Product Type: Hama tripods
Newest Review: ... Jessops' basic model is probably a better option (although that does have a few flaws of its own). I would only recommend the Hama Star 42... more
A good quality and value for money tripod with smooth panning action
Hama Star 42
Member Name: eddyfenton
Hama Star 42
Date: 08/01/12, updated on 08/01/12 (8 review reads)
Advantages: Great quality for the price and has a fairly good fluid movement.
Disadvantages: You get what you pay for, of course there are better tripod if you pay more.
I was looking for a value tripod that would offer a smooth travel when panning my camera during filming. I didn't have a large budget so was looking around at what was on offer and saw a few reviews of the Hama Star 42.
What first interested me was the 'fluid tripod head' specification listed for this model.
That normally means a better movement that is smoother when panning your camera. I really needed that as there is nothing that makes a video look really bad than jerky movement.
When it arrived I was keen to test it. I was delighted at the travel; it was a definite improvement on another entry-level tripod I'd been using that I'd bought at around the same price.
To improve the movement even more, I've added extra length to the handle. I do this with a simple cut of plastic tubing gaffer taped to the handle supplied. This allows a more precise movement and it's a tip I'd recommend for those who might be struggling with movement jitter on any tripod.
The height is also good at 151cm and the quick release plate for your camera is both well made and fixes into place firmly and securely.
The tripod sits well on the ground and has rubber feet to keep it gripped to most surfaces. Design is stylish and compact. The built quality is good.
Even though it's a full size tripod, it doesn't take up too space and folds well for storage. Ok, you can buy far better tripods - but for its price it's a great choice if you are on a budget.
Summary: A great choice if you are on a budget.