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Hi,
I realise that after an abundance of blurred photos, its time for me to get a tripod. but the thing is that my budget is tight and i would appreciate it if anyone could recommend a good (preferably light) tripod or anywhere i can get one or second-hand ones. i dun need the best, am a newbie after all, but i do need one (cheap). Thanks!
 

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can sell u an old Olympus tripod (7838) for $20... works if u dun mind some dust (as with all my stuff)

about 140cm, detachable plate (QR), and very light, good for digicams...
 

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errm am using eos 300 with the given 28-90mm and a really old 75-300 mm. the 75-300 is heavier than my camera body really and i guess that blurs my shots since i am anything but a bodybuilder.

what is a ballhead? or a platehead? i used my friend's slik tripod for some shoot but it was complicated with so many screws shooting in different directions. i prefer to shoot fast shots, is there any tripod (cheap remember!!) that isn't that complicated? ermm like it just revolves wherever i want it to and has a clasp that locks the camera in place fast?

sorry if i am mixing up the terms. haven't got used to the jargon yet.
 

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a ball head is simply that, a ball joint and when loosend allows you to move in any direction in an x-y-z axis.

A 3-way pan head has 3 levers, each to seperately control the movement in the 3-dimensions and you can control which axis is fixed and which is free to move. 3-way heads allow for more precision and ese of alignment. Personally, i prefer the ball head as it allows me to move quickly in any direction if i need to...really depends on your needs.

remember to get a head with a qucik release, you never know when you might need to pop off a handheld shot in a hurry!

the 75-300 is heavier than my camera body really and i guess that blurs my shots since i am anything but a bodybuilder.
i hope your are not trying to shoot @ 1/30 at 300mm! :)
remember the general rule of the lowest recommended shutter speed for a focal length is 1/focal length for a particular lens. this is important esp at 300mm! thats why IS lenses are a godsend! hehe!
 

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maybe u can try finding one @ carrefour?juz got one from there...cost me ard 16++...ard 120cm tall and weigh 0.6kg...sounds good rite!!:bsmilie:
 

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i think a good one to get is the Slik Able 300 DX. CP selling for $125. Additional plates and carrier cost $12 each. strong and sturdy enough. weighs around 2.5kg though. ;p

if not, then maybe u can try Best Denki. their tripods range from $20+ to $60+. quite lightweight and comes with carrier. $40+ and above ones should be able to tahan some weight. oh yah. they are the quick-release plate type too.

hope its useful info! ;)
 

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I agree the Able 300 is a good buy and steadier than SLIK series if not SLIK U8000 ($60) and above is also fine for your combo.
 

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thanks for all the info. i have no idea what shooting at 1/30 is though. errm i usually shoot with aperture priority and so the shutter speed is set for me. what is IS lens anyway? am not really a techie when it comes to shooting and i have only burnt 40 rolls so far anyway.

anyhow thanks alot. shall go get a ballhead, quick release plated tripod. errm... right?
 

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IS - Image Stabalizer
used by some Canon lens and they are labeled IS. It helps to reduce the effects of handshake in short, there are also other advantages.

I think you can try manfrotto 190 tripod legs, if you are looking at ballheads. Go to Cathay Photo to take a look as they have a wide range of tripods there.
 

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the 190 class is more suited for ur setup then :(, cos the CG for the 75-300 is definitely needing stabler legs...
 

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remember the general rule of the lowest recommended shutter speed for a focal length is 1/focal length for a particular lens. this is important esp at 300mm! thats why IS lenses are a godsend! hehe!
Eh?? 1/ focal length? so if I had a 50MM then it would be 1/50???
 

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Originally posted by Silverelf


Eh?? 1/ focal length? so if I had a 50MM then it would be 1/50???
something like that... although the person holding also got limit.. eg me cannot do anything less than 1/30... 1/300 at 300mm I still get blurred pics
 

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something like that... although the person holding also got limit.. eg me cannot do anything less than 1/30... 1/300 at 300mm I still get blurred pics
Oh you meant without a tripod?? I was wondering why shutter speed is so badly affected when you got a tripod..... paiseh....
 

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hi all, can someone pls recommend a tripod that has the following characteristics & where to get it?

1) light weight & maybe around 1ft when folded
2) simple three-legged, not necessary for mid-support bars
3) use for camera <250g p&s digicam, not for SLR heavy weight
4) extended height, as high as possible! >165cm? I'm tall at 183cm...
5) quick release? (i dunno wat's that actually but sounds impt)
6) eh....cheap too?

got such thing or not? sorrie am newbie...
 

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One more thing, whatever tripod you use, it's of utmost importance that you do not trigger the shutter with your hands - otherwise, you might as well don't use tripod as you will generate some camera movement. Use the self timer or remote release instead.

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Hans, saw something that may suit yr needs at Alan photo the other day. It is a new Slik ballhead type. Very light but may not be very sturdy. Going for S$80.
 

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thanks jeff, thought i've asked a stupid question :dent:

i guess the best thing for me to do is not to be lazy but to check it out physically and pick one i like....

actually i own 2 tripods before in my 35mm film days, they are but only up to ~1.4m tall so i'm wondering if there's such thing as a 1.7m tall tripod that is light....
 

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Originally posted by hans
thanks jeff, thought i've asked a stupid question :dent:

i guess the best thing for me to do is not to be lazy but to check it out physically and pick one i like....

actually i own 2 tripods before in my 35mm film days, they are but only up to ~1.4m tall so i'm wondering if there's such thing as a 1.7m tall tripod that is light....
Slik U8000 - 1.5KG, 1.6M, $55
Slik U9000 - 1.6KG, 1.6M, $65
 

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