I'm looking for a decent tripod for less than $50 but im not sure if there are specific tripods for specifc types of cameras. I have a canon dslr rebel t1i and want to make sure i buy something that the camera will fit on and be safe on. Any suggestions or helpful tips?
The cheaper tripods are either not durable or not stable, but more often than not - both. Often it's better to wait a bit and buy a higher class product as it lasts much longer and serves you far better.
Basic model tripods are pretty standard and non-brand specific. If you can't afford a high quality one new, don't forget about eBay.
Something else to think about investing in later is a monopod. I have one and until I got it, I had no idea how much I would appreciate having it.
When you're out and about in daylight conditions and just need a little stability, it's perfect because it's so quick to set up compared to a tripod. It's also lighter and much less bulky if you're doing a lot of walking around. Plus, there are some places that won't allow you to use tripods, but will allow monopods.
If you get one, you usually have to buy the monopod and head separately. You can mount a camera on the monopod without a head, but you won't have any tilt capability.
I went thru a period in my early days of photography of buying cheap tripods.They weren't sturdy and broke easily.In photography,you get what you pay for.I ended up buying a Bogen-Manfrotto #3233 tripod and a Manfrotto #3047 head. When I'm hiking up mountains,I cuss myself out,because it weights a ton.But when I set it up and start shooting,it's a rock.I'm convinced,you could park a VW on top of it.Save your money and buy a good quality tripod and that will be one more thing you won't have to worry about! Good luck.
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My first tripod cost about up to $50. It was great - extremely light to carry around and easy to work with. BUT as soon as the wind arise, tripod was useless because it was not steady in the wind. Also, the plastic head (legs were metal of course) broke down in the cold (-30C). I just turned the button slightly but the plastic became so fragile in such extreme cold that a crack came into the head.
I now use Manfrotto 055xprob as well and it really is a good tripod.A little heavy but very steady even in a strong wind. I've taken pictures during a storm near the sea of waves beating rocks using slow shutter speed, no motion of camera was detected (rocks were sharp).
I kept my cheap tripod (it still let to take a picture, but adjusting the camera is really difficult after the head broke down) just in case i go to travel by plane.
So, as already suggested, collect a little more money and buy a bit more expensive tripod than $50.
I agree...save for a good tripod, but also save for a good ball head. I didn't get the results I needed until I "invested" in both. And I also agree about the monopod. Otherwise, I recommend keeping those shutter speeds as fast as you can, if you have no other support:)
Currently my primary cameras are a Fuji X-Pro2 and a Fuji X-T2.
Buy used. You can get a good set of used tripod legs used for about $50 USD and then get a good head for about the same price. A tripod is something that you can knock around against rocks or leave in the trunk of your car and beat up and keep using over and over.
I have an old set of Manfrotto 3221 legs and I bought a used 3030 head for about the same price. Stick with a popular brand like Manfrotto - you can buy replacement pieces and parts anywhere if they break.
Adorama and B&H both have great used sections to their website. I've bought and sold through them many times.