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Hi everyone, I'm looking for some help getting a new tripod, don't really know much about them.
I'm looking for a tripod for landscape and HDR work, so it has to be very steady, I'm not bothered about the weight, not looking for carbon fibre or anything like that - wouldn't be able to get that on my budget anyway.
As you can tell, this is a starter tripod, but I don't want to just buy any old cheap crap that I end up replacing in a year. So I'm hoping that some people will be able to recommend something that will suit my needs.
My ideal budget is under £100.
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Take a look at the Velbon Sherpa Range. I use the 600R, and am very pleased with it. Got it from Amazon for about £60.00 last year. Legs are adjustable so you can spread them wide (oo-err!!), and the centre column can be taken out and inverted too.
Its solid, and while not the lightest tripod around, it will keep your camera steady for those HDR shots.
Manfrotto 190 is £86.99 but this is legs oly. You would need a head to go on it
Manfrotto 484 mini £36.16
Slightly over your budget but good quality kit.
Thanks for the suggestions, been looking at the Velbon Sherpa range, they seem pretty nice for the price they are.
Does anyone know if there's any real difference in sturdyness between the 550R and the 600R?
I can't see much difference with the spec on them and there's a bit of a price difference:
550R - £60
600R - £80
If no-one knows, I'll probably just go with the 550R and hope it delivers as well as 'Nigeyboys' 600R
I'll give you a recommendation from an engineering point of view as my photographic knowledge is limited, shall we say. The Konig heavy duty tripod from Amazon is sturdy but heavy and it's only £46.
The ball head isn't much good though, however I managed to get a new Manfrotto 804RC2 head for about £45, this makes a very robust and easy to use set-up for under your £100 budget.
I also have the Koning aluminium tripod & I must say it's a brilliant bit of kit as Stevic say it's a bit on the heavy side but if you want sturdy then it's worth a look...Read the reviews on Amazon..
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