Tripods

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  1. Cahlean

    Cahlean TPF Noob!

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    Hello all.

    I'm looking to invest in a new tripod, but have little knowledge about what's out there. Currently I have a cheapy from Walmart, though I'd like a little more flexibility with a tripod especially for my new Nikon d300s. Looking to get away from a panning/tilt head. I know a bit about Manfrottos, not sure what other brands are around. What do you use? Or what do you recommend?

    Thanks!
     
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    Whats your budget?
     
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    Cahlean TPF Noob!

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    budgetwise I'm thinking up to $150 or $200, but if I can get one for less that would be good as well.
     
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    I have a Slik and like it.
     
  5. JG_Coleman

    JG_Coleman No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I actually just got a Manfrotto 190PROXB after posting a thread similar to this one a few weeks ago. I was pretty much in your exact situation... using a $40 pan/tilt tripod and looking to get something better.

    Let me tell you, the 190PROXB is a massive step-up... even if it's still sort of entry-level as far as serious tripods go. I had borrowed older, professional-grade tripods but was looking to upgrade my own gear and wasn't really familiar with newer models.

    The 190PROXB is such a vast improvement over my old cheapie $40 setup that I could never imagine going back. As far as specifics:

    -the legs splay out completely such that you can seat the tripod flat on the ground if need be.

    -the center-column can be pulled all the way up and then laid horizontally, enabling you to keep the camera rather stable even just a few inches off the ground.

    -Since the tripod head isn't integrated into the unit, you can choose whichever ball-head suits you.

    -All-around it's much, much sturdier and vibration absorbent than the old $40 piece. Note that the 190PROXB is aluminum... the carbon fiber version of this pod will set you back an extra $150.

    I put a Manfrotto 496RC2 ball-head on it, and that too is such a refreshing step up from the pan/tilt head. So much more versatility. And, unlike the plastic Wal-mart pan/tilts, the ball-head mount and mount receiver are all made of metal... very reassuring.

    When I was looking to move up, I didn't really know what specifics each tripod offered, so I figured I'd give you the skinny on at least one model that makes for a great upgrade. The rig, legs + ball-head, cost me $250 from Amazon... and it was worth every single penny.
     
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    MANFROTTO M-Y TRIPOD WITH 3-WAY is the one i have and i love it
     
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    Scatterbrained Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Check Adorama. Their Flashpoint stuff would suit you fine and tends to run considerably cheaper than comparable equipment. I purchased an F-3 ball head from them and I have no qualms with it.
     
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    I bought a nice tripod recently, it's actually an off-brand thing, but it's a clone of the manfrotto, the brand is 'goldphoto' it's solidly built, identical to the manfrotto, even down to the font.

    I got it as it was less than half the price of the manfrotto and just as solid.

    Best bet is to go and try a bunch in a store, see what suits you and remember a solid tripod is going to be a bit heavy
     
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    Thank you all for all of the help, I think I'm going to have to make it to the local camera stores and test out a couple of the tripods to see if they will work :)
     

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