The Short Story
Let’s get right to it. In the words of Nick Cage…‘high praise’. Hands down this has to be the best compact tripod for the buck. It checks all the boxes….carbon fiber, twist locks, ground level set, super light, super small, well built, cool looking and cheap. Seriously, check this price.
The Longer Story
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About This Review – If you are anything like me, tripods are pretty much buzz kills. I have a hard time changing lenses, let alone lugging around and deploying a tripod. I share this with you so you have some insight into where I’m coming from. In 2012 I forgot my Gitzo Traveler on the side of a mountain because I was chasing 500 head of cattle and four cowboys down a mountain (long story), and for the last 2 years I was lost without it. Well, until I found this gem.
Where To Get It
This bad boy is an Adorama Exclusive and you can get it here!
A Closer Look
Here is a quick collapsed/extended height comparison next to a reissue 1958 VOS Gibson Les Paul named ‘Honey’.
Here it is making two minute magic at the famed Tikal National Park in Guatemala.
What I Like
- Size – Obviously it is totally portable, in a very practical way. It’s small enough to fit in a ThinkTank Retrospective 7.
- Ball Head – The ball head has everything you are looking for…things like spirit levels, panning base, and tension knobs. It’s pretty darn complete.
- Build Quality – The build quality is top notch yet simple enough you can service it yourself.
- Double Extension – I love the double neck extension. It’s pretty much like sliced bread and the wheel.
- Ground Level Set – When you need to get low and look like a totally eccentric photographer, you won’t be alone.
- Weight Hook – Hang your camera bag from the center hook to practice good tripod stabilization techniques.
- Twist Locks – Twist locks are waaaay better than getting your fingers pinched in those other traps…errrr…lever locks.
Things To Note
- Weight – Although Adorama lists its weight at 2.5 lbs, that includes the bag and head cover. The actual weight of just the tripod and head is closer to 1.5 lbs. Super light!
- I’m a Fuji Xer, so my gear is pretty light. If you are lugging around big heavy DSLRS, your mileage might vary. Your mileage will definitely vary because you won’t be able to hike as far as us mirrorless folks.
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