Hi, I never realized I'd need a tripod until I started trying to get night shots and using slow shutter speeds on my digicam (Minolta S414). I have limited choices, since I'm located outside the US, and not a serious photographer, so I have a small budget (though yes, I've read what people say about investing in a good tripod). I just want one that I can take decent pics with my digicam without putting my camera at undue risk. The brands I've found locally are the following: Wizen, Unomat, Vivatar and Velbon. Can someone please give me feedback on Vivatar and Velbon tripods? If I have to choose between the two, which brand would be better? (Vivatar models are VPT 3600 and PV80, while Velbon has CX 540, CX 300, CX 200, CX 444 and DX888). I would appreciate any help on this. BTW, what's a 2-way or 3-way panhandle? Kitty..

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Kitty, That's probably 3-way pan heads. Most will have 2-way panhandles, but with 3-way pan heads. Meaning that you can level the plate, then unlock the tilt and pan axes, which you can then vary with the panhandle. My tripod has got those basic functions, though it does not have a leveling bubble. I'm not sure anyone really needs this, but I suppose it can be used for a quick reference. One thing I have just found on my tripod, call me stupid , is that I can attach my camera "underneath".

If anything, I would have mine a little heavier, for stability. Though it's heavy enough if you take it on a hiking trip. The other thing is that when I extend the center post all the way up, that post becomes less stable and tends to wobble. So, no use having a heavy tripod that won't stay firmly put. Mike..

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Thanks for the explanation, Mike. I guess I still have a lot to learn about a tripod's anatomy. That's interesting about being able to attach a camera underneath, I never thought of that before...I'm still looking around, but will probably end up with either a Velbon or Vivatar. Kitty..

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Before you purchase a tripod, take a look at the Manfrotto line of tripods distributed by Bogen. I have both a Manfrotto tripod and mono pod and I am very happy with their performance. David..

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I hope you haven't bought a tripod without checking Velbon Maxi 347GB.

Got one from Gateway for $60 USD. Bought it for Thailand & Angkor Wat in Nov. Couldn't be happier! Lightweight, stable, and cheap as tripods go.

Folds to 16.8 to easily fit on my day pack. I think Velbon came out with.

This model after your original posting. Clark..

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We make a robotic tripod that mounts on top of a regular tripod and gives you pan/tilt capabilities. Works with webcams, digital cameras, and camcorders. For more information, visit: (TV-Remote controlled).

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