Discussion in 'Digital Point & Shoot Camera' started by Melba's Jammin', Nov 21, 2004.

  1. A tripod was mentioned in another thread. (How convenient for me.)

    I need to purchase one for a gift. Is one better than another? Any I
    should stay away from? Froogle turned up a $40 (right price range)
    Canon from Dell store but I got frustrated trying to edit the shipping
    info and decided to ask here. Will be used by someone with a casual
    interest in photography.

    I appreciate your counsel.
    Melba's Jammin', Nov 21, 2004
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    sd Guest

    Well, fancy meeting you _here_! :)

    In truth, you can't get a really good new tripod for $40. But, if
    that's the budget, that's the budget. The paradox of inexpensive
    tripods is that the heavier the tripod, the better it is at keeping
    the camera stable. Unfortunately, the heavier the tripod, the less
    likely it is to be carried wherever it would be useful. Here are some
    buying tips:

    - Almost needless to say, make sure the legs are metal, not plastic.

    - The taller the tripod, the better, especially if the "giftee" is
    tall. The higher you need to crank up the center column, the less
    stable the tripod will be. So avoid short-legged tripods with tall
    center columns.

    - Go for as much metal as you can find in things like cranks, cams,
    gears, etc. Even if the part is largely plastic, see if there's a
    metal bushing or threading inside.

    - I prefer tripods with "twist-em"-type leg extensions instead of the
    "lever"-type. I've seen too many of the lever-type that just don't
    hold anymore. I have not seen that with twist-em legs (not that it
    doesn't happen, but I haven't seen it poking around cheap tripods).

    - Nice features: a bubble level so you can tell when the tripod is --
    um, level; the ability to quickly flip the head of the tripod from
    horizontal to vertical; a quick-release that fits onto the camera so
    it releases and mates more quickly with the tripod (may be hard to
    find in this price range).

    Good luck. :)

    sd, Nov 21, 2004
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    mhlife Guest

    The Velbon 'Sherpa' range is very well made and relatively inexpensive- I
    paid £50, and since we in the UK tend to be forced to pay the Sterling
    equivalent of the Dollar price, you might find it within your budget.
    mhlife, Nov 21, 2004
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    mhlife Guest

    Sorry, what I meant to write was that we in the UK have to pay the same
    amount of Pounds as Dollars for the same item - if we *did* pay the
    equivalent of the Dollar price things would be much happier.
    mhlife, Nov 21, 2004
  5. Heh! I thought you'd like that! I thought the same thing when I saw
    your post about editing vs settings. :)
    Not necessarily -- it's just what I usually spend on each kid's
    birthday. Amazon certs have always been welcome but this year he
    actually came up with something else. Birthday is also near Christmas
    and Christmas budget is higher than birthday budget, so I could work
    this in as a Christmas gift instead of a birthday gift.
    (good advice snipped)

    How about you find me one? Preferably online so I can have it shipped
    to him and he won't have to schlep it from here.
    Good luck to YOU! "-)
    Melba's Jammin', Nov 21, 2004
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    MartinS Guest

    Don't you have a photo shop or Wal-Mart nearby?
    MartinS, Dec 21, 2004
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    The PhAnToM Guest

    Indeed. I saw one that collapses down to about 12 inches at
    Wally-world. I happened to mention it to a friend and she bought it for
    me for my b-day before I could go buy it. I keep it in my truck now and
    take it everywhere I go. It is small enough I could even take it on my
    motorcycle (takes up less room than the actual camera--- at least when
    I carry my camera bag.) Don't know how much it was, but probably not
    much. Extends to about 4 ft. high. Came in very handy these past two
    days at Christmas parties. Mostly aluminum, very light.

    The PhAnToM, Dec 26, 2004
  8. I do. And one has been purchased from an online source and sent to the
    Birthday Boy. I wanted to shop online so it could be shipped directly
    to him. It was.
    Melba's Jammin', Dec 28, 2004
  9. I'll have to keep that in mind. I've been looking for a tripod for my two
    olympus digital cameras, and saw some i liked at walmart but hadn't had a
    chance to go buy one yet. (btw, just joined this group and i like what i'm
    reading so far. *grin*)

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    Megan Milligan, Jan 1, 2005
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