Help me choose my first tripod?

Started Mar 4, 2013 | Discussions thread
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Lena Hale Regular Member • Posts: 125
Help me choose my first tripod?

I'm in the market to get my first tripod and I don't really trust online reviews, could be planted for all I know, so I figured I'd come here and actually discuss it. I was looking for one several months back but got nowhere because I had no idea what I wanted. I have somewhat of an idea now. I want to start out with a relatively cheap one just to gauge my needs, because I'm just starting out and don't know how much I'll want or need to use a tripod in the future.

These are the things I know I want right now.
​Price: ​$120 max; it seems reasonable for a "test tripod" but correct me if I'm wrong
Material: Carbon fiber
Max height: 60''
Holding capacity: 10lbs
Standalone weight: I'm tiny so the lighter, the better.
Head type: I'll make do with whatever comes with the tripod.
Other: It doesn't need to be insanely heavy duty. I won't be shooting in extreme conditions or anything like that. It just needs to be stable enough that my equipment will be safe during everyday photography.

I'm considering these models:

Any opinions and advice are appreciated, thank you!

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