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Tripod recommendation...

I want to buy a solid tripod and budget it $100-150 or so. Obviously with that budget I'm not looking for anything light, etc. but I would like something solid/sturdy and from a reputable seller.

Thanks in advance.

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I want to buy a solid tripod and budget it $100-150 or so. Obviously with that budget I'm not looking for anything light, etc. but I would like something solid/sturdy and from a reputable seller.

Thanks in advance.
I just got the Manfrotto 055XPROB it was like 154$, solid and made well,
but when you buy better tripod you need also a head. I also got Manfrotto 498Rc2 head so the whole package was 250$-25$ mail i rebate. This tripod holds steady 5dm2 with 70-200 2.8 II.
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Manfrotto +3. I have a 3011N which was roughly $130 when it was available a few years ago. A solid, yet lightweight tripod.

As far as vendors go, I buy from Adorama mostly yet Amazon and B&H are also excellent for photo grear.

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Ended up ordering a Dolica Proline for about $140 after reading a ton of positive reviews from POTN forum. I'll be ordering a Manfrotto 496RC2 head soon but I want to check out the head that comes with the Dolica Proline. From what I heard, they're pretty damn good for a gripped SLR and flash but don't do too well with anything much heavier. We'll see I guess.

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Just so you know 486Rc2 doesn't have panning option.
Another cool head is Vanguard GH-100 Pistol Grip Ball Head - 75$



http://www.amazon.com/Vanguard-GH-10...6427090&sr=1-1

I just checked that Dolica Proline tripod w/head and I would be scared to put
any of my point and shoot cameras on that head. Tripod looks good, let us know how stable it is. I vouch for my 055XPROB and 498Rc2.

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Tripod came today and looks/feels great. It's extremely stable and works well. I'm no pro so I honestly can't compare it much to others or give in depth reviews, but the tripod is solid and worked well for an hour of experimenting tonight with my gripped 500D, 430EX II and a "medium" size 75-300 lens.

I haven't weighed it but I'd guess it's no more than 3-4lbs tops. I like the head locking mechanism and the legs are nice and tight.

The only thing I didn't like about it compared to my old amvona tripod is the center column locking collar... I just prefer to turn a knob but I'm sure I'll get used to this within a few weeks.

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