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Initial post: 29 Jul 2009 20:26:11 BDT
Chaz says:
I am off visiting South Africa soon and am taking my D80 plus a few pieces of kit I would like to take a tripod with me but don't want one that is too heavy or too expensive (as I have a habit of breaking/ loosing them ), any suggestions ?
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Posted on 29 Jul 2009 21:06:17 BDT
Fishman says:
Monopod instead?

Posted on 30 Jul 2009 11:15:23 BDT
The Hama Star 63 is available here on Amazon for less than half price. I have just ordered one for 17.50 and the RRP is about 45. All the reviews are good at the full price. At this price if it's not good enough you could probably get your money back selling it on eBay!

Posted on 30 Jul 2009 14:56:18 BDT
Crimas says:
I have had the same problem as you over the years. Its an equation of weight/material/build/space/cost. I have tried monopods and find I'm better handheld, all be it wedged against something. The stronger and better built tripods will always give you a steadier base. How much do you want to spend, carbon fibre ones are ment to be the best, but because I'm tight I also use the Hama Star 63. However its not all that small and takes up a fair bit of space in your luggage, not to mention lugging it around with you when shooting. This year I'm of to Central America, including a boat trip, so the problem of steadiness is with me again, especially since I do a fair bit of long distance shooting. I will have a Canon IS (image stabiliser) lens with me, which will help. Since most of my photos will be taken without much time for set up I may well leave both the mono and tripods at home. They are something else to carry, what with etra lenses filters etc.

Posted on 31 Jul 2009 17:02:41 BDT
Klis says:
Not knowing your budget at all, I shall just throw this out there :P

There are some nice Carbon Fibre Tri's going on eBay at the mo, for just shy of 100. Carbon Fibre is super light, lighter than aluminium (and that's damn light) and CF is virtually indestructible :)
Having a CF would also be uber cool lol xD

But at 100, its not for everyone lol.

Posted on 31 Jul 2009 18:07:16 BDT
stec53 says:
You could also consider Joby Gorillapods. I've not used one with a dslr though yet, but it worked really well with my compact. A dslr version is available so it might be worth considering. I think they're about 25 here on amazon.

Posted on 31 Jul 2009 21:01:52 BDT
N. C. Elvin says:
If you are going to get a Hama Star 63, I just found one on Tesco for 8.97! http://direct.tesco.com/product/default.aspx?r=203-9465

Posted on 5 Aug 2009 08:44:25 BDT
8.97! Buy it!! My Star 63 arrived today and I'd say that it is good value for 45, amazing value at 17.50 but if you can get it for 8.97 buy 2 of them and sell one to your mate for 18 and get yours free! :-)

Posted on 9 Aug 2009 18:51:18 BDT
Chaz says:
Lots to think about - have tried gorillapods but not stable enough with lens & have the same problem with monopods, will look at the star 63 at 8.95 can try it out before going CF if need be !
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