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This is my very first tripod and I absolutely love it. It is super easy to use. You can change it to so many different heights, it's crazy! Each leg comes out 2 times max, but you don't have to take them out all the way, but stop when you get needed height.
I have had the tripod for about 4-5 years and every now and again I still find something with this tripod that I didn't know it did.
You can get the camera even higher by winding it up with the handle on the side. Once you have mounted the camera, you can tilt it on different angles...either on the side, up and down or just move around in a circle.
It is very sturdy and easy to assemble. Same with disassembling. Perfect when you are in a hurry as well!
The Velbon DF-50 is a medium sized, 3 section tripod ideal for shooting in most situations.
The tripod is light whilst also being a tough/sturdy item. I found the DF-50 really quite easy to set up and break down again (issues I have noticed with other tripods). Retractable spikes in each of the feet are great for getting extra stability. At full extension the camera level is quite high meaning you wont have to duck to see what you are shooting. This is a great tripod for an amateur with a price tag of around £35 (Jessops) to £50 (Amazon). Also photography students would benefit from the price and ease of use.
One major weakness with the design is that the camera head can only be set between 0 and 90 degrees (i.e. landscape to portrait). This is a pretty big issue as this means you will need to shoot on level ground. Another slight issue is that the grip used to cover the mounting screw is hard to tighten.
I would recommend to amateurs and students for the price tag and ease of use. However, for more advanced photographers there are better products in the market.