[~100$] Tripod for SLR

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  1. DFB

    DFB TPF Noob!

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    Hey all,

    I'm trying to shoot more in low light with my SLR and want to pick up a tripod for around 100$ max, give or take a few. Weight isn't too much of an issue, though I suppose there is such a thing as too heavy. I just need something not overly awkward that I can haul around with me.

    A friend suggests the Manfrotto Modo Maxi and this:

    http://abesofmaine.com/viewproduct~id~bsh784040.htm

    Any opinions? Your help is much appreciated,

    DFB
     
  2. JIP

    JIP No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    If you are comparing a bushnell to a Manfrotto get the Manfrotto.
     
  3. fmw

    fmw No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Go to http://www.calumetphoto.com and look at the low end of the Calumet tripod line. These are oem'ed from Manfrotto and are an exceptional value for what they are. I have the more expensive of the two and can vouch for its ability to handle a DSLR without issue. I think the cheaper one has a cheaper head with the same legs.
     
  4. gryphonslair99

    gryphonslair99 Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Take a look at the tripods here http://www.amvona.com/v7/shop/?page=shop/index.

    They are Bogen knockoffs. There are a lot of people that have bought them and are very happy with them. The best place to get one at a good price is e-bay from Amova. I bought one of their heads on ebay a while back and loved it. I eventually sold it for more than i paid and bought a Bogen as all my other stuff had the RC2 quick release. It was a good head, The quick release plates were different sizes.

    Amova's ebay site is http://stores.ebay.com/amvona-com. Is shows what tripods they have up for auction and the current bid.

    This is the setup that I had. Same head as pictured on the same legs from Bogen. http://cgi.ebay.com/PROFESSIONAL-CA...hZ010QQcategoryZ30094QQtcZphotoQQcmdZViewItem
     
  5. fmw

    fmw No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Thanks for the tip. I just bought a monopod from Amvona on Ebay. I look forward to checking it out when it arrives.
     
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    gryphonslair99 Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Fred

    I found mine very serviceable. The finish was not quite as nice as Bogen's but pretty does't support a camera to me. My only complaint with mine was my monopod had a bogen tilt head with the RC2 quick release and the Amvona head had the same style quick release, just not the same size. I decided I wanted to not have to play the QR swap game and Amvona did not have a tilt head for a monopod. I think you will find it quite workable and well constructed. Good luck.
     
  7. fmw

    fmw No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I'm not worried about the compatibility. I have 2 bogen tripods and each has a unique QR plate. The little one is rectangular and the big one is hexagonal. Also I can't ever remember carrying a monopod and tripod at the same time. My old bogen monopod broke. The top telescoping section no longer locks and I threw it away about a month ago. I bought the carbon fiber model from Amvona. We'll see how it goes.
     
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    Fred.

    I'm just getting to lazy in my old age to switch base plates anymore as I have plates permantly attached to my camera body and all my lens mounting rings. :D

    Ahhhh to be 20 again, or 30, or 40 even.
     

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