Best Tripod for under £50?

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by salacious, Mar 23, 2012.

  1. salacious macrumors 6502a

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    Hey All,

    My old tripod broke last week, and i need a new one, but i know nothing about them, prefereably one with smooth panning and doesnt feel like its a rusty old water pump would be good.

    Any ideas?

    Thanks
     
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  3. steveash macrumors 6502

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    Yep, if you have a low budget you can't beat a Hama tripod. I have four tripods which are mostly big heavy things for the studio. However on recommendation I bought a Hama Traveller Compact Pro for a trip to China. It is tough, works well and an absolute bargain. I am happy chucking it in a suitcase and not having to worry about a precious piece of carbon fibre getting broken!

    It folds up pretty small but extends to a good height (unlike most cheap/compact tripods) and it will happily take the weight of a heavy camera and lens. I won't tell you it is better made than a £500 tripod but it is certainly a steal at this price.

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Hama-Traveller-Compact-Pro-Tripod/
     
  4. Macman45 macrumors demi-god

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    I have one too...Great value for money...I was expecting cheap C*** TBH, but it really is useable.
     
  5. salacious thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    If you can I would maybe consider spending a little more,

    There is an old saying (and I cant remember which genius posted it up on these boards first)

    For tripods you can have any 2 of the following:

    1) Cheap
    2) Sturdy
    3) Lightweight

    I went for cheap and sturdy with the manfrotto 55xproB..

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Manfrotto-0...HPCO/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1332519793&sr=8-1

    Its around £100.00 and you will need a seprate head, but it will last..Its not lightweight, but its certainly sturdy...(if the bombs ever fall all that will be left will be cockroaches and 055xprob's!!)

    I know this is more than you say you wanted to spend, but I bought a cheap tripod and ended up upgrading, from what I read I'm not alone on that one!

    http://commonsensephotography.com/how_to_pick_the_best_tripod/index.php

    http://www.digital-photography-school.com/5-kinds-of-photography-equipment-that-waste-your-money
     
  8. Melizard macrumors 6502

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    What would you recommend as a North American equivalent?
     
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  11. steveash macrumors 6502

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    I have one of these too, and agree that is a fantastic solid base for camera work of all kinds but it is quite large and heavy if you are travelling around. It will get considerably more expensive if you need to add a video head - the Hama includes a ball head (although this is not ideal for video). A video head would cost £100 or so. I recommended the Hama as a sturdier and taller alternative to the low end Manfrottos.
     

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