Tripod

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    Hi guys, I'm new to this forum, here's my question,, i have a little trip to Newyork in early September. Do you recommend to carry a tripod ? I'm trying to purchase one under $100.. any suggestion ? It will be my first time being a backpacker :D
     
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    Dont go to cheap is all i have to say.

    I got a $15 tripod for my point and shoot. Now that i have my DSLR it is sketchy to put it on.

    Mostly go for something light if you are backpacking.

    O yes i always recommend having a tripod or minimally a mono-pod.
     
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    Thanks for your opinion. As you know the weight of a normal tripod is 3lb or more. I still have to carry at least 1 camera, 2 lenes and small DC, laptop...ect... how about flashing light? i have a sb-800.
     
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    Considering the people jams in New York, you might consider a monopod.
     
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    I've nvr used monopod. i would check it out in bestbuy....
     
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    A monopod won't give you the same stability as a tripod, but is much more maneuvrable. If you are doing night shots with a monopod, you would want to brace it firmly on something, such as finding a fence and wrapping the monopod with a few bungee straps.

    There are some good backpacks that have a tripod holder, something like the Lowepro Flipside.
     
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    Hi bigtwinky, i have a lowepro fastpack 350 ... i'm wondering if i can add a tripod holder.?
     
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    I dont believe there is a built in tripod holder in that bag.

    You can always get a tripod bag to carry the tripod in, but then you are carrying both the fastpack and the tripod bag.
     
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    Yea, i'm thinking of a complete tripod kit comes with a bag. XD Any good brand/ Model ?
     
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    Manfrotto is my preferred brand, but they are more than $100.
    Maybe look at the Velbon Sherpa
     
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    You said "New York" and idk if you meant NYC, but if you did and were unaware--they are REAL picky about tripods in public, and careful where you are shooting.

    You aren't allowed to really shoot in subways/train stations, even on the pier [especially with a tripod!] My teacher told me one of his students got stopped by a squad of cops for having a tripod and taking photos on the pier with a tripod-- "security threat" as they call it.

    Just check out where you are going to be and make sure their aren't any rules. Sometimes you need a permit if you are planning on using even just a tripod, and if you are bringing lights, forget it lol, they're real ball busters here.
     
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    I will check it out. thanks!
     

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