First Time Tripod Buyer

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  1. kanadierin

    kanadierin TPF Noob!

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    Hi,

    My photography instructor was talking about tripods today and I was wondering if anyone had any preferences. Any I should stay away from? He mentioned round, sturdy legs, and not to get the C shaped ones. Any suggestions? I'm going to poke around a few stores this weekend just to get an idea of what is out there, but if you have any comments they would be greatly appreciated!

    Many thanks,

    kanadierin
     
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    I just bought a Amvona Dynatran of ebay for 75 bux and when I got it I was really impressed.thing wieghs like 12 pounds or something and is built like a rock.Has a ball head,pistol grip and height of like 71" I think.Go check them out and dont use their buy it now if you want one ,just find one on auction and snipe it cheap.There are better tripods for sure and you will pay for them but if you have a budget check out amvona.:thumbup:
    be sure to sift through the reviews and find what your looking for.:thumbup:
     
  3. Big Mike

    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Welcome to the forum.

    You can't really go wrong with a Bogen/Manfrotto...but they are not cheap.

    You can get something that is sturdy...but it will be heavy. Carbon fibre tripods cam be pretty sturdy and light...but they are really expensive.

    What's your budget?

    Mid and high level photo tripods come separate from the head...which means you can get a head that suits you...but also means that you have to buy the head or the legs won't do you much good. Ball heads are easy and quick...but may not be as precise as three way heads. Pistol grip ball heads are pretty cool...but they are not cheap. What ever you do, make sure that you get a head with quick release.
     
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    TomHuck-wa TPF Noob!

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    I have a bogen for video , too flippin heavy for wildlife & packing thru the brush. I bought a slik u212 nice and light to pack and removable mounting post so I can switch cameras very quickly thats a big plus.
     
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    kanadierin TPF Noob!

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    I don't have a budget yet - I'm just gathering ideas for now. I guess my budget could be called "student" lol

    I plan on using it just for personal/hobby use. I'm most likely to use it for portraits in my own home (large family always asking for them...). I don't do much photography that requires carrying it with me.

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    check out ebay if you want to get one with a ball head....they are a lot cheaper on ebay.....if you are just looking for a stand with quick release and 3 way adjustment.....any store should have it at reasonable price ($30-40)
     
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    I was thinking of getting a ball head, but I have no idea what brands I should look at - are any definite no-no's?
     
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    i dont think it makes any major difference as to what brand to get...but of course there are good brands that you can get with extra bucks...but i would just grap whatever feels right.....you are not using it for day to day shooting...so quality should is not important as long as you get something decent.........check out ebay...you can get a tripod with ball head around 60-80..reasonbly good compare to street price.......i would definitely get one......or...get a 3-way adjustable head with quick release...and then get an extra ball head for $20 to add on top...then you have the flexiblity of using both on one tripod
     
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    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I wouldn't want to know what shipping would cost for a tripod...if you can buy locally, it will probably be better for you. You can get by, with a cheap $30-$40 tripod...probably made of plastic and thin aluminium...but if you can afford a good one...you won't be sorry.

    :scratch: That's pretty strange...and not really necessary. Note that the screw threads on the top or the QR plate...are not the same size as the one on the bottom of a tripod head.
     
  10. Jeremy Z

    Jeremy Z No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I don't buy that jazz about them having to have round legs and be heavy or expensive. It's a myth.

    I have a Slik U8000, and have never wanted anything heavier, sturdier, or more expensive.

    To me, tripods are kind of like point & shoot cameras: If it is light & easy to carry, you will use it more. If it is heavy (as all the affordable Bogen ones are) you will leave it at home, except when you think you REALLY need it.

    A big part of it is design. The Bogen ones have to be heavy, because they don't have any bracing. They have big heavy heads & latches, and big heavy legs. A lot of the other designs use lightweight heads, no latches, but with bracing. You don't need to spend more than $60-75.
     
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    gryphonslair99 Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Before you go out and buy a tripod, read this article. Very interesting and informative. Might save you some serious money in the long run.

    http://www.bythom.com/support.htm
     
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    For me the tripod was something I wasn't going to go cheapo route on. I have a decent mid level Bogen/manfrotto and a ball head. Its heavy...but really solid. I made a padded strap that connects to head and goes down to the legs and I take it with me everytime I go out shooting. I doubt i'll ever have to replace it. My friend bought a cheaper one for 60...broke it after 2 years. then bought one like mine. If you want something you wont' need to replace for years, spend the money now and save it long term.

    Here are the links to what i have.
    Tripod legs
    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/con...321&is=REG&addedTroughType=categoryNavigation

    Tripod Head (looks to be out of stock at bhphoto)
    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/con...449&is=REG&addedTroughType=categoryNavigation
     

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