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Mar 15, 2011 19:56 |  #1

Can anyone recommend a decent tripod? I will just be using it inside for food photography so I don't need anything super expensive or sturdy. I also do not want something that is complete junk either. So just a decent middle of the road tripod.

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Mar 15, 2011 20:04 |  #2

I have the Manfrotto 732CY carbon fiber tripod. It's part of Manfrotto distribution's M-Y series entry-level tripods. Probably the most affordable carbon fiber tripod out there. You also have the option to choose the head. I test it on top of a sky scraper on a windy day once, the legs weren't stable and my pictures came out blurry. However, for your purpose, food photography shouldn't pose any problems. It's a great tripod for point & shoots and small dslr.

http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …2CY_M_Y_Carbon_​Fiber.html (external link)


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Mar 15, 2011 20:05 |  #3
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A $40 pod is 99 % what a $400 pod is at 1/10 th the price.
I use a Sun u8000.


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Mar 15, 2011 20:44 |  #4

EL_PIC wrote in post #12027811 (external link)
A $40 pod is 99 % what a $400 pod is at 1/10 th the price.
I use a Sun u8000.

Total false information you've provided. I've seen those tripods like you have and they might be OK for a point & shoot camera (if your careful) as they are pretty much junk. That column slide piece is very easily broken where the leg extensions are attached.

As for the original poster, what's your budget? As there are many to choose from to accommodate your need.




  
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Mar 15, 2011 20:46 |  #5

for what it's worth - the only tripod I have ever broken is a $ 400 one :)


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Mar 15, 2011 20:47 as a reply to  @ woods's post |  #6

Budget would be under $100




  
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Mar 15, 2011 20:56 |  #7

EL_PIC wrote in post #12027811 (external link)
A $40 pod is 99 % what a $400 pod is at 1/10 th the price.
I use a Sun u8000.

Completely and utterly not true.


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Mar 15, 2011 20:56 as a reply to  @ jeljohns's post |  #8

Manfrotto 7303YB Tripod (external link) might serve your purpose.




  
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Mar 15, 2011 20:58 |  #9

jeljohns wrote in post #12028056 (external link)
Budget would be under $100

Good luck...

Decent "middle of the road" tripod\head combos start at and can far surpass, twice that figure. I've had my share of expensive and cheap tripods and can tell you with a certainty, do not buy a cheap tripod.


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Mar 15, 2011 21:07 |  #10

Best Buy sells a Carbon Fiber tripod made by Rocketfish. They have 2 versions of it, a short and a taller one. The short one does not look very sturdy, but the 65" is well made and has a 17.5lb rating.
I picked up one a couple weeks ago for about $130-150 depending on the store. I also bought their Carbonfiber monopod for $99 because you can switch out the heads. Makes them alittle more versitile...Mono comes with a ball head and tripod comes with a panning style head


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Mar 15, 2011 23:26 |  #11

If you aren't concerned with optimizing the weight/strength ratio, why would you even consider a carbon fiber tripod? If you can live with a head that takes a second or two longer to align, you should be able to find a heavy-duty used tripod that will be as sturdy as a very expensive lightweight system.

For example, this auction is currently at $9.99 (external link) and the closed auctions indicate that it will probably sell at close to $100.


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Mar 16, 2011 11:36 as a reply to  @ cacawcacaw's post |  #12

Because carbon fiber is less likely to be affected by the enviroment...Temperatu​re etc.....


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Mar 16, 2011 12:34 |  #13

feetdown wrote in post #12028150 (external link)
Best Buy sells a Carbon Fiber tripod made by Rocketfish. They have 2 versions of it, a short and a taller one. The short one does not look very sturdy, but the 65" is well made and has a 17.5lb rating.
I picked up one a couple weeks ago for about $130-150 depending on the store. I also bought their Carbonfiber monopod for $99 because you can switch out the heads. Makes them alittle more versitile...Mono comes with a ball head and tripod comes with a panning style head

RocketFish is junk. Ive had several different products from them and theyre all in the garbage now. Headphones, bluetooth headsets, and some other stuff.


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Mar 16, 2011 12:38 |  #14

image monster wrote in post #12027807 (external link)
I have the Manfrotto 732CY carbon fiber tripod. It's part of Manfrotto distribution's M-Y series entry-level tripods. Probably the most affordable carbon fiber tripod out there. You also have the option to choose the head. I test it on top of a sky scraper on a windy day once, the legs weren't stable and my pictures came out blurry. However, for your purpose, food photography shouldn't pose any problems. It's a great tripod for point & shoots and small dslr.

http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …2CY_M_Y_Carbon_​Fiber.html (external link)

I also have this tripod and was looking to get the manfrotto 190xprob, but it wasn't within my budget and it's too heavy. Now it's cheaper than the 732CY tripod.




  
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Mar 16, 2011 12:39 |  #15

http://www.amazon.com …line-Tripod/dp/B001D60LG8 (external link)

I use this with my 7D and 70-200 f4 and have no issues!


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