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Old 08-26-2013, 11:15 AM
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Looking for tripod suggestions

And, I want to make it difficult.

I am convinced I want a ball head, sturdy without too much weight. Oh did I mention the lowest cost possible to meet those goals and last a few years.

I really don't use a tripod all that often, but when you need one, you really need one. The one I own was much too lightweight when I bought it and 30 years of light use has not improved it any.
 
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Old 08-26-2013, 12:21 PM
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I actually use a monopod but the one thing I have learned about tripods is that it really seems to come down to personal preferences. Go someplace like Best Buy where you can actually touch them and feel the weight.
 
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Old 08-26-2013, 12:27 PM
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I have an Optex tripod that looks like this one Optex Heavy Duty Travel Tripod T27 I just weighed my. It is about 1lb. It squishes up small enough that you might get it into a good sized camera bag.

I haven't used it outdoors (mostly because I forget to take it) but have used it indoors with my light tent.
 
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Old 08-26-2013, 12:51 PM
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Best Buy is an excellent suggestion. I went to Lexington's only remaining camera store and Wally World. One extreme to the other in that trip.

I am also fascinated with the monopod concept and may yet go that route for easy packing.


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Old 08-26-2013, 01:35 PM
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Best Buy also price matches with Amazon.
 
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Old 08-26-2013, 03:20 PM
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The more I really think about this, a monopod you have with you is far better than the best tripod that was left at home.

I would love a really cool walking stick that doubled a a monopod but that would not travel well.
 
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Old 08-26-2013, 03:55 PM
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That is exactly how I use mine - as a walking stick that happens to double as a monopod. It extends as needed and locks in place - short for packing and long when in use.
 
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Oh, I meant to mention, as far as price matching, if you have the Amazon app on your phone you just check the bar code of the product right there in the store to compare prices.
 
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That is exactly how I use mine - as a walking stick that happens to double as a monopod. It extends as needed and locks in place - short for packing and long when in use.
I think you may be a KG or 10 lighter than me but I would love to know which one you have. Most of the combo units I have seen look rather flimsy.
 
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I don't see a name on in (it probably wore off a long time ago) but it is definitely not on the flimsy side. (If memory serves me correctly it was a gift.) I have broken several tripod but this monopod has just kept on keeping on. Go to Google Shopping and type in Monopod Walking Stick to get a better idea what you are looking for. Some even have a ball head.
 
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Check out the MeFOTO Walkabout Monopod.
 
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I just wanted to chime in and say when you say as cheap as possible, just think about what you are doing with the tripod. You are putting something, that in some cases are worth $500 - $5000 on. Tripod is the last thing I would say you should go cheap on.
 
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I just wanted to chime in and say when you say as cheap as possible, just think about what you are doing with the tripod. You are putting something, that in some cases are worth $500 - $5000 on. Tripod is the last thing I would say you should go cheap on.
I sure don't mind you clarifying that. Safety was unstated but anyone who values their gear should be able to figure that out. Some of the high end tripods would cost more than my camera and best lens so cheap is a relative term.

I am really leaning toward a good monopod with a mini ball head. I can literally count, without running out of fingers, the number of times I have carried a tripod away from home. This morning I just found out that the head on my 30 year old tripod is removable. A mini ball with the right insert would work on it and a monopod.
 
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the best durability compared to price would be ravelli i think, best sturdy metallic tripod I can find for $79 that can reach a height of 7 foot as well
 
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It's always a compromise between weight, functionality and sturdiness.
Since I have to carry it around when hiking, I have chosen a Velbon CX 640.
And I am still pleased with it.
 
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Gitzo tripod or Really Right Stuff - I shoot with these and I shoot with professionals - that is all they use
 
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My suggestion
Take a sturdy tripod. Invest in a good tripod. You dont want your tripod / camera to fly away when you want to take a nice landscape photograph on a windy day. Not to mention the shake will spoil your photograph.

you can check out http://www.bhphotovideo.com for best equipment and prices
 
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