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Magnus VT-300 Video Tripod with Fluid Head
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- Portable Video Tripod System | Supports DSLRs, Small | Large Camcorders
- 15 lb Weight Capacity, 64.3" Max Height | Built-In Pan/Tilt Video Head | Independent Pan and Tilt Locks
- Quick-Release Camera Plate Included | Integrated Center-Column & Mid-Spreader
- Two Leg Stages, Three Sections | Flip-Lock Leg Locks | Carry Case with Shoulder Strap Included
- In The Box: VT-QRP30 Quick Release Plate for VT-300, 350 & 400 and VPH-20 Tripods, Pan Bar, Carry Case with Shoulder Strap, Limited 1 Year Manufacturer's Warranty
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The Magnus VT-300 Video Tripod with Fluid Head is a lightweight and portable tripod system for shooting stable videos with DSLRs, small camcorders, and any other cameras up to 15 lb.
A built-in fluid effect video head pans a full 360°, tilts up and down, and features independent pan and tilt locks for fixed-position shots. A pan bar and a snap-in quick-release camera plate are included. The quick-release plate features a 1/4" camera mounting screw, a registration pin, and an anti-skid mounting surface.
A center-column raises or lowers at the turn of a hand crank to let you fine-tune a height without adjusting the tripod legs. A mid-level spreader keeps the legs steady when you adjust the tripod, and it locks to keep the legs secure once you've set the tripod in position. Both the center-column and spreader are integrated. The maximum height of the tripod with the center-column raised is 64.3".
The tripod legs extend at two leg stages at the release of flip-locks. The legs feature replaceable rubber feet that provide grip on hard or slippery surfaces. An internal bubble level will help you position the tripod evenly on uneven ground. A carry case with a shoulder strap is included and will let you conveniently carry the tripod over your shoulder when you're travelling about."
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It is bulky to carry/pack for a hike, but sets up with relative ease in most settings. The level included in the tripod function adequately.
This tripod has a relatively wide footprint when fully extended and is held solidly in place.
After about 4.5 years of use, the head has begun to leak a sticky substance.
The quick release head is sometimes hard to set in place but holds video recorders and cameras well.
The panning is relatively smooth but does occasionally stick creating small burps in panning shots. Recommend using a rubberband around the handle to pull the any panning or sweeping. The rubber band acts as a shock absorber and makes for a more smooth shot.
Would generally recommend this tripod, particularly given its very reasonable price.
If you buy this product just be aware that the Fluid Head DOES NOT detach from the tripod. For beginners it won't matter, this will be a good product for you. You don't need to worry about counterbalance, sliders, etc. But if you ever get serious about photography or film then eventually you will need to upgrade. But buy this one first. Many closets are full of expensive camera gear that people bought, then realized that it was a fleeting passion, and they put away for a rainy day that never comes. If you are rich, then of course go ahead and buy the $10,000 legs and head----but if you are a normal person with a normal budget then start with this tripod.
Nevertheless, I found some issues.
1) I was surprised at how much longer it was than my old tripod. It does not go well attached to my small camera backpack...it's too long for that. For some, that's a blessing. For me, I could have done with a little less height in exchange for more portability. I'm a short guy (5'7")...your mileage may vary.
2) It feels quite solid and substantial, especially for the money. And yet I still found a surprising amount of shake in my footage from the wind. Perhaps I needed to tighten things down a bit more.
3) The panning motion is buttery smooth. This was just what I needed for silky video panning. If you're shooting video and your tripod does not have a fluid head, you need to rectify that immediately.
It's a great tripod and a tremendous value for the right person. Is it the right tripod for my specific needs? I'm still unsure. Ideally, I'd like something with a fluid head that is shorter. I don't mind a little extra weight (that would actually be good for stability), but I want something that would play nicely with my camera bag.