Suggestions for tripod?

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  1. brookie418

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    I am looking to buy a tripod for my Canon 20D..I haven't used one before. Where is the best place to buy one?
     
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    How much were you looking to spend?

    Are you going to buy on-line or at a store?
     
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    i bought this one and found it very good Giottos MTL9251B Pro Aluminium Tripod With MH5001 head. im in the uk so dunno whee ud get it in the USA
     
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    Amazon has it [ame=http://www.amazon.com/Giottos-MTL9251B-Aluminium-Tripod-MH-5001/dp/B001G5ZJE0]Amazon.com: Giottos MTL9251B Pro Aluminium Tripod With MH-5001 Three Way Pan & Tilt Head: Camera & Photo[/ame]

    How much did you pay puyjapin?
     
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    in sterling i paid £117 i think which is about $165 but that was before xmas so may be less now
     
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    u may do better to get it fro a UK supply as the dollar is so strong, check on ebay uk
     
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    I am wanting a good one that is not a lot of money. I will buy online if I have to, but would like to get one from a store so I don't have to pay shipping!!
     
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    What do you consider a lot of money? (just tell us what you think you can spend)
    Tripods range from $20 to $2000 and more...so we need some direction.

    The basic truth when it comes to tripods; You only get to pick two the the following three options:
    1. Built very well and sturdy
    2. Light weight
    3. Nice affordable price.
     
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    $2000 for a tripod??!! Must be for people with a really booming business!!
     
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    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Well if you are going to put $100,000 worth of optical equipment on a stand...you sure don't want to cheap out on the tripod.
     
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    This is the tripod and head combo I'm using: Manfrotto 190XPROB Tripod Legs with 488RC2 Midi Ballhead

    It's a popular tripod/head combo that is pretty decent. There are other brands that some of the more serious photographers use that can cost several times more than the setup above. And there a lot of cheaper tripods out there but most photographers tend to avoid them because they're not steady or well built.
     
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    My first tripod was a cheaper Velbon...with aluminum legs and a built-in plastic 3-way head. I'm guessing it cost about $40. It worked fine for what I wanted but now I use Manfrotto legs that are much more sturdy (an a lot heavier) and ball head.

    If you don't have any big heavy lenses, you might be OK to start with a cheaper tripod but realize that you will want to upgrade in the future if you get serious about it.
     

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