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    What is the best tripod for under $500?
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    I am the proud owner of a new HPX-170 and for Christmas am asking my family for a tripod. I know that the tripod I really want is well over $1000 but I just can't ask my family for that now (most likely). I thought I would inquire with some senior members here on different tripods around the $500 range that would fit the needs of this camera. Just needs to be solid performance wise, not amazing. Maybe let me know what the best $1000 one out there is too so I can shoot for the stars on that one.

    Big to all those that can help. Please let me know any other "must need" accessories that I should be looking for (i'm already asking for a camera backpack and maybe a camera light). This forum rocks!


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    A used one.


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    Be a little more specific if you can. Like where is a good place to find a used tripod and what I should be looking for? Thanks.
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    I use this one. http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...em_Black_.html It works fine for what I do...mostly weddings. I have a 200a so I'm sure it'll work even better with a lighter camera.


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    Quote Originally Posted by jrmiller_entertainment View Post
    I use this one. http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...em_Black_.html It works fine for what I do...mostly weddings. I have a 200a so I'm sure it'll work even better with a lighter camera.

    I have the exact same setup but with the older 503. I gotta say, I have beat the living hell out of this thing and it's still holding strong. It doesn't look pretty anymore but it still works fine. I shoot a ton of skiing and I am hiking with the tripod a lot, and it's the perfect size in my opinion. If I ever need anything bigger, I just borrow.

    overall, I think it's a great well rounded setup. I can't say much about the new 501 head though.


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    Thanks, that's a really solid suggestion and currently sits atop my list. Appreciate the feedback, I'm also looking for more advice on accessories and equipment in this thread if anyone wants to take a look.

    I'm so glad I stumbled on this forum!
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    the libecs are good for around that price.
    there has been thorough discussion of them here before, do a search for libec.

    i've got a used one that i'd sell cheap if you like...


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    The little rubber bottoms fall off sometimes while I'm running around, one of them fell off while I was crossing a street in Baltimore and got run over. The 501 head is nice and smooth. It's well worth the money.


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    go for libec ls38, much smoother than the 503 manfrotto for the same price


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    Riley, which model do you have and how much are you asking for it? I am taking this all into consideration, thanks!
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