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| p.1 #10 · "in between" tripods. Are there decent alternatives to more expensive setups? |
Good advice! And don't limit your tripod to 5 pounds support. You'll need something to support more weight eventually.
Honestly, no, I think it's not good advice for people in all circumstances. It's good advice if you have thousands of dollars sitting around or if you're shooting on large telephotos. For people on a realistic budget who do not have to support heavy rigs, a cheaper tripod is perfect.
I have two tripods that cost under $200 and a ballhead that's under $50. They work perfectly fine for my use - timelapse and general landscape work. One's super heavy, large and sturdy, the other's a lot lighter and I use it for hiking and travel.
Here's my cheap hiking tripod, which has so far been awesome:
It was $130 or so when I purchased it. I don't think it's in production anymore. It's pretty light, easy to set up, and extends (w/o center column) to a perfect height. I've taken it up to the top of mountains, to the seaside, and to city locations without any issues.
With a ballhead, it's a bit over your budget. Sorry. But it's not +$700 like some people would suggest.
I have a Joby Ballhead. I'm kinda embarassed that I use this, haha. It's actually done a pretty good job, although I want to go photoclam soon.
What I have:
What you might look at: