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04/29/2004 08:10:01 PM · #1
any suggestions?
04/29/2004 08:12:56 PM · #2
good and inexpensive arent very good friends. what do you consider inexpensive?
04/29/2004 08:14:27 PM · #3
Originally posted by shoff:

any suggestions?


Wal-Mart, that's what mines is, $20 dollars I believe. It works realy good actually and satisfies my current needs.
04/29/2004 10:13:46 PM · #4
$50 Give or take
04/29/2004 10:31:40 PM · #5
I bought a very nice, lightweight tripod at Wal-Mart for only $18.88. It seems very well made and I've drug it around and abused it a lot and it still is in very good shape. It even has a little level on it which I think is nice.
04/29/2004 10:38:14 PM · #6
as much as I hate Wal-Mart, these suggestions are right on. They sell three Vivitar's that very in quality and features. I have the mx 2000, the middle of the three. It has stood up to airline abuse, is extremely light weight, and very functonal. Even has a level. A great travelers tripod.
04/29/2004 11:22:36 PM · #7
Originally posted by rananculus:

as much as I hate Wal-Mart, these suggestions are right on. They sell three Vivitar's that very in quality and features. I have the mx 2000, the middle of the three. It has stood up to airline abuse, is extremely light weight, and very functonal. Even has a level. A great travelers tripod.


Yeah, I have the mx 1000 ad it is pretty sturdy and will do pretty much eveything you would need for basic use. I highly recommend it. Good, cheap, reliable.
04/29/2004 11:35:42 PM · #8
not to steal the thread, but the only disadvantage that Ihave with my Vivitar mx2000 is that it is a little tall. It's too tall for the size suitcase that I prefer to travel with, so I end up checking it at the airlines. In addition, I try to walk around Mexico like I don't have a dime. I go places that gringo's don't go, and I'm always concerned that if someone knew exactly how much photo gear I had in my back-pack, that I would be exposed to robbery.

When I walk around with that tripod, it's pretty obvious that I have some goodies in my back-pack. Does anyone know of a monopod manufacturer that that sells a model that can extend for a very tall photographer, but collapse to the size of day-pack? Having difficulty.
Advice appreciated.
04/29/2004 11:44:16 PM · #9
I have one word... eBay (that is where i bought my tripod for $1, stood up to a lot. It is very light-weight and it is a 54")[ok... actually that is like 25 words, but you get my point)]

Message edited by author 2004-04-29 23:44:56.
04/29/2004 11:58:14 PM · #10
I've been shopping tripods lately, and one of the things that I hate about my existing tripod -- an older Vivitar, oddly -- is the head. It's got 3 different knobs, plus a knob for the center column, plus a knob to lock the legs. It's really cumbersome. Anyway, I decided that rather than discard a perfectly good tripod, I'd add a good quality ball-head. The head unscrews and can be replaced. So, I'll wind up losing quite a bit of weight off the head, and I'll gain single-screw functionality.

The other problem is that the legs are too long and don't fit inside a bag. I am considering shortening the legs, but it would take a bit of work: the clamps would need to be removed and new clamping-holes (about 1cm square, where the lever passes through) would need to be cut -- in 9 places...

FWIW, here is a set of legs that I thought was a nice compromise between length, weight, capacity and cost (altho it's not cheap AND you have to buy a head of some type)

//www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/controller/home?O=WishList.jsp&A=details&Q=&sku=139172&is=REG

And, they also have a Bogen monopod on blow-out

//www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/controller/home?O=NavBar&A=getItemDetail&Q=&sku=113380&is=REG&si=spec#goto_itemInfo
04/30/2004 12:10:29 AM · #11
I'm going to B&h tomorrow to see what they have
04/30/2004 12:11:00 AM · #12
alan you're a genious. That monopod is exactly the same height as my daypack. Already ordered, and on it's way. ¡Mil gracias! russ
04/30/2004 01:17:20 AM · #13
i have a promaster that is a tripod or a monopod
for monopod i pull the center out and and it then
is a fully ajustable monopod.

it dont have any restriction on how far out
can adjust my legs other than the center
post touching the ground.

not cheep but i dont get any camera shake
very strong for heavyer cameras.

by the time i add my battery pack an 70 - 300mm lens
my camera weight is about 3lb this makes my walmart
tripod to light i get to much camera shake for the
300mm end of my lens.
04/30/2004 06:49:32 AM · #14
Try a Giottos, more than $50, but feature packed and great value. Don't forget that with a good tripod you will need a head :)

Also - light = unstable! So its not always the way to go. I know carbon fibre are popular, but they are still less stable than aluminium.
05/02/2004 01:43:08 PM · #15
Oh well, I ended up spending more then I wanted but I think I got a nice tripod. Very compact, gets 7" to the ground, can invert middle pole for macro, 2.5 pounds, 3 levels.

//www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/controller/home?O=productlist&A=details&Q=&sku=322191&is=REG

Message edited by author 2004-05-02 13:43:39.
05/04/2004 11:27:15 PM · #16
Originally posted by bradical:

I have one word... eBay (that is where i bought my tripod for $1, stood up to a lot. It is very light-weight and it is a 54")[ok... actually that is like 25 words, but you get my point)]


is it this one?
//cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=30094&item=3812888186&rd=1
05/05/2004 02:25:20 AM · #17
Originally posted by lelani:

is it this one?
//cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=30094&item=3812888186&rd=1


That is the first tripod offered for sale by that seller.
05/05/2004 04:25:58 PM · #18
Originally posted by bendb:

Originally posted by lelani:

is it this one?
//cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=30094&item=3812888186&rd=1


That is the first tripod offered for sale by that seller.


don't understand
05/05/2004 04:28:48 PM · #19
Originally posted by lelani:

Originally posted by bendb:

Originally posted by lelani:

is it this one?
//cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=30094&item=3812888186&rd=1


That is the first tripod offered for sale by that seller.


don't understand


Save yourself the trouble and save some $$$ too by going to B&H (since you are in NYC) and actually play with the tripods. You won't know from a web page how the tripod handles. You have to actually manipulate it and get the feel of the tripood.
05/05/2004 06:30:54 PM · #20
I originally bought a cheap Optex tripod for my little 2 megapixel Sony when I really didn't know what I wanted in a tripod. Guess what? I ended up spending more when I upgraded. Get a good one first off - Bogen.Manfrotto or Gitzo or something similarly sturdy.

I eventually bought a Manfrotto 3001 (190 in Canada/Europe) and a 486 RC2 ball head with a quick release plate for $220 and have not regretted spending a bit more at all. If you're serious enough to buy a tripod you're serious enough to buy a good one.
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