Tripod for around $100

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  1. theBB macrumors 68020

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    We are planning on buying a tripod for a friend for his birthday. He has a Canon Rebel and some run of the mill lenses. Our budget is around $100 for the tripod and the head, can anybody recommend one?
     
  2. jdl8422 macrumors 6502

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    Sorry to not answer your question, but your post made me think of a question I have about the tripod. I am under the impression that the tripod is for holding the camera steady. Why do they make 20$ tripods and 300$ tripods. What is the point of spending 100$ or more?
     
  3. jlcharles macrumors 6502

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    A $20 tripod is usually junk and not too steady.

    I'd recommend something from amvona.com through ebay.

    I have a carbon fiber tripod from them and had a nice aluminum one, but I found it too heavy. Pair it with a bogen head or try for one of their tripod sets.
     
  4. ChrisA macrumors G4

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    I guess you could ask the same question about cameras too. They make $120 cameras and they make $2,400 camera. What do you get for the extra $2200?

    Back to tripods... cheap ones are not very sturdy and not strong enough to stand up to years of use. The betterons will last a lifetime, have replaceable parts and are very ridgid. The very best ones do all this and are also light weight.

    About which to buy for $100. This is an price that is in-between. The best tripods cost more but for $100 you can eliminate most of the junk. Look at Bogen/Manoffroto. One of the light weight Bogens with a simple pan/tilt head
     
  5. theBB thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Thanks for the info. I checked and saw Bogen Manfrotto 725B for $110. It supposedly includes the head as well, but I cannot tell if the head can tilt as well as pan. Any ideas?

    Here are the links I found to it:

    http://www.amazon.com/Bogen-Manfrot...s_2/102-5184313-9689718?ie=UTF8&s=electronics

    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/con...&kw=BO725B&is=REG&Q=&O=productlist&sku=428998
     
  6. extraextra macrumors 68000

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    If you're looking for a basic tripod, Sunpak, Slik, and Velbon make some good ones. Search Amazon.

    I can personally recommend this one. Very good tripod, I use it with a Digital Rebel XT.
     
  7. mustard macrumors 6502a

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    I would recommend TiltAll they are $89 with camera mount from B&H and include a removable leg that can be used as a monopod
     
  8. enigma51 macrumors newbie

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    The best tripod is the heaviest tripod your wife or girlfriend is willing to carry! :)
     
  9. theBB thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Well, I was under the impression that it is the other way around. In any case, I don't think he is dating anybody right now. :)
     
  10. enigma51 macrumors newbie

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    Either way does not really matter as long as the "artist" don't have to deal with carrying the dam thing! :)
     
  11. freebooter macrumors 65816

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    I'm trying to work that one out. I've settled on: "The best wife is the heaviest girlfriend your tripod (monopod?) is willing to carry." :) I disagree but each to their own.

    On the purchase, I've seen some carbon-fiber legged, Gitzo knock-offs, that looked like just the ticket. Light enough to carry, stiff enough to be steady (especially if you hang some weight on it). I forget the brand, but look at the Gitzos, then go out and look for the no-name brands that look the same--probably made in the same factory but without the ad budget, pro-premium.
     
  12. enigma51 macrumors newbie

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    On a serious note when selecting a tripod look for something that have smooth movement at small adjustments. 90% of the time you need a tripod for a foto is when you will need to make a small adjustment either up down or left right and a non smooth adjustment is slightly annoying O yes almost forgot this is for a friend and if you only want to spend a 100 get him whatever you can find! :)
     

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