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    Tripod Decision

    Hey all,

    I'm new to the boards and had a question about tripods. I'm on the lookout to buy one and don't really know what to look for. Anything is going to be better than I have now (those cheap, plastic $30 ones).

    I have a Sony HDR-SR5 camera, so it's pretty small. How much should I expect to pay for a decent to good tripod? I want something in the range of around $100 - $150, but the lower the better. Does anyone have any suggestions as to what a good tripod is?

    I just really don't know what to look for and don't want to get ripped off.

    Thanks!

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    Check B&H, great selection, but I think you will be surprised at what a good tripod will cost But don't go cheap if you are doing professional work, you will be amazed at how much a good tripod will save you in usable footage or not having to do things in post productions to steady the clips.
    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/shop/3...d_Systems.html

    Good topic with suggestions here
    http://muvipix.com/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?p=17326#p17326
    2 x Dual Core Xeon 3.0, Premiere Elements 1 - 7, Premiere Pro CS3, After Effects CS3, Soundbooth, Heroglyph, Vitascene, EncoreDVD http://muvipix.com

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    Thanks for the help!

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    Hi photoshopmagician, just an addition from Chuck. If you are going to see the importance of a good tripod, and perhaps a better camera in time to come, get a more decent tripod. I use a cheaper Libec tripod, but it's been working well for me.
    There's no bad camera, just a bad user
    Loong . Singapore

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    you may want to look at ebay and see if you can get a better one for your price range. I am telling you that my 4000 doller miller is one of the best things that i bought for my self. I bought it off of ebay for a little less then 1000. I know it sounds like a lot of money, but the lags are carbon fiber, and there is a fluid head......I love it. I am not saying that you need to spend 4-7k on a tripod to be happy.....I am just saying that there may be a deal out there and you would be happy with it
    Manoni Productions
    Pass me another beer...You are still ugly!

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    Thanks for the advice guys!!

    Now...I'm not entirely sure I want a REALLY expensive tripod only because I don't see myself getting a REALLY expensive camera anytime soon. I just got a new camera (Sony HDR-SR5) and am very happy with it.

    So I only wanted a pretty decent tripod around $150 or so. I do like the advice about looking on ebay. However, certain specifications are a bit confusing to me. What exactly are "good" specifications? What should I be looking for in a tripod?


    Also.....I know someone recommended this tripod: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...m_2_Stage.html

    Given the price, and the camera I have, would you also say this is a good tripod?

    Thanks for all your help!!!

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    What ever you do, i would recommend a fluid head, or you will be super unsatisfied, and make sure that it is rated to handle the weight of your camera. It looks like the one that you have a link to is both.
    Manoni Productions
    Pass me another beer...You are still ugly!

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    decent tri-pods un 100

    Check out the sunpak line- cheap- workable and they are great with fixxing the unit should you find a way to brake it-

    have a little look see-http://www.expotv.com/Quantaray-Sunpak-QSX-6601-Tripod/1C-KvX

    I have the sunpak 7575- its heavy duty- I use it with my Sony PD150- on shoots all the time0 nice movement with the head nice and light- no problems...

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    Check out the sunpak line- cheap- workable and they are great with fixxing the unit should you find a way to brake it-

    have a little look see-http://www.expotv.com/Quantaray-Sunpak-QSX-6601-Tripod/1C-KvX

    I have the sunpak 7575- its heavy duty- I use it with my Sony PD150- on shoots all the time0 nice movement with the head nice and light- no problems...
    I am going to come back and say I still agree mine is serving me well!!!!

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    Since I like to be different I don't use a stock tripod. I found that the weak point seems to be the legs unless you go for a 1K upwards model!!
    I also often shoot with 2 cams on the same unit so what I use is an in-expensive lighting stand that was made for twin halogen "work lights" from my hardware store (around $30) I just ditch the light heads but keep the crossbar on the stand and use 2 Optex heads bolted onto the crossbar.

    It's a little heavier than a tiny aluminium tripod but I get awesome stability plus it extends to around 60". The only minor disadvantage is that it has a telescopic column rather than the rack and pinion one BUT even extended to maximum height it's rock steady!!!

    Chris

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