Dolica ST-500 68-Inch Lightweight Tripod
|Material||Plastic, Aluminum alloy|
|Tripod Head Type||Pan Heads, Ball Heads|
|Item Weight||1680 Grams|
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Dolica¿s 68" Light-Weight Tripod is ideal for both indoor and outdoor photography and video recording It is perfect for events, sports activity, capturing that one amazing shot Designed for use with small Point-N-Shoot cameras or 35mm cameras and camcorders Tripod Features: Ultra light-weight construction and able to support up to 8.88 lbs Base thread: 3/8" 3- way panhead, quick release plate and bubble level, 90 degree vertical platform Geared elevator and center brace carrying handle Quick release leg locks and non-slip rubber feet.
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ST-500 Camera and Camcorder Alluminum Alloy Tripod and Ball Head
FeaturesTripod and Ball Head Technical Details
- Maximum height: 68 inches
- Minimum height: 27 inches
- Closed height: 28 inches
- Net weight: 3.7 lbs
- Max weight: 8.88 lbs
- Leg sections: 3
- Material: aluminum alloy
- Color: black
- Base thread: 3/8 inch
- Quick release thread: 1/4 inch
- Panoramic angle: Horizontal 360°
- Material: Plastic
- Color: Black
- 3-Way pan head with integrated bubble level
- 90 degree vertical platform
- Center leg lock leveler and counter weight hook
- Geared center column elevator
- 3-leg sections with quick release leg locks
- Non-slip rubber feet
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After getting the replacement I was quite happy. It definitely isn't great for live pans on video but it was sturdy enough and I did love the light weight, carrying grip and the case. So far so good and it made it through a trip to Hawaii and a trip to San Francisco without much in the way of a problem.
It was in late 2014, about 18 months in, that this thing finally failed me. I was coming back from a trip to Maine and went to use it for a shot of the coast and as soon as I unlocked one of the legs the rivets that hold the leg to the center popped out (never to be found) and suddenly I was a leg down!
Now while I did say I got 18 months out of it, I didn't mention that I only used it for those 3 trips. The rest of the time it was basically in its bag in a dry place in storage. There was absolutely no reason for it to have failed the way it did other than shoddy materials.
Hope that helps someone out there. I will not buy another Dolica and am now in the market for a more reliable tripod that will last me many years. I would not buy this again and cannot recommend it for anyone who wants to get many years out of their next tripod purchase.
I'm going to assume that anyone reading this review is looking at this product for the same reason I did - I wanted a tripod that was cheap. That's it. This thing is cheap, lightweight and so far has not let me down. It comes with a bag to carry it which makes it much easier to lug around between photo sessions. It has two bubble levels to make sure your shot is perfectly leveled. When it's extended fully and neck extension (the part that lifts the camera with a little crank) is fully raised, I'd guess this thing comes up to a full six feet. When it's completely collapsed it's no bigger than a rolled up poster and only slightly heavier. Personally, I'm a weakling, so it's great that this thing is light. I could carry it around all day without a problem.
Is it sturdy though? It -is- inexpensive, which does mean you're sacrificing some sturdiness but unless you're hiking up mountains or something like that, you'll never notice.
If you're an amateur or novice just getting into photography or want a tripod that won't break the bank, you can't do better than this.
[UPDATE] - February 11, 2012
Still works as good as the day I first got it. I haven't noticed a single scratch, ding or dent. The bag is even in great shape.
- Plenty sturdy for point and shoot and small video cameras. I haven't tested with a big SLR, but it seems like it would do fine and has a hook for a weight as well.
- Easy to use quick release plate
- Tall enough for most purposes. I'm about 6'2" and have no problem using it.
- Good features and easy to use - level, pan and tilt lock, portrait mode, crank elevator with lock (not sure what this is actually called).
- Very light
- Folds up to a pretty compact size
- Good price
- Carrying handle (not really needed IMO)
- Comes with a bag
- The locks for sliding the legs in and out are a bit sticky. It does make it seem the thing isn't going to collapse, but they're not very easy to open.
- One of the clamps broke and would not fasten. Fortunately it was just the plastic piece that provides resistance to the clamp, so I stuffed some pipe cleaner into the space and now it works again. This doesn't inspire a lot of confidence though.
- I could not find a Dolica spare quick release plate from anyone. I finally found a compatible one from a different manufacturer, it's a Sunpak SP620-731. That plate is bigger and doesn't seem quite as high quality as the Dolica one, but it fits and it's inexpensive.
- I emailed Dolica about a spare QR plate and they never responded, so I can't really say anything good about their customer service, at least via email.
I recommend this tripod unless you will need extra quick release plates. In that case I would look for something that you know you can get original equipment extras for.