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  • A very cheap way to make your photos look good.

    posted by theup on 01/12/2010

    Involvement:General (knows how to use it) - Ownership:1 day to 1 week


    -Made of anodised aluminium and decent quality plastic

    -Quick release mechanism makes life a lot easier

    -Looks professional

    -A little bit of oil goes a long way to making the controls smooth and accurate

    -Controls are stiff enough to hold my Olympus e450 DSLR with ease (and probably larger cameras too)

    -Very light and quite sturdy


    -The quick release plate doesn't fit snugly into the tripod head - it can move around a bit

    -The controls are a bit stiff to work with at first

    -Telescoping legs feel a bit fragile

    -A large zoom lens might be pushing it, but if you can afford one of those, you can probably afford a more rugged tripod


    The main thing this tripod needs is a little lubricant. I unscrewed and oiled the controls that move the head to help everything glide a little easier, and it worked like a charm.

    While the quick release mechanism is great, the camera can move around a little in its holder. This doesn't seem to affect image quality though, so it's not as bad as it sounds.


    A good, sturdy tripod that turns into a great one with the application of a little oil.

    The cheapest way to make your pictures look sharp.

    Probably best suited to cameras with a live-view screen, as it can be annoying to bend down to frame a shot in the viewfinder with this relatively small tripod.

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