View Full Version : What's a good lightweight tripod for a P&S, but gets TALL

08-08-2007, 06:53 PM

Can someone please recommend a good tripod that is lightweight and gets really tall. And Cheap? I'm a novice so I don't want/need anything too fancy.


08-09-2007, 09:02 AM
If you do not need the steadienest of a tripod, you might like to try the following:

For low budget and easy of carrying you may like to try what I call a tripod less tripod.

I use a 1/4 x 20 bolt inserted in the tripod socket on the camera. To that I have attached a one foot wire. (I am using fishing leader wire. I think twisted picture hanging wire would also work). To the loop I made at the outer end of the wire, I attach a shock cord. I step on the end of the cord and pull up. The pressure helps steady the hand.

This will give you much of the steadiness of a monopod. Yet it is easier to carry.

08-09-2007, 11:07 AM
Thanks, but I really do need a tripod. I like taking 15 second slow shutter speed shots. No amount of steady hand can do those well...

08-10-2007, 07:58 AM
Try the following it may be helpful:


08-10-2007, 09:31 AM
Can't be beat for a P&S camera (or small DSLR) tripod...


It's also available with a pan and tilt head if you prefer (slightly more expensive).

This tripod is so light and compact, yet stable, that I literally always carry it with me.

08-10-2007, 01:17 PM
I have a Slik Sprint Pro 3-Way and it works well for P&S cameras. The quality is really good.


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08-11-2007, 05:17 PM
First, any tripod will work with a point and shoot. They just don't weight that much. You can even make your own. Here (http://www.instructables.com/id/ELJX9RUWUKEV2ZJCRK/) and here (http://www.instructables.com/id/EGJ8H5G5ZVEV2Z5IR8/).

The best and cheapest way to pickup a good tripod is local garage sales or eBay. I picked up a great Bilora tripod off of eBay for like $10 (shipping included) It has a ball head for adjustment, is very lightweight, extends to like 50" tall and supports my point and shoot camera just fine. In fact I have used it to support my larger DSLR a time or two. My older (20+ years older) sturdy tripod I use for the DSLR is a steal (very heavy to carry) Albinar that I have converted to quick release system using an adapter sold by Bogen.

So basically I have never spent tons of money on new tripods. But if you want new and cheap, here is one (http://www.geeks.com/details.asp?invtid=VPD-TRIPOD&cat=CAM).

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08-12-2007, 01:33 PM
I don't know about the cheap part, but I have a Manfrotto 190 tripod and I needed to extend it. I also have 2 slik monopods. I found that one of the larger slick tubes is the same size as the Manfrotto extension. I removed the extension, took the smaller tubes off of the Monopod, and slid the Monopod into the tripad. Eureca! It worked. See the attached photo>

08-12-2007, 10:26 PM
First, any tripod will work with a point and shoot.
I don't agree with that at all. There are tons of reviews on Amazon and other sites on cheap lightweight tripods. There are a lot of unhappy people out there. Anyone who buys a cheap tripod to save money is only going to end up spending more when they realize they have to buy a tripod that actually works. Cheap tripods are a waste of money.

No one is going to sell a good quality tripod on ebay for 10 bucks. Just spend the 100 bucks and get a quality item that's going to do the job right and last for many years to come. That's my $0.02 worth.
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