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    Posted: 07 Nov 2012 at 8:23pm
Hi, i am new to photography and have been watching all of karl's videos.
I have my first DSLR with some other bits and bobs but i am looking to get other essentials like a tripod etc..
I am not looking to spend much as i will be upgrading my equipment over the years as i gain more experience, can anyone recommend a good tripod that doesn't cost to much and will do a good job with stability etc..

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Hi Jordan,

I am in a similar position to you, with regards to getting a new tripod. I have 'borrowed' a leica tripod from work which is meant for a laser measuring device, but looks just like most camera tripods. It is however very sturdy and made from aluminium, but I do find it a bit heavy carrying it around and it is around 24" long when folded up, which means it isn't that portable and means it is usually kept in the boot of the car.

I have been looking at a Hama traveller compact pro (approx £30). It gets low to the ground similar to the one used in Karl's video when he's on the beach for the golden hour, but also is fairly compact for carrying around. Reviews seem quite positive too.

I was in a well known uk camera retailer (sounds like messups) today and they had some manfrotto ones starting from around £50. Not sure if you need a separate head though for those?

It really depends on what you want to photograph, and the conditions you will be photographing in, whether you will have to carry the equipment on long periods and of course your budget.
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G'day Jordan & Steve,

My recommendation would be to get the best sturdy tripod you can afford. Because in your early travels of photography, you wont want a cheap flimsy tripod that will vibrate with even the slightest breeze and make your photos blurred due to vibrations such as wind, traffic, shutter / mirror, etc.

A good quality tripod will last you for many years and the results will show in the final images.

Personally, I prefer to carry around a big heavy tripod than to sacrifice image quality (but thats just me - and yes I have lugged one for around a 25km hike).

Just remember, Cheap and Quality are at opposite ends of the scale.

Hope this helps.

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yep Craig , agrea with that .
i have the neo tech 458B from manfrotto very happy wiht it Karl juse this one to.

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Thanks for your reply's.

Steve i think i know the one your talking about, ive seen ones that have excellent reviews that dont cost the earth (There is quite a few on amazon) although i do understand what Craig is saying, there is always truth to the saying "You get what you pay for"
At the moment though i cannot afford to spend £100+ on a tripod, i will be perfectly happy with one that does the job reasonably well as long as its not to heavy (I will be taking it on holiday next year) just while im gaining experience. Im sure in the years to come i will see the benefits that the more expensive tripods offer.

Thanks again for your advice
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