Tripod selection help

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  1. jrtcbmw

    jrtcbmw TPF Noob!

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    Ok so im in the market for a tripod. Im not looking to break the bank right now. Looking to keep it under $150. What im looking for is decent build quality, and strudiness, and the ablity to reach in the neighborhood of 6 foot.

    Right now i have seen and have my eye on a couple over at B&H. They are:

    Manfrotto by Bogen Imaging 725B


    Manfrotto by Bogen Imaging 190XDB


    Slik Pro 700DX


    Im open to all options and suggestions.

    Thank you
    Jason
     
  2. nwind21

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    Just some advice from my shopping exp.

    • I avoided using the max height value including center column extension. Mostly because the center column isn't as rigid as a fixed plate on 3 legs and you really want a tripod that can get JUST close to your working height and optionally MAYBE use a center post. I removed my center post and have a flat base.
    • If you want good height, try some 3 section tripods. They tend to be more rigid and extend higher without a center post at the expense of portability.
    • I have both a Manfrotto/Bogen 3 section aluminum and a Gitzo Basalt 4 section. I really like the Gitzo twist locks over the snaps. The snaps eventually need to be adjusted and I found the twist locks to be easier to take down. That being said, Manfrotto/Bogen is a reputable brand. Benro has had good reviews as a cheaper alternative to Gitzo but I think Benro is beyond your $150 budget.
    • The Slik you list below has a pan&tilt head which is best used for videography. I would go with a ball head so that means choosing your Manfrotto selection below.
    Hope that helps. Also check Craigslist for cheap legs/tripods. I bought my Manfrotto legs for $75 bucks. :)

     
  3. dxqcanada

    dxqcanada Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    If you are keeping within the $140 area ... I would get the Benro
     
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    What equipment are you planning on putting on it? Any large lenses? That will help decide. If it's heavy, that Benro will not cut it. It shows 4.5 lbs as a max weight.
     

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