Product Type: Jessops tripods
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A Toy For Mr Frank
Jessops TP327 Tripod
Member Name: Mrs_Frank
Jessops TP327 Tripod
Advantages: Cheap (second hand!), light
Disadvantages: Bulky and awkward to transport, despite built in handle
Keen to get Mr Frank into a hobby other than playing on his iPhone or computer games, I spent last Christmas trying to fan into flame a glimmer of interest from his quarters in photography. My photography-enthusiast brother-in-law helped me pick out all the equipment that he thought would help a beginner photographer get started, and I bought it all for Mr Frank to get him started on my chosen hobby for him!
Obviously I knew that I needed to buy Mr Frank a camera and a lens, but a tripod is something I had not considered. My brother-in-law assured me it is an essential piece of kit for even a beginner photographer and is particularly useful for shots that the photographer wants to be in (ie. Whole family shots) and pictures using a slow shutter (so the camera does not shake).
My thrifty brother-in-law found this tripod on ebay for £10 which I was really pleased with. New it would have cost around £50 which I was not willing to spend in case Mr Frank rejected my chosen hobby for him.
The tripod was still in its box with instructions, and it has remained there for most of its life since purchase. Fortunately, this is not because Mr Frank rejected the idea of photography as a hobby, but rather because it's a bit bulky to carry around.
The tripod has been used on a few occasions and has proved to be useful and easy to use. We have not referred to the instructions at all, as we have both used tripods before and this one is not much different to most tripods. It has three legs which extend and retract easily, and two spirit levels at the top to enable you to check you have got it level. It is easy to fix the camera to, and use the top lever to angle the camera correctly.
It has a carry handle along the legs to try and make it easier to transport. However, I think that if you wanted to carry it any distance it would be better to have an over-the-shoulder strap, as this little handle does not leave your hands free.
As a basic tripod it seems to do the job of stabilising the camera effectively. I don't know how it would fare in inclement conditions or rough terrain, but for our purposes of the occasional family photo or shot with a slower shutter it has been fine. For £10 I can't complain, and I'm glad I didn't spend any more on it knowing how little we actually use it.
Summary: Good for Occasional Use