Product Type: Hama tripods
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Hama Star 42
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Hama Star 42
Advantages: Cheap - very cheap in fact
Disadvantages: Not especially well made
Any serious photographer will be aware that investing in a decent tripod is a must, and in the world of the tripod it's often the case that you get what you pay for - this begs the question of whether or not the low cost Hama Star 42 is any good.
Price & Design
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Costing only £10 from Amazon, the Hama Star 42 is one of the cheapest full-size tripods on the market. The reason that the product is so cheap is arguably down to the quality (or lack of quality) in the materials used in its construction. One of the most important parts of any tripod is the head that the camera fits onto - and here it's all plastic and feels rather flimsy. What I can say in the HS42's favour is the fact that it hasn't broken in the time i've used it - and that has to count for something.
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The usual tripod adjustment settings are present on the HS42 including a twist-lock system for easy angle changes and a quick release pad which screws directly into the underside of your camera. That said, additional features on the HS42 are all but lacking - with spirit levels and other such gimmickery reserved for the more expensive models. In terms of the product's vital statistics, the Hama Star has a maximum height of one and a half metres - although if you actually extend it to this length then a fair bit of stability is lost. This is especially the case in outdoor windy conditions, where you'll notice a slight amount of wobble - the problem is down to the fact that the legs are rather flimsy and rather thin.
In terms of the good points - well, the tripod is fairly lightweight and the rubberised feet prevent it from slipping on most surfaces. A nice touch would have been the inclusion of a carrying handle attached to the body - but again, this feature has probably been omitted to keep the costs down.
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Although it's not a terrible tripod, there are plenty of better models out there - unfortunately they all cost a bit more. If you're willing to spend an extra £15 then 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 as a 'first tripod' - and if it's used without being fully extended, it will probably be perfectly acceptable.
Summary: Budget Tripod
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