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Need a decent tripod on a budget
I have a walmart cheapo that I am tired of. Shaky, flimsy, tough to adjust..

Need some suggestions on something decent that isn't to crazy priced. I travel some and would like it not to weigh a ton, but can't have everything!.

Will be using it with my 400D. Shoot mostly landscapes, macro, and misc..

Is a ballhead desirable? I am thinking of trying my had at pano'sPossibility here?.

Http://www.amazon.com/...UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1214234541&sr=8-5.

Thanks!.

Minolta A1Canon 400D: EF-S 18-55IS, EF 75-300, 430 flash.http://img78.photobucket.com/albums/v323/andyr354/..

Comments (15)

Ballhead is desirable in most cases. If you're doing a lot of panoramics, a pano head can be a great investment of course..

What is your budget really? The bogen will be an decent performer, though not the solidest piece of equipment. If you're using short lenses on it, then it would suit you fine..

If you're willing to pony up more cash, a Benro carbon-fiber is a great value. Adding in a head you'll be at a minimum 3x this price though. If you're made of money, then you can go to a Gitzo .

Andyrhine wrote:.

I have a walmart cheapo that I am tired of. Shaky, flimsy, tough toadjust..

Need some suggestions on something decent that isn't to crazy priced.I travel some and would like it not to weigh a ton, but can't haveeverything!.

Will be using it with my 400D. Shoot mostly landscapes, macro, andmisc..

Is a ballhead desirable? I am thinking of trying my had at pano'sPossibility here?.

Http://www.amazon.com/...UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1214234541&sr=8-5.

Thanks!.

Minolta A1Canon 400D: EF-S 18-55IS, EF 75-300, 430 flash.http://img78.photobucket.com/albums/v323/andyr354/..

Comment #1

Right around $100 or less is my budget..

Will just be using the two lenses in my sig. Light stuff in other words..

Minolta A1Canon 400D: EF-S 18-55IS, EF 75-300, 430 flash.http://img78.photobucket.com/albums/v323/andyr354/..

Comment #2

I'd say you're off to a good start. Make sure it will support more than the weight of your camera and heaviest lens..

As for shooting panos - unless they are low light panels, tripods are not necessary, and imo just complicate the matter. Just shoot vertically, have at least 25% overlap between shots, and shoot wider (top to bottom) than you think you'll need..

Andyrhine wrote:.

I have a walmart cheapo that I am tired of. Shaky, flimsy, tough toadjust..

Need some suggestions on something decent that isn't to crazy priced.I travel some and would like it not to weigh a ton, but can't haveeverything!.

Will be using it with my 400D. Shoot mostly landscapes, macro, andmisc..

Is a ballhead desirable? I am thinking of trying my had at pano'sPossibility here?.

Http://www.amazon.com/...UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1214234541&sr=8-5.

Thanks!.

Minolta A1Canon 400D: EF-S 18-55IS, EF 75-300, 430 flash.http://img78.photobucket.com/albums/v323/andyr354/.

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Comment #3

Keep it $100 and higher and you're being more realistic. You already bought one junk tripod - don't buy another more expensive one..

Andyrhine wrote:.

Right around $100 or less is my budget..

Will just be using the two lenses in my sig. Light stuff in otherwords..

Minolta A1Canon 400D: EF-S 18-55IS, EF 75-300, 430 flash.http://img78.photobucket.com/albums/v323/andyr354/.

Some cool cats that can use your helphttp://www.wildlife-sanctuary.org.

Even if you can't donate, please help spread the word...

Comment #4

Step up to over $100 and you can get much better tripods. Save another $100+ again, and you can get a much better ball head for it..

I have a Slik Pro 700 tripod and I am extremely happy with it. You can get it for about $140 if not less. It comes with a bag and a decent pan-style head that can get you by until you can save for a ball head. It is not small or light - I think 7lbs, but it's very very sturdy and tall, so you don't have to slouch. It is very well constructed and a pleasure to use. If you can compare it with other more expensive tripods at a store you will find it feels much more solid than some costing twice as much, you just have to work with the little bit of extra weight and size..

It works great with my Manfrotto 488RC0 ball head with the hex-shaped base and make a great cobination, the head is rated for 17.6 lbs. The ball head makes it very easy adjust and also has a pan swivel..

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Comment #5

The Slik Pro 700dx is very solid and reliable. It isn't light. You can get it with the Slik pan/tilt had for about $125 (I think) or $85 w/o head (last time I looked) if you want a different head..

You can go for similar tripods with slightly lower capacity ratings but this would be suitable for a wide variety of uses. The 700 is sufficent for most applications until you start looking at fast lenses longer than 300mm or so and it will handle longer, slower lenses fairly well..

If you want super precise panorama support then there are a lot of hardware approaches to that. A simple ballhead isn't always great as unless it has a separate panning base, keeping the head fully vertical can be difficult...

Comment #6

You've already had the cheapie tripod. Don't do it again..

In my opinion, the least tripod you should consider would be the Manfrotto 190XDB at $99 or better yet the Manfrotto 055XDB $135. The 055 is the old 3021 as is professional quality and quite steady. It's not as light as a carbon fiber model, but it's not nearly as expensive..

With that, you'd need a good ball head. On a budget, I'd consider the Manfrotto 486 rc2 $70 or the 488 rc2 $110. The rc2 refers to the type of quick disconnect..

I know this sounds out of your initial budget, but you won't need to spend on it again. Any cheaper, and you'll find yourself upgrading again soon, IMO..

I'm not a fan of Velbon or Silk. I've found them not stready nor easy to use. Just my opinion..

Good read: http://www.bythom.com/support.htm.

My first rig after going the Walmart way:.

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Cheers, Craig..

