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Old Aug 25, 2005, 9:08 AM   #1
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I have a local camera shop in the medium sized city I live in. I know they sell tripods. The company is called Provident Camera and might be a mom and pop type of camera store. Anyway I'm going to check it out during lunch.

I really can't afford to spend more than $30-40 on a tripod. I only spent $270 for my camera so buying a bogen at $100+ is going to be too much for me.

I also am looking for used as well. I can potentially buy a Velbon VE-3 for under $30. From the googling I've done this appears to be an old model with steel legs. Is it any good.

Also I can get a Velbon CX-300 for about $20 (retail is $30). Would this be better than the $20 SLIK?

For anyone that is interested there is a Velbon MAXI 347 on ebay for a buy it now of $65. IT is also a reserve auction but I've tried up to $45 and still the reserve has not been meet. The shipping is $8. The tripod is out of my price range but may be nice for someone here. http://cgi.ebay.com/Velbon-Maxi-347_...QQcmdZViewItem

MY use of the tripod would be occasonal. Most likely would be using in shooting landscapes and with use of the 370mm equiv. zoom of the fuji S5100. I normally only take pictures at special events and while on vacation. I will not use the tripod all that much. This is why I don't want to spend any more than $30-40. Suggestions?
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Old Aug 28, 2005, 11:28 PM   #2
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Well I finnaly bought a tripod by reading some of the suggestions here. I won on ebay a used (but listed as excelent and in working order condition) Bogen 3001 leg set and 3029 head for $50 delievered. Not bad considering this is around $170 new.
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Old Oct 6, 2005, 4:27 PM   #3
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slik able 300dx - $100 new
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