Tripod question

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  1. Axel

    Axel TPF Noob!

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    How much do I I have to spend on a GOOD tripod and what do I have to look for on a tripod? Brands, models etc... I am dying to get a really good one but not able to pay more than $100...
     
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    Mitica100 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

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    If you can spend a little more, then I'd recommend a Manfrotto/Bogen 3021 PRO. Very sturdy and well made. They run at about $140-150 plus the head (total of $180-200).
     
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    Thanks!

    What is the difference between one "head" and another? I mean how important is it?
     
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    The 3021/Pro is a nice tripod... for years I used a Slik U-212 Dx - even with medium format equipment and was very satisfied with it... about $90.00...

    Good Luck!

    Bob
     
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    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    The head is what the camera is attached to and controls the position of the camera. A cheap plastic one will be flimsy and not very stable. A good one will be sturdy and easy to use.

    Do a search for tripod heads...there are different types. A basic one will let you pan & tilt and probably flip to the side. A ball head can move about more freely but may not be as precise. A pistol grip ball head can be pretty nice to use.

    You may want a head with a quick release plate so that you can easily mount & remove the camera.

    You may want one that has built in levels, so you know when it's level.
     
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    Thanks Mitica100,

    I have been checking out heads and I can't find any that costs $30-$50... They're all in the $100+ range...
     
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    Thanks to Big Mike and SWFLA too!

    As said above, I've checked it out at Google and can't find them as cheap as suggested by Mitica100 though.

    What I would like is one that has the built in levels.

    I also wonder if liquid is better than ball... Since I'm completely new to this level of photography, I do ask a lot here, but hopefully you have understanding for that...

    Thanks again.
     

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