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I'm sure this question has been asked before but I find that researching tripos is 10x harder than any other piece of equipment!
So what I need to know is whats best for me, I want a tripod that is happy in pretty much any situation from sitting outside all night getting star trail shots to model shoots and everything in between. I want to spend around £100 on it - is that realistic or would it get me a rubbish model? Which brands should I want and which should I avoid?
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I use an old manfrotto thing it's silver weighs a bit needs some attention, but it's solid as a rock and built to last. About 5'7" extended maybe more. Will check the model when I get chance providing it's still legible that is.
Basically what I'm saying is a good old sturdy tripod does the job and a cheap light one for hols (I have a Vanguard type £7, crap but good) no real need to go mad.
I just bought a manfrotto from wex good tripod and came with a "free" monopod good deal worth a look
If you are not hiking with it strapped to a rucsac then size and weight is not really important, and if you are not taking pictures in foul weather or strong winds, then stability is not paramount. You can get some good solid tripods for about £50 made by Slik or Velbon.These usually come with a video type head which is servicable but not the most easily adjustable. However you can often remove this head to attach one bought separately.
At the £100 mark is the Manfrotto 190XProB which comes in a gnats whisker below £100 but you do have to buy the head separately and I would suggest spending at least £40 on a good midi-sized ballhead. What I like about this model is the way the centre column can be adjusted horizontally for low level macro work.
For Compact/lightweighht I also have the Velbon Ultra Rexi-L which is smaller than the manfrotto when packed, is lighter, and I swear it is more stable. But not the best for close up work.
I have a Manfrotto 190X and can recommend it.
Look also at Giottos, superb tripods, read the reviews. For your price range this is ideal
Quote: I find that researching tripos is 10x harder than any other piece of equipment!
Agreed - its seems really hard to even compare height without doing your own research one by one!
I Agree with Giottos too and love mine - v.similair to Chris's recommendation.
What got me initially was that Heads and tripods are often sold separately.
What we need, is a room where one can enter, and be locked up with a number of different tripods. You have to stay there until you choose one, then you build a fire in the stove, emitting lots of white smoke out the chimney. Then you are released and the crowds cheer as you show them your choice; that should work.
Just bought a velbron ultra REXi L after reading the Ephotozine review only wanted it for travel but its relegated my manfrotto to second place.got mine for £119 with ball head.
I have the Guittos MTL 9351B
It's not the lightest but it's rock solid and very tall. I'm 5'9" and it's higher than me with the head on it
I'd certainly recommend it
Thanks guys, I look into your recommendations and see what I come up with!
I'm actually after a travel tripod if anyone's got any ideas????
I do not think £100 new is enough for top grade support, including several second exposures, probably with telephoto lenses, of star trails.
Almost anything is good enough for studio flash as the flash duration eliminates most camera shake issues.
A good second hand Benbo Mk 1 may not be the easiest to use but for about £40 delivers as much support as £300-400 tripods. With luck if you find one it may even come with a decent head. A new Benbo Mk 1 (without head) is about £125.
Quote: I do not think £100 new is enough for top grade support
This all depends, if you don`t mind having a fixed head, camlink make a good one.
Almost as sturdy as my 30 year old video tripod, mind you video camera`s were a bit big back then
Just realised you can change the head.
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