Product Type: Hama tripods
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A Great Budget Tripod
Hama Star 63
Member Name: RyanUK
Hama Star 63
Advantages: Versatile, has spirit levels, low price
Disadvantages: I have not found any yet
To make it clear, this is a budge tripod, hence the price. That is not to say the quality is poor, but it does have plastic parts as well as aluminium. However, it is very versatile and I have not experienced any problems with the build quality.
One of the nice things about this tripod is the spirit levels, which help to ensure the camera is level, regardless of how uneven the ground is. I found it easy enough to adjust (and had not owned such a tripod before) and get the position I wanted. I have not used it a lot, but mainly for timed shots with friends and family. Also some indoor shots when I was experimenting. At this price, it's worth it even of occasional users who want to ensure they are in the photo, but the camera is positioned well when left on the timer.
When I purchased mine, I got a carry case, but I have also seen them advertised without it (and even at a higher price), so ensure you shop around as the case is useful. Fits perfectly and makes it easy to carry. The tripod is 1.74kg, so not too heavy.
I have to be honest, when I started looking for a tripod, I wasn't too sure what height I needed. This one goes up to 1.6m and so far I have not found this a limitation. I wasn't too sure if it would be high enough, but that is definitely not the case.
I can't really fault it at this price. You get what you pay for and I feel like I got a product worth far more.
Summary: A good entry level, or occasional user, tripod.
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