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Magnus VT-300 Video Tripod with Fluid Head
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- Portable Video Tripod System | Supports DSLRs, Small | Large Camcorders
- 15 lb Weight Capacity, 64.3" Max Height | Built-In Pan/Tilt Video Head | Independent Pan and Tilt Locks
- Quick-Release Camera Plate Included | Integrated Center-Column & Mid-Spreader
- Two Leg Stages, Three Sections | Flip-Lock Leg Locks | Carry Case with Shoulder Strap Included
- In The Box: VT-QRP30 Quick Release Plate for VT-300, 350 & 400 and VPH-20 Tripods, Pan Bar, Carry Case with Shoulder Strap, Limited 1 Year Manufacturer's Warranty
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|Item Dimensions||5.9 x 29.2 x 5.1 in||6.5 x 31.1 x 6.6 in||5.4 x 29.5 x 5.2 in||5 x 27.5 x 4.8 in||6.3 x 32.28 x 6.3 in||4.5 x 21 x 4.3 in|
The Magnus VT-300 Video Tripod with Fluid Head is a lightweight and portable tripod system for shooting stable videos with DSLRs, small camcorders, and any other cameras up to 15 lb.
A built-in fluid effect video head pans a full 360°, tilts up and down, and features independent pan and tilt locks for fixed-position shots. A pan bar and a snap-in quick-release camera plate are included. The quick-release plate features a 1/4" camera mounting screw, a registration pin, and an anti-skid mounting surface.
A center-column raises or lowers at the turn of a hand crank to let you fine-tune a height without adjusting the tripod legs. A mid-level spreader keeps the legs steady when you adjust the tripod, and it locks to keep the legs secure once you've set the tripod in position. Both the center-column and spreader are integrated. The maximum height of the tripod with the center-column raised is 64.3".
The tripod legs extend at two leg stages at the release of flip-locks. The legs feature replaceable rubber feet that provide grip on hard or slippery surfaces. An internal bubble level will help you position the tripod evenly on uneven ground. A carry case with a shoulder strap is included and will let you conveniently carry the tripod over your shoulder when you're travelling about."
Top Customer Reviews
I can't tell you how many compliments I've gotten on it as a student helping others and working with people. It's not cheap aluminum; it's carbon fiber. So not only can it take a beating, it looks much better, too. And the fluid head? Yeah, smooth as s***. You will get the best pans and tilts with this out of all the student-level tripods. Definitely your best tripod option in this price range.
A couple things you need to know though: since there is nothing to adjust the "drag" (aka tension, aka how fast or slow you want it to pan or tilt), you will have to use the knobs themselves that tighten and loosen a pan or tilt. Meaning, you are going against one of the rules I myself have learned as a film student (don't use the lock knobs for drag). But hey, you have to do it with this. As such, you have to make sure you check it a lot so that it doesn't randomly come loose and you nearly lose your camera.
Also, the pans and tilts are indeed smooth, but they are not terribly fast. You can get it to be pretty quick with some work but don't get this if you want to follow sports! Like I said, if you work with it and get it warmed up, it can move pretty quick.
Oh, another great thing is the quick release plate. That thing is a winner. Nice touch.
Overall, really easy to use, really great for video movements, and will just overall make your work look really great. I highly recommend it for the price. And what I mean by that is if you use professional-level gear (i.e. renting it or have borrowed it), this is NOT that. This is great though for students who don't want the cheap aluminum s*** and are ready to take their camera movements to a smooth level with a better tripod than some s*** from Target.
The construction of the head in this tripod is not level. I ordered a second one to see if it was just my unit and the 2nd one had the same issue. I have to lower one of the legs by 2-3" each time to get a level shot. I tested it with an actual level and confirmed this is a manufacturing default. I called Mangus, who offers "limited 1-year warranty" on product defects. I asked them to send me a replacement that works and I would ship mine back to them, holding a credit card on file to ensure I returned the defective product. First they said OK and asked me to take some photos to send to confirm it was defective. I took the time to set up the tripod with my level, take a bunch of photos showing it is not level, and emailed it to them. Then they refused to fix / replace it, requiring me to send it to them (paying for shipping), saying if it was really defective then they'd send me a new one. Here's their response: "The consumer (non-professional) tripod is mainly composed of plastic components to keep the cost down. It appears that the tripod is about 1-5 degrees off from a PERFECT level platform. [Their assessment/guess from my email]. The Product Developer has confirmed that the 1-5 degree tolerance is an acceptable standard for this category of tripods."
In other words: "Yes, its a cheap product; we make it that way. It is defective, just not defective ENOUGH for us to replace or honor our warranty."
Its a shame, because the other components I like - they work well, seem decently made enough, and are light-weight. I would be satisfied if they honored the warranty and fixed/replaced. Save your money and buy something else that is made properly!
If you buy this product just be aware that the Fluid Head DOES NOT detach from the tripod. For beginners it won't matter, this will be a good product for you. You don't need to worry about counterbalance, sliders, etc. But if you ever get serious about photography or film then eventually you will need to upgrade. But buy this one first. Many closets are full of expensive camera gear that people bought, then realized that it was a fleeting passion, and they put away for a rainy day that never comes. If you are rich, then of course go ahead and buy the $10,000 legs and head----but if you are a normal person with a normal budget then start with this tripod.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
holds the camcorder tight with no play
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