Need an inexpensive, lightweight tripod.

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  1. New Hampshire

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    Ok, I have a Bogen Manfrotto tripod that is as stable as a rock....but is too heavy and bulky for my general hiking expeditions (when I am not going to a destination I KNOW I want the more stable tripod). Because of its weight I just leave it at home most of the time. So I am looking for a lightweight tripod that is in the $50 range. I have been eyeballing this one at B+H:

    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/150511-REG/Cullmann_CU_1002_Compact_Tripod.html#goto_itemInfo

    Its one review is pretty glowing considering the cost and material its made of. The weight is absolutely perfect, and it does have independantly adjustable legs. But still, being an inexpensive tripod I am weary (but what do I expect for setting such a low price point :blushing: .) If anyone would care to comment on this tripod, or if you have an idea of something else that fits the criteria I am happy to hear from you!

    Thanks,
    Brian
     
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    Never used it myself, but with tripods it seems the old saying "you get what you pay for" holds true. You can get lighter tripods for a decent price, but the whole, if it seems to good to be true its probably is i think applies here, ive never heard anyone talk about that brand, but just dont expect much for the price like you said.
     
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    I got one at wally world for under $30 (I think) that is very light weight and is practically disposable. Works pretty well for all of that- even has a level.
     
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    Hmmmm, thanks Mike, I think I will have to check out the electronics department at the local Wallyworld and see what they have.

    Brian
     
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    Am I right that this tripod's under three feet tall at maximum height? If so, that may be useful -- but it basically means shooting from your knees.
     
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    I didnt notice that bob, yes you are right, its maximum height is just under 3 feet. Might want to take that into consideration.
     
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    Yes, it only goes to three feet. I am willing to sacrafice height for weight/price. This will not be a "workhorse" tripod....thats what the Bogen is for. Rather I am looking for something that is light enough to go unnoticed on a regular day trip (my hikes average between 8-15 miles and anywheres from 2800-4000 feet of elevation climbing) for use on those "spur of the moment" shots where a tripod would be usefull.

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    ?? Are you talking about the wallyworld one??

    Mine is right at 5 feet tall with the legs out.
     
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    They are talking about the one linked by the OP.
     
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    DOH!! (i knew that) LOLOL Thanks. ;)
     
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    a workable tripod for 50$ just doesnt exist.

    calumet has a really good starter tripod for like 99 itll last you years.

    if you have more then a point and shoot, your dslr will rip apart a cheap tripod

    within months. Unless your not using it much.....
     
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    I bought a Quantaray QSX-Digi Pro 8500 about 6 months ago. It only weighs 4.5 pounds and it is fairly stable. And, the price is right. I actually paid ~$20 more for mine when I bought it. If you DO buy one, see if the seller/store has a hook in the box for a weight. I bought the last one and either the hook doesn't come with it or someone took it out of the box and the store personnel were certainly no help.

    http://www.ritzcamera.com/product/291660710.htm
     

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