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Can anyone advise me on a good tripod?
Basically I'm looking for a new tripod and I was wondering if anyone could recommend one as I know next to nothing about which ones are good..

It's going to be used for a lot of outdoor photography and will be carried around while hiking, skiing, and the like..

Here are my requirements:* Light enough that it won't seem a burden.* Tough enough that it won't break easily.* Preferably under $100 but people have laughed at me when I've stated that....

If someone knows of a tripod that would fit my needs that'd be great...

Comments (9)

Gorillapod..

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Comment #1

You have got to be joking.Rob.

Everyone, everywhere, has to do everything for a first time. There is no failure in failure, only in failing to learn...

Comment #2

Choose any two - light, cheap, stable. No way you'll get all three. While you're making your mind up, read and digest this..

Http://www.bythom.com/support.htm.

Rob.

Everyone, everywhere, has to do everything for a first time. There is no failure in failure, only in failing to learn...

Comment #3

Not joking. It's the best fit (IMO) for things like hiking, and it's definitely under $100. It may not be as sturdy as regular tripods, but the Gorillapod SLR Zoom model will support up to 6 or 7 pounds of weight as well as allow use of a head of your choice. So that meets all 3 criteria of the OP..

'I reject your reality and substitute my own' -Adam Savagehttp://www.flickr.com/photos/mrnoronha/sets/..

Comment #4

You will need a comfortable way to carry while hiking. Take a look at the tri-pak.http://eagleopticscanada.stores.yahoo.net/wantattripba.html.

It straps onto the tripod legs, and you wear it like a back pack. you can leave the legs extended and ready to use, but your hands remain free.Joel Orlinsky.

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Comment #5

Tripods really are very personal, and "feel" is a big part of it..

I have a small Velbon 343 Maxi, with a ball head, and it serves me very well for most things, weighs next to nothing, and can even fit, sticking out, in a big pocket..

And I have a huge Benbo 2..

There are lots of sub-$100 good tripods in Canada, so if you are in the USA, where things often cost less and there's a bigger selection, you'll have even more choice..

Unless you're planning on abusing it, a cheap tripod can last a long time..

BAK..

Comment #6

BraveUlysses wrote:.

Choose any two - light, cheap, stable. No way you'll get all three.While you're making your mind up, read and digest this..

I'm not even sure you'll get cheap and stable. I took most of the long way..

Paulhttp://PaulDRobertson.imagekind.com..

Comment #7

First, take your camera with you when looking at tripods. I have a manfroto 728 that is the very lightest tripod I can use for my current dslr and earlier this year it was less than $100.00 at a local (non chain) camera store. It works well with the standard head..

I have a lighter velbon that worked on smaller cameras but has stability issues with telephoto lenses..

REd..

Comment #8

A piece of advice from an old timer...I know, I know! Old guys are always giving advice! Yup!.

Buy the best tripod you can afford and it will probably last you a lifetime! Buy cheap tripods and you will end up buying another and another and another...there is a reason they are cheap!.

Carbon fiber tripods are sturdy and light...match them up with an excellent Ball Head and you will be taking sharp, beautiful pictures...no camera droop, no fuzzy captures..

Last piece of advice...you can get excellent carbon fiber tripods for about half the price of the big boys(Slik, Gitzo, Manfrotto et al) if you give these guys at Benro a look. They give excellent service and their products are top rated. Yes they are made in China but don't let that throw you...their engineering is almost exactly the same as the most expensive producers but at a far more reasonable price point. Take a look here: http://benphoto.ca/store//catalog/about_us.php.

They are located in Canada but they ship to the USA and I swear you will be as delighted as I was with their stuff and their fast and thoughtful service. You have nothing to lose if you look!.

Whatever you decide remember to get the best tripod you can afford and you'll never need another one. Take it from a guy who learned the hard way!.

All the best.

MitchK10D and Canon G7...simply the very best!mitch..

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