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Would anyone recommend these?.

Http://www.ritzcamera.com/...sories%3Bcitripods-supports%3Bcitripods-complete.

Http://www.ritzcamera.com/...sories%3Bcitripods-supports%3Bcitripods-complete.

Http://www.ritzcamera.com/...sories%3Bcitripods-supports%3Bcitripods-complete.

Http://www.ritzcamera.com/...sories%3Bcitripods-supports%3Bcitripods-complete.

Thanks for your time. :]p850, f700..

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The only way I'd recommend one of those is for a point and shoot. None of them is capable for an SLR, IMO. Maybe the monopod, but that head is fairly useless..

You're buying a tripod for support. There just aren't cheap tripods that give good support, so why bother?.

I think you need to spend at least $200 for a tripod and head, and most will consider that too cheap for good support. For example you might consider the Manfrotto .055 and a Manfrotto ball head like the 486. That would come in at slightly over $200..

Most tripods with those extra struts to the legs are useless. The least breeze, mirror slap, or touch will cause them to vibrate..

This is about the cheapest you want to go..

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Comment #1

I recently got a Velbon Sherpa 200R, and it does a fairly decent job for a low-cost tripod. Keep in mind though that "low-cost" for tripods usually starts at around $100..

Those ones you provided links to aren't worth the cheap price they're going for. Might as well mount your camera with some duct tape on top of broom handle...

Comment #2

If you are fairly sure you will be carrying it around, get a good one.Tripod support is a job that has to be done right or not done at all..

I got a very cheap and big one, but I dont mind because I really didn't wasn't sure I'd use it. I wanted the tripo support, but lugging it around... I thought I'd be too lazy to do it..

Sometimes you just dont feel like carrying it, but from my experience now I'm confident I'll be using it lots, so I'll start saving for a proper one..

I think you've got to ways there, think about it.....

Comment #3

I'm pleased with Bogen Manfrotto tripods. There are certainly other good brands. Have a look at this pdf to get an idea of how to think of which tripod is right for you..

Http://www.manfrotto.com/...catalogues/USA_MANFROTTO_photo_catalogue_2007.pdf.

There is also an online configurator if you're interested..

Http://www.manfrotto.com/Jahia/site/manfrotto/cache/offonce/pid/4482..

Comment #4

Any tripod/head combo under $150 is going to be a risky proposition. Some would even set that level at $200 or higher..

Mrxdimension wrote:.

I'm pleased with Bogen Manfrotto tripods. There are certainly othergood brands. Have a look at this pdf to get an idea of how to thinkof which tripod is right for you..

Http://www.manfrotto.com/...catalogues/USA_MANFROTTO_photo_catalogue_2007.pdf.

There is also an online configurator if you're interested..

Http://www.manfrotto.com/Jahia/site/manfrotto/cache/offonce/pid/4482.

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Comment #5

The first one (Quantaray QSX 2001 UT Tripod $19.99) is the best one of the bunch for the price..

For $20 bucks.it is not a bad little tripod..

And, with the two cameras you have it should be alright..

I know a lot of hikers and mountain climbers who use that very tripod (with DSLR's) since it is a full size tripod (although not very tall), and is light and folds up pretty small..

For $20 bucks.can't beat it!.

J. D.Colorful Colorado.

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Comment #6

Kevin M wrote:.

Might as well mount your camera with some duct tape on top of broomhandle..

Good thought. Do you think using gaffer tape would improve stability? I'm going to add a crutch tip on the oher end for "non-skid" on slick surfaces...

Comment #7

I don't use a tripod much but when I do, more than light weight or precision down to the enth degree.. I want something I can trust not to collapse or blow over yet be able to put in any position as smoothly & quickly as possible as well as have a chance at panning....

When I went around looking, and I'm pretty sure I looked at everything at ritz but didn't get it there. I got exactly what I wanted but spent way more than twice what I started out to... I had no faith in a lot of the stuff similar to the ones you linked to, plus a pan head has always bothered me & I think are really more suited to video....

I too, like you, began lookin' for something in the $50 range, preferably less & I'm confident, short of a big DSLR with a bazzooka lens, what I got will handle smaller DSLRs (something i'll most probably never get) on down & what I got should last years barring irreparable damage or catastrophic acts of god....

Unfortunately the legs I have, have been discontinued... So I'll let you have a look at what I would've gotten if they were available & you can take em or leave em... You can look em up @ B&H to get a ballpark & might find em locally where you live to feel em out... They may even be cheaper than what I ended up with....

Whatiya know, they have what I got: (Used) http://www.bhphotovideo.com/...otto_3001BPRO_3001BPRO_Tripod_Legs_Black_.html.

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If you hit the "See Replacement" link on that page, you get sent to coincidentally what I started out to show you: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/...otto_190XPROB_190XPROB_Tripod_Legs_Black_.html.

