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Is there a "best bang for your buck" tripod for under $200

 
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Nov 02, 2010 09:43 |  #16

the head on the Slik sprint pro can indeed be removed..
it was actually funny, i was at the camera store (penn camera here in d.c.) and picked up the Slik..
playing around with it, i was amazed at the weight, and i was totally convinced that the tripod was carbon fiber because it was one of the lightest weighted tripods in the store (it is aluminum construction),
i asked the guy if the head was removable as i was twisting the head..

the store clirk looked at me and scoffed "no the head is not removable, you need to get one of these if you want a remove..." he trailed off and staired at me dumbfounded as i unscrewed the head and removed it in front of him..

"ohh. i had no idea you could take the head off" he exclaimed with true astonishment..

now the screw is a 1/4 20 standard thread so regular higher end heads with the 3/8 16 scrw won't work unless you have an adapter, but Slik makes differend heads for their tripods and other third party heads with the same screw mount should work fine..

here is a list of heads by Slik
http://www.thkphoto.co​m/products/slik/slik-14.html (external link)

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I have the 5Dmk2 and the ball head that came with it does fine holding my camera with the canon 70-200MM f2.8 attached..
just remember to hold onto the camera when loosening the ball head because it lets go quickly and the camera can flop down..


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Nov 02, 2010 09:53 |  #17

mine came with this
http://www.thkphoto.co​m …slik/slik-sbh100dq-a.html (external link)

i want to get this for it:
http://www.thkphoto.co​m/products/slik/slik-14-1.html (external link)


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Nov 02, 2010 10:04 |  #18

ProwlingTiger wrote in post #11210131 (external link)
I've heard good things about the Vanguard Alta Pro series, especially the ones with the pistol grip. $200 gets you an aluminum one. Or you could go carbon fiber without the pistol grip head.


I have the aluminium Alta Pro 263AT which is reviewed here -

https://photography-on-the.net …=vanguard+alta+​pro+263+at

What I didn't like or more accurately , was unsuitable for the task for which it was designed was the pan n tilt head which I successfully substituted for a Giottos MH5001 instead.

Overall IMHO, the legs are pretty much right up there in the bang for buck stakes.


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Nov 02, 2010 10:26 |  #19

Smith-Victor CF3 (external link) - Carbon Fiber tripod with B5 Ball head. Awesome combo. Just purchased - The best bang for the buck.


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Nov 02, 2010 10:31 |  #20

I have a Benro Travel Angel

http://www.amazon.com …TF8&qid=1288711​840&sr=8-1 (external link)

compact and holds my gear very well.


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Nov 02, 2010 10:42 |  #21

Evan Idler wrote in post #11208362 (external link)
This is a nice kit, Manfrotto 190XPROB Pro Aluminum Tripod Kit
http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …_Pro_Aluminum_T​ripod.html (external link)

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I would recommend this since I have had good luck with my Manfrotto tripod. It's very sturdy!


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Nov 02, 2010 11:37 |  #22

NokeStar wrote in post #11209766 (external link)
Ok here is a Slik Sprint Pro I found with a , what seems to be, cheap head on it but for under $100. The head handles up to 4.5 lbs.
http://www.amazon.com …ick-Release/dp/B0006TOXAS (external link)

With my camera only weighing around a lb I don't see why this wouldn't be a good starter just to keep me occupied/satisfied for the time being.


You are only talking about an extra $30 between this model and one of the more heavy duty ones that won't need to be upgraded in the future. I'd spend the extra cash.

Things to consider when looking at tripods:

1. How tall do you need it to go? (close to your eye level without the center column extended)
2. How low do you need it to go? (close to the ground for macro, or shooting upward with a wide angle lens)
3. How small does it need to fold? (putting it in a backpack, or just leaving it in the corner of the house)
4. How much weight does it need to hold? (I suggest at least double what you gear weighs to prevent sagging on the tripod head)

If you like the Slik models, you can compare them all at http://www.thkphoto.co​m/products/slik/index.​html (external link)

If I were getting a Slik tripod today, I would probably get the 500DX just to have it a little lighter. The 500DX didn't exist when I got my 700DX.


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Nov 02, 2010 12:06 |  #23

Tiltall, a wonderful tripod that's been around forever, I used one all the way through photo school using I even under my 4x5. You don't have to have a ball head, this tripod really works well. I have something like $1,400 invested into my Gitzo/RRS kit but have been thinking about getting a new Tiltall to keep in the trunk so J always have one with me- at a hundred dollars it is just excellent and very solid.
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