good tripod for 100$-150$

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by backinblack875, Oct 5, 2011.

  1. backinblack875 macrumors 6502a


    Aug 23, 2010
    whats a good tripod in the range of 100$-150$??? i may even budge if its a 200$

    amazon links please, if possible
  2. The Dead Pets macrumors newbie

    Sep 5, 2011
    I really like the gorillapod focus. It is pretty simple to use.

    You didn't really say what you are looking to do with your shoots so this could be totally right/wrong for you.

    I definitely recommend checking it out though. There is even this awesome dolly/rolling system being made for it.

    Sorry if this sounded like an paid endorsement or something, I just got mine and am excited is all!
  3. backinblack875 thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Aug 23, 2010
    i would actually like to get one of those, but maybe a little later, i have no tripod at all right now, so i would like a "standard" one first
  4. Phrasikleia macrumors 601


    Feb 24, 2008
    Over there------->
    "Good tripod" and that price range amount to a contradiction in terms, unfortunately. The standard advice is that tripods can be inexpensive, lightweight, or sturdy: you can have two out of three.

    Good tripods start at about double what you want to spend. Budget tripods tend to be very fussy to work with (head sags after tightening, getting worse with time, plate isn't quite level, legs get stuck when trying to extend or close, etc.), which is why a lot of people grow weary of them and end up leaving the tripod in a closet most of the time. They also have a nasty tendency to break at the most inopportune time (I often see pieces of broken tripods on hiking trails that are popular with photographers).

    But if you really want to stay under $200, you can get something that is at least functional. If you don't mind lugging around a bit of extra weight and have a small camera to support, you might consider a set of aluminum Manfrotto legs and one of their smallest ballheads. The Giottos brand is supposedly comparable. At least those two tend to make sturdy products. You can save on weight by getting a tripod that doesn't stand very high, if you don't mind hunching over to use it.

    Unless you're doing video, you'll probably find that a ballhead is preferable to a pan/tilt head. Try to get a ballhead that has a panning knob in addition to the main knob; it makes life much easier.

    If you really like the results you get with your $200 tripod, the chances are very high that you'll invest in a better one, and then a better one, and then an even better one. You'll eventually end up with one in the $800-$1200 range, where they really start to get nice (very lightweight and sturdy carbon fiber, extremely smooth and convenient to operate, stands at a nice height, etc.). Or you could just start there (buy once, cry once), but then you wouldn't have a closet full of old tripods that you can talk about on internet forums. ;)
  5. duncanapple macrumors 6502

    Jun 12, 2008
    $200 should be plenty for a great tripod that will last a long time. Sure you can spend $1000 on a tripod, but your paying 5x the price for about 5% more performance in my mind. On the other end of the spectrum you have the $30 jobs that I wouldn't trust putting my iphone on, let alone my thousands of dollars in DSLR equipment.

    My recommendations are below - I was in a similar boat. Also - as you may know - higher end tripods come in two separate pieces, the head and the legs.

    Legs - I have the second set, though if you need the extra height and slightly beefier build check out the first set. If you google it you will see lots of reviews and comparisons of both. Can't go wrong either way.

    Heads - I have the first one. It easily holds my 5D, either of my lenses, and a flash. If you have some of the larger teles you may want to consider the second one, or larger. Just see what weight its rated for.

    Good luck!
  6. Laird Knox macrumors 68000

    Jun 18, 2010
    Too funny!
  7. TheDrift- macrumors 6502a


    Mar 8, 2010
    Another vote for the manfrotto x55prob
    Good tripod for the mobey.

    It perfectly obeys the 'rule of tripods' that phrasikleia mentioned, it's sturdy and cheap (ish).

    Its built like a tank and weighs about the same, manys the time I've wished for a lighter version.

    If you don't mind the weight then it's something to consider.

    I would say avoid the official manfrotto carrying handle/strap thing it's an extra £30.00 and has a weird design which keeps falling off.

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