borrow or buy tripod


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Juvelyn

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wanna ask your opinion:
should I buy a tripod or borrow one?

I seldom shoot at night - if I do, it's prob
@ an indoor function or a BBQ

I don't really need a tripod, 'cept for when
people say "eh, I want to take photo with you"
and I have to hand my camera over to either
a stranger or someone who knows nuts about
SLRs [I hate it when that happens, feel so
kan cheong tho' it's only for a while]

if I buy a tripod, it'll prob be a low-end one
[$50 and below]

if borrow ... where to borrow from, ah?

thanks
 

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if your gear is light and you're looking at a tripod for below $50, you can get a pretty decent Slik or Velbon for that price range. no need to borrow... think it's not worth the hassle...
 

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Unless you have a good friend that has a tripo to lend to you as and wehn you need it... It will be too troublesoem anyway. have to meet up to borrow. and meet up t return...

Look out for a used tripod if you dun need it in a hurry. There is one or two good offer if you are patient enuff.
 

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Agree that it's better to get your own tripod, even if you shoot during the day time. I always use a tripod when I'm shooting landscapes, after all using a tripod takes out the hand-held factor that may potentially contribute to a "blur" image. If you have light gear then a light tripod may be had for a low price.

Personally I would get a sturdy tripod with a good ballhead right away, especially if you forsee yourself getting heavier equipment in future. Getting a good tripod saves you the cost of subsequent upgrades if you start with a so-called flimsy tripod. For example, I started out with a light camera body and a cheap "consumer" zoom lens so I got away with a $20 tripod. Then I purchased "prosumer" lens and found that the 1st tripod couldn't support the new equipment so I got a SLIK U8000 for around $80. Then still later I got an F4 and some of f2.8 lens and found that the SLIK was buckling under the weight, so I bit the bullet and shelved out $300++ for a Manfrotto tripod and ballhead. Now I have no more worries even if someone should give me an AF-S 80-200 or AF-S 300 ;p

So save up for a good tripod.

andrew
 

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a good tripod is not a lot to pay for the conveniece (you won't need to borrow, beg or steal) n it really improves your pics (in sharpness wise, esp with long lens, night shots and close up). and a good one will last for yearssss.....

somehow, i get the feeling that people often underrate the usefulness of tripods.....
 

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so I got a SLIK U8000 for around $80
might consider getting this

what max. height should I be looking for?
I'm 1.65m

checked out the SLIK website, max height for most is about 1.5m - that ok?

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Originally posted by Juvelyn


might consider getting this

what max. height should I be looking for?
I'm 1.65m

checked out the SLIK website, max height for most is about 1.5m - that ok?

thanks
Join us all @ SEED tomorrow. :)

I'm sure more than a few of us would be more than happy to offer our counsel or advise you which/what tripod to get. :)
 

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Originally posted by Juvelyn


might consider getting this

what max. height should I be looking for?
I'm 1.65m

checked out the SLIK website, max height for most is about 1.5m - that ok?

thanks
if u r going SEED tomorrow then i'll bring the manfrotto to let you play with it. I'd seriously recommend this one to you, if you get the tripod and pan/tilt head, it's about $150 new, the ballhead would be better, no idea of the cost

andrew
 

Juvelyn

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can't make it for SEED though

I'll drop by CP and some other shops, test out various tripods before making a decision

thanks for your offer
 

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Originally posted by kh_drew


if u r going SEED tomorrow then i'll bring the manfrotto to let you play with it. I'd seriously recommend this one to you, if you get the tripod and pan/tilt head, it's about $150 new, the ballhead would be better, no idea of the cost

andrew
VEry interested @ the tripod you mentioned.. what model number is it? Got a picture?
 

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VEry interested @ the tripod you mentioned.. what model number is it? Got a picture?
Don't have a pic, but it's the Manfrotto 190DB with a 141RC pan/tilt. In the States it's also known as the Bogen 3001, don't know the model of the pan/tilt in the States though. Try searching for it on the web. The 141RC comes with an oblong quick release plate. Personally I prefer ballheads as it allows greater flexibility and there're no handles like the pan/tilt that pokes into your back while you carry it.

andrew
 

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Don't have a pic, but it's the Manfrotto 190DB with a 141RC pan/tilt. In the States it's also known as the Bogen 3001, don't know the model of the pan/tilt in the States though. Try searching for it on the web. The 141RC comes with an oblong quick release plate. Personally I prefer ballheads as it allows greater flexibility and there're no handles like the pan/tilt that pokes into your back while you carry it.

andrew
Yup...

Thats the same tripod that I'm using.

Relatively sturdy for normal telephoto lenses, but a little heavy for ladies even with the tripod sling if you need to move around with it for long periods of time.

:dent:
 

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