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This review is from: Velbon DF-61 Heavy Duty Aluminium Photo/Video Tripod (Camera)
First up I must commend Amazon for their amazing delivery service - ordered Friday 2nd May, delivered SUNDAY 4th, and on a Bank Holiday weekend! Having given the tripod an hour's workout in the garden I must say I'm very impressed. Solidly built, with a good weight, but not overly heavy, leg catches feel firm and secure, and the pan/tilt head is a joy to use - smooth in all directions, but secure when locked. It handles my Pentax K-m DSLR with fully extended 55-300mm zoom comfortably (a weight of about 1200g), and you don't have to put bags of welly into locking the tilt to stop the lens doing a nose-dive (this was the problem on my old tripod, eventually the thread went on the tilt lock handle). For my use as a keen hobbyist this tripod fits the bill perfectly. Prior to buying this I had purchased the Hama Omega Premium Tripod I, but had to return it (see my Hama review for why). Time will tell how the fittings hold up on this model, but for under £30 I'd say it's a steal. If I have one grouch, I would say the locking lever for the quick release plate could do with a stronger spring, but once in place it seems secure enough. Even so, for the price paid I think it's a 5-star buy.