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Carbon Fiber Tripod Expert Series - Small
Effortlessly keep your camera steady and stable with this Carbon Fiber Tripod from Monoprice!
This tripod is constructed of carbon fiber, which provides the most strength and least weight possible. The quick release leg extension locks and locking leg angles make it easy to quickly setup, so you won't miss that perfect shot while messing around with complicated or difficult to use accessories.
The tripod can be setup with a maximum height of 53.9" to a minimum height of only 8.9". It weighs only 38.8 oz., can accommodate up to 22 lbs. weight capacity, and when folded for storage, measures only 13.1" long. It features a 3/8"x16 screw mount for attaching a camera head (not included). A zippered nylon carrying/storage bag is also included.
- Maximum Height: 53.9" (1370mm)
- Minimum Height: 8.9" (225mm)
- Folded Length: 13.1" (335mm)
- Weight: 38.8 oz. (1100g)
- Load Capacity: 22.0 lbs (10kg)
- Tube Diameter: up to 23mm
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.
8 months ago
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.
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