Originally Posted by eseb1
Reported, any other posts like this will also be reported, please leave my thread.
Firstly, this is overclock.net, not eseb1's forums. This isn't 'your' thread. You started it here, asking for advice from the community. I can understand being stuck with a budget, and can understand how sometimes advice that gets repeated quite a bit can be annoying, but don't get defensive when people try to help, it's counter-productive. Of course, if more than one person is suggesting it, (more accurately, if most people are
suggesting it), then it's probably sound advice.
Secondly, Re1ncarnat3d's advice about the quality differences for tripods in the $20-$50 range is pretty much spot on. You really aren't
going to find something at the $50 end of that range that is going to be miles apart from the $20-$30 end of the spectrum. Sub's recommendation wasn't actually all that bad, and you wrote him off because he was trying to make sure you realized that by hurrying up and picking up something on the cheap, you're putting your gear at risk.
I think I can refine Sub's comparison -- in a $500 system, which is the worst
to try to skimp on?
- A) Processor
- B) Video card
- C) Power Supply
The answer: C, power supply. It's better to spend a few extra bucks and get a quality PSU than get some cheap no-name because you can't (or don't want to) save for a couple of weeks.
Think of it this way -- Your PSU supports your entire system; if it fries, it can take stuff with it. Your tripod supports your camera/camcorder; if it fails, it will likely take your camera/camcorder with it. Then, you'll need to save alot more money to replace that and the tripod.
If you're still dead set on spending no more than $50, then just look for something within your budget and check the weight ratings in the product description to make sure that your camera is under the weight rating. Then, google it and see other people's reviews to see if any stick out as something to be avoided. Try to find something with a reputable name if possible, but to be honest, I dont know how many offerings there are from reputable names in that price range.
If all else fails, Best Buy sells tripods, just go to a brick and mortar store and check out what they have. Not a great selection (mostly Rocketfish stuff) but they have some lower end Manfrotto stuff (or at least did the last time I was in there).
On a slightly unrelated note, my old Velbon DF 60 supports 15 lbs. It's also slightly monstrous, but if you dont care about it being compact, etc, then I'd try to find a used one if you could.
One final tidbit -- my old Velbon DF 60 supports 15 lbs. It's massive, and Adorama used to carry it but doesn't any longer, but their eBay auctions seems to have 9 of them. They're slightly out of your range, $59.99 + 10.10 shipping, but it's something to keep in mind if you want something serious for that price range (just dont plan on packing it into a bag or anything like that, it's big even broken down).Edited by MistaBernie - 3/22/11 at 10:04pm