Neewer Carbon Fiber 66 inches/168 centimeters Camera Tripod Monopod with 360 Degree Ball Head,1/4 inch Quick Shoe Plate,Bag for DSLR Camera,Video Camcorder,Load up to 26.5 pounds/12 kilograms
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- 2-in-1 tripod, one of leg can be used as monopod
- Quick release leg locking, giving a more convenient leg handling
- Universal ball head design with 2 locks and 360¡ã dial that photographers adjust angle free and quickly
- New generation of high-density carbon fiber tube, using eight layer different angles carbon fiber staggered laminated, high temperature curing, high pressure strengthening polymeric structure
- Comes with a portable bag, easy to carry
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|Neewer Alluminum Alloy Camera Tripod Monopod||Neewer Compact Desktop Mini Tripod||Neewer Alluminum Alloy Camera Tripod||Neewer Carbon Fiber Camera Tripod Monopod||Neewer Upgraded Carbon Fiber Tripod Monopod||Neewer Tripod Monopod with Rotatable Center Column|
|Material||Aluminum Alloy||Aluminum Alloy||Aluminum Alloy||Carbon Fiber||Carbon Fiber||Aluminum Alloy|
|Max. Tube Diameter(mm)||26mm||22mm||25mm||25mm||28mm||25mm|
|Folded Height||22.4"/ 57 cm||9.8"/ 25 cm||18.1"/ 46 cm||19.3"/ 49 cm||17.7"/ 45cm||19.7"/ 50 cm|
|Adjustable Tripod Height||20.9"-69.7" / 53-177 cm||9.1"-19.7" / 23-50 cm||22"-62" / 56-158 cm||23.2"-66.5" / 59-168 cm||23.6"-63" / 60-160 cm||24.4"-75" / 62-191 cm|
|Adjustable Monopod Height||17.3"-52.8" / 44-134cm||NO Monopod||NO Monopod||21.3"-56.3" / 54-143cm||19.7"-53.1" / 50-135cm||20.9"-56" / 53-142cm|
|Net Weight (Includes Ball Head)||4 lbs/ 1.8 kg||1.59 lbs/ 0.72 kg||2.82 lbs/ 1.28 kg||3.40 lbs/ 1.54 kg||3.75 lbs/ 1.70 kg||4.38 lbs/ 1.99 kg|
|Load Capacity||8.8 lbs/ 4 kg||11 lbs/ 5 kg||17.6 lbs/ 8 kg||26.5 lbs/ 12kg||33 lbs/ 15kg||26.5 lbs/ 12kg|
|With Carrying Bag||✓||Small Pouch||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|tripod head||3-Way Swivel Pan Head||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
Converted Center Column for Low-position Photography
Used as a Monopod or a Walking Sticks
Three position leg angle adjustment system provides flexible shooting
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1.Camera not included.
2.For camera with telephoto zoom lens, you need to buy a tripod mount ring additionally for better balance.
3.Includes nylon carrying case,which is convenient,lightweight,protective.Note:The tripod ONLY,other items are NOT included.
Quick-release mounting plate helps ensure fast transitions between shots.
The legs are a 4-segment interlocking crutch-type design.The center column design with a hook, can be attached to sand bag to increase stability.
The carrying bag is large enough for convenience.
360 degree dial of swivel ball head with bubble level provide you with a panoramic view.Three position leg angle adjustment system provides flexible shooting.
1 x 63"/160cm Carbon Fiber Tripod
1 x Carrying Bag
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I decided that I would take a chance on this one since I was needing a second tripod.
I paid $99.99 for this item but typical prices for a name brand carbon fiber tripod without any kind of head can be more than $600 dollars like this Gitzo mondel: http://www.amazon.com/Gitzo-GT1542T-Traveler-Section-Cameras/dp/B004K6L3CE/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1423446177&sr=8-1&keywords=carbon+fiber+tripod
Conclusion first :)
This tripod is an outstanding value. The fit and finish is good to excellent. The mechanics of movement of all the moving pieces is smooth and easy to operate. And although I could not say that it is as good as for example a Gitzo in build quality or sturdiness, it certainly approximates about 80% of both quality and stability of the Gitzo and does some things that the Gitzo will not do.
