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Need a tripod -- very low budget (left!)
I just spent a lot of money on a camera, flash, and lenses (not a professional). I have a 40D, canon 28-135mm IS, some lighter lenses, and a speedlite 430ex. I only have a body weight scale, so it doesn't have too much accuracy on the low end, but it looks like the setup is probably around 4-5lbs at most. I don't have much of a budget left, so I'm hoping to get a tripod under $100, very preferably around $50. I don't expect to be doing any photography that requires very heavy tripod requirements (mainly group pictures, landscape photography, portraits, etc. for now..).

Of course I've seen a LOT of cheap tripods in this range, most of which are complete junk (which I found out with my film camera), but I really have no idea what's good in this range (very few reviews of anything in this price range). Has anyone had any good experience with a (very cheap) lightweight tripod? Is the Canon Deluxe 200 Tripod any good?.

Thanks in advance!..

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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..

Comment #1

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..

Tripod 101http://www.bythom.com/support.htm.

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..

Comment #2

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...

Comment #3

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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Comment #4

Thanks for the adviceI'll look into those Amvona tripods..

I do intend to upgrade eventuallyI just need something soon for an upcoming trip...

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