A&P HALP I need a tripod

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  1. mikeskillz

    mikeskillz New Member

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    i'm looking for a good tripod in the $300 range. i do a lot of sports photography though so i'd prefer something light weight and quick to deploy.

    am i better off with a monopod? or are they not as good in comparison to a good tripod?
     
  2. Brandon00151

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    $300 :eek3: WTF kind of tripod is $300
     
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    thats about midrange for a good tripod and head
     
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    HOLY CRAP WHO NEEDS A $700 LENS I MEAN REALLY U GUYS
     
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    i dont have any that cost that much. and i must have a dozen
     
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    to mikeskills
    i recrommend a used ACRO
    they are built to last, and by last i mean with older cameras like 16mm movie cameras (read very heavy and bulky), for several generations. very very sturdy and well made.
    [​IMG]
     
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    Prolly pretty heavy though. He says he needs light...
     
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    are you joking or what? $300 after tax and shipping sounded fair to me. i bought a $80 tripod in a pinch for a trip and its a piece of junk. i'd rather invest some money in something that i abuse for years and not have it fall apart.
     
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    manfrotto 055
    manfrotto 190
    slik 700
     
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    My current tripod is $20 :rofl:

    :wtc:
     
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    i've used plenty of cheap equipment, but if you add up the frustration of poor tolerances, fitment and build quality over x years of use, i am completely willing to spend a bit more not to deal with it.
     
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    Oh and it sucks a lot.

    So much equipment to buy, so little money :hs:
     
  18. mikeskillz

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    thank you
     
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    Get the SLIK 700DX legs and the Bogen 488 head.
     
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    slik 700 is a bit heavy but built like a fucking tank, i abuse the shit outta mine, they're scratched to shit, but work perfectly
     
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    consider it a light stand :hs:
     
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    thank you
     
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    I just picked up the Manfrotto 190XPROB and 804RC2 head. Love it so far! :coold:
     
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    I have a Manfrotto 3001BN with ball head, can't remember the model #, but I love it.

    [​IMG]

    The strap makes life wonderful.
     
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    "You get what you pay for" applies more to tripods than anything else in photography. I don't understand why people spend thousands of dollars on bodies and lenses and then slap them on a $20 Walmart special.

    Gitzo CF legs and a nice head, clamp, and bracket is north of a $1000. Easily worth every penny.
     

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