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| p.1 #15 · Under $100 Tripod Suggestion - Dolica / Benro |
No offense, but it's really frustrating when people worship that Thom Hogan article and its guidance as dogma. It's right for some people, but for most people, ie, people with a realistic budget, it's just absurd. That also goes for the all-so-common practice on photography forums where people must offer suggestions that quadruple or more the OP's originally stated budget.
Be realistic. The person posted their budget. OK, yeah, $100 tripods aren't great. But suggesting a $500 tripod is less than constructive, especially when you can find a decent tripod for $200-300. The OP stated their gear and imminent lens purchase outright; they're not using some 400mm f/2.8 or anything like that. They're just using walkaround lenses.
Thom wrote that article in what, 2003? Things have changed. Engineering and manufacturing has changed. Things have gotten cheaper. I have a very solid $150 Benro M8 Magnesium-Carbon tripod and a (beastly) Manfrotto 055XPROB. Both more than meet my needs - one is the heavy one that doesn't travel far, the other goes up with me up to the top of (small) mountains and on road trips. As someone with similar gear, at least in terms of weight, to the OP, both of these tripods are satisfactory.
Do you tell an inexperienced photographer to buy a 7D if they're thinking of buying a T4i? What is different about asking someone to spend 50-75% of their photography budget on a set of $500-700 legs? What kind of value can they really get out of $700 legs at this point in their photographic life?
Lastly, if I followed the chorus of "save up, buy better" when looking for tripod recommendations, I probably still would not have a tripod because I'd still be saving. Using a tripod takes skill, and learning the techniques the kind of shots you take with tripods takes time.