A mate just asked for a cheap camera tripod, I believe that if you're going to get an expensive camera you should try and get a good tripod, I've once seen a $4,500 SLR setup sitting on a buckling $20 tripod, I know there's some tough cheap tripods out there that can be great for small video cameras or for little instamatic cameras that you want to have stable for short times but if you're serious about staying stable and got a little bit of weight you really have to spend a bit more on your tripod or it may just buckle! It's not worth the risk!

This offer from Ted's Cameras for a Tripod and Ball head is pretty decent if you're using a lightweight Canon (what I know about, 400D, 450D, 500D, 550D, 600D, 1000D, 1100D or the M range) or Nikon SLR with a zoom lens of 18 to 200mm or something similar, what I like to take on holiday.

Manfrotto 190XDB + 496RC2 Tripod Kit

I wouldn't mind the 496RC2 ball head, decent one for getting about with, lightweight but can carry a hefty 6Kg! The 190XDB tripod can take up to 5KG in weight.

See Ted's offer for the Manfrotto 190XDB + 496RC2 Tripod Kit now $199.95:

Manfrotto 190XDB + 496RC2 Tripod Kit - Ted's Cameras


Description


Designed for small and medium format cameras it is also equipped in this kit with the new and highly versatile 496RC2 Compact Ball Head with RC2 Rapid Connect System. This medium size, light head with quick release is perfect for amateurs and professionals alike! It is essentially the same as the 486 head but is equipped with quick release 200PL camera plate system with a secondary safety catch. The camera plate has a 1/4'' male thread with head to tripod attachment 3/8'' female.




Manfrotto 496RC2 Ball Head: Unboxing and Review


This is my unboxing and reviews of the Manfrotto 496RC2 Ball Head
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Manfrotto 190XDB + 496RC2 Tripod Kit


Information about the Kit: TR190XDB+HD496RC2 190XDB,496RC2 - Kits | Manfrotto

190 Series Kit includes 190XDB tripod and 496RC2 head. Lightweight, sturdy and portable, the 190XDB tripod is an updated classic and is the easiest of all the Manfrotto 190X family tripods to handle. Designed for small and medium format cameras it is also equipped in this kit with the new and highly versatile 496RC2 Compact Ball Head with RC2 Rapid Connect System. This medium size, light head with quick release is perfect for amateurs and professionals alike! It is essentially the same as the 486 head but is equipped with quick release 200PL camera plate system with a secondary safety catch. The camera plate has a 1/4'' male thread with head to tripod attachment 3/8'' female.

SPECIFICATIONS



attaches by. 3/8 attachment type
closed length 63.5 cm
maximum height 156.0 cm
maximum height (with centre column down) 128.5 cm
minimum height 45.0 cm
load capacity 4.5 kg
weight 2.02 kg



Manfrotto 190XDB information from Manfrotto website:

Mini Basic Tripod Black Without Head 190XDB - 190 Series | Manfrotto

Newly redesigned, the 190XDB is lighter in weight and slightly more compact. It has an ergonomics leg angle release mechanism and the wing locking knobs.
attaches by. 3/8 attachment type
centre column rapid
Color black color
column cross section three-faceted
column tube diameter 25mm
leg angles 25.46.66.88
leg cross section round
legs tube diameter 25. 20. 16 mm
material aluminum
suggested dolly 127. 127VS
closed length 53.5 cm
leg sections 3 number
load capacity 5 kg
maximum height 146.0 cm
maximum height (with centre column down) 118.5 cm
minimum height 35.0 cm
weight 1.6 kg


About the 496RC2 Ball head: Compact Ball Head With RC2 496RC2 - Classic Ball Heads | Manfrotto

Medium size, light, with quick release - perfect for amateur's and professionals.
SPECIFICATIONS

attachment 3/8" female thread attachment type
Color black color
independent pan lock no
lateral tilt -90 / +90 head tilt
material aluminum
panoramic rotation 360
plate type 200PL-14
quick release si
load capacity 6 kg
weight 0.42 kg
working height 10.0 cm



An Odd video:
Manfrotto 190XDB Tripod Review