Selecting my first tripod?

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Lena Hale
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Selecting my first tripod?
Sep 19, 2012

I finally selected my first DSLR/lens combo (Nikon D5100 with a 55-300mm to start with), and figured it was finally time for the simple part when I started looking for tripods.

Wrong. I thought that a tripod is a tripod, but when I look at reviews for cheaper ones it's half "Great" and half "Cheap, broke after one use" etc.
And then I find out that there are different types of heads, too.

Do I really have to spend more than $50 for a decent tripod? I just need something that will get the job done: hold my camera safely in place without falling apart.

I would say "I don't need something fancy" but honestly I don't understand how a tripod can even be fancy anyway.

Nikon D5100
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