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08-28-2016, 02:18 AM   #16
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Not sure what a good one will cost, maybe $200.
I found this Kim and hope it helps.


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I'm not sure where you are, but Manfrotto has a rebate in place through the end of September. I purchased a tripod at Adorama a few weeks ago and really love it, extremely solid and sturdy, a bit heavy, but I am using it for indoor work, so that is OK with me. I got what amounted to a 20% discount. Worlds better than what it replaced...
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Just a thought... buy a bigger/heavier tripod than you currently need, from one of the reputable brands.

This will probably then last you a lifetime, without any further tripod upgrades required in the future... also saving you money to spend on lenses.
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Thanks everyone, I will do some shopping

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Maybe too late, but let me suggest these less usual, but pretty solid wooden tripods:

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Maybe too late, but let me suggest these less usual, but pretty solid wooden tripods:

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Those seem over the top for a 'non-pro' which is what the OP said at the start. I think the budget is likely much much below that.
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I now own a Sunpak Ultra 7000TM and it has worked fine when used with my K-01, K30 and K50 with small zooms or prime lenses. I attached my K3 with battery grip and Tamron 70-200 to fine adjust the auto focus and it was not very sturdy. I would not want to attempt using it out in the field. I am just a hobby photographer and don't need a professional tripod, just a better made sturdy one that will secure my camera and lens. Any suggestion's?
If you're cheap like me, and want an industrial sturdy tripod, use a surveyors tripod with a camera ball-mount and screw adapter.
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It's worth putting yourself into a budget where you can buy the legs and heads separately. It makes things interchangeable, especially if you find yourself hating one head type or needing taller or more compact legs...

I'm a tall guy, so it took a few iterations to find the right legs. And I eventually bought a pro level ball head because I found it a good investment.

Finally... Consider a system with a weight capacity about twice what your heaviest camera config will be. Note that the lowest capacity of your legs and heads governs. Like another said, weight doesn't matter much, but it is a proxy for rigidity.

And it can be important for the head, which can come under a lot of torque. You don't want creep while taking a long exposure.

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I am not tall only 6'1", but most tripods i have looked at have a max height of only 68". I don't want to be hunched over all the time taking pictures
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Those seem over the top for a 'non-pro' which is what the OP said at the start. I think the budget is likely much much below that.
Sometimes the Special Offer category has some nice things at a lower price.
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Sometimes the Special Offer category has some nice things at a lower price.
Those are really nice, maybe i can get one of my cousins to pick me up one
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I am not tall only 6'1"
and the not-short guy at 5'6" chuckles....
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QuoteOriginally posted by kjphilippona Quote
I am not tall only 6'1", but most tripods i have looked at have a max height of only 68". I don't want to be hunched over all the time taking pictures
Check this one out then... It extends up to 2.56m (101")

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QuoteOriginally posted by kjphilippona Quote
I am not tall only 6'1", but most tripods i have looked at have a max height of only 68". I don't want to be hunched over all the time taking pictures
Bear in mind that the head (if a separate part) and camera body add several inches. That should add enough height to avoid the need to lean forward excessively.

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QuoteOriginally posted by kjphilippona Quote
I am not tall only 6'1", but most tripods i have looked at have a max height of only 68". I don't want to be hunched over all the time taking pictures
As I said before - surveyor's tripod.
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