164 of 169 people found the following review helpful
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.
95 of 97 people found the following review helpful
on March 24, 2010
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.
163 of 172 people found the following review helpful
on April 9, 2009
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!
56 of 64 people found the following review helpful
on January 14, 2012
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.)
18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on December 16, 2009
Got this product based on reviews + price. Certainly not because one or the other alone. I'm an SLR newbie, so investing a fortune into a tripod is not on the top of my priority list.
It is definitely very light and compact. I bought it specifically because of that. The plan is to take it along on vacation to Europe and elsewhere where I might want to travel light, but get a lot of pictures. It will definitely fit into a small-medium size back pack or even a medium size women's purse. The tubes are metal and the joints are plastic (we'll see how they hold over time, I guess, but for thirty bucks, I won't cry much if it breaks in a year). Carrying case is a definite plus. It can be carried (the case that is) as a back pack or over the shoulder bag.
Regarding the height, as many here complain, I read the specs and was aware of how tall it is before I ordered it. So no complain there. Read the specs, people! I bought this one and another one that is of full height on the same order. The maximum height of this one will put the camera in front of your eyes if you are sitting in a chair.
One complain I do have is that it has no quick release. The description says it does, but unless I don't know what the quick release is, it doesn't. It has a classic bolt that needs to be unscrewed before the camera can detach from the tripod. I uploaded a picture to show that.
Overall value for the $ is 5 stars.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on July 30, 2010
I have little experience with tripods, but I love this little one. It is fairly lightweight, compacts small and expands to a decent size (you do have to bend over to look into the viewfinder, but what do you expect?), making it a good choice for photographers on the go. I brought it for my Pentax DSLR on a recent trip to Boston. With its help I captured some wonderful night shots of the city.
My tripod weighs 646 grams (almost 23oz).
Since it doesn't weigh a whole lot, it is not the steadiest tripod on three legs. Its legs are solid and it has no problem holding up a DSLR, of course, but a strong wind may effect long exposure shots - this did not happen to me, but I sense the possibility. I will test this aspect when I take the tripod to Iceland in the fall! And while I like to use the timer for tripod shots, I think it would take a steady hand to manually press the shutter for a long exposure photo without a little blurring. Again, I think these are issues to expect with any lightweight tripod.
The legs are easy and fairly quick to adjust. The rest of the controls are a breeze to operate.
The screw mount is very nice. It takes no time at all to attach the camera.
Without having dragged this tripod through much rough travelling, it feels like it will be durable; I hope to use it for many years! Thanks to previous reviewers for convincing me to buy the Sony VCT-R100!
19 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on June 13, 2012
Maybe I missed this when I purchased the tripod, but it is not made for a digital SLR. It is actually the tripod for the handycam or cybershot, which means that it cannot hold any real weight. I liked this item for its extremely small folding size, making it easy to fit in my suitcase for traveling, but unfortunately it will not work for me. It is a little flimsy as well, so if you are thinking of putting a larger camera on it, I would pass. It could not support my Nikon 3100 (which is not that heavy).
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on March 14, 2010
I am new to advanced photography and trying to learn some tricks of the trade. 1st thing I found out was that I would need a tripod to keep my camera stable. But, at the same time I am too lazy to carry lots of stuff with me everytime I go out and so I wanted a tripod which is compact, light-weight and strong enough to give stability. I looked at several options and then came across sony VCT-R100. It turned out to be the perfect combo of all the requirements I had.
It is very compact & light-weight and easily fits in a back-pack. In general, compact tripods turn out to be shaky coz of the inferior material used to keep it light-weight. But, this one has no such problems.. it's strong enuff and holds my camera very well (i own a canon S3-IS). And then, the finishing is awesome, after all its a Sony product.
All in all.. a perfect compact tripod with good finishing!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on December 6, 2013
I bought this to replace the cheap tripod, that came with my spotting scope, that finally broke. This is the perfect height range and collapsed height for shooting off a bench at any range. Its low enough for a table top and high enough for a seated bench and fits nicely in my range bag.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on September 12, 2011
I am an amateur photographer and wanted to buy a good tripod so I didn't have blurry pictures. as soon as I got it in, I was able to know how to use it in less than five minutes. very easy to use, lightweight (yet sturdy), and good quality. it is a short tripod, but that's exactly what I wanted. I didn't want a really tall tripod, because I tend to take pictures of foliage rather than people. I mostly use no tripod, but I bought this so I could have it on hand when I needed to take pictures with a slow shutter speed, and family portraits.
why you would buy this product: real easy to use, very sturdy, great quality
why you wouldn't: a bit short, not great for professionals looking for tall tripod
I myself was very pleased with it. I couldn't be happier.