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on 7 December 2013
The Hama Traveller compact tripod is exceptionally good value for money and significantly outperforms my Manfrotto 785B which is also a lightweight travel tripod... costing more than twice the price of the Hama.
The Hama is nice and sturdy for it's weight, which again is not significantly different than the Manfrotto 785B and extends to a very comfortable working height for me at 6ft3". The Hama is a little longer than the Manfrotto when collapsed perhaps by virtue of it's three extending legs compared to four on the Manfrotto.
The ball head is perfectly functional, if a little clunky and industrial. It is the one obviously heavy part of the Hama tripod. The good news is the head is removable (undo the small allen head bolt in the side of the ball head unit, pull it off and what remains behind simply unscrews) and reveals a standard tripod/ball head mounting screw underneath so that you can fit another head if you have one. I fitted a more compact and lightweight Joby ball head.
Don't let the fact this tripod is priced well below that from the big names put you off, it really delivers the goods and makes you wonder how the big names can justify their prices.
Oh and don't forget you get a tripod carry bag in the box too.