Best tripod for newbie under $150

2 years 11 months ago #719253 by Storz
I just spent a ton (for me) on this Sony A7r.  I was told I need to get a tripod, but noticed there are so many priced all over the place.  I would like to try to keep it below $150, can you help me out please? 


thank you!


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2 years 11 months ago - 2 years 11 months ago #719267 by Ozzie_Traveller
G'day Storz

Tripods - like people - come in all sorts of sizes (damn! )

Looking for one you need to open it to its maximum height and grab the top bits and see if you can wobble the legs. It sounds a bit dramatic, but what you are doing is seeing how it will wobble in the wind. The more joins to each leg, the more wobble you will get ~ and by the way, in the shop you are not trying to break anything, just checking it out !!!

You want a tripod that when fully open will bring the camera to your eye level =without= needing to use the centre extension bar.

There are 2 types of head you can get ... a) a Ball head and b) a Pan & Tilt head. Have a play with each sort and see what goes best with your fingers

fwiw- my small / light-weight bushwalking tripod is a Manfrotto and the 'solid' one used with big camera & long lenses is a Vanguard. Each cost around $A250 / $us150

Hope this helps
Phil from the great land Downunder
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Phil from the great land Downunder
www.flickr.com/photos/ozzie_traveller/sets/

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2 years 10 months ago #719633 by Fess Walker
Look at 3 Legged Thing or VanGuard brands


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2 years 10 months ago #719634 by Storz
Super cool, thank you for the help.  I'll be looking at these today when I get home.  


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2 years 10 months ago #720734 by Crammer
:agree:  3 legged thing has a number of worthy options 


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2 years 9 months ago #721515 by Storz
Ended up ordering the 3 Legged Thing Brian, thank you again for your help!  


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