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Robert Williamson
Hi all, Today whilst photographing Autumn Lady's-tresses orchid I was thinking that a tripod would be useful. Can anyone suggest a fairly cheap tripod like a benbo etc.. for photographing small orchids, insects and plants etc. that are very close to the ground.

Thanks,

Robert
 

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Hunting birds with a canon
Do a search of ebay or local camera stores and see if you can pick up an older manfrotto 055 model tripod - the sort which have the removable centre columns. Dispite owning and using one, I don't like the new designs for the horizontal centre columns, I find that your always setting it as close to the middle as one can to avoid shake.

But for macro your going to need 2 other things as well as a set of legs.

1) Focusing rail - if you search ebay for macro focusing rails you will find a lot which are not too expensive and are decently made. The manfrotto design I am not a fan of (again I use it) and it can be prone to wabble as you adjust it.

2) Tripod head - this is the tricky part since the best head for macro is pretty much the manfrotto junior geard head (something they make that I do really like). Its not cheap sadly, so if its not in your price range go for the strongest 3way head you can find , the cheaper ballheads will suffer more from creep, 3way should be a little better but it might still be a problem
 
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