Product Type: Hama tripods
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Hama Star 61
Member Name: danny691
Hama Star 61
Advantages: Easy to transport, great for beginners.
Disadvantages: Not suitable for larger cameras. Not sturdy enough as it is too light!
Having come across the Hama Star 61 on Amazon for a bargain price I decided I needed a new tripod! I have found that, although the tripod does its job very well it is perhaps a little bit too light when it is very windy. Obviously the weight of the tripod is a big plus point when in transit, but I have owned more sturdy tripods in the past and havnt complained about them being too heavy. there is a hook on the tripod and I usually hand something on there, either my camera equipment or a bag just to add some stability. There are many movements on this tripod, so small adjustments can be made with ease, although at first it can be just a case of working things out.
I would suggest you give it a go before going out with it, work out the many adjustables and see what works best for you. The last thing you want to be worrying about is the camera angle when you are setting up a shot, the tripod doesnt need to be fussy and this one is very simple to operate. The tripod helps me achieve near perfect panoramic shots with the pan handle and also allows for many degrees of tilting.
For beginners I would say this is the perfect value option as it would accomodate smaller to mid sized cameras. I would say that if you have a DSLR then you might look for something more substantial, though. Another gripe would be the plastic plate for attaching cameras to, again I would say this could be a stumbling block for DSLR owners as it isnt really equipped to take the larger sized cameras.
Overall this a great budget tripod for beginners and intermediates as it is simple to use and comes with its own carry case. For the professionals unfortunately this wont suit most of your needs.
Summary: One for the beginners.
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