A&P Tripod

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  1. Marcos

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    Im going to need a tripod soon, any recommendations?

    Like extra good, value for money, not stupidly expensive tripods that i havent been informed about?

    Or are they all pretty similar and i should just go into a local store?
     
  2. SBandit4

    SBandit4 If shit hits the fan, just make sure you have a go

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    If what you mean by not stupidly expensive is a tripod under 100 bucks, then just go down to the local store and grab one that iswill provide a sturdy base, has no loose parts and such. Now, If what you mean by not stupidly expensive is a tripod under 200 bucks then a bogen 3021BN with a 3047 head is a good set up. The legs can be adjust for various angles, and the head has bubble levels built into it so you can level the camera.

    just my $0.02
     
  3. Jcolman

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    Depends. If you're looking for a tripod for still photography, you'll want one that allows you to move the head in two axis and lock it down.
    You need one that is solid when the legs are fully extended and your camera mounted on top. If it's at all flimsy in the store, it will be more so when you trying to shoot a shot outside in the wind.

    If you're looking for a tripod for video work, a good fluid head is the prime consideration. If you can't pan or tilt smoothly the tripod will be almost worthless. A fluid head is not cheap but if your serious about your work you'll spring for one. Again, the tripod needs to be sturdy enough so that when your panning the camera, the tripod doesn't flex or give.

    Cheers
    Jim
     
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  4. bioyuki

    bioyuki Ich habe Angst

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    Whatever you buy just make sure you get a good ballhead for it. Aluminum or some hybrid alloy is the defacto standards these days so don't settle for anything less. If it feels cheap than it is cheap; don't get it. Remember you get what you pay for...if you're serious about photo you should invest at least a few hundred in a setup (legs, head, plates, etc.)

    Velbon's are decent cheap tripods as are Bogens. If you're going to be traveling with it consider carbon fiber but thats mucho $$$.
     
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