Best tripod for document scanning plus occasional outdoor use?
April 26, 2012 10:40 AM Subscribe
What tripod should I get for 95% document photography (think DIY book scanner) and 5% optional outdoor photography of wildlife and buildings?
posted by kristi to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (8 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I've just started doing a bit of document photography (document scanning) using a Pentax Optio RZ 18 and a GorillaPod. It works fine, but the GorillaPod is a little awkward for this - it's a little difficult to position the legs just the way I want and to get the camera just where I want it.
This kind of document photography is about 95% of what I use this camera for. The rest is the occasional photograph of a cool building or bird I see while I'm out walking around. So far, I've never used a tripod for outdoor photography, even though I'm often using full (18x) optical zoom. If I were to start carrying and using a tripod on my walks, it would have to be super light and convenient, and extremely easy to set up and put away.
Is there an inexpensive tripod that suits both these needs?
If not, is there an inexpensive tripod that would work well for document photography?
(I don't want to be too specific about my "inexpensive" criterion; I'll just say that price is a factor, I definitely do not want to spend $500 on a tripod for a $200 camera, but on the other hand I don't want to get something stupidly cheap that will break the day after I get it.)