The Explorer Tripod is perfect for digital, video and still cameras up to 4 pounds. Featuring quick release leg locks and 3 way pan head, this tripod is a breeze to set up. Utilizing a geared center post, this extends from 22" to 60" giving great range. Extra leg support offers better stability. Tripod bag included.
From the Manufacturer
Davis & Sanford Vista Explorer V
Sturdy 25-mm diameter 3-section legs with oversize flip locks
Hefty 11-inch, 20mm-diameter geared center post for rapid height adjustment on the fly
Quick-release plate for speedy camera mounting and removal
Locking leg support brace enhances stability
Third bubble level on the base to facilitate quick, easy setup on uneven surfaces
Carry hook at bottom of center post
Non-slip rubber feet for enhanced stability on slippery surfaces
Maximum height: 60 inches; Minimum height: 22 inches: Folds to 23 inches
Maximum load: 4 pounds; Weight: 3 pounds
Bonus, High quality tripod bag
3-way head with 2-way tilt plus pan; 2 bubble levels
All position Quick Release plate can be used for still or video
Davis & Sanford Vista Explorer V
Perfect mid-size lightweight tripod for stills and video
Extending to a comfortable eye-level viewing height of 60 inches, and providing a maximum load capacity of 4 pounds, this robust aluminum folds down to an easy-to-pack 23 inches in length and weighs only 3 pounds. Its features include sturdy 25-mm diameter 3-section legs with oversize flip locks, a hefty 11-inch, 20mm-diameter geared center post for rapid height adjustment on the fly, a nicely finished 3-way pan/tilt head with two bubble levels for precise vertical and horizontal orientation, and a quick-release plate for speedy camera mounting and removal.
A locking leg support brace enhances stability, and there's a third bubble level on the base to facilitate quick, easy setup on uneven surfaces, a carry hook at the bottom of the center post, a separate carry handle, and non-slip rubber feet for enhanced stability on slippery surfaces. As a bonus, the D&S Vista Explorer V comes with an attractive tripod bag. A value-priced lightweight with a bit of extra heft, it's a best seller in its class. And like all D&S Vista tripods, it's protected by a 10-year warranty.
This low cost tripod came up as a promotional offer when purchasing a camera so I really wasn't expecting much since the price was so low. I figured the tripod bag would cost nearly that much so decided to give it a try. While by no means is this a professional model, it is an excellent value for an affordable starter tripod or spare.
Features: Relatively lightweight - certainly not in the lightest class but sturdy and still manages to remain light enough to not tire for standard use.
Ability to rotate in all directions.
Quick connect/disconnect feature.
Able to hold decent sized DSLR not just super light weight point and shoot models.
Decent little canvas bag.
Quick hang hook.
Good spread - fairly steady.
Ability to set-up on non level surface.
All in all, this is a terrific starter tripod or spare you can toss around, leave in the car etc for a very affordable price. Not sure about durability since I've only had a short period of time but like I mentioned before, at the current sales price a tripod bag will cost you nearly the same amount. This should have a little life in it and can double for other uses later. Better than expected at this price!
Look, I read a review here and there, complaining about how it doesn't swivel smoothly enough. How it has plastic parts...Wha, Wha, Wha.
This is the reality...IT ONLY COST $20!!!!
Let me tell you, it's a $20 well spent. If you need a basic tripod to hold your camera still in one spot...buy this. If you want to record movies at your kids party, or at your sister's wedding, buy it. Want to take some pics at the park this weekend because that's what you like to do as a hobby, and need a lightweight tripod, buy it.
If you think you are professional photographer and your income depends on your camera and tripod...don't buy it.
Some people want everything for nothing. This tripod gives you excellent VALUE for just $20. It even comes with a nice carry bag for goodness sake!
Recommended for folks looking for a cost saving and effective tripod for $20!!
Why 5 Stars? Because you get the most Bang for your buck.
BTW...yes there are "instructions" included. It's part of the Warranty Registration Card. I think most folks think the card is a brand label and just throw it away. It tells your how to set up the tripod and how to use panning and tilting. Don't throw away the 3 X 5 card that looks like a label tag.
It's super easy to use. But can refer to the card to give you peace of mind if needed.
This is my first tripod purchase and my biggest priority was portability because I know that if my tripod weighed too much, I just wouldn't bother carrying it. I shoot with a Nikon D80 and a 18-200 VR lens so stability was also important. I'm in the midst of a 365 project (1 self portrait every day for a year) so the freedom of a tripod has greatly expanded my photo possibilities. I was concerned that my camera body and lens are heavy enough that I wouldn't be able to use it in a portrait orientation without tipping over. Honestly, cranked up high, its a bit rocky but doable, at least on a flat surface in my house. I'm not sure I'd trust it on a rocky slope. I sort of wish I'd gone with a ball-mount tripod rather than the 3 way adjuster but most ball mounts were beyond my desired price range. The adjustments achieve all the same motions of a ball, it just takes a little more effort to perfect it. So far so good though. I have yet to encounter a shot I couldn't get.
PROS: -very lightweight and portable -bag is a great bonus even though its minimal -possible to use in portrait orientation with a Nikon D80 and zoom lens (just be careful!)
CONS: -less stable than I was hoping for -3 way adjuster takes some getting used to
Overall, I am fairly satisfied with the tripod. It's a nice starting point. However, down the road I'm sure I'll desire a more substantial pro-style one.
This tripod is light and definitely for the amateur photographer, not for a pro. As others have stated, it's fine as a first tripod, and if you're looking for one on the cheap.
Features: -The extendable legs are adjustable, and allow you to level your camera/camcorder, even on slopes or uneven surfaces. -The included tripod bag isn't terribly fancy, but just that it's included is a plus. -Built in bubble level. It's not much, but at least it's there. -Pans and tilts - Meaning it goes, up and down, and left and right. Most (but not all) budget tripods do that anyway, so it's not a groundbreaking feature, but should be mentioned for something at this price range. -Detachable head, for if you want to quickly remove your camera/camcorder.
Pros: -Tall enough for most people (I'm 5'10"). Unless you are gigantically tall yourself. -When folded, it's pretty small, and would be very convenient for carrying around. -Fairly sturdy aluminum. It definitely supports the weight of larger cameras. That said, I wouldn't lean against it. -It's fairly easy to detach the head, though you need both hands to put it back onto the tripod. (If you have multiple cameras/camcorders, I'm sure you can buy extra heads from the manufacturer.)
Cons: -The plastic used for the feet, the head, and the handle just doesn't feel like it will last long. I have no doubt that with medium use, it'll start to wear and tear pretty quickly. -Tilting and panning is not smooth at all, and ends up being sorta jerky.
The panning and tilting is not a problem for just photos, just don't use it for video. There are knobs on the tripod which allow you to loosen the head, but it's more intended for you to reposition and then retighten the knob.Read more ›