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Magnus VT-300 Video Tripod with Fluid Head

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4.3 out of 5 stars 109 customer reviews
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  • Supports any camera up to 15 lb | Built-in pan/tilt fluid effect video head 64.3" maximum height | Pans 360° and tilts up and down | Internal bubble level
  • Integrated center-column | Independent pan and tilt locks |Pan bar and quick-release camera plate included
  • Integrated mid-level spreader | Flip-lock leg locks | Replaceable rubber feet
  • Whats In The Box: Quick-release Plate, Carry Bag, 1 Year Limited Warranty
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Product Description

The Magnus VT-300 Video Tripod with Fluid Head is a lightweight and portable tripod system for shooting stable videos with DSLRs, small camcorders, and any other cameras up to 15 lb.

A built-in fluid effect video head pans a full 360°, tilts up and down, and features independent pan and tilt locks for fixed-position shots. A pan bar and a snap-in quick-release camera plate are included. The quick-release plate features a 1/4" camera mounting screw, a registration pin, and an anti-skid mounting surface.

A center-column raises or lowers at the turn of a hand crank to let you fine-tune a height without adjusting the tripod legs. A mid-level spreader keeps the legs steady when you adjust the tripod, and it locks to keep the legs secure once you've set the tripod in position. Both the center-column and spreader are integrated. The maximum height of the tripod with the center-column raised is 64.3".

The tripod legs extend at two leg stages at the release of flip-locks. The legs feature replaceable rubber feet that provide grip on hard or slippery surfaces. An internal bubble level will help you position the tripod evenly on uneven ground. A carry case with a shoulder strap is included and will let you conveniently carry the tripod over your shoulder when you're travelling about."

Product Information

Product Dimensions 27.1 x 5.5 x 5.2 inches
Item Weight 5.8 pounds
Shipping Weight 6.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Item model number VT-300
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4.3 out of 5 stars 109 customer reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #13 in Camera & Photo > Camera & Photo Accessories > Professional Video Accessories > Tripods
#1,266 in Electronics > Camera & Photo > Video
Date first available at Amazon.com August 10, 2011

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I was looking for a decent lightweight, inexpensive fluid-head tripod to use out on the streets. I got two out of three.

The tripod is fairly lightweight for a fluid-head model, and it was inexpensive. But as far as using it to take video with pans, it leaves much room for improvement. If you are a still photographer or just looking for basic support for video, this will (mostly) get the trick done. But if you rely on your camera support to provide a reliably-level camera surface and smooth panning action, this is not going to satisfy your needs.

The problem is the head itself, which is not (so far as I've been able to determine) replaceable. The head is plastic; which is expected at this price point. But it is also flimsy and stiff, and these two flaws build on each other to wobbly video motion. The stiff head (even with the locking knobs loosened) takes far too much effort to pan, so much so that if you don't hold the tripod or hang weight on it (no hook provided for weight) it will tip or shift position. The flimsy plastic head also flexes as you pan, causing the camera to tilt slightly side-to-side. When you level the tripod base there is enough flex in the head that the camera isn't level to start with; but you can push/pull on the camera to get it level (at least until you start panning).

The head also squeaks when you pan up-and-down or side-to-side, loud enough to be picked-up by the camera's built-in mic. Fortunately, we always used a shotgun mic or on-person lav to a digital recorder, and only rely on the camera's mic for syncing sound.

This would all be forgivable if the head could be replaced. Save up a few dollars and put on a better fluid head and this would be a decent portable tripod.
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The Good:
Inexpensive, lightweight, some helpful features

The Bad:
Loose video head, recoil

The Ugly:
Intermittent creaking from video head, plus pops/ticks from joints

Conclusion: Simply unreliable unless you slap music over all your footage, or really want it for photos.

There has been some confusion regarding the model numbers - however, the Pearstone VT-2100 is the SAME identical tripod as the Magnus VT-300. For the permanently confused and the skeptics, just to get it from the horse's mouth, I e-mailed the company directly, and they replied, "Thank you for contacting the Pearstone customer service desk. The VT2100 and the VT300 are the same tripod. The Pearstone product has been rebranded to Magnus." This just reconfirms what the rest of us knew already.
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My first review for Amazon! I needed a light-weight yet solid tripod for a trip to Italy. Was running a Sony VG20 video cam and needed a tripod fast. The Pearstone VT-2100 delivered and was an excellent choice for me. I studied long and hard Amazon's spectrum of tripods. I considered heavier tripods and at twice the price and finally went with the lighter Pearstone VT-2100. For a lightweight prosumer vid cam, I can say, this tripod worked very well for my needs...
-Even for a newbie to tripods, the VT-2100 right out of the box is intuitive and easy to operate.
-Was my first fluid head and had no problems. Lil' slow at first, but after few minutes went fine and always smooth.
-Both tilt and pan operations were smooth as well.
-Legs and tripod head were stable and solid for it's relative light weight. Very little wobble, is firm.
-Crank-up operation to periscope the head was exactly what I needed.
-Snap-on, snap-off base mounting plate for video cam worked well for me.
-You can move and re-setup this tripod with little effort. Was a bonus for me. Travels well as an airline carry-on.
-Tripod is not all metal and has some plastic parts in construction. Yet nothing broke and all worked fine.
-Carrying bag won't last long. One flight as a carry-on for me and the light zipper broke. Suggest heavier zipper.
-Only reason I didn't give this tripod a 5-star rating...is because just I wonder how some of the plastic parts will hold-up over time. After say a year of constant week-in, week-out travel will this tripod hold up to rigorous work.

All in all, for price to value, you cannot beat this Pearstone VT-2100.
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Let me start by saying that I shoot video professionally and own a small 3 person media company. I shoot with both a standard video camcorder and/multiple DSLRs. With me being small I have to do everything on a budget and I'm really careful on what I spend my money on. The product has to be in expensive but good, better put the product MUST be cost effective.

I saw this tripod at a fashion show when a news company videographer was using it and I inquired into the make, model, cost etc. The guy didn't know the excat cost but stated that it was a Pearstone. I went home and searched the tripod on Google; Amazon popped up. I was amazed that the tripod I saw at the show was only 70 bucks! (I have purchased other tripods for more and they were VERY VERY bad).

This is by far the BEST tripod I have used or purchased. Once I received the first tripod and tried it out, I immediately realized this was the real deal and purchased 2 more. If you are looking for a great tripod to hold your equipment, rigged with your camera, lens (I have used 300mm prime with no issues), screen, follow focus, Zoom recorder and matte box.....this is it....I have had ALL of these items mounted with no problems. Now I have seen the head fall towards the ground just due to the weight of my lens and I wasn't holding it but even when the lens is pointing straight down my camera does not come off unless I release the quick plate....very sturdy, very safe, no worries......worth every penny.
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