I'm buying tripod tomorrow.. (under like $120) :-[)

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  1. a1157814a

    a1157814a TPF Noob!

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    Can I get a pretty stable tripod for that price?
     
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    I can appreciate your exuberance, but I also feel your questions have been answered by a multitude of members. Your choice is yours in the end. Partially because of you, I started a thread for a sale by Adorama on the 055XPROB legs. Add another $30 bucks and your golden. Otherwise, you must rely on your own experiences at the camera shop.
     
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    i read many articles and posts on the internet but i still had some questions that i wanted to ask.
    basically.. i work a lot by the coast where it is often windy. my biggest fear is my tripod will just tip off in the middle of the beach
     
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    Make sure you get one with an anchor point then. It looks like a hook that hangs in the middle of the tripod below the head in between the legs. Then invest in a sand bag or make one that will work for your purposes
     
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    but what can i get without using that option within my budget?
     
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    Get a tripod that can extend the legs out to more than one position. Mine has three - all the way out the tripod is almost flat on the ground. Extending them to the middle position adds a ton of stability.


    Anchor point is good too, like Mgw189 said. It can also usually be used to attach a carrying strap.
     
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    i understand what you mean but what specific models are pretty good within my budget? i'm not trying to get the forum-ers to do all my research for me but i went to the shop today to check some tripods out but i honestly couldn't pick out the good ones from the bads (unless its like between $400 one to $60).
    so i want to stay safe and buy one that is one that people have heard of bc if i don't buy it tomorrow, i won't get one for another few months (reasons with family things)
     
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    Bogen/Manfrotto tripods - a few to pick from in your price range.

    I haven't used most of those before. It looks like the only reason that they're so cheap is that most of them have non-removable heads.

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    You'll probably be pretty safe with any Bogen/Manfrotto tripod. Just pay attention to the weight capacity.
     
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    oh wow, i haven't seen a bogen/manfrotto that cheap, until you just showed me of course
     
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    Another thing to consider is how tall you want the tripod to be. Some of those look a little short to me.
     
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    You mentioned working by the coast and that it is often windy. I have lived near the coast and now live in Nebraska and both areas are very windy with strong gusts. I know, if you waited for a calm day to shoot it won't happen until a day that you can't be there to get your photo. You will have to shoot in the wind...its Murphy's Law:(. I can promise you that if you do not invest in a very good, heavy and stable tripod you will regret it. I would keep your $120 and save for a very good tripod. If you don't you will waste your $ and end up buying another one later. Like Mgw189 mentioned it would also be good to get one with an anchor point to hang a sandbag from for extra stability. Also you will want one with the height you need without extending the center column. Many years ago I took the cheap $30 route and now I have a very heavy stable $250 tripod and would not use anything else. The extra $ is very well worth it. Listen to the voices on this forum.
     
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    On the beach you could probably push the legs into the sand some. I'm sure that would help - at least a little.
     

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