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confused amateur looking for guidance

smh

Lexington, US
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smh Registered since 21st Sep 2007
Fri 07-Mar-08 12:21 PM

Hi people. I'm a tripod challenged amateur in need of a basic tripod. My skills are not pro-level, and I hesitate to even post in this fine forum. However, I have secured my first, 'real' job doing some architectural photography.
My problem is I need something that will fit into my severely limited budget, and I'm overwhelmed with so many different brands, ball heads, etc. For example, I'm considering a Silk 500pro just to get me going on this one job, gain some experience, then move-on as I 'grow'.
I guess my question is: For a non-pro, is there such a thing as "best bang for buck" tripod, or, should I just suck it up, take out a loan and get what you pro's have? Ancillary to that, will a cheaper 'pod, such as the Silk, accept a better ball head?
Sorry for this long post. Surely appreciate ANY advice, direction or tips you can share.
Thanks!
Steve H

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