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!