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Tripod - Where to start

JustLuckey

Milford, US
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JustLuckey Registered since 15th Feb 2012
Mon 09-Apr-12 12:34 AM

Hey folks,

Currently, I have a D5100 w/18-200 VR lens. I'm planning on getting a 70-300 VR lens soon and maybe upgrade to a D7xxx class body in a year or so.

I'm looking at purchasing a tripod. I'm a fan of Adorama (I bought my 18-200 lens there and I'm in NYC every week)...they have almost 500 tripods! How can I narrow down my choices? I do have a few specs in mind, but it still leave me with quite a bit of choices, so I'm looking for some recommendations.

First of all, I'm an amateur, so I don't have the budget (nor the need) for high end equipment with carbon fiber, titanium, or any other top of the line bits.

Here's my list of wants:
Something sturdy and quality made. I'd like it to last a long time.
Relatively tall (I'm 6') and would prefer not to bend over too far to take shots (60" or taller max height?).
Relatively light (read: not a boat anchor). I won't be hiking with it, but I may lug it around some.
Also, I'd like to stay under $100.

Any other 'must haves'?

I'm open to recommendations. Thanks!

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