I bought a very cheap set of tripod legs on ebay from Amvona. You can buy direct from them or on ebay which is what I would suggest because you can get their gear for much less on ebay. IMO, the price I paid is well worth it. I wouldn't suggest their ball heads but their three way pan/tilt heads or pistol grip heads are decent. You can pick up a decent setup in the $35.00 range on ebay, it might be worth a try.My humble photo gallery: http://ntotrr.smugmug.com..
I would wait until you save a little more. IMO, a tripod and head that costs around $100 won't be worth it. The minimum tripod / head setup would cost in the neighborhood of $200 and that's really cutting it slim. After all, you spend a thousand or so on photo equipment, you shouldn't scrimp on the support system..
My minimum would be a Manfrotto 55 series and a Manfrotto 488 head with CR2 release, and like I said, that's cutting it really slim. That's around $240..
IMO, all the ebay, walmart, and Quantary junk is just that and a waste of money if you are looking for stability. Now, if you can find a good used tripod on Ebay, that's a different story..
If you just want a tripod to say you have one, have at it.Cheers, Craig..
What Guidenet said in this case..
When you look at tripod leg and head combinations in a catalog de-rate them by 2 or 3 times depending on the manufacturer. If the combo says it can hold 10 lbs, figure it can hold 3.3 to 5 lbs steady. People pay a lot for how a tripod and head handles even if it has the specs as a lower priced model. There's a reason for that...
I will agree with Peter. The Amvona tripods appear to be knockoffs of the Manfroto line, and are surprisingly well built for the price. You can get a decent tripod and head for under $100.Joel Orlinsky.
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Thanks for the adviceI'll look into those Amvona tripods..
I do intend to upgrade eventuallyI just need something soon for an upcoming trip...