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Old Dec 7, 2009, 6:28 PM   #1
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i needed something a little bit better
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these seem to be amvonas
how can you go wrong for 99 delivered??
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Old Dec 7, 2009, 6:49 PM   #2
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I have something similar I had for a long time, only problem with these small tripods is that if you use a long or heavy lens, it tips over pretty easy.
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Old Dec 7, 2009, 10:12 PM   #3
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How can they make any money selling those things for 99 cents, including shipping? I have also had mixed results with tabletop tripods. Some are so flimsy they barely hold up a small P&S camera. Others are surprisingly sturdy.
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True, they don't hold weight very well. I had a rather nice name brand table top that broke when I tried to tighten the ball-head enough to hold my K20. so just be careful.
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Old Dec 8, 2009, 4:26 PM   #5
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I'll keep my tabletop - my hubby got it for me one Christmas when I bought the FZ30, so it's pretty sturdy. It will handle the K20 with the Viv 105 macro if you have the lens lined up with one of the legs - otherwise it isn't heavy enough. But it's a really nice Manfrotto. And yes, the head really isn't heavy-duty enough to hold the camera steady.
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I just tried to use what I thought was a dSLR sturdy tabletop tripod this weekend. It was an iffy situation. We were trying to take a family photo and I almost gave up and stacked books instead. Had on the K20, Tamron 18-250 and AF350 flash. It held, but......

That's a good idea, Harriet, to put the lens over one of the legs. I'll have to remember that.

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For whatever it's worth Patty, i've been quite pleased with my Joby Gorilla pod. I's in a completely different price category from the table-top model that Roy started this thread with, but it's light and easily portable. I have the SLR-zoom model -- at least i think that's what they call it. If my memory serves correctly, it cost about $50, and I put a small ballhead on it that cost about $35. So I got one gorilla pod and ballhead for the same amount of money that would buy 85 tabletop units!
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I second the Gorillapod SLR, I have been using if for years and it is simply amazing at how steady it is and how flexible it is.

It does things that other tripods simply can't do!

http://joby.com/gorillapod/slr/

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