Many of the Slik lines are quite good for the price. You can get a decent slik for under a hundred. Its not going to stack up to a bigger brand/price item, but it's a lot better than the cheapo Velbon jobs.
I have been asked for advice on a small tripod (something that willextend to about 1.2 metres). I personally own a Manfrotto DigiTripod numbered 718SHB which is extremely well made but wasn't cheap..
Before suggesting that they purchase one of these, I thought I'd putit to the forum..
Your suggestions would be welcome.With thanks.
I also have Slik and happy with it..
My opinion. There is not a good tripod for beginners. If you just do not have enough funds now for good one but you need it NOW try to buy the cheapest unit.Because when you get good tripod old one will be on sidewalk.
My new Slik Pro 700DX just arrived. About $130 and heavy (just under 8lb) but steady as a rock and looks way better than every cheap tripod I saw at Ritz, Best Buy, and Circuit City. Some day I will get a lighter carbon fiber tripod and/or monopod, but I can see using this one for a long time...
Agreed. Absolutely Manfrotto. If you can't go Gitzo with a pro ball head, go Manfrotto with a Manfrotto ball head. You can always get QL plates anywhere for a Manfrotto. Buy something else with a crappy pan head and no QL clamp and you have something that's a pain in the neck to use..
Get some strange QL clamp with hard to find plates and you've got problems down the road..
Save yourself the trouble later. Either spend a thousand now for a Gitzo with Arca-Swiss type ball head and plates, or spend a couple hundred on a Manfrotto with a Manfrotto ball head and RC2 clamp and plates.Cheers, Craig..
Here's a short article I wrote about selecting the right tripod for you. My first tripod was light-weight for travel, but was disappointing when it came to much else. My current tripod is much sturdier and I would never go back. I've tried using my old tripod for my remote flash, but it's too short and likely to fall over!.
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The Digi tripods are aimed at digicams, not dslrs. I happen to have the 725B and use it a lot. But it can't be set with legs spread to a low position and if there is any wind, it's going to vibrate. It's also fpretty much limited to use with a dslr with lighter lenses. Even then, I get some sag. Easy to acount for unless you need super precision..
If price becomes important, then a lot of attention has to be given to the other compromises in quality or functionality..
Some other things to check will be the types of gear expected to be used, photographic objectives, etc. The Pro 700 dx would not be a first choice if the individual wanted an easily packed tripod that could be carried comfortably in crowded places for long periods of time...