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Hey guys what do you recommend for an entry level tripod? It will be used (initially at least) with a Canon Rebel XS and related lenses. I'm looking for a combination of sturdy/lightweight/mid-size...I want something compact enough that she can walk around comfortably with it. I'd like to get something that's geared more towards entry level but can be used on through the years as she gets more experience.

For the most part it's likely to get a lot of nature and scenic based use. I've looked at a bunch of Manfrotto models but I'm not brand dedicated by any means. I'd like to stay around $150 or less, definitely under $200...especially if I have to compliment it with a quick release.

Thoughts? So many options out there.

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I will get teh model # off the one I have. I have had many complments from it during my stevestyle shoots.
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Good start.

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I have one for sale for cheap if you are interested

manfrotto bogen 3001 legs and manfrotto head - don't remember the model now, 804 maybe

Like new - you can have it for $80
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It's hard to get anything under $200 if you want something good. If you want something sturdy and light you would need to spent at least $200 just for the legs.
My advice would be to go with an entry level head, but pick a ball head. I used different heads and I can't imagine using anything else than a ball head. You can always go to a big store and play with different heads to see how they work. Then, I would pick legs that are sturdy but not light. If you want sturdy and light it will be more expensive.
BHPHOTO has some good deals going on right now. For a beginner this combo should be fine and within your budget

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...egs_Black.html

EDIT: You might find this interesting
http://www.dpreview.com/articles/281...-for-under-450

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I would recommend Manfrotto 0055XPROB (155$ on amazon) + 498RC2 head (105$ amazon). This is not a light setup but very sturdy. I use it with Canon 5D Mark II + 24-105 lens. I also tried with 70-200 2.8 II and no movement at all. Spend money once and have it for years.

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yes, 804RC2 head and 3001 legs in like new condition - yours for $80 - half of what they retail for

used this set up with Canon 50D and 70-200 lens with no problem
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I don't know how tall you are, but be sure your new tripod is high enough for your height,
you do not want to bend all the time to take a photo.

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I got a vanguard carbon fiber tripod and ball head for around $200 back in february. Over all i like it. My only complaint is the detachable shoe that mounts to the camera will loosen occasionally when im shooting portrait view with my 70-300 lens.

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I don't know how tall you are, but be sure your new tripod is high enough for your height,
you do not want to bend all the time to take a photo.
More than comfort, extending a tripod's center column compromises the stability you bought the tripod to get in the first place. You want a tripod tall enough that the temptation to extend the center column is minimized.

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Haha, I just ordered from B&H...Samal, thanks for the offer man but it's a gift and I want to go with something new. If it were for me I would have snagged that for sure.

Ended up going with a Manfrotto 190XPROB kit with the 496RC2 ball head. It got great reviews and the price/fit seemed right for what I was looking for.

...now, I hope it doesn't just sit in the closet!

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tom dont know if your still looking but i went to Calumet Photo in the city a couple days ago to check out the Manfrotto line. i like you wanted something rock solid and good quality.

i picked out the 055CXPRO4 its awesome and good weight capacity up to 18 pounds then the head i wanted was the joy stick 327RC2. i would have walked out of there spending 760.00 bucks but found this smoking deal and the rebate all for 500.00!!!

i hope to be back home in a few days and un-package it.

i like to do a lot of long exposures and no doubt this will be excellent all around and if need be a small weight bag in really windy days for long exposures will be no problem.


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Yeah that Manfrotto line is as advertised. Top notch stuff. Vicki was really happy with the 190.

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Ah didn't know ya got one already. Only read the first post.
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