Tripod help please?

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  1. ChrisJuliano

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    Ok, so I am in market for new tripod, at first I am like, "Its just a tripod, I can get off easy for $15 at radioshack", but after buying one that was pretty much what I wanted, I put it together in car and it was extremely cheap and crappy.

    So spent 4 hours looking around a town looking for a tripod, so decided, I will just order one online.

    So here I am, since I cant see them and see quality, I need TPF's help.

    Heres what I REQUIRE:
    Price range up to $40
    Quality must be good.
    Tilting top so I can take horizontal and vertical pics (I guess thats what you call it)
    Folds up small, under 14 inches.
    Carry case included.
    Extended = 40 inches +


    Thanks, I appreciate help greatly.
     
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    Uhhhh

    from 15 to 40 dollars is nearly no quality difference. Will still be total crap.
     
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    Well whats the best that will be decent?

    Im sure theres ones that are $30ish and will function decently.
     
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    Not really for 30 bucks with a dslr. You want to put a 500 dollar investment on a 30 dollar tripod? The only way you MIGHT be able to get away with that much, is to go on ebay, and get a REALLY old tripod, it will be sturdy, but It will be HEAVY. Probably 10-20 pounds. To get a decent tripod, the low end of the spectrum would probably be about 100 bucks.
     
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    Ok, I was doing some looking on bh, and for 30 bucks, most of them dont even list load capacity, and the ones that do is about 6 pounds. And it extends to about 4 feet. Basically, there is an old addage that comes to tripods. Cheap, Light, Sturdy, pick two.
     
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    Well, the ones I was looking into didnt look to bad.

    http://www.sonystyle.com/webapp/wcs...151&langId=-1&productId=11033242&tab=Features

    http://www.fotoconnection.com/p44954-vanguard-19-tabletop-tripod-3-way-panhead.html




    But if those suck, can you guys list 5 of the best ones I could get that meet my requirements and are under $75?

    Heres what I REQUIRE:
    Price range up to $40
    Quality must be good.
    Tilting top so I can take horizontal and vertical pics (I guess thats what you call it)
    Folds up small, under 14 inches.
    Carry case included.
    Extended = 40 inches +
     
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    I read the list just fine the first time, no need to copy and paste it again. However, on the product pages that YOU LINKED TO one tripod you listed extends to only 20", and the other 39"....
     
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    Sorry wasnt trying to be rude, Just put them again.

    And, the sony looks perfect. Does anyone have it?
     
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    It doesn't list any of Sony's DSLRs as "compatible".

    YMMV
     
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    And also neither say the load capacity. I think you would be lucky to hold your dslr stable on those, let alone if you get some heavier lenses. Were not trying to be mean by telling you a 40 $$ tripod is crap, were trying to stop you from buying crap.
     
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    Might be ok, just make sure you dont put any heavy lenses on it. And be careful if its really windy.
     

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