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    Hi guys...i've just got my 450D and the next item on my "to-buy" list is a tripod.

    Was just wondering whether are there any tripod that are around $50-range that are still decent?

    Did a search and i see budgets for tripods all starts from 100++. Are there even decent tripods selling at $50-range?

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    Quote Originally Posted by w3iw3n View Post
    Hi guys...i've just got my 450D and the next item on my "to-buy" list is a tripod.

    Was just wondering whether are there any tripod that are around $50-range that are still decent?

    Did a search and i see budgets for tripods all starts from 100++. Are there even decent tripods selling at $50-range?
    You may want to buy SLIK model COMPACT-XL or COMPACT at Cathay Photo.
    Looks for a salesman call Steven. Ask him for discount, i believe it suits your budget.
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    You may want to try ur luck at this..http://www.clubsnap.com/forums/showthread.php?t=397104
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    Default Re: Cheap tripod

    most people want 3 things when looking for tripod.

    cheap, light and sturdy,

    but most of the time people will settle for twos..

    light and sturdy tripod won't be cheap

    cheap and sturdy tripod won't be light

    cheap and light tripod won't be sturdy

    so now you know what kind of tripod are you looking for.
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    went with the 3rd choice: cheap and light tripod won't be sturdy.
    hehe, i very cheapo one...besides i bought it a few years back for my compact, so just make do till spoil.
    always hold on to my cam's neck strap in case the tripod decides to give way someday...
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    if you want to put a 1k camera on a $50 tripod, risking you camera can kiss the floor anytime, by all means.
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    Quote Originally Posted by catchlights View Post
    most people want 3 things when looking for tripod.

    cheap, light and sturdy,

    but most of the time people will settle for twos..

    light and sturdy tripod won't be cheap

    cheap and sturdy tripod won't be light

    cheap and light tripod won't be sturdy

    so now you know what kind of tripod are you looking for.


    Very True

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    I start off with
    cheap and sturdy tripod won't be light

    Until i feel that tripod is a must in most of my shoot then i upgrade to
    light and sturdy tripod won't be cheap

    Maybe you should invest in something more decent if you are serious in photography.
    At a start, a $300 tripod + ballhead setup will last you a long way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by catchlights View Post
    if you want to put a 1k camera on a $50 tripod, risking you camera can kiss the floor anytime, by all means.
    Sounds like the new Canon 1000D name comes from here. Kiss F
    I'm actually using cheap tripod for the time being, still able to support my camera.
    Will get a Benro or manfrotto tripod soon.
    I'm looking at a different perpective of life.

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    If you get cheap/light tripod, you'll end up getting another tripod soon!

    i'm using Benro...not too expensive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cheerful88 View Post
    If you get cheap/light tripod, you'll end up getting another tripod soon!

    i'm using Benro...not too expensive.
    hmm... i'm thinking of getting a Benro too Seems to be able to deliver 'ok' quality at a reasonable price (correct me if i'm wrong)

    to TS:
    Do not buy a cheap tripod! doesn't make sense to spend 1000+ on equipment then scringe on a cheap Tripod that can't stabilize your set-up properly, right? If you must know, I bought a $60+ tripod back when I was using my D50+kit. Now with a D200 and heavier lenses + flash..that poor little thing is gonna snap like a twig Try to buy a tripod that can carry your gear for the next few years at least.

    just my $0.02

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    anyway, I also can't find a tripod which is cheap, light and sturdy.....

    so these are what I have

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    Quote Originally Posted by catchlights View Post
    anyway, I also can't find a tripod which is cheap, light and sturdy.....

    so these are what I have

    wah, nice battle scars

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    I used to have this (free) cheapo tripod. When I put my DSLR on it, it went down 20cm. When I pressed the shutter button, it went down another 10 cm, and wobbled about.
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    to all:

    Thanks for all the advices. Guess I'll put on hold my purchase till i have enough for a decent tripod.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daedalus Trent View Post
    hmm... i'm thinking of getting a Benro too Seems to be able to deliver 'ok' quality at a reasonable price (correct me if i'm wrong)
    Yes. You can check with Jack. So far I'm satisfy with it!

    http://www.clubsnap.com/forums/showthread.php?t=318162

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    Quote Originally Posted by windwaver View Post
    wah, nice battle scars
    he must have been an experience fighter.....

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    the main purpose of a tripod is to hold your camera still
    so, if the tripod cannot hold your camera absolutely still for long exposures
    then that tripod dose not serve it's primary purpose and is just a waste of money and effort carrying it around.

    in the end i gave in and get option 1, light and sturdy tripod won't be cheap
    i also have a manfrotto 055 and a 029 head, which sits in my storeroom most of the time
    very sturdy but also very heavy, only to be used when needed

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    [QUOTE=Maverick168;4189537]

    Well said, very true

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    Hi, I am same as u, having 45oD and now looking for tripod.
    After much research, my overall weight for lens and camera will be around 1.6kg. most likely I will get either Manfrotto or Benro and a ball head.
    Benro carbon fibre(058) and 4 kg support ball head, CP is offering at S$300 flat.

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