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Ravelli APGL5 Professional 65" Ball Head Camera Video Photo Tripod with Quick Release Plate and Carry Bag

by Ravelli
656 customer reviews
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  • Monopod Option: All 3 legs are removable and each can be used as a monopod. Simply unscrew any one of the legs and the ball head from the tripod, then screw the ball head directly onto the top of the leg. The standard 3/8" adapter at the top of the legs allow other standard 3/8" tripod heads to fit as well.
  • Center Column Height Reduction: The bottom part of the center column is removable. The center column is still reversible to achieve low angle shots, but is not necessary.
  • Panning Handle for Video: The handle allows for smooth panning for video. The handle replaces the photo panning lock knob for smoother panning.
  • Reversible Legs: Allows the tripod to fold to a mere 18.5" without the head and 21" with the head, making it easy to carry and store when not in use.
  • Single Twist Leg Locks: Twist leg locks only require a single-handed 270° twist to open and a single-handed 270° twist to close. With one hand and a quick turn of the wrist, the tripod is ready.

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Technical Details

Product Description

The Ravelli APGL5 is a Professional Quality Tripod that provides a solid base for high-end photographic equipment. This model is made from Aluminum to create a light weight and sturdy tripod. The ball head provides smooth adjustments to any angle. The center column is gearless and the legs can be inverted for low angle shots. Dual foam grips, quick release leg locks, one Quick Release Camera Plate and rubber feet complete a very nice light weight tripod. To trouble shoot the APGL5 Legs, You need to unscrew the collar on the top of the Blue twist lock. Then you un screw the blue twist lock completely. This allows you to remove the inner leg from the outer. Most times when the leg gets stuck it is because it was opened to fast and the Tab that hold the leg from twisting is now stuck. So there will be 2 tabs inside the leg, just re insert these into the 2 holes on the inner leg and then put back together.

Product Details

  • Item Weight: 3.5 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B004RBX0GO
  • Item model number: APGL5
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (656 customer reviews)
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  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at March 9, 2011

Customer Reviews

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226 of 230 people found the following review helpful By Alex on August 22, 2011
I bought this tripod as a replacement for my Dolica Proline Ballhead that served me well for few years, so for simplicity, I'll just compare these two side by side.

Dolica - somewhat flimsy, takes few months for black paint to wear out before it becomes more or less smooth. Camera plate is unique and should be ordered from Dolica only. Hard to adjust, has a tendency to drift from locked position. Quick release works so-so. Has a bubble level that is somewhat useful.

Ravelli - nice smooth head, easy to adjust, stays put once locked. No bubble level. Camera plate seems unique. Still have to figure out where to get extra plates. Quick release works pretty well.

Dolica - very easy to unfold and adjust, has both rubber and steel points on each leg, can be lowered down to almost ground level. Locking is reliable, but the tripod itself is not very stable. Once folded, fits into 21" carry-on (on a diagonal). Having rubber grips on each leg is nice, especially in a cold weather. Also, has a build-in small compass and level. Compass is somewhat useful, level is not.

Ravelli - folding and unfolding is somewhat tricky, as well as adjusting the height - or may be it takes time for me to re-learn from Dolica type mount. More stable than Dolica. Can be lowered down to almost ground level. Has only rubber points, so gripping to icy surfaces can be a challenge. No compass or level. Rubber grips on two legs only (why?) Packs to a compact 18", however, big bag makes it look bulky.

Dolica - very well made, nice looking and convenient bag with zipped internal pocket. Easy to carry.

Ravelli - not as slick as Dolica's. Zips only on a top, so taking the tripod out or packing it in takes longer time.
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79 of 81 people found the following review helpful By GW on August 11, 2011
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I'm not sure how anybody can fault this tripod at this price. I have listed some "cons" below, but it's really just a list of personal preferences. Understand that if you want more, you will have to pay significantly more to get it. As background, I purchased the Ravelli tripod mainly for indoor use, using a DSLR with various lenses. I have not tested it outside yet, but have no reason to doubt its performance anywhere.

- High quality construction - holds your gear rock-solid in place (that's the main purpose, right?). Even with a front-heavy telephoto setup, the ball holds firm and without having to over-crank it.
- Flexible positioning - legs have 3 stages and 2 different (and independent) lock positions (narrow and wide). Center can also be inverted to hang the camera. Head has lateral pan function, independent of ball.
- Simple operation - ball-head, center column and legs lock/unlock easily - do not need excessive force to lock.
- Reasonably compact and lightweight
- Comes with carrying case and a free baby tripod.

Cons (basically just nitpicking!):
- Quick release mechanism is a bit different - I'm used to the "snap-in" type - the Ravelli uses a slide-in type which seems more cumbersome (maybe I just need to get used to it).
- Mounting screw (that secures the quick-release plate to the camera) not secured to the plate - when you remove it the screw just falls out!
- Ball-head not (easily) interchangeable - would prefer a generic mount that allows use of different heads or replacement if/when needed.
- Not the lightest tripod (but if you want stability...)
- Don't get too excited about the free baby tripod - you're not going to be mounting your DSLR on it!

The bottom line is that if you want a high-quality, solid and flexible tripod, but don't want to spend $100 or more, I don't think you will find a better value than this.
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92 of 97 people found the following review helpful By Z. Wu on July 19, 2011
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I actually originally bought the Opetek CFT80 Carbon Fiber tripod and thought that was an awesome deal already for about $100, but afterwards I found the Ravelli Carbon Fiber version and this aluminum version. Both these products look and feel exactly the same as the more pricier Opetek version and work exactly the same. I now regret buying the first Optek tripod because I could get 3 or these for the price of one of those. I currently now own 1 carbon fiber Opetek and Ravelli tripod and 2 of these aluminum tripods. In comparison I would just buy this over the carbon fiber tripods because there is basically no difference in the weights and quality of the tripods. I recommend this product to anyone.
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By BugaBoo on February 7, 2012
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Thought I was sent the wrong tripod. This thing is as slick as my +$100 tripods. I read every review on amazon for tripods up to $150 to replace one of my cheaper tripods I always keep in the truck(gets tossed around and things thrown on it). Now I use this one as my main tripod! I'm floored by the price and quality. First time I've used Ravelli, they will have my business again for sure!

See my picture to ser how stable the tripod is. My rifle weighs 10lbs loaded as in the picture with a 60 round magazine. As you can see, the rifle is mounted with about 8 of those lbs off center and it still holds on target even after 20 mins of the rifle hanging out without additional support.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By iAmazonShopper on November 27, 2012
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Ok so I bought this tripod almost a year ago. Over the past few months I have definitely put it through it's paces and I had no complaints except for one. Being I am a pretty active photographer over the course of time I managed to loose the quick release plates. I scoured the reviews and web trying to find where I could purchase more but to no avail and although Ravelli makes nice tripods there doesn't seem to be a manufactures site anywhere nor is there anywhere you can purchase replacement parts. Being that Ravelli doesn't seem to have a manufactures site and or sell replacement parts..I decided to broaden my search. Well after much searching in the matrix I found the exact match ... below is a link so you can see for your self. The plate on the right is the Ravelli and the plate on the left is Vortex High Country Quick Release Plate QRP-19. They are a perfect match! I have also provided the link to the product in Amazon.

I would definitely recommend this product but be warned if you are looking for replacement parts you maybe out of luck.

[...] (Comparison Pic) (Replacement Plate)
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