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This interesting tripod has more to it than you think, it can also be turned into a monopod!
This is one of the lower end tripods for sale, characterized by the materials used and the quality of feel to the finished product you can see the injection moulding marks on the components which is a little bit of an off put. Not that I am saying it's not good, in fact for a cheap tri/mono pod combo it's great, but what I am saying is that you know you're using a cheaper pod setup.
That being said it's still a great option if you are in the market for that sort of thing, in fact it's the best cheap pod I have come across.
Build Quality: The unit has a good build quality, not outstanding not poor. The joints are reliable enough to endure moderate usage, the press locks are sturdy and have a solid action as do the numerous knobs. The legs are sturdy with collapsible sections to reduce pack size. Often on these cheaper tripods the legs are given no consideration and the flex once extended is often excessive to the point of allowing for camera shake. Not in this case! They retain a good amount of rigidity. The feet are of the rubber type, so they grip well to all surfaces and have a good footprint. The camera locking bay is sound enough, although I doubt I would frequently subject it to my telephoto lens which weighs significantly more than most lenses under normal usage, hence for normal use the build quality suffices, once you start to push it...as I said you know you're using a cheap tripod and you tend to worry about the gear attached to it. (Well...I do)
Tripod usage: With a good leg spread the tripod is sound on its feet, looking at the feet you think they might not work so well being rounded and bulbous, but they do work well in most instances with hidden metal spikes, the quick lock mechanisms work well enough to enable the user to adapt to rough terrain, when required you just flip the lock and adjust, then lock back in. You can get a good range of movement from the adjustable, and you can alternate orientation at a moment's notice with locking orientation changer.
Monopod usage: it's a luxury feature on such a cheap tripod, to be able to just simply lift the mid section and use it as a 150mm monopod. It does suffer slight shaft bend when in this mode, as the middle section is doubling up as tripod mid shaft and mono pod shaft. If the makers were to try and get a monopod into the middle of a tripod you would be looking at even more weight unless you then moved to suitable materials. As Monopods goes it gives you quick access to stable shots, and given that my top tip for any photographer is to have a monopod on hand (often more convenient than a tripod) this product wins for convenience.
Weight: it's not the lightest! But then again it's not carbon and aluminium, its molded plastic and steel. Average on the weight front I am afraid.
Value for money: at the end of the day this is a monopod also, the overall package adds up to quite a good value proposition and as long as your expectations are managed in terms of finish, it's a neat little package. One thing to note is that the bubble levels are just about useless, so small they just pale into insignificance when trying to get a level shot. Better to judge it yourself and adjust in software later (just my opinion).
I really like this product for its adaptability and the fact that I don't worry about dragging expensive kit with me. It's nice to have features and function in such a price point.
For photo and video
3-way head with quick release plate (cork)
The central column can be removed completely; it can be used as fully functioning monopod
Handy, large quick-action leg locks to fix the leg length
Rubber feet for secure positioning
|Product Description:||Hama Profil Duo II - tripod|
|Tripod Head Type:||Pan|
|Tripod Operating Height:||51 cm - 143 cm|
|Max Supported Weight:||4 kg|