Need a inexpensive tripod

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  1. booda303

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    I need an inexpensive tripod. I have now Canon 7D and I don't much about tripods. I will just shoot in doors of my family , kids and dog. Someone suggested one for 300 dollars but for a beginner it's not within my budget. Less than 100 dollars is where I want to go .All suggestions are helpful.


     
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    How about a Manfrotto BeFree? Easy to travel with two versions one has a Video head and one a ball head


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    The problem is that cheap tripods can, and usually cost you far more than the original cash outlay.

    You have a quality DSLR which runs around $1500 for the body, and you're going to risk it for a $100 support. At $300, you're in the ball park for a quality tripod. Never mind the cost of a good lens, flash, etc., attached to it. Try getting your Canon repaired for a broken lens mount, cracked lens housing, or some other damage for $100.

    Your "signature" shows that you're in New York. By all means, go to B&H or Adorama, and get their advice on a quality tripod. They may even have some good used ones which will be a far better solution than a cheap, new model of Brand X.

    I can't emphasize this enough! Save your money, and buy a quality tripod.
     
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    I really see no need for you to purchase an expensive tripod, or have one of "great quality". I believe I bought my current tripod from either eBay or Amazon. It collapses into a reasonably small size, lightweight, and came with a carry case. I have used it several times with no issue at all. My most recent use was when I hiked up a mountainside in Maui earlier this year. If a "cheap" tripod can handle that, I'm sure photos in your house will be a breeze.
     
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    Try the local secondhand/Salvation Army store. They almost always have light duty tripods for sale. Much of the time the plate that holds the camera is missing so don't buy that one.
     
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    To each their own, but I personally go along with the Buy A Good One crowd. I've used cheap and I've used good. I had a cheap one fold up once and I barely managed to catch things before they hit the ground. I will never, ever make that mistake again. Once was enough for me.
     
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    Do you remember the specific tripod you had used that had failed you? Just curious as I would like to compare reviews with my tripod’s and this discussion has sparked my interest. I believe I paid around $30-40 for mine? I would consider that relatively cheap but I don’t see anything wrong with it for the quality. It is likely not the best out there, but it seems stable enough for my occasional use.

    I agree with you 110% on buy a tripod that works. I would never want to risk my equipment (and I’m sure many of you have much more invested than I do). It would be in the garbage immediately if it seems unfit. OP - definitely buy a good tripod but that doesn’t necessarily mean the most expensive IMO.
     
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    I tend to agree if all you need is a tripod to support the camera for light-duty uses, and plan no use of it in the wind, and no use for timed exposures longer than say 5 seconds. MUCH work can be done with a cheap tripod. Can a cheap tripod be a PITA to use? At times, yes, it can be a PITA. Can it fall over unexpectedly? Yes, perhaps. Still...there are a LOT of low-priced 'pods out there. Buy one. Use it. See if it'll cut the mustard for you, and for __your__ needs. If so, great! If not, you'll need to "move up".

    Wayyyy too much emphasis here on good, solid, reliable, lifetime-grade tripods...too many people insist on buying a good tripod that will work perfectly,easily, and successfully, every single time.
     
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    No, I don't, sorry. It was back in the late 70's and all I remember is seeing my Olympus OM-2n and a slow Tamron 300mm prime headed for the ground, neither of which could I afford to replace ;) One of the leg locks slipped or unlocked or something and it headed for the ground.
     
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    " .....One of the leg locks slipped or unlocked or something..."

    VERY OFTEN this is user error, in my experience. I have used some of _the_ crappiest tripods EVER...one from the 1940's (back in the 70's), a mini-pod from the 60's in the 80's...and those were atrociously poor...and I've forgotten to snap flip-lock legs closed, many times...so...I say that with all due respect: if a leg "slips"...it's 99% likely that the slipping was due to the user not locking the leg.

    I've owned a CHEAP, old, light-duty Manfrotto with flip-lock-on-top (ruined by a friend who was loaned the ;pod and who 'effed it up), as well as the aforementioned 1940's and 1960's pods, and a crap Velbon...and slippage was always due to my own forgetfulness or hurrying...


    How steady a tripod needs to be depends on the desired end-use; if all one needs is a camera-holder for the occasional self-portrait, etc, then a $49 Velbon is fine, or a Goodwill tripod. Once you start talking about multiple exposures, or 10-second timed exposures, or use in the wind, then the need for a truly good 'pod and head, starts.
     
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    Thanks everyone , before I posted this I actually called one of the photography stores mentioned in this thread so i came and posted here. I called and told him what I needed it for and what type camera I had . He gave me a suggestion for one and said it would cost me about 300 dollars which I didn't think it would cost me that much considering what I was using it for. Thanks for everyone's suggestions, it actually cleared things up a bit.
     
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    That's possible, Derrel. I certainly can't say absolutely that I did lock it or made certain it locked completely. It was far too long ago and I do have to agree that it might have been user error. I prefer to think it wasn't, of course, but the possibility is there. But I did learn a lesson from it: Make sure the tripod is stable BEFORE mounting the camera on it, not afterwards!
     

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