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Manfrotto makes other cheaper legs that are just as sturdy but these have the ability for the center column to go horizontal, only the 2nd set there don't require as much work to get the center column horizontal, which fits my quickly & smoothly criteria better than what I have... To tell you the truth reversing or setting the center column horizontal wasn't even in my original plan but as you get out lookin' & thinking about it, even if the proposition doesn't always come up... When the situation arrises, it's nice to be able to pull it off & it has come up a time or two....

This is the head I originally got: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/..._Manfrotto_3265_3265_Grip_Action_Ballhead.html.

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And it works as well as I expected without a bunch of levers & knobs sticking out in several directions.. It's now on my monopod though, since the one niggle I had about it was solved by this one: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/...frotto_322RC2_322RC2_Grip_Action_Ballhead.html.

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And while it's pictured in the configuration that solved my niggle, it can be configured to stand up in the orientation as pictured in the 1st head shot... A dual purpose pistol grip & sturdy legs that'll handle almost anything for about $250, give or take, plus shipping.. Ya might save a few bucks elsewhere but not much & the used legs will save ya a chunk....

Might be a bit much for your current cams & budget but it's something that'll handle almost anything you might eventually move up to in the future... Plus ya didn't really elaborate on what specific usage you had in mind so I let ya have both barrels... You might check out similar legs from BenBo, I've seen that look pretty good & there are decent predetermined combos that are still sturdy albeit not quite as fully adjustable for considerably less...Good Luck!.

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Comment #8

I thought the same thing as you. A tripod is a tripod right? It holds the camera?.

If you're setting up your tripod to take snapshots of you and your kids in the living room, you may be fine. For use on a casual outings where you don't care if you get the sharpest shots, ok..

I bought one like the one in your first link. Here's the problem. It doesn't really hold the camera steady. The action of the mirror raising, shutter opening and closing, mirror, etc. actually causes the camera to shake because the head on the tripod can't hold it well enough..

This was very evident when I took some nighttime shots of stationary objects like buildings. Blurry. Even if you use a remote or the self timer to keep from having to press the shutter it still isn't very stable. I haven't tried mirror lock up, but I don't know if that would help or not..

I don't use that tripod much at all so the $20 was pretty much a waste of money..

If you have a P&S that doesn't have a mirror, maybe. Otherwise, you need better..

I don't know anything about photography. I just like to press the shutter button and hear that sound...

Comment #9

The OP has two P&S cameras, so all of this DSLR talk doesn't effect his choice of a tripod..

J. D.Colorful Colorado.

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Comment #10

Get the Quantaray. You'll love it..

I don't know anything about photography. I just like to press the shutter button and hear that sound...

Comment #11

Even if the OP has a light camera kit the quality and durability of a tripod matter in the long run. The acceptable price range may be a bit lower than with a SLR...

Comment #12

I might suggest 200 USD is about right for a decent entry level monopod and head with a SLR. I"m almost certain others will disagree...

Comment #13

This is probably more than you are wanting to spend, but not a bad deal for the money..

Http://www.bhphotovideo.com/.../131427-REG/Slik_615_315_700DX_Pro_Tripod.html.

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Comment #14

The Velbon cx740 is great buy! It's a semi-pro tripod. 50 sterling. Also, you might want to consider using the camera's self-timer to take a steady shot without having to touch the shutter release.Never assume the next man has intelligence equal to yours. He may have more...

Comment #15

Gaffer tape would definitely help. Add in a spatula for handle on the head, and some coat hangers on the bottom for stability, and you've got yourself one decent hobo-class tripod...

Comment #16

I know it gets pretty pricey (and not really worth it with your current camera selection), but here's something to think about, especially if you plan on moving to a DSLR..

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

Jan M..

Comment #17

Why does everyone around here assume everybody must have a DSLR?.

J. D.Colorful Colorado.

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Comment #18

Thanks a lot for your friendly advice. I really respect you guys for helping us less knowledgeable folks out..

You guys pointed out some great selections of tripods. since I am still a high school student, money will be tight for me until I work in the summer. so I think I will wait and look back on this forum to make my final decision..

:]p850, f700..

Comment #19

Because the typical point and shooter doesn't necessarily come online to find out how to take better photos. The whole point of having a P&S camera for mainstream users is the fact you don't have to know anything about photography..

This was doubly reinforced when I was watching some reality show last week, and the people on it complained about what a terrible camera they had, and how it was always messing up. They actually had a fairly decent bridge camera, and they thought it was lousy because they obviously had no clue to to use it properly...

Comment #20

MusicDoctorDJ wrote:.

Why does everyone around here assume everybody must have a DSLR?.

I agree but a better tripod will help in the event he might just move up to a fuller sized bridge, like the new fuji or our beloved Fz50... ;-}.

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Comment #21

Wonjaisbong wrote:.

Thanks a lot for your friendly advice. I really respect you guys forhelping us less knowledgeable folks out..

You guys pointed out some great selections of tripods. since I amstill a high school student, money will be tight for me until I workin the summer. so I think I will wait and look back on this forum tomake my final decision..

:]p850, f700.

Actually, for $ 15 or $20 you can get mini-tripods for the smaller cams that you can pocket:.

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