Tripod suggestions(not pro, just a hobby)

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  1. warheit12

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    Every time I ask people about tripods and which one i should get, i always get recommended some 600 dollar thing. I am sorry, I totally understand that a 600 dollar tripod is probably amazing, but my camera/lens cost me 600 dollars as an amateur I just cant justify that kind of purchase.

    I just want to mess around and take pictures, but sometimes i cant take the pictures I want because i lack a tripod. Night scenes, some landscape stuff. I also shoot video, and sometimes i want a static shot.

    So any recommendations? I try to look up reviews for tripods i find in the 150~200 dollar range, but there isnt much information around about tripods in that level i guess.


     
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    Oh snaps you're in vegas too. If you want to meet up and and shoot together one day let me know. I'll bring the tripod so you can see it.
     
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    I vote for buying either Manfrotto or Bogen USED.

    Not much to break.... and drop in price pretty well. Mine is an old Bogen 3021 scratched up but $35USD was an easy payment.

    Here good things about Flashpoint stuff but no real experience with it... Adorama's brand I believe.
     
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    I would NOT recommend that tripod. I have a friend that has one and it is NOT stable, even when used inside with no wind. It is little more than hand holding.
     
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    The Manfrotto 055XproB is a great tripod and very versatile. It'll take a little shopping, but I got mine new for $120.
     
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    Let us look at this from a real life prospective.

    Scenario 1. $600 camera on cheap tripod. Tripod fails, camera falls and is damaged. Cost to replace Camera = $600.
    $600 + $600 = $1200 and you are right back where you started.

    Scenario 2. $600 camera on a good stable tripod. For the sake of argument lets use your $600 tripod figure.
    $600 + $600 = $1200. Difference, in a few years when you decide to upgrade you still have a stable tripod to use with the new gear.

    You don't need to spend $600 for good stable support. But $300-$400 would be pretty common for most people other than say wildlife photographers and those that use big glass.
     

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