New to the world of DSLR photography, I was looking for a tripod which would allow me to get good, stable shots, without flash as well as ease of taking group shots where I was part of the group!
I looked on Amazon extensively, not knowing what specification to look for, what price point was reasonable and what tripods would actually support the DSLR's weight, especially if I was to purchase a zoom lens. I also couldn't decide whether to get a mini tripod as well as a full sized one to ensure that I can carry one around with me. From what I could gather, no mini tripod would support the weight of the DSLR and lens reliably and so I opted to purchase this tripod. As with most things, the more you pay, the better the item is and, with this product £36 against the MRRP of £70, I knew that this would be good quality.
From first impressions, the tripod is compact, lightweight and therefore makes a great travelling tripod. That's not to say it would fit in a backpack, unless you have a really large one. However, with its own carrying case with shoulder strap, the inconvenience is minimised - personally, I wouldn't take it with me around a city, for example, unless I was expecting to use it a few times. The tripod also has small spikes at the end of each leg, making it perfect if you're on terrain where you need to dig into the ground for that extra stability. These spikes can be extended and retracted. There is also a hook to add weights to the bottom of the tripod - again, increasing stability in more challenging conditions.
What made this product suitable for me was the variations in height and angle possible. With the legs retracted and the angle increased, the tripod lies very close to the ground - perfect for macro shots and, perhaps, table top use (though you'd need a lot of table space!). Fully extended (legs and centre column), this tripod is maybe around 165cm. You can secure the tripod at any height in between. The ball head can be fastened at any angle and is perfect for portrait photos and there is a spirit level to ensure you always get level shots when needed.
I use this with a Canon EOS 1100D and also with this wireless remote shutter: 100m 16 Channels Wireless Remote Shutter Control for Canon 60D 1000D 300D 350D 400D 450D 500D 550D 600D,G10 G11,Pentax k200d,K100d,k110d,K20d,K10d,KM,K2000,K7,Contax DSLR Cameras as RS-60E3 100 meters
which makes it perfect for group shots and now I never need to worry about the self timer again!
Overall, I can't recommend this tripod enough for anyone just getting started with a DSLR looking for their first tripod, as well as for professionals as a travel tripod.
I will edit the review should I find anything else worth mentioning whilst using!