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Jul 03, 2015 01:10 |  #16

Littlejon Dsgn wrote in post #17617271 (external link)
Hands on tripod shopping is nice. I was all set to pick up a Mefoto roadtripper until I got to the store and got my hands on one. At that point I realized I had to go with the Globetrotter which was a bit more cost wise but a hack of a lot more tripod.

I am one that will always try and keep the cost down. I have learned that with a tripod even the Globetrotter which is kinda expensive in my book still has room to be improved. Sub $100 you will could realize very quick you need better. I sold my $125 tripod to a coworker for $40 and that was about the most I could ask knowing its downsides.

The Globetrotter is a travel tripod. It makes some sacrifices in order to get to the size it is. At its price point, it's a nice deal for what it is, but you can get a significantly sturdier, easier to use tripod for a similar price, such as the often recommended Manfrotto 055x series. The 055x weighs a couple lbs more, and it doesn't fold to a short length (It's maybe 22" long), but is far more flexible in use, and generally a $100 head is heavier than what comes on the Globetrotter, so you can mount a larger lens to it.




  
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Jul 04, 2015 07:45 |  #17

If you are ok with used tripod, why not go with something like this

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Jul 04, 2015 10:42 as a reply to  @ kenwood33's post |  #18

definitely a good deal, the xprob is a nice tripod. I sold a bogen 3021 a while back for 50 bucks.... just as solid, so if you're looking for very inexpensive, that would be it. Also a horrusbennu LX-5, I sold for 50, so for 100 total, you'de have a nice tripod kit.


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Jul 04, 2015 11:49 |  #19

Or this. In my opinion a much sturdier tripod for the same price as a 055X. Yes, it's mine but it could be yours.


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Jul 04, 2015 12:38 |  #20

lellololes wrote in post #17618779 (external link)
The Globetrotter is a travel tripod. It makes some sacrifices in order to get to the size it is. At its price point, it's a nice deal for what it is, but you can get a significantly sturdier, easier to use tripod for a similar price, such as the often recommended Manfrotto 055x series. The 055x weighs a couple lbs more, and it doesn't fold to a short length (It's maybe 22" long), but is far more flexible in use, and generally a $100 head is heavier than what comes on the Globetrotter, so you can mount a larger lens to it.

You are very right, weight was a factor for me as when I use it is when I am traveling and hiking.




  
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Jul 04, 2015 12:51 |  #21

also look at MeFoto, I have their Roadtrip and am very happy with it, I have the aluminum one, carbon is not that much lighter but more expensive. Comes with a pretty decent head and also converts into a mono pod within a minute, an added benefit I've already made use of. Comes with a good bag, spikes to use instead of the rubber feet, a tool, etc. Well made and thought out, I'd buy it again.


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Jul 05, 2015 09:05 |  #22

kenwood33 wrote in post #17620197 (external link)
If you are ok with used tripod, why not go with something like this

https://photography-on-the.net …/showthread.php​?t=1431257


bpalermini wrote in post #17620432 (external link)
Or this. In my opinion a much sturdier tripod for the same price as a 055X. Yes, it's mine but it could be yours.


These are both nice Tripods for the price you pay, I would have picked up one of these if it was not for the Eye Surgeries I'm paying on...............


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Jul 05, 2015 11:18 |  #23

I'll second the recommendation for a Dolica Proline tripod - it's a great beginner tripod and will serve you well to start with. It's not going to support a bigger, heavier zoom lens, but it will do just fine for a 70D with wider lenses. I started with it and upgraded the ball head down the road to a better one, then eventually upgraded the legs.

It is something you will upgrade overtime, but if that's your budget at the moment- go for it. You can upgrade over time, and then have a nicer tripod a few years from now.


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Jul 05, 2015 11:22 |  #24

I have and use this and have no problems.. Nice ball head very smooth and built very well. IMHO.https://www.amazon.com …NVU&coliid=I3Q9​B2F569T0VJ (external link)




  
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Jul 05, 2015 11:26 |  #25

I've got the Proline; it was my first tripod (since getting back into photography). In fact I used it this morning instead of dragging the Slik with me. And I even use it with my 100-400L. But I only use it for support, not for long exposures because it shakes and vibrates with the slighted touch or moderate wind. Perhaps hanging some weight off the hook would help but I rarely have anything with me the right size.


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Jul 18, 2015 17:04 |  #26

I am on a budget, but wanted something a bit nicer than the 50-99 dollar tripods at Wally World or best buy. So happy to find an excellent condition Manfrotto 190xb with an 804rc2 head for $100!



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Aug 08, 2015 18:09 as a reply to  @ post 17615917 |  #27

Hey bud which tripod did you end up going with? I'm on the same boat as you were don't know which one to get.. :-/




  
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Aug 08, 2015 19:11 |  #28

Costco Dolica
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Aug 15, 2015 20:35 |  #29

I've been using a Dolica $50 tripod for years. Haven't had any issues and seems pretty stable. I use it for real estate and landscape shots. If you're an amateur and just getting into it, save some money, see how you like things and then later on get a good one. I've yet to splurge yet because this thing has done everything I've asked it to do.

http://www.newegg.com …od-_-30-997-652-_-Product (external link)

Additionally, Costco has a good deal on a nice Dolica for $80. I may pick this one up soon to upgrade. Comes with 2 different heads also

http://www.costco.com …ad.product.1002​13896.html (external link)




  
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Aug 22, 2015 21:29 |  #30

I was browsing Adorama's used section the other day, saw their 3Pod brand of tripods is now on clearance. Found one for $15 (down from $200 apparently according to the amazon page that's still up). CF construction, twist lock legs, ball head, supports 20lbs supposedly. I'm expecting it early next week, and once I get my camera back from Nikon I'll (very carefully) run it through it's paces. The few reviews I've seen have either been glowing, or unhappy (apparently the head/legs won't lock on some of them...bad QC maybe?) If it works out I'd say that was the deal of the year for me.




  
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