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Old May 26, 2010, 3:39 PM   #11
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you just have to search all different kind of ways to find the deals! all I did was search for "slik" with no model number or anything. The auction didnt have the word tripod in the title so just searching for the one word is what enabled me to find it. you just have to be patient.
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Old May 26, 2010, 3:48 PM   #12
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Heres one.....
http://cgi.ebay.com/SLIK-TRIPOD-/200...item2ead53075a

http://cgi.ebay.com/Vintage-Mint-SLI...item23075c6fd3

http://cgi.ebay.com/SLIK-Universal-U...item20b11daa75


http://cgi.ebay.com/Slik-U-212-Unive...item3f00078f11

http://cgi.ebay.com/Slik-Universal-U...item27b2093ceb
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Old May 26, 2010, 4:18 PM   #13
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Goshdarnit. Now I'm staring at the Manfrotto 190XDB I just picked up at the local camera shop at lunch, and wondering if I should return it. Good job, joekelli, there goes my new year's resolution to learn to regret my buying decisions less!
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I really don't understand the need for expensive tripods. Given, a heavy DSLR with heavy lenses will need one, but for these little plastic cams that weigh so little? I just use a 3 shot 10 sec timer burst on a 20 buck tripod, and 99% of the time all 3 are keepers. Is it a bit of equipment envy going on?
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Walmart is also a good source for inexpensive tripods.

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Old May 26, 2010, 9:56 PM   #16
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Think of a tripod as an investment. I have a tripod that I paid $35 for in 1953, which was a hefty price in those days. That very same tripod is the one I use everyday and its sitting right across from my desk as I write this post. That's a pretty good record.

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Old May 26, 2010, 10:28 PM   #17
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I really don't understand the need for expensive tripods. Given, a heavy DSLR with heavy lenses will need one, but for these little plastic cams that weigh so little? I just use a 3 shot 10 sec timer burst on a 20 buck tripod, and 99% of the time all 3 are keepers. Is it a bit of equipment envy going on?
I guess it depends on what you want out of your tripod. I also have a old cheapo tripod I use for a lot of things. But now that I have a camera that can do HD video I wanted something more solid with an elevator and a smooth head. Most of the cheap tripods I looked at, the movement of the head was not smooth. Here is a neat little video review of the Slik U-212 if your interested http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qPdl4o1LrsM

Also the whole jist of my post was that there are great deals to be had if your patient and just keep looking. I got a $230 tripod for $33!!!! Is it an expensive tripod?, yes. But was it expensive for me?, no!
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That's the spirit, Joe!

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I really don't understand the need for expensive tripods. Given, a heavy DSLR with heavy lenses will need one, but for these little plastic cams that weigh so little? I just use a 3 shot 10 sec timer burst on a 20 buck tripod, and 99% of the time all 3 are keepers. Is it a bit of equipment envy going on?
Yea that's true, most of the time, but I actually need a good one,
I was just out the other night trying to take a picture of the Moon
with an old heavy duty full size camcorder tripod form the mid 1990s,
and with the DMC-FZ35 Camera and the Nikon TC-E15ED, I was never
able to tighten down the tripod enough to keep the camera from
moving, and in my quest to tighten it even more, I broke the tripod

Back in the day it was an "OK" tripod, I paid about $50, its ABS plastic
and aluminum, with a camcorder the sloppiness was never that bad,
or never seamed that bad, but with a camera, and a long zoom, its
unusable, I think I will stick with an all metal one next time.
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Old Jun 1, 2010, 10:23 AM   #20
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I really hope somebody here is bidding on this one!!!!

http://cgi.ebay.com/SLIK-TRIPOD-/200...53075a&afsrc=1
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