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Re: i need a new tripod, any recommendations? please help.
« Reply #30 on: June 04, 2013, 01:03:53 AM »
Hey all,

    I don't know if a tripod was ever purchased, but I use this one from Slik... NO problems at all!!

http://www.samys.com/p/Tripods/615314/700BH-AMT-3-Section-Tripod-with-Pro-800-Ball-Head/50804.html

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« Reply #30 on: June 04, 2013, 01:03:53 AM »

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« Reply #31 on: July 22, 2013, 01:11:49 PM »
don't care about the brand - look for the construction.  Many have moulded plastic snap handles on the legs -
and they do snap.  If you expect light usage look for legs that rotate and are held by friction.  Those also
wear thin with heavy usage, but tend to last longer for me than the first type.  Of all of the 6 or 7 tripods I have
around here, my favorite is the oldest - a 60's era Leitz Tilt-all.  Little heavier than some of the newer high
end models, but rugged and reliable - and still considerably cheaper than some supposed competitors.

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« Reply #32 on: July 22, 2013, 01:24:14 PM »
I've read that these are decent tripods: https://www.monoprice.com/products/product.asp?c_id=117&cp_id=11701&cs_id=1170101&p_id=10263&seq=1&format=2

Otherwise, I suggest you try craigslist if you live in a city.
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Re: i need a new tripod, any recommendations? please help.
« Reply #33 on: July 22, 2013, 01:55:54 PM »
three legged thing!

They come in a variety of sizes to suite all needs. They are carbon fibre so they weigh very little. They fold up to be highly portable. And they look a bit cool.
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« Reply #34 on: July 22, 2013, 01:56:29 PM »
also a leg unscrews to become a monopod. which I find very useful
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« Reply #35 on: July 22, 2013, 01:57:05 PM »
I owned a Benro travel angel A2682TB1 and it costed my US$200 when I purchased it in Hong Kong 3 years ago. I In general, I like it at lot. Recently, I need one extra for a rather heavy Glideshot portable 4' crane so I searched in the Craigslist and I found One like this - http://www.kamera-digital.com/forum/viewtopic.php?TopicID=11421

Its listed for $15 and I bought it for $10. The only defect I found on this old tripod was a defective screw which I replaced it for 35cents. It was very, very sturdy and could load my camera with battery grip and a 10lb counter weight with no problem. It doesn't come with a ball head but it's fine, I used it for video and I put a video head on it.

If you wanna save some money for you lenses,check in your local Craigslist, and find one like this.

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« Reply #36 on: July 22, 2013, 02:21:22 PM »
And twist lock legs do suck.
That's a matter of personal preferences. Some prefer twist locks, some don't

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« Reply #36 on: July 22, 2013, 02:21:22 PM »

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« Reply #37 on: July 22, 2013, 02:54:58 PM »
And twist lock legs do suck.
That's a matter of personal preferences. Some prefer twist locks, some don't

+1

As someone who used Manfrotto flip locks and now uses RRS twist locks, I find the latter easier on my fingers and a lot faster to set up and break down.  Plus, ever tried cleaning sand from your Manfrotto leg locks?   ::)
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« Reply #38 on: July 22, 2013, 05:01:25 PM »
And twist lock legs do suck.
That's a matter of personal preferences. Some prefer twist locks, some don't

Also, twisted locks are more compact.

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« Reply #39 on: July 22, 2013, 05:20:03 PM »
Ever try to use a flip-lock in subzero temperatures while wearing gloves?  No pretty.  I'll take twist locks, thanks.
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« Reply #40 on: July 22, 2013, 07:07:17 PM »
Once again somebody asks a question and makes clear their modest budget, and it turns into a pi55ing competition to see who has the most expensive tripod.

OP.  A good tripod will serve you for many years and won't trash your camera, a supermarket tripod for $40 with plastic head and clips is a total false economy.

However, as a few sensible souls have pointed out Manfrotto do some good solid tripods for reasonable money.
Depending on how tall you are a 190 will be perfectly sufficient for your needs, if you are taller than say 5'10" then a 055 is probably a better bet.

Go into a shop and try these out.  There are different specificiation levels, from the basic legs with twist locks to lightweight carbon fibre jobbies with lever lock.  Event he entry level ones are solid, although it's worth going round the bolts with an allen key.

The beauty is that you can also choose a head specific to your type of shooting, with your cam and lens being quite light then again, you don't have to go megabucks.

The other beauty is that the system is modular, so you can buy a new head for another purpose without changing the whole tripod.

They aren't dirt cheap but they are good value, make sure you get a modular tripod rather than the plasticky ones with fixed heads.

If the manfrotto brand is still a little pricey then look at Calumet who do decent, if clunky clones for a bit less.

You don't need Gitzo or RRS.  I read your question properly.

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« Reply #41 on: July 22, 2013, 07:10:31 PM »
Fellow teen on a budget here; I was in the same predicament about 6 months ago and ended up getting a Manfrotto 055XPROB with 808RC4 3 way head for £110 altogether. I think that is a pretty good deal but even if you pay a bit more, the combination is so sturdy and you'll probably never need another.

One problem with this combo: weight. I'm a pretty big guy and I lift but even for me it's a burden over long distances if it isn't strapped to a backpack. Great for a sturdy base but portability isn't a key requirement for me. If it is for you maybe a carbon fibre set of legs and a decent ball head.
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« Reply #42 on: July 22, 2013, 07:24:19 PM »
Once again somebody asks a question and makes clear their modest budget, and it turns into a pi55ing competition to see who has the most expensive tripod.

Pissing contest?  I guess we weren't aware that twist locks were synonymous with expensive tripods. It's not like my 20-year old $10 Kmart blue light special Slik tripod has twist locks, now, is it. Except that it does. And I still use it as a light stand, occasionally.

FWIW, I think Manfrotto generally offers the best compromise between quality and value.
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« Reply #42 on: July 22, 2013, 07:24:19 PM »

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« Reply #43 on: July 22, 2013, 07:43:59 PM »
Buy cheap buy twice, or 3 times in terms of tripods...

Some say that you only realize the money you put on buying previous 2 tripods could have been saved if you buy the 3rd from the beginning. LOL

http://bythom.com/support.htm

I went from supermarket $99 slik straight to Gitzo 2531+Markings Q10+RRS clamp and plate systems. Over north of one and half grand, but I think I've saved myself some money by not having to buy those intermediate models anymore.
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« Reply #44 on: July 22, 2013, 08:13:20 PM »
Once again somebody asks a question and makes clear their modest budget, and it turns into a pi55ing competition to see who has the most expensive tripod.

Pissing contest?  I guess we weren't aware that twist locks were synonymous with expensive tripods. It's not like my 20-year old $10 Kmart blue light special Slik tripod has twist locks, now, is it. Except that it does. And I still use it as a light stand, occasionally.

FWIW, I think Manfrotto generally offers the best compromise between quality and value.

Neuro,

I neither know nor care very much what kind of locks your 20 year old $10 slik has, unless you are offering to sell it to the OP, and even then, it would be a matter for them to decide if they can get along with the locks.  What seems obvious is that to slip in brands like Gitzo, RRS and 3 legged thing etc is totally incongruent with the OP's specifications, i.e. that they are on a budget. 

It happens at every turn on these bloody boards.  1DX, 35L and spending $$$$$$$ isn't the correct answer to every question!

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« Reply #44 on: July 22, 2013, 08:13:20 PM »