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

by Ravelli
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  • Light Weight Aluminum Legs
  • Ball Head with Removable Plate for Camera
  • Heavy Duty Carry Bag
  • Height Adjustable Center Colum
  • Total Tripod Weight is less than 4 LBS (3.5LBS)
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Technical Details

  • Max Height 65 3/8"
  • Min Height 18 7/8"
  • Max Load 17lbs
  • Quick Release Plate screw 1/4"
  • Quick Release Camera Plate dimensions 1 3/8 x 1 5/8"
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Product Details

  • Item Weight: 3.5 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B004RBX0GO
  • Item model number: APGL5
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (381 customer reviews)
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  • Date first available at Amazon.com: March 9, 2011

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, 2 Quick Release Camera Plates and rubber feet complete a very nice light weight tripod.

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Customer Reviews

I was very surprised by the quality of this product, really well made.
JMC
The large Ravelli tripod seems so nice I think I will use it for everyday as well as travel, so I'm no longer planning on getting another tripod.
Jeffrey A. Donahue
Ball head locks quite tightly in place without over tightening as well.
Shaun Walker

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

186 of 188 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.

Ballhead:
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.

Legs:
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.

Bag:
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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73 of 75 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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43 of 45 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.

Pros:
- 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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114 of 135 people found the following review helpful By Salocin on April 20, 2012
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This is an amazing tripod for all photographers out there. Sturdy, it can open very widely to allow very low (close to the ground) shots, and overall not that heavy, yet strongly built. Its only drawback is that is it very slow to place, because of its leg's system to open/close.

So, why am I giving it only 3 stars (or even writing this review)? Well, because of my personal experience: I was shopping for a VIDEO TRIPOD, and this is the worse tripod you can get stuck with for shooting video !! Why? It all comes to the head: It can only lock in one position; if you unscrew the head's lock, the head will move (or fall) to any side. This means you can't lock the head to one direction while moving it in another (for instance, locking it vertically so that you can only move it horizontally, hence having more control over your camera movement).

In other words, THIS ISN'T A FLUID HEAD TRIPOD, IT DOESNT EVEN HAS A LEVEL = THIS IS A USELESS TRIPOD FOR VIDEO (unless your shot is a still one, then it is as good as any other. But then, a specialized video tripod also is, so why buy this one?).

I give it 3 stars because its seller had the nerve (or lets hope for his honesty's sake it was an unconscious accident) to include the word "VIDEO" in its description. AND THAT IS JUST WRONG. I write this so that hopefully no one else falls in the same mistake I did: BUYING THIS TRIPOD FOR ITS (SUPPOSED) VIDEO USE.
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