Here is my dilemma and question:
I have a Nikon D5100 and I am looking to buy a tripod. However I commute by bus and walk a lot so I need a tripod that is sturdy yet can be portable and light enough that carrying it attached to my bag (or even better inside) would not be an issue.
I have considered a Gorillapod but I am not always close to something that I can prop it on or attach it to and need some height that the Gorillapod doesn't have.
One other consideration is price. I am looking in the 100-150 range but would prefer closer to the 100 dollar range but am flexible.
I have read a lot on here and on other sites and I am a bit lost. There are so many options and so many considerations. I have seen some good tripods but paying 500 dollars is a bit much. Also I would prefer a tripod that is bundled with a head (ball preferably)
I am open and welcome any information, help, and recommendations!
After visitng a few local camera stores and looking online I bought a Vista Explorer Tripod and a Gorillapod SLR Zoom (with ballhead). The combo cost less than $100 (USD) total. The Vista is a decent quality tripod for $30 dollars. I was a bit skeptical when looking at the price but after seeing this in store and handling the tripod it was sturdy with overall decent quality. It holds my camera and largest lens that I currently have (NIKKOR 55-200mm f/4-5.6G). This is a decent tripod for entry level DSLRs and a great tripod for Point and Shoot cameras. There may be a few deal breakers for some users but this tripod combined with the Gorillapod handles majority of my situations.