great, thanks! will give them a call later.
great, thanks! will give them a call later.
I think you really need to be more careful when handling equipment.... regardless of whether it's your own or others.
Personally, I feel if you don't, then don't borrow lor... it's not about whether the item is cheap or not, but the principle of responsible borrowing.
Just my 2cents.. not a personal attack.
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Well TS.... while I don't think its such a big deal replacing such a cheapo tripod (lets hope it really is a cheapo tripod)... It would do well for you to be careful next time. I mean, since you borrow from your friend.... it will do well for you to take good care of his/her stuff.
But worry not..... likely the tripod is one of those cheap aluminium type with a 'NIKON' sticker on it only.....
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yes, your friend should thank you for breaking his tripod.... these are just oem tripods with Nikon , Sony or Canon stickers attached that are not stable under any load conditions above 1kg.
Should just compensate your friend $30-40 to subsidize his purchase of a REAL tripod
just buy your friend a better tripod than the one he lent you. i think all will be forgiven.. manfotto comes to mind...
after reading this again.... are you sure it just isn't the removable tripod head that came off? is it a rectangle piece of hard plastic with the screw attached to it? or did the whole screw come off?
thanks guys for all your replies!
rijac > yes, the whole screw came off. as in it broke la. hard to describe. i don't even know how it could break! unless it broke when i dropped it.
lsisaxon > yes, that came to mind. haha, but cannot blame him..
Well, really, if you're friends, least you could do is tell him right?
I'm going to agree with lsisaxon that there's a reason why the cheapo tripod was offered.
In any case the good news it's only the quick release that's spoilt. The bad news is that I'm not sure if there're replacements about. These are really *cheap* tripods we're talking about here. I doubt there're any replacements short of finding one from someone who has a damaged tripod.
What I'd do is simply own up, apologise and offer to either get a replacement ($30-$50 from these forums) or offer that amount towards a new tripod or accessory.
And oh, maybe take a little more effort in learning to be less clumsy. It's not just friends. Helps in life too.
Think you are in luck, someone has a nikon tripod for sale at $30 on the classifieds right now.
I think... in these circumstances, owning up to one mistakes is always the right path to take. If it's me and im going to get a rolicking because of it so be it. It's my mistake anyways. Put yourself in the other side and if someone broke something of yours, wouldn't you want the other party to at least tell you about it? If you lost his trust in you to allow him to borrow you things, then no choice, you have to gain it back. You would expect the same thing too if it happens to you.
And I think he somehow presume you will mess things up when he borrowed his cheap tripod instead of something more expensive... so he wouldn't be too mad about it i presume.
Nothing personal, just my humble views on it.
I got to agree with zsubari. Putting my shoes in your fren's, I wouldn't want to find out that you I was fooled. If you're ready to compensate, just let your freind know.
just get a manfrotto man! all will be forgiven. he might even offer to lend you his most awesome camera
Better come clean. A simple lie could need a lot more lies to cover up and before you knew it, you can come clean anymore. Who knows the lender might be testing you in the 1st place by lending you a broken tripod and see how you react. Telling the truth will solve all this problem.
For my case, If someone had borrowed my things and lost/damage it and get me a replacement without telling me, I would be damn angry. Sometimes $$ is not all the solution. If the tripod belongs to yr BF's father, why not tell yr BF and see what he says.
I agree with most of the people here in about being honest and telling your friend about the mishap. Probably you can bring your friend to some reputed camera shops to try out the good tripods available (He would have known or most likely would understand the value of his tripod now). You can then be generous and budge in the broken tripod $$ on his new purchase. If he decides to replace the exact one, you can buy a new one off the shelf with his presence so that he wont doubt it whether it's new or not.
I suggest you buy him the tripod, and then own up.
Since it's bought, he will have to accept it.
Since you're honest about it, he'll be happier abt it.
He probably lent you a tripod that he considers "disposable" in the 1st place (super wild assumption). For example, one of those $800 tripods can shatter easily if used wrongly, I really doubt he'll lend you...
Look lilithfiend, everyone here is as equally kan cheong about your boyfriend's Father as well as your broken tripod. I read your postings with palpitation too.
Why don't you do all a favour and just snap a picture of the tripod in the whole, and the broken part? Why? Because firstly someone will be able to identify it and give a valuation of its worth in monetary terms, secondly, someone will also be able to assess the degree of damage.
Quick quick.. we are all waiting for you...