Budget Portable Tripod

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by dubels, Jul 9, 2009.

  1. dubels macrumors 6502

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    I just picked up a D80 and I want to use the 18-200 lens I have for some long distance and long exposure shots. I also picked up a Lowepro Flipside 200 that has a tripod holder, so I would like a tripod that would fit on the bag. A tripod that is light yet strong enough to hold a D80 with a 18-200 lens and is small enough to strap to my camera bag, I would prefer it to be under $50. I could also look for used ones so any recommendation would be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. aaronw1986 macrumors 68030

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    From what I've read, I would highly recommend AGAINST spending only $50 on a tripod.
     
  3. canonguy macrumors member

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    The Manfrotto Modo-maxi 785b... This is my travel tripod. The only negative is the weight capacity of the "grip-ball" head, But it is (barely) strong enough to support my 5D with vertical grip, 2 batteries and 24-105L lens, which weighs more than your setup. I think it's about $60, but I have found nothing comparable in quality or versatility.
     
  4. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    Umm what? A tripod is an investment that will outlast most of your cameras.

    You can get a budget tripod but I believe it will not give you the stability that you desire.
     
  5. a350 macrumors regular

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    portable tripod....hummm

    when I think portable I think small, light weight.

    Ever consider the Gorillapod?

    http://www.joby.com/store/#slrzoom

    You won't get the height that a regular tripod will give you unless you always have something to mount the Gorillapod onto, but for portability and right at the $50 mark it might be an option.
     
  6. canonguy macrumors member

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    The Joby Gorrillapod is sweet, the knock–offs are horrible... The only drawback of the Joby is that it doesn't work well if you want to use it like a traditional tripod... if you want to grab onto a railing of branch it is great... but try to set it on a table top and you will be very frustrated.
     
  7. HBOC macrumors 68020

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    budget and tripod (or i should say budget-tripod) don't exist:) I mean yeah you could pick up a vivitar tripod at walbogs, but would you really trust your gear on that thing. A gust of wind comes by, its' a done deal. I know from experience when i first started out. I had an older, but prestine Canon EOS 650 and a light wind came in, and camera was on the ground.

    The BEST solution, especially if you are traveling a lot, ie; hiking, etc.. is to get a carbon fibre tripod. They are lightweight and not taxing on your back/shoulders, etc..
    I spend like $150ish on my first head, and a bit more on my second (i was drunk, accidents happen, lol) and maybe $160ish on the legs. They have taken a beaten! But, again, you get what you pay for. If you are on a budget, check ebay or craigslist. Or save a bit more. You can get decent legs for $100 used, maybe even new.. i haven't looked seriously at tripods in 7 years... My tripod is aluminum, not CF:(
     
  8. aaronw1986 macrumors 68030

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    Was a typo...meant to have that I would highly recommend NOT spending only $50.
     
  9. jake.f macrumors 6502

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    I have an extreme budget tripod. Its not THAT bad but put it this way, I leave my neck strap on.
     
  10. Kronie macrumors 6502a

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    I dont know if you can still get these but AMVONA on ebay used to sell some very nice carbon fiber tripods on ebay. I have one and paid like 80 dollars a few years back.

    Its a knock off of a $500 CF tripod but it has worked great for me for years.
     

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