I am considering buying a new tripod. I am spoilt for choices, so i am looking out for your individual takes on tripod.
Firstly, a brief introduction about myself. I am still a beginner and still learning from the very basics. I started photography last year, but didn't really have time to commit. In face of the ending A levels, i am soon able to indulge in photography hobby fulltime.
Back to topic, i have a tripod at home, but it was those 20 dollars kind i got from peninsula plaza when i am still very poor.. I am not implying that i've struck a windfall, but that because that lousy cranky tripod has pissed me off badly with its instability and 'unlockable' stand, i needed a better tripod since i am certain i am into photography.
I am considering ballhead tripods, but wasn't sure what are the pros and cons about it?
The Gain City below my house is selling a tripod that seems rather good. It costs 59 dollars and it has a rather robust build. It provides much versatility including 'spreading legs' and 'ballhead' to name a few. More importantly, i am impressed by its convenience as keeping that tripod is easy, and it could double up as a monopod.
But, i was drawn back from buying it on impulse and have decided to consult for advice. It is a brandless tripod, and being a newbie, i do not know how to differentiate good tripods. I only feel it feels robust and sturdy, it is portable. May i know how do you guys test if a tripod is good? The fact that it is brandless made me think whether it could last..
Those recognised brands of tripod like Vanguard are WAYYYY out of my budget. I am still a student and i don't have those bulky lens. I am interested to use tripod to take landscape and sunset photos.
Maybe those above seemed messy, let me just pose the question again.
Do you guys have any recommendations on tripod? Do you guys feel that a 59 dollars with so many features is worth buying albeit i am rather cynical of the durability? Or do you guys feel that i should save more and get those 'branded' tripods if credibility is one of my primary concerns?
Thanks. I recognized that it is quite a chunk but hope i get the idea past.
Is it possible to share your views on tripod? Thanks in advance