Product Type: Hama tripods
Newest Review: ... won't be suitable for SLR cameras if you're using a heavy zoom lens - the weight will simply be too much for the Hama, and it will probabl... more
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Hama Mini Tripod
Member Name: JJJJ
Hama Mini Tripod
Advantages: Stable and well made
Disadvantages: Won't hold SLR cameras with large lenses attached
Although mini tripods can be purchased extremely cheaply, the majority are incredibly flimsy and can break with the merest persuasion. Today i'm looking the Hama Mini, which is one of the sturdier models on the market with a current retail price of just over £6 from Amazon.
Design and Appearance
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Constructed from aluminium, the mini tripod looks professional and feels well made. Regarding its size, the Hama will easily fit in to a pocket, and its light weight means that carrying it around really won't be an issue. Pre-leg extension, the tripod stands at around thirteen centimetres tall, and with the legs out said hight is elevated to just over twenty cms. The tripod will be compatible with the majority of digital cameras as it features the industry standard size screw thread.
The tripod in use
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The extendable legs pull downward in a smooth manner, and feature plastic feet to prevent slipping on most flat surfaces. It's important to note that the tripod won't be suitable for SLR cameras if you're using a heavy zoom lens - the weight will simply be too much for the Hama, and it will probably topple over - any digital compact should be fine though. On top of the tripod sits the ball head, which can be rotated through a range of angles, or simply locked in place. The movement of the ball is a little jerky however, so if you're planning to use the tripod for panning etc you may be disappointed. Regarding stability, i've found that the tripod is very impressive, and once locked in position is very stable.
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Overall, i'm very pleased with the performance of the Hama Mini, which turns out to be a versatile and pleasant looking tripod. There are cheaper tripods out there (many of which I own), but the Hama is certainly one of the better ones that I've used and therefore earns four out of five dooyoo stars.
Summary: Impressive mini tripod
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