Dont cheap out on a tripod. It's an extremely important tool that will help you in more ways than you can imagine. I'd personally suggest the manfrotto 501 hdv or 701 hdv heads and any set of manfrotto sticks to go along with it. B&H photo sells kits that are in the ~$200 range.
I would highly recommend looking for a used one then. What type of camera will you be using on it? If it is a heavy camera you will need a good tripod regardless, but if it's light you could get by with a semi-cheap one that you can use
I also need help with a new tripod video head now. I need one that will support my D7000, the heaviest lens i will be using is a 80-200mm f2.8, but usually nothing bigger than a standard zoom lens. I already have good Manfrotto sticks. So I was wondering if something like this would be enough? http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/553886-REG/Manfrotto_128RC_128RC_QR_Micro_Fluid.html
Or would I need to get something better like the 701HDV?? Buying used is preferred. Thanks
This post is for anyone who needs a cheap-ass tripod solution.
Don't waste your time with the 501HDV. it's a good head, but doesn't accomplish the real purpose of a budget tripod... being cheap, but still usable. I have it on a set of 055proXB sticks. great sticks. gonna upgrade the head soon enough though.
the davis & sanford fm18 head on the provista 7518. Cheap as it gets, and very usable footage. I'll just jump into a quick pros and cons to outline why many people on this site would benefit from a cheap tripod like this.
- relatively heavy.
- relatively large- the included carry bag makes this manageable.
- I have heard quality concerns with varying units. yours may be a bad unit and need to be warrantied and returned for another. happened to a friend. simple process.
- some (unnecessary) plastic chips, the head itself needs to be tightened every once in a while.
- it's actually a smooth tripod
- it's cheap as fuck
- it's more than manageable to carry, move, use pretty much everywhere.
Everything in this was shot on it:
Butterfly B footage Edit from Gordie Rogers on Vimeo.
that should attest for it's usability. this is not a perfect tripod, this may not even be considered a good tripod. but it is EXACTLY what SO many people on this site need and want
^ I think we have different ideas of cheap. 190 is expensive to me,, i know there is alot better. but i am wanting something for like 50 plus or minus. Im in college and have no money, but need a tripod.
I do lots of photography as well, and filming is just for fun with friends, i realize that it is not budget friendly but will i be able to get by with one like this until i can get to a point where i have extra cash to spend? or will i just be miserable with it and waste my money?
And sorry penises that was a question for my self. i would help you find a head but i am not one to ask on that situation.