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Good, cheap, tripod for occasional use?

 
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Apr 18, 2011 13:07 |  #1

Hey guys,

So I've had a Sunpak 5200D since December, and I must say, it's finally useless. Right when I got it, within 5 minutes the part you turn to raise the platform broke off. I used it last night to do some landscape shots, and turning another part of it, the cheap plastic gave way and now it's unusable. I bought it for $10 off B and H, but with shipping it came out to $18.

Realizing that, you get what you pay for, I want to invest in something that is not all plastic, that could last a couple of years through occasional use, also I guess something not as flimsy.

I'd like to spend less than $50, but will consider spending a bit more for quality and steadiness, since I mostly only use my tripod at night, and not often.

I really do not know where to start for tripods, so please please help me out!

I highly appreciate any input!




  
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Apr 18, 2011 14:10 |  #2

I've used a Slik 330DX for a couple of years and it's been very reliable and light enough to carry around. Recently switched out the 3-way head for a Manfrotto ball head.




  
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Apr 18, 2011 15:11 |  #3

Hmm, I just checked up on it, I guess it's around $100 right now.

I also just Googled "Tripod", and this is the cheapest one so far: http://www.google.com …O4x8T5DA&ved=0C​J8BEPMCMAQ (external link)

I actually like Sunpak, since I know, paying $10 I get something that will perform for $10. This one any good? It's only $50 and I can also pick it up local photo store.




  
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Apr 18, 2011 15:54 |  #4

good stuff is not cheep and cheep stuff is not good. words to live by.




  
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Apr 18, 2011 19:59 as a reply to  @ musso's post |  #5

There are no good and cheap tripods. There are cheap photographers.




  
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Apr 19, 2011 05:57 |  #6

I purchased a $50 SunPak tripod and it is great for my small and light video camera or my PNS, but that is where it ends. My 30D with a 24-70 attached will cause the head to creep when in portrait orientation. It's just not meant for heavy gear and I do not trust it with my expensive stuff anymore. Do I like it? Yes but only for my smaller cheaper gear. Invest in a good quality tripod and you can not go wrong.

The link you provided describes a "carbon fiber" legged tripod, but the head will still be plastic. Avoid it unless you like taking chances with your gear.


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Apr 19, 2011 06:04 |  #7

After my nice one got stolen a few years ago, and I needed a tripod that same day...I swung by Best buy and picked up a "cheapo" one for around $50. It's been fine ever since. But I don't use big heavy lenses very often...Or the tripod for that matter :D

This is the newer version of it I think: http://www.bestbuy.com …41048&st=tripod​&cp=1&lp=1 (external link)


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Apr 19, 2011 06:10 |  #8

I will NEVER suggest that someone using cameras heavier than the typical point-n-shoot buy a cheap tripod such as those marketed by WalMart and Best Buy.

However, there is a viable solution for folks on a penny-pinching budget that will hold even the heaviest cameras nice and steady (though less versatile than a good tripod). This is a sand bag. A decent sand bag can be made from any tough durable cloth or leather and can be filled with inexpensive sand or other granular material. The only requirements are that the sand bag be made so that its shape can be modified to suit the situation and that you have a suitable sturdy surface to put the sand bag on for supporting the camera/lens.


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Apr 19, 2011 06:22 |  #9

Try velbon reasonably cheap and No problems with my 2,although you dont need to have them at full height on the wind up as they are not that steady.
But lower down are not too bad.




  
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Apr 19, 2011 07:39 |  #10

You're saying that you're only going to use it at night occasionally. At night is when you need the longer shutter speeds when a tripod becomes a main factor in getting a good image. I would STRONGLY recommend saving the extra few bucks to buy an affordable manfrotto aluminum tripod instead of just throwing your $50 away.


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Apr 19, 2011 10:37 |  #11

^^ These are words of wisdom to live by...


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Apr 19, 2011 11:00 |  #12

This one hasn't failed me yet. While it's not a $500 Gitzo, it does the job quite nicely especially for occasional use.
http://www.amazon.com …TF8&qid=1303228​796&sr=8-1 (external link)




  
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Apr 19, 2011 12:36 |  #13

Bokehlicious wrote in post #12252766 (external link)
This one hasn't failed me yet. While it's not a $500 Gitzo, it does the job quite nicely especially for occasional use.
http://www.amazon.com …TF8&qid=1303228​796&sr=8-1 (external link)

This probably will work for the OP. They really are not bad.


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Apr 19, 2011 13:02 |  #14

I"d buy used rather than waste money on a cheap tripod. If you don't use it much you could even look for a really old solid but heavy tripod. Perfect for night shooting.


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Apr 19, 2011 15:28 |  #15

GregoryF wrote in post #12253419 (external link)
This probably will work for the OP. They really are not bad.

2nd this one...i have it...and it is fine for ocassional use. if i actually used the tripod more often, i'd really think about getting a gitzo or equivalent.


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