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Old Aug 16, 2006, 10:52 PM   #1
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Hey all, is this Tripod any good?

I need to buy one but I don't want to spend too much.

http://www.futureshop.ca/catalog/pro...432&catid=

DESCRIPTION: The Optex Tripod includes many features: 3 way pan-head with auto lock quick release; pan-handle tension lock for secure positioning and easy adjustments; 2 bubble levels for fine adjustments. It doesn't stop there, its geared centre column with friction control allows for precise height adjustments. Extends to 63" / 160 cm.

I know almost nothing about Tripods, is this one any good? Is it missing anything? I would have posted in the Tripod section, but they get like one reply a week, and I want to buy this tomorrow.
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Old Aug 16, 2006, 11:30 PM   #2
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Yes, it is a good tripod for the price, my friend have the same one for his mini dv camera:-)
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Old Aug 16, 2006, 11:56 PM   #3
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Thanks Boily! I will pick it up tomorrow. It will be a nice improvement over my current mini-tripod (standing at an amazing 2 inches high)
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Old Aug 17, 2006, 12:00 AM   #4
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I like my tripods to put the Veiwfinder at eye level on me when I'm standing straight! Not as much bending for my old back! I also fold the legs together and use it as a monopod quite often!

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Old Aug 17, 2006, 10:16 AM   #5
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I don't think this tripod is quite eye level, it's 5'3 and I'm about 5'9, but it will be close enough. Especially since anything taller is twice the price.
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Old Aug 18, 2006, 9:20 AM   #6
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It's amazing what you can find in places like the Salvation Army, Goodwill and pawn shops... I recently found a nearly new KodakGear tripod at the Goodwill outlet near my house... $3 US. It was missing the quick release plate, but I found one in an old camera shop. It's a tripod that Kodak stopped distributing.... Black finish, yellow logo and trim. Very tall and very sturdy. I believe it's the exact same tripod as the Optex model you are considering.
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Old Aug 20, 2006, 10:35 AM   #7
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never even thought about going to Goodwill... I remember a while back when I used to get drug around with my aunt, I always found these cool ext flashes at all her thrift stores... Maybe i should go see what other photo equip i can run into for practically nothing :-)
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Old Aug 20, 2006, 10:50 PM   #8
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Thats not a bad idea. I did actually see a cheap Tripod, but it was missing that part that the camera attaches too, and I didn't want to go through the trouble of ordering one in.
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