good tripod for beginner?

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    Features to look for: 1 Height. I like the height to be at eye level at it's highest setting, but without having to raise a center pole. 2 Esae of adjustment. To keep a camera level, I often find it easier to adjust the height of a tripod leg. 3 Can the tripod support a camera all the way down to ground level where it is often the best height angle to photograph a bird, small animal, child, or flower. 4 How small does it pack and what does it weigh, so that it is easy to carry in the field.

    Ballhead: Does it have a way to tip almost all the way down, ie. so you can have the camera looking down on a subject, and the same for looking upwards. Tripods that do this have a groove, or dip to let the neck swing high or low. Can it turn in a circle when the camera is held in a fixed position? (good for panoramas) Does it have two tightening knobs, so that fine adjustments or camera movements can be made with partial loosening. (Kirk is one makerl)


     
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    Since a good solid tripod does not necessarily mean that it's easy to pack and carry, a camera bag with a tripod holder is also advisable. Sometimes, the provided tripod bag is also unwieldy at times.
     
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    Aren't most tripod only up to around 1.4 or 1.5 m?
    Most people are taller than this...
     
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    Perhaps the cheaper ones (less material, less cost), but I'm 6'2" and my Manfrotto can extend the camera up above my head. Which is nice, actually, as it can give a flattering or interesting angle when shooting certain subjects (provided you have a step ladder or shoot tethered!)
     
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    hey. :(
     
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    Honestly I have a 50$ one, and it works just one. Doesn't tip.
     
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    I went to my local B&M shop this weekend to buy a tripod and ended up getting a solid tripod with pistol grip ball AND a used Monopod for about what I thought I was going to pay for just the tripod. (The owner made me a great deal on the monopod.)
     
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    I agree with everyone's posts about not skimping on your tripod but might a make a "cheaper" alternative that i think has payed off. I got a tripod for christmas that i have really liked. It is all carbon fiber and very easy to haul around and maneuver. It is the Dolica Proline 60" Carbon Fiber Tripod with Ball Head Bundle ZX600B103.
    It has been a great tripod for me, and i am a beginner as well. You can get them most anywhere and with a price tag of only 100.00$ it is very hard to beat its price and craftsmanship. If you have the money, get a manfrotto, you will not be dissatisfied. If you are a little more budget minded, the Dolica is a great option that I recommend.
     
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    I've used cheap, shaky tripods before, and they're no good. You have to be sure it's stable; that's the whole point.

    I often use stone walls or fences if I don't have a tripod with me.
     

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