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Tripod recommendations

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Jun 26, 2013 11:14 |  #1

Hi I'm going to buy my first tripod can you guys recommend me on a full set up, don't really want to spend more than about £80 also I travel abroad quit a lot so small enuf to go in a suitcase. My camera is a canon 450d 18-200 lense.

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Jun 26, 2013 19:58 |  #2

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Jun 28, 2013 11:50 |  #3

A lot of people are going to tell you that you get what you pay for and shouldn't buy a cheap tripod. They are correct. But in a lot of cases having ANY tripod is better than having no tripod at all. I bought a cheapo tripod as my first tripod just to see if I would actually use and carry one before dropping $$$ on a good one.

I bought a Dolica AX620B100 from Amazon, because they have a decent return policy. I'm glad I did because the plate broke on the second outing! I sent it back for a new one, which I haven't had any problems with as far as stuff breaking... it has been in snow, sand, mud and water with no issues. I would say this is one of the better cheapo tripods if you just want one to try out and see if you will actually use it. However, if you are serious about long exposure landscapes or need something that is going to be really stable, save your money and get something good from the start.

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Jun 28, 2013 15:26 |  #4

I would get a Manfrotto aluminum tripod and 496 head. That's the best bang for the buck (pound in your case). It's heavy, but is bulletproof and will last a lifetime.

You can always sell it second hand if you want to upgrade.

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Jun 28, 2013 16:36 as a reply to  @ tvphotog's post |  #5

Manfrotto 055XPROB

Might only be £130 but it's a beast. Very good reputation and will last a lifetime.

I own a DSLR, some lenses and some lights.

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Jul 08, 2013 01:11 as a reply to  @ dbeugel's post |  #6

That tripod is so heavy. I regret buying it, but I hike a lot.

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Jul 08, 2013 04:10 |  #7

Better get a light tripod, and take it with you, then get a strudy, well-made manfrotto and left if at home, because it's heavy

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Jul 08, 2013 08:12 as a reply to  @ TLN's post |  #8

My buddy has this tripod which is in your price range.​gp/aw/d/B002SXMROY (external link)

As mentioned, you get what you pay for; however, I was actually surprised by the quality of the kit. He gets some great shots with it for sure. It may be a little small for the 200mm end of your lens, so you may want to check the next size up.

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Jul 09, 2013 11:34 |  #9

Slik mini sprint pro II is my recommendation, I have one too, and it fits your price range. If youre going to buy a good, sturdy tripod, carbon fiber is travellers choise because it lightweight

Also I would concider a monopod / carbon fiber monopod for travelling, lighter and more compact solution.

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