Hey all, I would like for some advice on a good cheap and light tripod to use with the N80. Initially, I will be using a light consumer zoom. However, I intend to acquire more sophsticated lenses as I gain more photographic experience. Also I found some N80 kits on the market have a Nikon tripods with them. Does anybody know if these are any good?
Well...I guess the problem in answering that question is, 'good' and 'cheap' don't mix to well. Why mount on a sophisticated (and probably expensive) lens on a cheap tripod? Cheap tripods lack stability, which decreases image sharpness, which...why did you buy that sophisticated lens? IMHO high quality lenses and cheap tripods don't mix. I just don't see the point.
Sorry, I can't comment on Nikon tripods...never new they made them.
I delayed my reply to see if any body has any ideas. Well you are right good and cheap do not mix well in this life. So to avoid the confusion let me be more specific. I am looking for a "good value" tripod; something that I can use till I become an advanced photogragher. I am not planning on buying any big focal length heavy guns in the near future.So somethign that can carry a 3-5 pounds lens is ok. I do not have a big experience with tripods so I do not want to go to a store to find a $30 tripod that looks nice and good and then after some use it turns out to be a piece of junk.
Most of us have found that the best value in a tripod that will last comes from Manfrotto (aka Bogen in the US). They have a wide array of choices, but the 3001 is very popular. With the exception of one model they make for the digital market, all of them can accept a wide variety of ball and pan-tilt heads. A used Manfrotto is better than most low-priced tripods. They don't make any junk.
You got me curious about the Nikon tripod. The only reference I could find looked a lot like a Velbon or Slik tripod and it was "free" with and N65 camera kit. I'd be suspicious of the real mfg. and quality of this tripod.
I do not think Nikon manufactures any tripods. There is a tripod on their usa website in the nikon mall section. It is looks very much like a Slik model. Probably slik or somebody else made it for them and may be put the Nikon logo on it. I called the company selling the kit that includes the tripod and asked them about its manufacturer and they said the manufacturer changes from time to time
I just got my N80. Since what is called the "deluxe kit" was only $40 above the normal N80/28-80G kit for a Nikon labeled compartment bag, UV filter, tripod, lens cleaning kit, 4 extra rolls of film, some cuopons, and an elementary book called "Nikon's Guide to SLR Photography", I thought may be some of these things will be of useful quality and ordered the "deluxe kit" with the camera from 17photo.com (a nice little place with somewhat good prices and good rating on bizrate). IMO the only nice thing in the kit was the bag. The other stuff is mostly below average stuff. I might comment on that kit later in the N80 forum and may be post some photos of it. But concerning the tripod, in case any future buyers are wondering, what I got was the Vidpro TT-800 model; a 2 lb. 23-55 in. flimsy-feeling tripod that almost feels it is gonna shake if you sneeze beside it (well may be this is an exaggeration but you get the idea). So, I guess it is gonna be like you guys recommended and a manfrotto will be on some coming shopping list. Meanwhile I might keep that light tripod for any non-demanding stuff.