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I feel ya, I had to pay in this year myself.

How bout a Slik? There are a few Manfrotto tripods under $100 as well. If worse comes to worst, you could just buy a dirt cheap $20 tripod, they get the job done, but annoyingly so.
I have one of those... $15 to be exact.

That bounced flash looks awesome Gone... but I imagine bringing a flash that big could be a little big intimidating to the people around you. You got me interested and looking at the SB-400, I was thinking, surely someone must have made a shoe-box accessory that lets you swivel the speedlight side to side. I'm going to investigate
    
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I have one of those... $15 to be exact.

That bounced flash looks awesome Gone... but I imagine bringing a flash that big could be a little big intimidating to the people around you. You got me interested and looking at the SB-400, I was thinking, surely someone must have made a shoe-box accessory that lets you swivel the speedlight side to side. I'm going to investigate
I don't much about the Nikon speedlites, but surely they swivel to begin with? My 430EXII does (took me a few hours to realize it). And my flash isn't as intimidating as the 580EXII, which is enormous, and mine already dwarfs the camera.
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I don't much about the Nikon speedlites, but surely they swivel to begin with? My 430EXII does (took me a few hours to realize it). And my flash isn't as intimidating as the 580EXII, which is enormous, and mine already dwarfs the camera.
SB-400 looks like this;



$170 AUSTRALIAN. You can't put too many features in or else the SB-600 wouldn't sell lol.
    
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That's exactly how I view it!

New stuff? Some people got their tax returns back with a huge slab of cash back. Me? I'm going to be hungry for the rest of this month since I also OWE money on my taxes....I think. Son of a expletive.

Oh, and I STILL need to pick up a tripod. Something under $100 canadian. I'm so screwed this month.
When looking for tripods its useful to remeber that you can pick two of the three features listed below:

Cheap
Lightweight
Stable

i.e. a lightweight & stable tripod will cost $$$$
whereas a heavy but stable tripod can be picked up for a lot less.
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Originally Posted by Mootsfox View Post
The xprob with that extendable and movable middle piece looks great!

What do you guys think about this?


http://www.amazon.com/Manfrotto-322R...d_bxgy_p_img_b
That's a very nice head obviously, one handle to move the ball head to any position. However, I've seen this head in my local camera shop, and it's pretty large. The handle sticks out a good 6" from the head, so it won't be ideally portable. But with an 11 lb. capacity, it certainly will hold you camera. But that kind of weight capacity is aimed at shooters with enormous FF cameras and arm-length zoom lenses (I'm so not jealous ), so it may be overkill for your needs. A much, much more compact head which still holds a good deal of weight (17 lbs.) is the 488RC2. I wish I had it myself.

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Selling the S5 has crossed my mind a few times, but it is sort of hard to break with at the moment since it gives me one thing that I can't do with the D70 (yet), which is "macro-ish" mode. Sure it's not ideal to have the camera 0-4 inches away from the object, but it is nice, and useful.

But I may just have to sell it off.

The other issue though, is the urgency due to my sister's wedding being on the 14th. This month. Hmmm...perhaps I will ask around to see if I can borrow a tripod from someone I know first.

Otherwise, I've narrowed my "entry-level tripod list" to these:

http://www.blackphoto.com/blacks/product.jsp?prdId=2018 'Frotto 728B $119
http://www.blackphoto.com/blacks/product.jsp?prdId=5787 Velbon Sherpa 200R $109
http://www.lensandshutter.com/produc...status=current Slik Sprint Pro $99 But with a 4.4 lb (2kg) weight limit, I don't think it will be a great long term option.
Nice, you located a 728b, they're hard to find these days. I would say go for that one. The Slik has dubious weight capacity and I don't know much about Velbon tripods. One thing about the 728b you have to realize is that it's head is permanently attached, so you won't be able to upgrade it.
Edited by GoneTomorrow - 5/6/09 at 5:54am
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Right you are, I had the 190CX in mind. Nice tripod, that's a 488RC2 ball head, no? I originally was set on a 190 series tripod, but couldn't swing it with the legs and head together. Settled for the 725b because I found a great deal on it. The head is not removable though, so no more heads for me. Unless I can get the replacement aftermarket column from someone at mflenses.com.
You could add a head on top I think lol....

It is the 488RC2, found a nice combo at JR when manfrotto was doing rebates last year. The setup is quite beastly, very sturdy. I wish the top column swung underneath to get down on the ground, but I can always flatten out the legs, switch the vertical to horizontal column and get right down on the ground that way.

I was considering getting the 725B but heard some stores about the head breaking. I just wanted 1 tripod that would last me a while and I wouldn't have to worry. Then again, it did almost cost double.
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You could add a head on top I think lol....

It is the 488RC2, found a nice combo at JR when manfrotto was doing rebates last year. The setup is quite beastly, very sturdy. I wish the top column swung underneath to get down on the ground, but I can always flatten out the legs, switch the vertical to horizontal column and get right down on the ground that way.

I was considering getting the 725B but heard some stores about the head breaking. I just wanted 1 tripod that would last me a while and I wouldn't have to worry. Then again, it did almost cost double.
Actually, at mflenses.com there's a guy who sells aftermarket replacement columns with a head mount (no integrated head) for the 725b. The weird thing is that they come from China, but many at that site have gotten them and are happy.

Yeah, one thing I didn't think to consider when I got the 725b was the fact that legs weren't hinged at the top, so know expanding of the legs. I haven't heard much about the 725b's integrated head breaking. Maybe that happened to people who were mounting Canon 1Ds mkIII with 400 L lenses. But I've put mine through some torture and it has never creeped or unloosened. The head on it is exactly the same as the 484RC2 I believe. I don't weigh it down much though. My heaviest lens is the 28-135mm.
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Nice, you located a 728b, they're hard to find these days. I would say go for that one. The Slik has dubious weight capacity and I don't know much about Velbon tripods. One thing about the 728b you have to realize is that it's head is permanently attached, so you won't be able to upgrade it.
There's also a store listing the 718B, but since the 728B seems like a evolution of the design.
And I know you mean well by reminding me about the fixed head thing....But to be honest, at this point: I couldn't care less about being able to upgrade the head. Since Legs seem to start at $200, and then throwing in a head is another $50-100. I'm working this on a budget that more closely resembles a pre-teen's allowance than a working man's pay

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When looking for tripods its useful to remeber that you can pick two of the three features listed below:

Cheap
Lightweight
Stable

i.e. a lightweight & stable tripod will cost $$$$
whereas a heavy but stable tripod can be picked up for a lot less.
You forgot the fourth aspect: Features

I'm going for Cheap and stable, which for some reason...is always more expensive than cheap and light...
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Kinda interesting... Got the most recent B&H catalog the other day, and saw an interesting camera from Sigma. It was either the DP1 or DP2, which have the 14 megapixel Foveon sensor packed into a P&S body. Hot-shoe for flash, but only a fixed focal length (41mm equivalent for DP2, 28mm for the DP1).
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I have Feisol CF Ct-3401 legs and Wimberly Sidekick setup...

Also have a Bogen Monopod with a 486RC2 head
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