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07-12-2016, 11:37 AM   #1
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General purpose tripod ~100$

Hi,

as the title suggests I'm looking for a tripod one step up from the minimal investment 20 ones.

Some years ago I had a super cheap tripod for my sony a100 and didn't use it very much,(possibly due to terrible build quality) so I'd like to get one a step up but since I'm not sure how I stand towards tripods I don't want to invest more to get something like the sirui 25x.

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Would be nice if it could carry the 70-200 f2.8 (tamron).
Other than that I don't really care. Something good enough to allow for trying out making shots that require a tripod.

Cheers!

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Here's what I use: https://www.amazon.com/VANGUARD-Alta-204Agh-Tripod-Pistol/dp/B00IFE4L3U

It is slightly more than your budget, but to me worth every bit.
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I've got an expensive suri, but I really like my Manfrotto MKC3-HO1M compact tripod. It's got a really easy to use gun grip. I use it for my K-3. Only $44.88 on Amazon.

https://www.amazon.com/Manfrotto-MKC3-H01M-Compact-Photo-Movie-Black/dp/B00E...rotto+mkc3+ho1
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Thanks for the suggestions! The Vanguard semms really good, the pistolgrip is mightily irritating though. Luckily there is a model available with a standart grip for close to 100. Also with only 3 segments which I guess helps stability along.

Are there any worthwhile models that have an integrated monopod? Or do they get too unstable/flimsy/prone-to-failure in this price range?

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I still like my Tiltall. Not the one that I take out on the trail, mind you. But bomb proof and rock solid, and converts to monopod.
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What model do you use?
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QuoteOriginally posted by manufocus Quote
What model do you use?
Is there more than one now?

Here's the current version: Tiltall Tripod TE Original Series Tripod with 3-Way Head TE-01B

You can often find them on eBay too.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Quartermaster James Quote
Is there more than one now?

Here's the current version: Tiltall Tripod TE Original Series Tripod with 3-Way Head TE-01B

You can often find them on eBay too.
That looks like a very sturdy tripod, I have an inexpensive Sunpack and when extended fully is not very sturdy. I am 6' 1" and like that this one extends to 74", mine I have to hunch over which is not comfortable at my old age I guess you have to pay $$$ to get very good quality!

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QuoteOriginally posted by kjphilippona Quote
That looks like a very sturdy tripod, I have an inexpensive Sunpack and when extended fully is not very sturdy. I am 6' 1" and like that this one extends to 74", mine I have to hunch over which is not comfortable at my old age I guess you have to pay $$$ to get very good quality!
You can find old ones for $50-$99 used. There's not much to wear, and the bushings can be replaced. Keep in mind though they've gone through a few iterations as the company has changed hands. That said, they are more likely to need a cleaning than parts. Unless they've been dragged through salt water and put away wet, they are pretty hard to damage. They also can serve as a solid platform for modifications.

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Not in germany, thanks for the tip though.
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