Comment #7

I own the 725B and am pleased with it. It is steady enough(would not reccomend in high winds or anything like that though) and lightweight. As long as you stick with the light lenses it should suit you just fine. If you can afford better than by all means go that route. But for a budget tripod well I am happy with mine...

Comment #8

I'm going to put my .02 cents worth in and suggest you take a look at the Tiltall..

Http://www.bhphotovideo.com/...7-REG/Tiltall_STO1B_ST01_Tripod_with_Head.html.

I had one for many years and loved it but sadly lost it in a cross-country move. After that I wasn't able to locate a replacement and bought a SLIK with a ballhead. I still have the SLIK and while it's ok (but too light), I'm going to replace it with another Tiltall since I've now found dealers that carry it (the internet is a wonderful thing!)..

The Tiltall isn't lightweight, but it's sturdy and tough, and you can reverse the column for macro work, and I really prefer the way it operates over the ballheads..

The black one is 109.00, but it also comes in silver for only 99.00both at B&H..

HTHMarion..

Comment #9

What is the opinion on Sony tripod?I have seen one at HK$275, (US$35)and it looks quite good..

I wish someone also explain why expensive tripodsare so highly valued...

Comment #10

Having bought an "expensive" tripod today, I guess I can give you some answers. I suppose my new tripod is expensive: the Gitzo leg set and Gitzo ball head cost about $700 after discounts and a rebate. I'll be using it with an "expensive" camera (1D Mark III, although also with a EOS20D) and "expensive" lenses (a number of Canon L's, and some Canon non-L's)..

But most importantly, I'll be using it in "expensive" situations. This, to me, means taking images that can be hard to return to or replicate. Like a bald eagle nest with some chicks near my home. Or once-a-year events at our local museum (I'm a volunteer photographer there, and we had one of those events last weekend and another this weekend). Or capturing birds and other animals hunting or carrying prey. Or capturing our first-ever killdeer nest and the chicks that hatched last weekend.



"Expensive" tripods get you a number of things. Also, I keep using quotes because "expensive" is relative. Many photographers would consider a $700 tripod to be reasonable; some would consider it entry-level; some would consider it silly-costly. Depends on your values. Just like with lenses, bodies, flashes, etc..

I bought my new kit explicitly to solve some problems I've been having (it's always nice to buy something with a specific use/problem in mind):.

- First and most important: you pay more for excellent combinations of tripod/head weight + load rating + stiffness + vibration dampening + operational smoothness + overall ease of use. You need to decide what the various factors need to be for your purposes.- With my long teles, the tripod head was hard to secure adequately..

- My older Gitzo Reporter tripod just wasn't sturdy enough to handle the weight I was mounting on it...the legs bowed a little.- In a breeze, the tripod wasn't stiff enough to hold the camera steady..

- While my ball head was just fine for lighter cameras, it's hard to use with heavier kit..

- You pay a lot more when you start with an "not-expensive" unit and then end up upgrading it one or two or three times to get to what you needed in the first place..

- The Gitzo units I bought have a lifetime warranty. Not a huge factor, but worth knowing..

Do you need Gitzo? Most certainly not. But Gitzo, Bogen/Manfretto, Slik (more costly models) and a couple of others certainly deliver more than their lesser rivals..

Another thing to consider: If you're using a DSLR and plan to develop your hobby, you could be looking at supporting several thousand $ worth of gear on that "expensive" tripod. In other words: your optical quality and great gear isn't going to be able to do much for you if you put it on a shaky or fragile tripod..

I've only owned about a half-dozen tripods over the years, and have almost always been glad I had an good one. The only exception: my largest, heaviest Bogen tripod turned out to be serious overkill in terms of weight. You can actually get too much tripod if you're not astute, and I did that a couple of decades ago. It's great for studio work, but it never ever sees field light..

Abbott..

Comment #11

Guidenet wrote:.

You've already had the cheapie tripod. Don't do it again..

In my opinion, the least tripod you should consider would be theManfrotto 190XDB at $99 or better yet the Manfrotto 055XDB $135. The055 is the old 3021 as is professional quality and quite steady. It'snot as light as a carbon fiber model, but it's not nearly asexpensive..

With that, you'd need a good ball head. On a budget, I'd consider theManfrotto 486 rc2 $70 or the 488 rc2 $110. The rc2 refers to the typeof quick disconnect..

Excellent advice!.

You may well find something used on Ebay..

Chris Elliott.

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Comment #12

I just bought a triopod from dealextremecom for $70 including a high quality ball head. It's very nice, low price, sturdy and very versitile, go to dealextreme and search for "Metal 8KG Load" it should be the first product found. Just ask me if you want to know anything and I can take pictures or explain about the tripod...

Comment #13

Thats cool, bad deal going to that site though... I always find to many little "gadgets" I end up ordering..

So you like the tripod then it sounds like..

Andy.

Minolta A1Canon 400D: EF-S 18-55IS, EF 75-300, 430 flash.http://img78.photobucket.com/albums/v323/andyr354/..

Comment #14

Andyrhine wrote:.

Thats cool, bad deal going to that site though... I always find tomany little "gadgets" I end up ordering..

So you like the tripod then it sounds like..

Andy.

Minolta A1Canon 400D: EF-S 18-55IS, EF 75-300, 430 flash.http://img78.photobucket.com/albums/v323/andyr354/.

Yep, a really good buy, it's all metal except for some handles and quick-locks but it's all high quality plastic, rubber feet that can be screwed in to get steel tips istead, there's fluid levelers in both the head and the legs and even a compass!  Comes in a good well padded bag with strap. For $70 it's a very good deal. I also bought lens caps, hand strap, wired and wireless remote, air blower and some more stuff... I know what you mean about finding stuff to buy... :s..

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