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Great concept, but DISASTROUS construction quality
on March 8, 2014
If only this thing were constructed of reliable materials, it would be a great piece of equipment. I purchased and used one successfully on 3-4 occasions, until last weekend. While shooting video with my Nikon D7000 and a lightweight lens, all of a sudden the tripod-threaded screw holding the extension to the support just broke (well, the cheesy, 1/32 inch thick plastic which holds the captive nut broke), and my camera separated completely from the rig. Just lucky I had a good grip on the camera with my free hand, or I would have wound up with a $1,500 doorstop when all was said and done.
I assure you, if any purchaser would look at the photo of just how thin the plastic is that holds this entire mount together, they wouldn't dare purchase it. Unfortunately, the beefy plastic piece which is visible gives the impression that it is a sturdy mount, and hides the flimsy attachment point, only capable of inspection AFTER it fails and you lose your camera.
Sure, it's a great price, and in concept it works fairly well. But even if it were free would it be worth risking your precious camera equipment?
In my opinion, all those 5 star reviews are from purchasers who just haven't YET experienced a failure.
This product really should be removed from the market, and, in my opinion, any company who keeps selling this piece of crap, in the face of the scores of negative reviews regarding breakage, just renders ALL their products suspect.
Take my advice and stay away from this, and all the other similar no-brand-name clones. Stick with an all metal construction that is going to take care of your camera!