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Good Medium Level Tripod? Don't wanna spend more than $100 if possible...

 
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Nov 09, 2011 23:33 |  #1

I've bought two cheapo Sunpak tripods. First one, super cheapo, lightweight, so wind messed up my long exposures, and it eventually became loose (since the plastic melted after I turned the knobs to keep it stabilized so many times). Sunpak wanted me to ship it to them which would cost $20 (price I paid for the tripod), even though I told them the exact part I needed replaced and sent them photos. Their supposed lifetime warranty should have just sent me the part but I guess that was not the case.

I was foolish enough to buy another one, for $20 (supposedly used to be $60) and the same thing happened. So now I realize, never buy Sunpak, especially the plastic metal tripods, since the screws eventually melt the plastic.

I'm fed up with them, but I don't want to spend a ton since I don't use tripods often. I don't wanna go crazy, but I don't know where to start for something that would last.

I usually take a tripod out when I shoot at night, which is probably 3 times a month at most. Helps with long exposures, or whenever I don't have a steady platform to put the camera on.

Any kind of input would be appreciated, now I know quality is worth the money :) If I have to spend more than $150, then it's a must.




  
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Nov 09, 2011 23:52 |  #2

The two Sunpak's you purchased add up to at least $40 (not including the hassle and stress of dealing with flimsy tripods and shoddy customer service, the down time until it was replaced and down time from when the newest one Sunpak'd until now). That plus the $150 you're willing to spend on a "medium level" tripod puts you at $190. For that kind of money you could have purchased a far superior Manfrotto tripod and just generally be in a better, more harmonious place.

I don't have any advice for you I just wanted to point out to others who might be reading to not do what you have done.


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Nov 09, 2011 23:54 |  #3

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For the money and value, the SLIK 700DX. Very well built, solid. All for about $150.00. Anything less you are wasting money


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Nov 10, 2011 00:17 as a reply to  @ Nick5's post |  #4

Count my vote for the Slik 700DX. Think I picked mine up for around $125. It is not light - but neither is anything else I carry. It is solid and has worked flawlessly.


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Nov 10, 2011 00:52 |  #5

I sold my Manfrotto 055xprob for $100, it hadn't been used much. Look around for a used one, it's a good tripod for the money.




  
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Nov 10, 2011 00:57 |  #6

Thanks guys! I'll check out the Slik and the Manfrotto, hopefully I can find something. When it comes to anything the quality is definitely worth the expense, something that I've really taken a while to learn haha




  
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Nov 10, 2011 01:19 |  #7

I just checked out both, ended up placing an order off Amazon for the Slik xD Hope that it'll last! No more Sunpak! Which usually lasts about 10 outings for $20 lol




  
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Nov 10, 2011 10:24 |  #8

Good choice... I have the same myself.


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Nov 10, 2011 10:55 |  #9

How about a used Manfrotto? they're bulletproof and will last a lifetime.


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Nov 10, 2011 17:16 as a reply to  @ tvphotog's post |  #10

Welcome to the club! I think every beginning photographer makes the same mistake. I did when I was starting out... :confused:

One of the places a beginner shouldn't cheap out is on a tripod. Use of a good, rigid tripod will do wonders to improve a neophyte's photography.

It has been said there are three desirable attributes in a tripod: Rigidity, light weight and low price. It has also been said you can't have all three in the same tripod. Pick two...


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Nov 10, 2011 17:35 |  #11

Bogen 3001...predecessor to the Manfrotto 190

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Nov 10, 2011 20:36 |  #12

Buy once, cry once. It usually takes all of us at least a couple of lessons to learn that little bit of wisdom.

Good luck with your new tripod!

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Nov 10, 2011 21:00 |  #13

Cubdriver wrote in post #13383656 (external link)
Buy once, cry once. It usually takes all of us at least a couple of lessons to learn that little bit of wisdom.

Good luck with your new tripod!

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Methinks that the actual practice is often "Buy thrice, cry twice!"


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