Need Tripod... what do you suggest?
I want to get a new tripod complete for under $125. What should I get? I will travel with it mostly so maybe something light weight. I will use this mostly for nature/moutain sitll shots. I do not want a ball system, I like the quick relase plate systems better. I own a Nikon D80. Thanks...

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OK I have it narrowed down to these 3. Any thoughts?.

Sunpak 757 - $80.


Bogen 725B - $113.


Slik 700DX - $130.


Max Hight: 75, 65, 75Weight : 6.2, 3.1, 6.9Closed: 29.3, 19.7, 30.

The Bogen is a lot lighter, but not as tall. The Bogen is a swivel ball head while the other two are plates. If I had to buy today I would go with the Sunpak because I cannot see why the others are any better, but I have no idea about any of the brands. What do you guys think?..

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Of the three tripods you are choosing from I would get the Silk. It is sturdier than the other two, of course it weighs more also. I tripod needs to be sturdy, also you need to think about furture equipment you might buy. Heavier camera, or heavier lens. Some other things to consider: Are you going to travel and put the tripod in a suitcase, are you going to go hiking, backpacking, then weight will become a factor. Something else to consider is the full extended height of the tripod vs.


Comment #2

I am also trying to decide between the Bogen 725B and the Slik 700DX. Both look very nice. I looked at the Bogan today and it is nice. I think the Slik may be a bit sturdier..


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Comment #3

I also saw one that where the center actually swiveled down below the lowest point of the tripod, presumeably for low stills, nature, macro etc... It put the camera upside down in that position however. Was that just a goofy sales gimic, or does it have some uses at all..?.


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I just placed a full order last night for EVERYTHING I wanted for my camera except a tripod. I still have no clue what to get. I do not want to spend too much more than $100 for it (I know for most of you that is pure junk, but it is better than nothing).

Anyone else have anything to add I would love to hear it...

Comment #5

I can tell you from experience (purchased 3 tripods before I found one that I liked), the least expensive ones rarely provide the stability required or expected unless you are short. I say this because the point of the tripod that causes the most vibration is the centre column. I ended up purchasing one that could be used while I was standing without having the centre column extended..

If you think about it, the tripod you purchase should out live your current camera significantly. It would be a shame to spend $130 on a tripod now that you will not use because it isn't sturdy enough only to spend $200 later to get a better one..

Just one more thought, I would make sure that you if you buy a tripod with a head as a kit, that the head is a ball head or that you can eventually switch out the standard head with a ball head in the future. Ball heads have a great degree of flexibility just due to their design...

Comment #6

Spend 30 more bucks and consider it an investment ..

Comment #7

Go for the Bogen / Manfrotto. All Manfrotto products are among the best in their class, they're sturdy and stable, very versatile and really well made.An added plus is that you can get almost any part if ever you need to replace anything or need extra clamps, spikes, plates or whatever..

Forget cr.p like the Sunpak, you'll end up frustrated. I wouldn't go for this particular Velbon model, too. The Velbon Pro-series are very good, but will cost about three times your budget, the cheaper models aren't very good..

The Slik appears to be quite nice, but somehow Bogen / Manfrotto is more of a sure bet..

Good luck deciding,.


(Happy owner of a Manfrotto 055MF3 MagFiber tripod and 679b Monopod)There's no problem so big that you can't run away from it!..

Comment #8

Read through tis thread. Orlinsky.

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