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Velbon 250R Sherpa Tripod with PH157Q Panhead
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- Geared elevator with friction adjuster - Enables tension adjustment which allows for smooth control
- 3-way PH157Q aluminium panhead included - lightweight, slick and ready for action straight out of the box
- One-touch locking of pan and tilt actions
- High quality 3-section aluminium legs - Hard wearing and extremely stable in all shooting environments
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Fast, versatile and easy to use tripod for both enthusiasts and beginners alike.
Equipped with the 3-way panhead PH157Q with Quick-release platform system that incorporates a one-touch handle that allows locking of both pan and tilt movements with one twist. The handle is mounted on the left which allows the user to keep their right hand free to operate the camera.
Velbon Sherpa 250R Tripod
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Several pro-photographers state a tripod should weigh no less than 1.5kg, apx 3.3lb, to overcome movement or flex in the tripod being transferred to your camera. At 2.1kg, 4.5lb this aluminium tripod is light yet stable. At maximum leg extension there is apx 7mm, 6/16" play with the legs before it settles, i.e. pull legs as wide as they can go [light force] then return to position. Very secure. 2nd test. Holding tripod between the panhead and tripod - at the neck as it were and moving / shaking it gripped with 2 fingers makes for NO movement. As said, it is a stable and secure tripod.
It's been thrown into the back of a van, hiked deep in country, rolled down hill on a backpack and the legs have received no dents or buckling.
A total of 3 sections with easy clips makes for smooth leg extension. Each foot has a thick, solid rubber moulded end piece. Grippy but easy enough to wipe off dirt and small stones don't stick.
One position for the legs on opening to extension. That is, folded together for transport then open out to a maximum fixed position. The legs don't snap out but "reach" position and may be adjusted inwards as terrain dictates. Tripod is not top heavy, 1 or 2 legs may be splayed inwards or shortened and the tripod maintains good, solid position.
Some people think tripod bags are affectacious however it prevents stuff from getting tangled in the legs. Bag doesn't look particulary Louis Vitton - more like a Wal Mart snooker cue - it's functional.
Removing pan head allows tripod to be carried as onboard luggage.
Pan head is the same throughout the Sherpa range. Handle stops head at 45 deg looking upwards. Removing the handle gives another 15 deg to 60 deg when housing meets the neck.
Looking downwards to the ground goes perdendicular to the plane, 180 deg.
Right sided mount on pan head turns your camera from landscape to portrait on your camera's right axis.
Thin cork backing on quick release does its job. When quick release plate attached to camera body, inserting the plate back onto the tripod is easy. Slips in apx 40% of the way the putting the rest of the plate down flicks the quick release handle automatically into place. One does not tighten the quick release handle to lock.
The pan handle evidently moves your camera around but also determines the tension on the head, i.e. the grip and degree of ease your camera pans around. If you leave it too tight (as I initially did) moving in an anti-clockwise direction screws off the head from the tripod. Releasing the tension and panning concomitantly makes for easy control of your camera. Once familiar with the head, your "fixed" tripod becomes very fluid indeed and you can whip around in a moment to catch something almost behind you or upwards in a single fluid movement.
Handles a D90 with various zoom lenses like a breeze. Read the literature for maximum load as I haven't reached it.
Riser pole is aluminium with plastic insert for graduands. Retractable handle to turn. Has a collar on the bottom, plastic, to set tension. Not unstable however the pros recommend not to raise the centre pole as it may induce shake. Using a handle instead of a collar and twist many people prefer as it is quicker than rotating a handle. Neutral for me as I don't use it.
If you need to be within cm's or a couple of inches - this isn't the rig for you. Having said that, I can't turn the centre pole around as in some other models but with no legs extended - just the first section splayed, 59cm, under 2' high. Works for me.
Overall, robust, easy setup, nice head action and folds up compact. I think it does the job well.
price is reasonable / well made / comes with carrying bag
could do with a centre extension hook to hang weights of to stabilie in strong winds but no big deal
also the rubber feet would of been better with metal spikes with rubber covers for soft muddy ground.
overall highly recommended
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