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    Default Can Anyone Suggest a Good Tripod?

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    Hi everyone,

    So, can any of you suggest a good but inexpensive tripod for me? I will be using it with a digital video camera eventually, but I especially intend to use it with my i1Pro TV calibration meter. Because of this, I want it to have:

    1. lots o' stability
    2. legs that I can collapse down pretty far
    3. a center bar that I can extend up pretty far
    4. a bubble level
    5. a ball head would be nice, but isn't strictly necessary


    To quote Monty Python, "uh, so anything that you could do to, uhh...to help...would be....very...[*gesticulating*]...helpful."

    Yours,

    David
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    Make sure it has 3 legs!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SOBAY310 View Post
    Make sure it has 3 legs!
    Oh ya, that's a minimum right there, that is.

    *hnyuk*,

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    I have an older model Slik Pro series about 10+ yrs old paid about 100.00 back then Super sturdy not a ball piviot but very sturdy and flexible. as new today as it was 10 yrs back. Don't go to cheap here you need well made and sturdy. Check E-Bay quite readily available
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    Mike, you are a true gentleman. Thank you so much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by davidjschenk View Post
    Mike, you are a true gentleman. Thank you so much.

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    There is another in auction used these are beast and the used one looks good for 19.00 same model

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    I don't know anything about the video world, but Bogen/Manfrotto is the standard in that price range for still cameras, David. There are tons of ball head options for them. These guys get good word of mouth as a [comparatively] inexpensive Arca-Swiss substitute, though I haven't used one myself. (Yet.) Plus, you know, Amazon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by trent.memphis View Post
    I don't know anything about the video world, but Bogen/Manfrotto is the standard in that price range for still cameras, David. There are tons of ball head options for them. These guys get good word of mouth as a [comparatively] inexpensive Arca-Swiss substitute, though I haven't used one myself. (Yet.) Plus, you know, Amazon.
    WHOA! Definitely out of my price range. That's ~$200 just for the head. I'm thinking more of something for <$100 for the whole shebang. That Slik on Ebay looks great, Rizzo--thanks. I'll probably still do Amazon just to have the security of knowing I can return it if there's aproblem, but the Sliks do look good and are near my price range. Here are two others I've found, one dirt cheap and the other still quite cheap but a little fancier:

    totally cheap

    pretty cheap

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    Quote Originally Posted by ImRizzo View Post
    I have an older model Slik Pro series about 10+ yrs old paid about 100.00 back then Super sturdy not a ball piviot but very sturdy and flexible. as new today as it was 10 yrs back. Don't go to cheap here you need well made and sturdy. Check E-Bay quite readily available
    Rizz - I too have a Slik Pro. I think I've had it since early 80's... well, maybe late 80's Can't recall. I love it. Never had anything else. Does a real nice job. My dad bought it for me and he's a semi-professional (retired) photographer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by davidjschenk View Post
    WHOA! Definitely out of my price range. That's ~$200 just for the head. I'm thinking more of something for <$100 for the whole shebang. That Slik on Ebay looks great, Rizzo--thanks. I'll probably still do Amazon just to have the security of knowing I can return it if there's aproblem, but the Sliks do look good and are near my price range. Here are two others I've found, one dirt cheap and the other still quite cheap but a little fancier:

    totally cheap

    pretty cheap

    Yours,

    David
    That second one seems like it's got excellent reviews.
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    Tripod was my nickname in HS. I don't even know what brand mine is. It was given to me but it works well.
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    Maybe you should ask your dad.
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    you need to look at the amount in weight you are putting on the tripod.. it's crucial in the decision making process. I currently use gitzo carbon fiber tripod which can be pricey but they are very good in terms of weight and vibration reduction. If I had to buy one today, I would purchase a Really Right Stuff tripod, because they are even better and well thought out. The 2 brands I mentioned are NOT cheap by any means, but you indeed get what you pay for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spdntrxi View Post
    you need to look at the amount in weight you are putting on the tripod.. it's crucial in the decision making process. I currently use gitzo carbon fiber tripod which can be pricey but they are very good in terms of weight and vibration reduction. If I had to buy one today, I would purchase a Really Right Stuff tripod, because they are even better and well thought out. The 2 brands I mentioned are NOT cheap by any means, but you indeed get what you pay for.
    Hi spdntrxi,

    That's good advice--thank you. Right now I'm only using my tripod (I did get a cheap Dolica Proline) for my i1Pro and Chroma 5 calibration meters and very occasionally for a little digital camcorder, so I imagine this'll work well enough for the nonce. If and when I start using heavier equipment, I'll dig around for one of these heavy-duty tripods you mentioned instead.

    Yours,

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    Do you need to pan ? dont waste your money on a ballhead. I have gone with a monopod and monopod head ( I use the RRS).. pan for DSLR movies and single frame shots are easier for me. A head made for panning would be better then a ballhead in my opinion. Another choice would be a full gimbal head, but then are kinda pricey but they are great for tracking moving subject matter. Just remember the long focal length the more stabilization you need. My 2 series gitzo does not support the 300mm + focal length very well at all, so when I quit spending money of HT, I'm going RRS.

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    This is on sale David. link
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    Quote Originally Posted by mytime View Post
    This is on sale David. link
    Wow, that's quite a sale! Unfortunately, I've already bought my Dolica tripod, but perhaps someone else will be seduced by that Induro. Thanks, mytime.

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