Im new to tripods, looking to purchase one soon as well, Im not looking to create a war but looking for an education. Im no pro, photography is a hobby which sometimes pay the bills .
I only use a tripod on certain gigs, I have never looked at the tripod, i always use my own gear but when it comes to tripods, external lighting, backdrops I use my brother in laws equipment (he owns an entertainment company) I do certain gigs during the year for him and just grab all his companies gear, I could be grabbing an expensive tripod, honestly i dont even know the company.
I see tripods can range from $15 to over $500, please forgive me like i said I could have been using a high end tripod and it just works, thats why I never really looked into it.
I can see the heads, quick release, etc if you need it meaning something. Im looking into Bird shots and want to setup a tripod neat a nest so i have been looking into gear for myself and am shocked over the range.
Does anyone have a good recommendation for a cheap Tripod? My local dealer carries,
Vanguard (45), Joby (36) Velbon (26) Davis & Sanford (15) Nikon (11) Alm Corporate (10) Tamrac (9)
Slik (6) Sony (6) Sunpak (6) Zeikos (6) Giottos (5) Vivitar (3)
Bell & Howell (2)Bower (2) Osn (2) Polaroid (2) Precision Design (2) Tiffen (2) Benro (1) Dot Line (1)
Gary Fong (1)
For example for minor use would this fit the bill?http://www.cameta.com/Precision-Design-PD-57TR-Photo-Video-57-Tripod-with-Case-35405.cfm
Or would this make a difference in quality?http://www.cameta.com/Vanguard-Auctus-Plus-283AT-Aluminum-Alloy-Tripod-58738.cfm
Thanks, again not looking to hate on expensive tripods, i just dont have any experience, I believe you get what you pay for ad dont want to get some cheap tripod that will jam up on me. I understand materials and weight make a difference but is worth getting a cheap brick house if you dont carry it around?