desktop tripod for macro photography

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  1. Vic Vinegar

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    Hi all. I have an a6000 and I recently got their 30mm macro lens and I want to do some flower photography with it. The problem is that my hands shake so I need a tripod that I can put on my dining room table and will let me get very close to the table. I saw some of the ball joint looking tripods online for about $15 and I don't know if those are any good. I want mine to be able to form into any configuration and keep my camera steady. Like if I have a large flower then I can just tilt it upwards and put it close to the flower. Or if I want to focus stack some coins or something on the table, I can do that. Does that make sense? The a6000 and the 30mm lens are very light and I don't think I need anything fancy. I was hoping to spend less than $75. Any thoughts? Or is there anything you guys do that helps you get ultra close photos of flowers? Thanks!


     
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    astroNikon 'ya all Bananas I tell 'ya Supporting Member

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    @Braineack May know as he has an a6000 and a smaller travel tripod.

    I'm wondering about the close focus distance and how it may conflict with your requirements.
     
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    Find a used MeFoto Daytrip
     
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    It's usually possible to set up a standard tripod close to the edge of the table. If that doesn't suit something like the gorilla pod (there are several versions with different weight capacities) or even a monster pod should do the job nicely.
    Remember in many cases the subject can be moved a little too. For macro of coins etc. I often find moving the subject small amounts to be easier than the camera, especially if the coins are on a piece of paper/card...
     
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    I'd look at a Silk Mini Pro.
     
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    Take a look at the KF Concept 72" tripod with the horizontal arm. It costs more than your budget - but it is very flexible for a lightweight camera like your a6000 and macro lens. I use this for product photography for my website and printed brochures. Maybe you can find a used one on eBay. It is much more useful than some of the table-top tripods available. You could also benefit from a remote shutter release like the Sony RM-VPR1 wired remote if you want to really get sharp images - or you can use your self timer to snap the shot.
     
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    Thanks all for your suggestions. I'll be looking into each of these in the coming weeks and figuring out what to buy!
     

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