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Targus 42-Inch Universal Tripod (TG-42TT)

by Targus

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  • Compact size perfect for travel
  • Extends to 42", folds to 11", non-slip rubber feet
  • Fully rotational photo/video platform, 2-way pan/tilt head
  • Tripod weighs approximately 1lb and has a 1lb weight load capacity
  • Universal mount for any digital/video camera
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 4.9 x 13 inches ; 14.7 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B001AK04VY
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  • Item model number: TG-42TT
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: May 31, 2008

Product Description

Targus 42 inch 8 Section Travel Tripod

Customer Reviews

I have to turn the legs clockwise to lock but I don't know when they are locked or not.
jimintexas
It looks like you should just be able to screw or unscrew any of the legs... there are threads inside the leg, and on the steel stub.
dangby
I just think that if you are careful with your camera, even more than with your wife... why not to do it with your tripod as well? :)
Xavier Cruise

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Vichiousfishes on July 28, 2009
It's a $10-$15 mini travel tripod(If I could underline that I would). It can extend to a good height considering; and, you get what you pay for. It can be strong in it's shortest position and that's where I use it mostly. I have a standard $30ish 60" but this guy I use to handle what the big guy can't. I bought it purposely to bike 7 miles to the outskirts of my small town and walk around the carnival for a few hours, stopping to shoot, carrying all my gear. Naturally the two foot folded tripod would have made that a much more trying experience.
My personal opinion about the uses are for smaller cameras or lighter ones. I use a Fuji finpix and an Olmypus 520 (touted as the lightest DSLR on the market.) Pulling it all the way out with one of the heaver cameras may be "mild headache" advised (not quite "ill" advised) but it can be done. However I would not walk too far away while doing so for fear of watching it tip forward and splat while you run at it too late with a look on your face that is funny to everyone but yourself. Even with the smaller consumer level cameras I would still advise one to be careful with this tripod in it's full extension.
It has it's uses and for the price, unless you are a vampire/photographer, I think those occasional times when a tripod is needed the weaknesses of this product are justified. However buying an $800 tripod for your $80 Sony may not be so.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By J. Bevan on May 16, 2012
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This is a NICE item if you're going on a long trip and you need an extremely portable tripod. We're going on a cruise next week and decided we'd like a tripod to take pictures of ourselves with grandiose backdrops -- without always bothering other people to take our picture. I chose this one because it is both compact and extends a little higher than the next closest model.

The first one I received was broken in the package. Actually, it looked like it had been shipped to someone else, broken, returned to Amazon then reshipped. But upon reporting this to Amazon I was provided free return materials and a replacement was shipped same day. I just received the replacement and, after getting out of the clam shell -- always frustrating -- I discovered WHY the other one was broken....

The mounting platform rotates 90 degrees so that a camera can be easily attached, however, if one simply attempts to do the 90 degree rotation, it is locked in place. If one tried to muscle it, that's how it could get broken. There is a spring loaded lock and one must push against the spring before attempting to rotate 90 degrees to mount the camera. This is very subtle, however, once you get the hang of it, it should give excellent service.

It meets all my needs of size and weight and ability to support small cameras. We have a small Nikon Coolpix and a Panasonic HD movie camera. It supports both of those (not at the same time) perfectly well. If you've got a 3 part Technicolor movie camera that weighs 200 lbs -- this isn't for you. But for most digital cameras that an individual might actually use on a vacation, it seems perfect -- what with luggage weight limitations, etc.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By kerbe on December 18, 2010
While I'll agree that this is the most portable tripod I've ever owned, it's also the least functional! It is extraordinarily flimsy and, lacking any sort of internal brace, it is difficult to position the legs so that they are fully-extended, but not bent or flexed. My most damning complaint, though, is that the mounting head could not be leveled -- instead of a adjustment screw, the head has two "clickable" positions, neither of which held the camera level. The only way to adjust it was to shorten or lengthen the legs by adjusting the stance of the tripod -- changing the position of the legs, thus making the tripod even less stable.

Save your money and get a slightly larger, slightly less "portable", better-quality tripod -- targus makes several of them!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By T. Tobin on November 10, 2011
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Bought this as a replacement to a similar construction tripod that I lost or misplaced. I really liked the old one and I was a little worried that I wouldn't be able to find a similar one that would extend beyond a couple feet and still be compact and lightweight.

This tripod is both of those things and a great price. I use it for my hunting tripod and it hardly takes up any room in my pack. Some other reviews stated that they had issues with the legs not locking out or not wanting to go back in. I did have a little learning curve on getting the extensions to consistently lock out but after a couple uses I was able to set it up pretty quickly with no issues.

As far as the sturdyness I have been very happy with this tripod. I use it to hold a compact spotting scope or my digital camera and it is very solid.

I really like the mounting plate. Probably the best feature on the tripod. You have the ability to tip it 90-degrees this allows me to easily turn the attachment screw for mounting things even with gloves on. This is also nice because you can set your camera up for portrait shots.

Obviously it should not be expected to be your end-all-be-all tripod but if you are into backpacking or hunting this is a great lightweight option. I'm thinking about buying another one just to keep one in my truck all the time, for the price why not.
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