What's the best affordable tripod?

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  1. John the Greek

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    I don't have much money to spend.. so I want to get a cheap tripod, 50-75$, and later when I need better quality, in a year or so, I will buy a better one.
    I'm not sure what to really look for in a tripod and I understand that for 50-75$ I can't get a great one, I just want the best I can get for that price range.
     
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    Are you reading my mind? I was just about to post the same question..........



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    I hope its not just me but i dont think you even need to spend $50-75 (£30-45???).

    Suppose it depends on what youre shooting. My dad gave me an old "travel" aluminium tripod that works fine and you can pick these up, starting at £15 ($25).

    Personally i thought you could get a pretty good one for $75.
     
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    After doing some research I am leaning towards getting a Bogen / Manfrotto Tri-Pod.... Just have yet to figure out which model :scratch:



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    If you know you're going to get a nice tripod later, I would spend half that amount now and head to walmart for a 20 buck tripod...or whatever store nearest you has the cheapest one...then when you're ready spend the big bucks :)
     
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    There are quite a few pretty decent tripods out there in that price range. Just a word of warning: if you get a Bogen, those things are tanks! I got the 3021 legs w/ the 3047 head and it's a pain in the rear to lug around. It's great for shooting macros, studio shots, or night photos in gale force winds, but it really isn't that practical to carry around all the time. I need to get myself a nice cheap tripod that won't be so difficult to bring with me all the time... perhaps you can give me some advice when you get one. :D
     
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    Cheap good tripod? It's an oximoron. It, I guess, really depends on what you want to do. I just drug two tripods out to the curb for the trash hawlers. Both were meant for VHS cameras. As far as I'm concerned, the heavier a tripod is the better. I want something solid and that's not cheap.
     
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    I did some research when i was in the same positiong as you, and i found that it came down to either the $20 wal-mart tripod, with predictable results. The next step-up from that is something like this
    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/controller/home?O=productlist&A=details&Q=&sku=284778&is=REG
    which may seem expensive, but think of all the film you will be wasting on blurred shots. it's best to get a decently solid tripod with a smooth head and get it over with.
     
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    Now the question is Grip Action Ball Head, or Pan and Tilt Head?? Any Pro's/Con's between the two styles??




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