Looking for a quality tripod for under 200 dollars
I'm looking for a quality tripod that is under 200.00. I know you get what you pay for but the old one I have was a wal mart special that just doesn't get the job done...

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Me to. I've been researching tripods and there are WAY too many to choose from..

1. The head seems to be the most important part. Must work smoothly and keep the camera steady. Saving money in this area seems to be difficult..

2. The legs are important but it seems that I can find legs at a more reasonable price that are very steady and secure..

3. Light weight costs more money. The carbon fiber legs seem to start at about 200 and go up from there..

Have you read this article?.


If you follow their advice you will spend alot more than 200 but if you use their guidlines you know more about what to look for..

Good luck..

I'm gonna have to sell some of this stuff so I can buy more stuff! Mummm, more stuff!..

Comment #1

Slik Pro 700 Dx leg set, Bogen 488rc2 head. Solid, heavy, reliable. Not compact nor light..

This is suitable for a wide range of dslr gear, likely anything short of fast 300mm and would cover slower 400, 500mm gear with good technique...

Comment #2

Take a look at the tripods that Amvona (DynaTran) sells on ebay. Mostly, they are copies of the Manfrotto line, and are surprisingly well built for the price..

They also sell them on their own web sit, but they are much cheaper on ebay.Joel Orlinsky..

Comment #3

Mark Strawn wrote:.

I'm looking for a quality tripod that is under 200.00. I know youget what you pay for but the old one I have was a wal mart specialthat just doesn't get the job done..

If you're not going to consider the top notch Gitzo route, I'd still stick with good quality steady tripods. The lesser amount of money will cost you in weight primarily..

I'd suggest a good 055 / 3021 Manfrotto tripod with a 488 rc2 ball head. You'll be right close to $200 and have a pro quality rig that you can find parts for anywhere..

If you get some Ebay or offbrand tripod, you'll generally have a hard time getting parts, especially quick release plates. I think the two easiest to find QL plates are either Arca-Swiss and Bogan Manfrotto RC2. The first are very expensive and the second are reasonable. Almost any camera store carries RC2 plates. You'll need a plate for each camera and for each lens that has a tripod collar. That might only be one for now, but later you might need another.

Not using QL plates becomes a pain really fast..

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Cheers, Craig..

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I have the same Manfrotto Tripod and head. The 3021 is nice, not too heavy. If you want one for a studio, go with a heavier one, I think the 3028. Both have nice features..

The head is very nice. Maybe it's me, but I don't like the quick-release plate though...Ed..

Comment #5

What would you use instead of a QL plate?Cheers, Craig..

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