A&P What sort of tripod options are available for <$100?

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  1. VD

    VD Active Member

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    I know, I know.

    Spend a shit ton on your tripod because anything cheap will smash your camera on purpose..

    But are there any decent setups for less than $100?

    Will be mounting a 40D with battery grip, so it's kinda heavy :mamoru:

    I want something portable and light ;o :o :o
     
  2. White Stormy

    White Stormy Take that, subspace!

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    portable, light, really cheap, and will hold a lot of weight? PERFECT!

    too bad it doesn't exist.
     
  3. mikmit

    mikmit :o? OT Supporter

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    my manfrotto almost has trouble keeping my cam up :( 7d + 24-70 + grip
     
  4. VD

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    That is absolutely amazing to me.


    Fuck you and your faggy arrogant response, too.
     
  5. White Stormy

    White Stormy Take that, subspace!

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    :rofl: shut up, noob.
     
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    percent deluded

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    :uh:
     
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    save up some more and get something that doesn't suck. you won't regret it.
     
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    I bought one that was 80 bucks this past week and it's been pretty nice. Lighter in weight but not super lightweight, I can't remember the brand right now tho. I'll find out for you and post it then
     
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    sturdy
    light
    cheap

    pick 2 of the three. can't have em all. :o
     
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  11. Wobistdu

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    my current tripod rig cost me about $550.

    I couldn't take shitty aluminum pan and tilt tripods anymore. They flex like spaghetti and they are a pain in the ass to use.

    My current rig is godlike. Markins Q3 head and Velbon 540 legs.
     
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    Like the others said, you're not going to get all the options for the price. You gotta sacrifice some.

    That said, I have a Quantaray QSX-something I got for xmas a while back. IIRC it's $90 and built like a brick shithouse. So it's hefty at 3-4lbs. But it's sturdy, feels like it can hold quite a bit and has a pull-out monopod along w/bubble levels all over it.
     
  13. VD

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    You mean to tell me you can't get a decent tripod for $100?

    I don't need anything large or even with large capabilities.

    It's not like I'm talking about going to walmart and picking up something :ugh:
     
  14. VD

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    sturdy and cheap then, i don't give a fuck :rofl:

    I'm not carrying around a bag of L lenses to pro shoots.

    I want something that can hold my fucking camera and fit strapped to a backpack.

    I forgot tho, everyone in this forum is running their 5Ds with $9000 worth of glass attached. :rofl:
     
  15. Wobistdu

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    you can't
     
  16. VD

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    OMG ITS NOT A BOGEN? PREPARE FOR IT TO CRUMBLE UNDER THE WEIGHT OF A CAMERA IF IT COSTS ANY LESS THAN AN M5 LEASE PAYMENT.

    :rofl:

    I'll look into that.
     
  17. VD

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    Well then, this thread is completely pointless.

    I'll use a tripod for 1/1000 photos and refuse to spend > $100 for a 2' tripod :rofl:
     
  18. VD

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    HOLY SHIT U GOT ME SO GOOD... NOOB? HOW CAN I EVEN RESPOND TO THAT?! OMG OMG LOL
     
  19. MSTRBKR

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    The elitism in this thread stinks, acting like everyone needs to spend hundreds on every piece of kit :ugh:

    The first question someone needed to ask was what lenses you intend to use because that will make all the difference. You can get a tripod that will hold your camera with a small lens, just don't trust it too much.

    I have a small Manfrotto 785B for my D40 and 18-70mm and it's absolutely sturdy enough to hold the camera and lens.
     
  20. Wobistdu

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    you get what you pay for. i was using an $80 aluminum tripod with a pan and tilt head.

    the thing would wobble in wind over 3mph
    the head was hard to adjust. when you would lock it in place, it would droop down slightly. you would have to "predictively" set the thing a bit higher.
    it just sucked

    i now realize the value of a really expensive tripod. mine weighs less than 3lbs with the legs/head. you can jack it all the way up and it's sturdy as a rock. i had in on a cliff with gusting winds and it didn't wobble. the ballhead is a smooth action head that can hold pretty much anything you put on it.
     
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    Yeah I get that but you made do with the $80 one for a period of time so why can't anyone else? I'm sure the TS knows by now that you get what you pay for with photography gear.
     
  22. Wobistdu

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    lol the $80 one gave me a lot of blurry pics. anything over 2' was a gamble unless it was a calm night
     
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    Still, having a tripod at all > not having one.
     
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    This is true. I have a great samsonite tripod that is sturdy as hell and was about $20 IIRC. It also weighs a metric ton. I don't really use it, I use a cheapo Sunpak.
     

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