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    Monoprice Carbon Fiber Tripod Expert Series - Small
    Product # 12150
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    4.3 / 5.0
    3 Reviews
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    This Tripod is a Great Value For the Money
    First, let me state that in no way am I a tripod / ball head expert. Been into dSLR photography for over a decade, but most of my shots are either hand held with fast lenses, VR, or when I do use a tripod, I've been using an old mid-1990's aluminum tripod meant for videography.. basically, the wrong tool for the job, but it got the job done. Fast forward to this year, I finally get the urge to upgrade my tripod setup to something a bit more appropriate and modern. Been contemplating a carbon fiber tripod for awhile, primarily looking for the weight savings and compactness of a smaller solution (I had lugged my big aluminum one all over Europe at one point, that was tiring).

    Enter the Monoprice Small Carbon Fiber tripod. I was thrilled and excited to see my favorite vendor offer this product, as it looked to be a very cost effective solution to my problem. I had previously consulted friends who had spent thousands on tripod solutions, and I wasn't looking to quite do the same. Placed my order, and being that I live in CA, the product arrived quite quickly.

    Unboxing, I was very impressed with the overall fit and finish, and compact size of the tripod. The included storage / carry bag with a zippered compartment was an added bonus as well, very much appreciated. Having not purchased a ball head yet, all I could do is marvel at the light weight and play around adjusting the legs. I like the rubberized threaded twists, helps me get a grip for easy adjustments. I also like the way the legs lock into place easily, for deployment. Finally, thanks to the variety of adjustments one can make to the leg length and position, the tripod offers a number of possible camera height setups to meet all of my photography needs, which range from studio light box work to field work. As an added feature, you can hang a heavy object (e.g. a bag) from the bottom of the tripod on a hook, thereby giving the total package a bit more weight in case you were afraid your tripod has a chance of tipping over. Eager to test this tripod out with some actual photos and camera mountings, I placed an order for a big brand name ball head from other online site, and waited for the arrival.

    When the large ball head arrived, I put everything together (quite easily, I might add) and took a look again at the total package. Some observations. Once you install a ball head, the tripod has a hard time completely folding up for storage or for transportation. The ball head I bought does interfere with the legs folding up completely, so just be aware of this. I have no way to test this, but perhaps a smaller ball head would allow for the tripod to still fold up completely.

    Another observation is that with the ball head installed, and the tripod folded as much as possible, it is now impossible to completely stow the total package back into the included carry bag. I briefly contemplated going out to buy a replacement carry bag, but I can cram the tripod + ball head into the bag just enough (though the zipper can't be completely closed) to keep everything together. I can live with that, so no problem for me here.

    Ok, down to the real test - mounting my camera and taking some test shots. I went ahead and put together my "moon" photography setup (I like taking pictures of the moon) - dSLR + 70-200mm + my teleconverters. Quite a heavy setup overall. Mounted to the ball head and tripod, adjusted everything, and started using my cable remote to take pictures.

    Wow, the stability and ease of deployment of the tripod was just amazing. I could focus on trying to capture a better photo, versus struggling with my equipment to get the framing right. When it came time to put it all back away, the tripod telescoped and folded back easily with no problems. There was no adjustment creep in the legs or any other stability problem when I was taking my photos.

    Overall, a great purchase again from Monoprice, very happy with it and looking forward to using the tripod a lot more.
    July 13, 2017
    1 year ago
    Very nice travel tripod
    To preface this review, i purchased this tripod on sale for very cheap so my opinions are a bit slanted by the price. I also don't have a lot of hands on experience with many other tripods. But, I'll try and give as much detail as possible

    First impression is, WOW big bunch of carbon fiber with all metal fittings.and it looks like anything that threads into anything is metal, besides the carbon legs the only non metal that i have found on the tripod are the sleeves to apply tension on the leg sections and the rubberized coating on the twist locks

    everything feels smooth and lock up tight. fit and finish is pretty good. weight is very nice. with out the ball head it feels like nothing.

    Tripod feels fairly sturdy with ~2.5lbs binoculars mounted on a flat carpeted surface. Putting weight on it by hand it feels very solid and doesn't flex unduly or rock around.


    The thinner center column extension deflects quite a bit, I'm not really confident it would do well with the rated 22 pounds.

    When removing the center column to run in low profile mode there's a lot of play and you really have to screw it down pretty good as there's nothing supporting the 3/16 bolt once the center column is removed.

    Good buy over all, but maybe not worth the normal retail price.
    April 6, 2017
    1 year ago
    Carbon Fiber Travel Tripod
    The product is the right size and weight. Sturdy and fits in my backpack or luggage. The tripod could not be folded in its smallest form with the ball head on. A better designed Ballhead specific to this Tripod is needed...The recommended Ball head sold separately - which I did purchase is not totally Arca Swiss compatible I have some Arca Swiss Quick release plates that do not fit properly with out some modification. The width adjustment screw requires an Allen wrench for adjustment the socket head adjustment screw should have a larger diameter for easier hand tightening and or a rubber finish for better friction... and the tightening lever should be larger and Better positioned.
    March 29, 2017
    1 year ago