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  1. #11
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    Re: In need of a decent tripod

    Quote Originally Posted by nickt View Post
    What will you use it for? If you are doing landscape, macro, long exposures, night pics, portraits, or pretty much anything serious, don't get a cheap one. It will move and shake and you will be disappointed that you are not getting sharp pictures. If you are just making some youtube videos for fun or snapping a few selfies with flash, you can probably make do with a cheap tripod, but I would recommend saving up for a better one.
    Automotive photography


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  2. #12
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    Re: In need of a decent tripod

    Ok, if you hope not being cheap, become realistic.
    This has no chance of being a top tripod (that is around 1000$), but what do you need? Maybe it is decent for you.
    On the question of the load someone states they put a Sigma 300mm on it, I expect to be the max around 2,5kg a bit overstretched on the 300mm.
    This means you can forget it for a D4 with a 70-200 f2,8, but a D3100 with a kit lens is no weight issue.

    Next thing to check what others have as experience:
    - is it easy to adjust (adjustment is quick and locks are sturdy)
    - does it break easily
    - does it secure your camera (you do not want to loose that through a crap tirpod)

    Wev has a Vanguard Alta Pro, this has a good reputation for under 100$.
    Im on Manfrotto, that will be out of your league; I wanted to assure 8kg was no issue, it was light and small an was high enough for me.
    Other "cheaper" brands are Bilora, Cullmann, Giotto, Hama.

    If I look at my Cullmann which was about 35$, it could not take the D7000 with the 70-200, the legs are skinny and move, the head did not block sufficiently.
    However I still use it as emergency solution, it is super small and light and I have it with me to put lights on normally, but it will do for the D7000 + 50mm.
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  3. #13
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    Re: In need of a decent tripod

    Quote Originally Posted by Lawrence View Post
    Automotive photography
    I missed that. Definitely recommend a better one. Outdoors, breeze, more reasons to shake. I have cheap Vivitar that is useless with my d7000, you can see the lens shake when the shutter is activated with the remote. It was fine back in the point and shoot days. I have the Alta Pro 263 w/sbh100 now, I like it.

  4. #14
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    Re: In need of a decent tripod

    If you need a cheap price, but something reliable, you might want to look for a used tripod. I bought a SLIK brand carbon fiber tripod for $45.00 that works fine for most types of shots(except low macro shots). Mine has more of a video head on it, but it works fine for DSLR cameras as long as your not needing a super fast setup. The head is a fluid head and isn't a single nob adjust, like the ball heads are. But it is very strong and no issues with slipping.
    So my point is that you might find a used tripod that will work fine, until your ready to save up for a higher end tripod.
    I'm going to be looking for a higher end tripod myself for my macro needs, when I can afford it!
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  5. #15
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    Re: In need of a decent tripod

    Thanks for all the suggestions, I have taken a look at all the different tripods. I guess it's because I'm a Noob at photography and I don't know much about tripods and so I didn't really know what I was looking for(which is why I brought my issue here). Cheap products always signal a red flag in my book. Like I said I am tight on cash and I might be doing something real soon, which is why I'm hunting for something affordable. While I was looking at some pro tripods I came across a brand called Dolica, Here's a link for one


    Amazon.com: Dolica GX600B200 Proline GX Series 60-Inch Aluminum Tripod and Ball Head Combo for DSLR: Camera & Photo


    It really affordable, and it has good reviews, and it looks good too me. I will definitely keep looking though.
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  6. #16
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    Re: In need of a decent tripod

    +2 on Dolcia- Dolica GX650B204 Proline GX Series 65 inch Aluminum Tripod and Ball Head Combo Part 1 | Str8shot Photo Tech

    Read his overview and went ahead and ordered me a 'B204 65" version. So far, so very good.
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  7. #17
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    Re: In need of a decent tripod

    Quote Originally Posted by search231GT View Post
    Thanks for all the suggestions, I have taken a look at all the different tripods. I guess it's because I'm a Noob at photography and I don't know much about tripods and so I didn't really know what I was looking for(which is why I brought my issue here). Cheap products always signal a red flag in my book. Like I said I am tight on cash and I might be doing something real soon, which is why I'm hunting for something affordable. While I was looking at some pro tripods I came across a brand called Dolica, Here's a link for one


    Amazon.com: Dolica GX600B200 Proline GX Series 60-Inch Aluminum Tripod and Ball Head Combo for DSLR: Camera & Photo


    It really affordable, and it has good reviews, and it looks good too me. I will definitely keep looking though.
    There are some less than happy 3, 2 and 1 star reviews, but quite a few great reviews. It might be worth trying. Amazon is one of the easiest places to return stuff to. This one is fulfilled by Amazon, so you should get free shipping and if you return it, you will get all your money back. If you get it, just check it out thoroughly. If you have a zoom lens (longer, heavier), mount it up. Make sure it doesn't sag after you set on target. Then take some shots with the timer. Watch the lens barrel for noticeable shake when the picture is taken. And check that you are getting nice sharp images. Use a variety of slow shutter speeds for testing.

  8. #18
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    Re: In need of a decent tripod

    In need of a decent tripod
    The man seems serious in the review


    The low position actually is something I would recommend for wide angle car photography, however you can do it also with a bean bag with some cropping.

    Not my picture and just to show the angle, I would not use a tripod on wide angle with this light:

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