zhutton
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Advice On A Cheapish Tripod

Sat Jun 13, 2009 10:25 am

I'm looking to buy a fairly good but cheap tripod to park a Nikon D60 on,

I've seen these in a local store,


1. http://www.argos.co.uk/static/Produc...ameras+and+camcorders|12109600.htm

2. http://www.argos.co.uk/static/Produc...ameras+and+camcorders|12109600.htm

3. http://www.argos.co.uk/static/Produc...ameras+and+camcorders|12109600.htm

4. http://www.argos.co.uk/static/Produc...ameras+and+camcorders|12109600.htm



Just wondering what the opinions / advice of the "Professionals" would be?

Thanks in Advance

Zakk
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RE: Advice On A Cheapish Tripod

Sat Jun 13, 2009 8:54 pm

Zakk:

My advice is to look into something by Bogen/Manfrotto/Slik with a separate head. None of those tripods are really going to do the job for you in terms of stability or ease of use. Save yourself the pounds and the mistakes, and look at something a bit beefier.

I use the bogen 488RC2 head (the 486 is cheaper/lighter) with the 055XPROB legs. The 190/486 combination costs less and if you don't use large, heavy lenses it should do a good job.
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RE: Advice On A Cheapish Tripod

Sun Jun 14, 2009 2:18 am

Take the advice above - get the Manfrotto product brochure and choose a combination from there. Or maybe use the online configuration tool to find one suitable for the weight of your camera/lens.

These ma be a little more expensive - but they are worth it. You can get quick release heads/plates that make using the camera/tripod together much easier. I personally use Manfrotto 685B monopod with 234RC tilt/quick release head. I can't complain about the quality.
 
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RE: Advice On A Cheapish Tripod

Sun Jun 14, 2009 9:29 am



Quoting Dvincent (Reply 1):
My advice is to look into something by Bogen/Manfrotto/Slik with a separate head. None of those tripods are really going to do the job for you in terms of stability or ease of use. Save yourself the pounds and the mistakes, and look at something a bit beefier.

I won't argue that the Bogen/Manfrotto/Slik's are way beefier, have better heads, and are worth the extra money, but the cheaper tripods can "do the job," especially for a D60.

Where you're likely to have trouble is with longer lenses that a lighter tripod tends to have trouble supporting, and in situations where shake can easily occur (especially with longer lenses, because the narrow field of view amplifies any shake). Those cheaper tripods also have pretty restrictive weight limits. A D300 and a mid-level telephoto will be too much for most of them.

I've been using a $50 Sunpak for over a year now and never had visible blur with it as long as I use a remote shutter release or a timer. It does start to flex with my 70-300 attached, but it holds up.

If I were buying my first tripod all over again, I'd most likely get a Bogen, but if it came down to having a cheap tripod versus no tripod, the cheap one definitely wins out. As is, I'm going to keep what I've got until it either breaks, or I end up with gear it won't reliably support.

Don't do the gorillapod. It's great for backpacking or travel with a relatively small lens, but it's not a replacement for a conventional tripod.
 
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RE: Advice On A Cheapish Tripod

Sun Jun 14, 2009 9:42 am



Quoting Zhutton (Thread starter):
a fairly good but cheap tripod

Many will tell you such a beast does not exist!

You get what you pay for and, IMHO, you'll only be frustrated by a cheap tripod and end up replacing it with a better one. So you might as well save a bit more money and buy a decent one from the get-go.

The Bogen/Manfrotto range seems to be pretty popular here whenever the topic of tripods is discussed.
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RE: Advice On A Cheapish Tripod

Sun Jun 14, 2009 10:45 am

Hi there,

When I got my first (cheap) tripod a few years back, I also told myself: what's the point in spending more money on a tripod? So, I got a Sunpak. A year and a half later, one of its joints broke and it became unusable. So, I got a second Sunpak... which again broke after 9 months (and note: I was not using them all that often). So, I got the hint and went for a Manfrotto (the 055XPROB, like Dan, with the 804RC2 head). Never regretted it. Much sturdier, much more stable, and I don't think it's going to collapse any time soon. Yes, the Manfrotto option is more expensive, but it's something that you'll use for many many years to come... and listen to what Dan said and look at the 190/486 combo.

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RE: Advice On A Cheapish Tripod

Sun Jun 14, 2009 11:18 am

I was about to by a Manfrotto tripod, when I stumbled into this brand:
http://www.velbon.co.uk/newvelbon/pages/home.html

Seemed a fair bit cheaper than Manfrotto equivalent, but I was impressed with the built quality and sturdiness. Ended up buying a Velbon Sherpa 450R and so far have been very happy with it.

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RE: Advice On A Cheapish Tripod

Sun Jun 14, 2009 11:50 am

You want a tripod to stop camera shake...well cheap tripods shake and twist,...go to ebay and get a deal on a used manfrotto...besides the lenses, good tripods are worth every cent...or pound!...j
 
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RE: Advice On A Cheapish Tripod

Sun Jun 14, 2009 2:31 pm

Velbon makes good tripods, too. When you buy a bogen/manfrotto you are paying a bit for that Italian name, but I could safely beat somebody with both my manfrotto monopod and tripod. Slik is also pretty good.

Of course, if you really want to spend money, there's always gitzo carbon fiber legs with a really right stuff head and L-bracket...  Wink
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RE: Advice On A Cheapish Tripod

Sun Jun 14, 2009 2:38 pm

any of those will work for light occaisional use on that camera

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