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Digital Concepts TR-60N Camera Tripod with Carrying Case
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600 of 606 people found the following review helpful
on October 2, 2003
Overall, this is a decent bargain tripod. The legs appear to be aluminum, and most of the rest of the unit is plastic or PVC. It has a quick-release head for attaching your camera but it only comes with one quick-release attachment, which sort of reduces the utility of it, although I'm sure you can buy more somewhere.
The BAD news is that this unit is cheap, light and flimsy. The GOOD news is that it is that it is cheap and light! For the price, I would call it an excellent value, especially for someone who needs to carry it around with them since it is so light weight.
Many ultra-light tripods feature a hook on the bottom of the centerpost that allows you to tie a bag of rocks or dirt or whatever to weigh down the tripod for steadier shooting. Although the picture of this item shows such a hook, my unit did not come with one. Fortunately you can always tie a weight on with string if you need to.
If you have a slightly higher budget I would recommend looking at the various tripods by Sunpak first. And if you can afford them I would also look at Slik brand tripods as well.
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120 of 121 people found the following review helpful
on October 11, 2005
This tripod has everything you would ever want, from it's quick release plate in the tilting head, to it's crank elevator with locking ring, to it's easy to use leg locks to its self leveling, gimballed rubber feet. The tripod's legs brace to the center post and lock. There are spirit levels on the the head and at the point where the legs meet. there is even a hook on the bottom of the elevator post for your camera bag or a weight for extra stability. The tripod is light, has a built in carrying handle and even comes with a carrying case. A tripod with all these features usually costs over $100. There is only one problem, its not that stable. The materials used to construct this thing are as cheap and flimsly as they could get away with. Its perfectly adequate for the very lightest of still cameras but I wouldn't recommend it for even the lightest of video cameras. The tilt head cannot be tilted or panned smoothly for even the most elementary of moving shots. The legs only extent to about 3' the last 1' of height is achieved with the center post which even when locked is wobbly. Not a design flaw, the instability is due entirely to the materials used in construction. It does rate 3 stars because of it's light weight, brilliant design and low cost but "buyer beware" this is only good for lightweight cameras. It's not a bad alternative to a fullsize tripod if you are tring to travel light and want something more substantial than a tabletop unit.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on December 22, 2005
Pros: Lite, has good stance, easy to deploy, the snaps hold well

Cons: The head is made from cheap hardened PVC plastic. Only good for light cameras. If you use heavy SLR lense, you will have problems shooting different angles. Really NOT ment for frequent adjusting.

I owned one of these for 2+ years (bought mine in bhphotovideo.com for $40) A month ago the head knob broke. If you are serious about photography, look for better tripod with quality head.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on June 1, 2007
The head on this tripod is somewhat weak and does hold a heavy DSLR, I.E. Nikon D200, very steady. The camera would wobble for 2 to 4 secs after pressing the shutter release, making it unusable for slow shutter speed work.

This would be OK for a light compact or small DLSR.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on February 19, 2010
I think above all else, when one is buying a tripod in this price range, they should more or less expect to get what they're paying for. I will say this particular tripod is sufficient for the most basic still photography, but is really not appropriate for any kind of video. Even with regular, inexpensive point and shoots, the build quality of the unit is quite low, to the point where I can easily see the tripod or head failing, resulting in a broken camera.

It does seem to bring together all the best features of a lightweight tripod: ball-joint feet, carry handle, dual levels, quick release, three way pan/tilt, etc. However, from day one I found the levels almost useless (don't think they're seated properly). The "fluid" panning action is more like "gravel" panning action. And the legs are finicky when extending/retracting (tend to get stuck).

Speaking of which, on day two, the second time I setup the tripod, one of the legs popped out of its head joint without any provocation or manhandling. This leg now has a tendency to pop out whenever deploying the tripod. A definite annoyance, and really makes me question how safe it is to put a camera on top.

Granted, the fix is fairly easy (pop back into joint), but this indicates how flimsy the build quality is. And if that leg popped out with a camera mounted, the whole thing would come crashing down.

Overall, I don't feel comfortable putting even a semi-decent digi on this tripod. It's shoddy in general, and even more so fully extended. I can easily see it collapsing randomly. I'm going to keep it around as a stand for jerry-rigged lighting (which it works reasonably well for), but I doubt this thing will ever see a camera again.

In short, I absolutely cannot recommend this tripod for supporting any kind of serious photographic equipment. As mentioned, it serves reasonably well as a stand for accessories, and may be good to have around if your primary tripod fails and you really need a backup in a pinch. This is why I gave it three stars as opposed to one (ie: it's worth about what you pay for it, and has some basic utility). But again, there's no way I can endorse this as a support for even the most rudimentary camera.

Do yourself a big favor and spend only five more dollars on a Velbon CX-300 tripod, which has some standard of quality, and won't result in catastrophic failure. If you want to step up to something decent, yet still inexpensive, go with a Cullmann Nanomax 220, or a Slik U9000 (in that order) both available here on Amazon. It's not worth putting your $70, $150, $250+++ camera on a two bit tripod that's bound to fail. Spend a few more dollars and get something reliable.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
I have only used it once but it works great. Fully adjustable for almost any angle. This was used with a Canon S2-IS and hooked up fine.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on September 1, 2009
Loved this when I received it. I was using it for a relatively small point and shoot camera. My main goal was to take photos of the moon. It worked out pretty nice for a while.
Things started to go down hill when i got my SLR ( a NIKON D100 ) The weight of the camera and my new frequency of use stared to where down the tripod. The legs started to lose their strength. They would slowly slip into each other, shrinking while i was using it. Obviously a big pain in butt.
I eventually went out and grabbed a larger and much more sturdy tripod.

If your looking for a light use and and very convenient tripod then definitely pick this up. If your plans are leaning toward lots of shots then go bigger and make the investment.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 21, 2011
Let's face it, it's cheap. You get what you pay for. Most of it has a plasticy feel, and when at full height with my Sony DSLR atop, it wobbles. The panning is not smooth and the knobs feel like they would break if you turned them too much. If 20 bucks is all you have and you need a tripod, then buy it. If you can spend 20-30 more bucks, then buy a better one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 29, 2008
I read a lot of the reviews and wasn't sure what to expect from this tripod, so I decided to try it out for myself. I'm planning a trip so I wanted something that was easy to carry and lightweight. This tripod definitely offers that. It also has quite a few adjustments for such an inexpensive tripod.

However, if you are serious about photography I would skip buying this. I tried it out on my Nikon d40 and found that the mounting plate doesn't screw in tightly (causing the camera to swivel when turned to a downward/upward position). I've used professional level tripods and they are definitely worth the money. If you're looking for something really sturdy and high quality I wouldn't really recommend getting this tripod.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 18, 2012
I got this tripod when it was on sale just to have something in the back of my car for those occasions you need one. The tripod is cheap, the carrying case is cheap. First impressions when boxing it was the heavy wave of plastic and/or glue smell. Definitely cheaply constructed as well. The tripod is really only good for basic photos with a point a shoot. Definitely wouldn't trust any camera over 1.25lb on this tripod (e.g. DSLRs). It'll stick when panning or tilting so don't expect to take much video on it. That said, it's still usable and it has nice foam grips and a handle in the center and a bubble level as well. Considering it was half the price I'd pay for a similar tripod at Walmart, it's pretty good.
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