                      Comments about Vista by Davis & Sanford TRAVERSEB8 Traverse Tripod with BHQ8 Ball Head:

                      I bought this for a trip because I wanted a very compact tripod that still had a max height of around 5'. It takes a little while to unfold all the legs because they have twist leg locks instead of flip locks, but for the benefit of size I will put up with the twist leg locks. My heaviest gear is only around 5lbs and it held up well.

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                      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Don't Leave Home Without a Tripod!

                      By Nikon Gal

                      from Canton, GA

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Sturdy light weight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Vista by Davis & Sanford TRAVERSEB8 Traverse Tripod with BHQ8 Ball Head:

                          This is a very sturdy, light weight travel tri-pod -- yet it is substantial enough to hold 8 pounds of gear! Easily fits in backpack or carryon bag for travel.

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