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So, my advice pal is to go to a photography store and play with every tripod they have. Then select one based on what you see as the right combination of weight and flexibility. Then buy it online.
(one was seriously bent on Casa Grande)
The tradeoff typically occurs between height and flexibility
My best tripod weights 4 pounds and packs into what looks like a rifle case.
So, my advice pal is to go to a photography store and play with every tripod they have. Then buy it online.
Here's my opinion:I had a carbon fiber tripod I used to carry around the high country....it was fairly sturdy, but too bulky for what I wanted....so, during a photo trade show I found a new tripod Slik was carrying. It was very light aluminum tripod, very small (which I love) and had a built in ball head, essential for my needs. Plus, it was only about 80 bucks. Slik isn't the best but they are resonably priced and you get a pretty good bang for your buck. The one I purchased is called a "Sprint Pro." It also has the ability to spread the legs so wide open you can get close to the ground and it has the option of flipping the head to the bottom. Very verstile, cheap. The real problem with it, which I can deal with, is the flemsyness of it. It can be pretty unsturdy at higher extensions, therefore, I just don't expand it so high. This shouldn't be a problem with a lighter weight camera. (keep in mind, I have a heavier than normal set up).When collapsed, it is only about 18 inches in length...I love it!
Do you know how much it weighs?
Man tj, this is like reading a research paper! I like it! It appears there is no limit to the amount of accessories you can purchase.Thanks for all the advice. Just what I needed!
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