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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
Good for the money
on January 27, 2012
I bought the head and tripod. The head is nice and tracks smoothly and the entire thing is stable enough for my D7000 and 70-300 (heaviest lens I own). I bought it because it is a good height for photographing or videoing dogs. Probably not a substitute for a real tripod, and vice versa.
*** 3 month update ***
The tripod head is pretty much useless. When you lock it down it settles ruining your careful framing. You cannot tighten the knob enough to make it not settle. I am writing that off as a total loss.
The tripod itself works fine if you want a tripod that is close to the ground ( I do ), but I have had zero luck wrapping it around anything remotely cylindrical. Luckily I only chipped a lens hood finding this out. It might work fine with a very light camera but forget about it when using a heavy lens. It also takes forever to deploy and once deployed, good luck trying to reframe between the head and the tripod itself settling.
I regret not sucking it up and getting a real tripod and head when that is what I really need. I don't see the use case for a tripod like the gorilla pod unless you want to be low to the ground or do some macro work. Why limit yourself to the things you can wrap a gorilla pod around (if even!).