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Title says it all, my wife wants a good tripod that is less than$150. Tired of cheapo walmart tripods and need something that will last several years
    
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For what equipment?

To get a decent set of legs + head, it will get into the $200+ range. There are legs with integrated heads that would fit the bill though:

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

Just one example. Manfrotto and Slik have similar setups in that price range.
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For what equipment?

To get a decent set of legs + head, it will get into the $200+ range. There are legs with integrated heads that would fit the bill though:

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

Just one example. Manfrotto and Slik have similar setups in that price range.
Good question. I should have clarified. It's for a canon 40D.
    
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Good question. I should have clarified. It's for a canon 40D.
And what lens(es)? Lenses can get heavier than bodies. For a typical combo (no 70-200 f/2.8's or long tele primes), and tripod that can support 5-8 lbs. + should be fine.


EDIT: Oh, how could I forget Benro? very high quality and reasonably priced, this one in particular is very popular:

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc..._Aluminum.html
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slik 700DX

its a pretty heavy set of legs but it also has a pretty good load rating
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And what lens(es)? Lenses can get heavier than bodies. For a typical combo (no 70-200 f/2.8's or long tele primes), and tripod that can support 5-8 lbs. + should be fine.


EDIT: Oh, how could I forget Benro? very high quality and reasonably priced, this one in particular is very popular:

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc..._Aluminum.html
The heaviest lens would be my 70-300mm
    
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I'm going to come in and recommend a Calumet tripod again. They will take an absolute beating and still work great -- and this one's on sale with a head for 80 bucks. Very sturdy, not too heavy or bulky and won't break the bank.
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Here's a fair Silk with a ball head for $90 & free shipping:


If possible, I'd go with a ball head rather than a 3-way, but to each their own.
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Here's a fair Silk with a ball head for $90 & free shipping:
Amazon.com: Slik Sprint Pro II Tripod in Gun Metal With Quick Release Ball Head & Case: Camera & Photo

If possible, I'd go with a ball head rather than a 3-way, but to each their own.
I think I'm gonna go with this...I wish they had pictures of the head though...
    
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its just a simple locking ball head without tension controls.....
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