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Sony VCT-R100 Lightweight Compact Tripod with 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head

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  • Function: Elevator, 3way panhead function
  • Material: Aluminium,ABS.POM
  • Tilt Correction: 90 degrees,60 degrees,360 degrees.
  • Lightweight design makes it perfect for travel
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 14.8 x 3.8 x 3.7 inches ; 1.8 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • Item model number: VCTR100
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (299 customer reviews)
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  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: July 7, 2004

Product Description

Product Description

Floor Standing Tripod - Height 14" to 39" - Load Capacity 3 lb


The Sony VCT-R100 Lightweight Tripod with 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head is a compact, lightweight tripod small enough to fit into a back pack. The VCT-R100 folds up to a short and incredibly manageable 14 inches and reaches a maximum height of 39 inches to give you a comfortable using position without requiring you to break your back bending in half.

The VCT-R100 has a 3-way pan/tilt head that makes it easy and convenient to point your camera where you need it without having to adjust the tripod itself, and ideal for steady shooting with a camcorder or digital still camera where you need to follow the action without moving yourself. This tripod is capable of supporting a little more than two pounds, and is constructed of durable black aluminum. The VCT-R100 weighs 1.8 pounds, has four leg stages, utilizes flip locks to lock its legs in place, and includes a center column and brace. This unit comes with a handy carrying case, a manufacturer's limited 1-year warranty on parts, and 90-day warranty on labor.

Customer Reviews

Very sturdy and easy use.
Alexander Abel
It folds to fit in a bag or small backpack and is light enough that you don't realize it's there.
Very sturdy and well made tripod.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

151 of 156 people found the following review helpful By Tod Baseden on February 6, 2007
This is a well-made, sturdy tripod. It is easy to assemble and easy to fold away when you have finished. And its compact folded dimensions are very handy. I compared the claimed specs with what I found, as follows:

Claimed folded length 14 inches. I found 13 7/8 inches.

Claimed extended height 39 inches, I found 39 3/8 inches

Claimed weight 1.8 lb, I found 1.45 lb.

When fully extended it seems a bit short, but this is, no doubt, a result of designing it to fold up so compactly. I have had sturdier tripods, but this one is certainly sturdy enough for most photographic opportunities.
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154 of 163 people found the following review helpful By Mike on April 9, 2009
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As a former professional Videographer and avid amateur Photographer I've worked with (and owned) the best tripods money can buy. It's a given that such equipment is a joy to use, not only from a functional standpoint but from the superb results that can be obtained. That said, most hobbyist shooters wouldn't seriously consider spending a small fortune for this type of gear even if the weight and size were practical. That's where the VCT-R100 comes in. Though it lacks the bullet-proof construction of pro models, it is amazingly light, compact (only 14" fully retracted), and plenty sturdy for the average user. Furthermore, it's 3-Way pan head is surprisingly fluid and smooth versus other tripods in it's class.

As far as possible cons go, most would be related to the fact that the maximum extension of this model is about 40 inches. That said, video shooters have little to worry about. Most modern camcorders use a flip screen (rather than a viewfinder) so angling the screen upwards easily allows you to shoot in comfort without crouching. On the other hand, photographers using cameras with a fixed (back of camera) screen will have little choice but to either sit, crouch down, or use the tripod on an elevated surface (eg; a table). In such cases, a 52" or taller model with a sturdy elevator might be a better choice (though portability will suffer as such a unit will be undoubtedly collapse to no less than 2 feet). Lastly, keep in mind that this unit is designed primarily for consumer grade equipment weighing less than 2 or 3 pounds.

As most of my video/photo work is hobby related these days, I really do appreciate the quality, portability and overall value of the VCT-R100. All things considered, I don't think you can do a whole lot better for less than $80. At $27 it's a steal!
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78 of 80 people found the following review helpful By Mtn Hiker on March 24, 2010
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Bought this after reviewing other tripods including the SLIK Compact-xl.

It is lightweight, but DOES NOT feel flimsy. Everything about this tripod has a solid firm feel to it.

The locking mechanism is cam-lock like heavier tripods (the reason I chose this over the SLIK Compact-XL which has a twist lock mechanism that I have found tends to fail over time).

The technical specs on Amazon ARE incorrect. This tripod DOES NOT HAVE a quick release as the specs say it does.
I was a bit put off by that fact because that was somewhat important to me. Given I am leaving in less than a week it doesn't give me enough time to find are replacement that does. However, I will say the large knurled knob for the locking screw mechanism is very smooth and easy to operate so it doesn't take too long to lock the camera/camcorder in place. Typically the screw mechanism requires you to have small fingers and be very dexterous, or use some kind of coin to lock the camera in place (hence the advantage of having a quick release/lock)

No sharp corners anywhere, which is great so you don't have to worry about tearing a hole in your rain jacket(or anything else for that matter) because it is packed in the backpack along with your tripod!

Does NOT have a crank handle to raise the platform, which I LOVE. Nobody I know adjusts the camera height so precisely as to require a crank handle ! A quick twist lock mechanism holds the platform in place, AND there is some kind internal limit pin to prevent you from pulling the platform shaft right out of the guide tube (nice touch when you are in a hurry)

Full extended the height with the platform raised is a complete 39.5" to the platform so even for a tall person it is not a lot of bending over.

Comes with a nylon carrying case which is convenient when just going for a short hike/walk.

Would have given it 5 stars but for the fact that it does not have the quick release.
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47 of 55 people found the following review helpful By B. Hart on January 14, 2012
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I was worried when I saw that the box it came in listed a load limit of 2lb 10 ounces for this tripod.
I did not find that limit in the specs on the Amazon webpage. That would not be nearly enough for what I shoot.

So first I tried my Nikon D300 with strap, spare battery and 3 CF cards, and an 18-200 Nikkor lens, the combo weighed 3lb 6 ounces. The tripod worked fine.
I kept changing equipment to the point that I had 5lb 10 ounces from my D300, a 28-300 Nikkor lens, and an SB-800 flash.
The tripod had no problem with this and the friction locks held even when nodding the camera down 45 degrees.
I raised the center pole to full extension, and everything still held fine. Nice tripod.
I had to tighten the nod control in the handle a lot for the 45 degree look-down, but it seemed to be a reasonable torque on the handle.
That configuration was most stable when the lens was aligned with one of the legs, but the set up did not tip over even when the camera/lens was pointed between two legs.
However, if I were to take a time delay shutter release in wind and wanted to be in the picture, I'd definitely point the lens in the direction of one of the legs for stability.

The tripod appears and feels sturdy. The leg quick releases are solid. The head controls are useable. I agree with the comment that the knob that mounts the camera is nicely sized for larger hands.
This will not be my "meat-and-potatoes" tripod, but I love its weight and collapsed size.
It will be great for trips for airline baggage or carry-on, or to be tossed into a small day-knapsack for a hike (when I often leave my larger and sturdier tripod at home or in the car due to length and weight.)
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