I uploaded quite few pictures of my unboxing and then different closeups of the tripod. I had never owned a combo tripod/monopod and was curious about how that worked. If there is a negative to be pointed out it would be here in that there was no documentation at all included in the package. A small quick setup guide would have been nice even though the process was fairly easy to figure out and did not take me very long to do at all.
First of all was the included carry bag which was of excellent quality. It was well padded and had a sturdy zipper that seemed rugged and I feel will provide years of service.
There was also included a small allen wrench if you need to adjust the tension of the silver connectors that are located at the pivot points of the tripod legs.
When removed from the bag the tripod was shipped in a clear plastic baggy which was also a nice touch by Neewer. I was struck by the fact that there was also a draw string bag of some crush material very nicely textured to protect the ball head.
The tripod was packaged inside out. The legs are designed to fold all the way around backwards for storage in the bag with the ball head inside of them and positioned in a way that takes up the minimum of room. I measured the outside length of the tripod bag and it was only 21 inches long.
Folding the legs into position, you will experience 3 positive clicks of the spring loaded latch that retains the legs at one of three angles you can set them to. The settings are near 90 degrees, 45 degrees and approximately 30 degrees. The Gitzo tripods have a similar mechanism although the hardware on the Gitzo is much more robust and sturdy.
The length of the legs are adjusted by a quick twist of the rubber covered adjustment screws which means you can get this tripod unloaded and deployed in seconds as you can untwist all the locks at the same time once you get used to doing this. I have used this same system of tripod locking mechanisms on the Gitzo tripods and much prefer it to the lever catch type of retainment seen on other brands of tripods. Those latches seem to fail at the most inconvenient times, but the screw type that tightens with a quick twist I have never had fail on me.
And they take much less pressure to retain tripod height than you might think. My biggest problem when I first got my Gitzo was a tendency to overtighten those things. It just takes a slightly snug fit to get the job done. The Neewer model under review is about the same as my high dollar Gitzo in feel and retainment.
This seems to be a good place to comment on how sturdy this tripod is. The stated weight retention is 26.5 lbs. I am not really sure why makers of quality tripods like this one always under estimate what the tripod will hold. I think if I could mount a stool I could sit on my Gitzo while it was setup. I extended the legs as far as they would go on the Neewer and leaned into it with approximately half my body weight until the legs started to flex. I estimate that I was putting in excess of 90 lbs of pressure on the tripod at this point. So it will definitely handle the stated weight of 26.5 lbs.
As you look at the pictures you will notice a couple of the leg tips which are heavy duty metal points surrounded by a thick rubber foot that is threaded to the bottom of the tripod leg.
At first I did not think I liked these as I always want my tripods to only have rubber at the bottom, but I discovered that all you have to do is unscrew the rubber foot which will cover the metal tip. And as the rubber presses out against the side of the metal, it needs to do so under tension so that it will not just wind itself back down. This was a nice design touch. So if you prefer the metal tips leave the rubber screwed all the way in or you can adjust it the way you want without having to keep up with seperate metal and rubber tips. Perfect!
As to using this as either a monopod or tripod all you need to do is unscrew the leg which is covered with substantial foam rubber material at the top. You unscrew this from the frame of the tripod which as you can see from the pictures reveals a sturdy aluminum head with a large threaded hole and a smaller threaded hole further inside the leg. I puzzled over this for a bit until I decided to take the ball head off the top of the tripod. (This is where a small how to sard of instructions would have been nice).
In the picutes you will see a threaded shaft which can be taken out of the tripod body and then threaded into the top of the single monopod leg you took off of the tripod, along with a collar device which is placed over the threaded shaft and then the hex nut threaded down until it rests in a slot made for it in the collar. I think looking at the pictures will make this clearer than my explaination.
This is what locks the threaded shaft in place and then thread the ball head on top and voila! You have a nice monopod topped with an equally nice ball head.
As to the ball head look at the picures and you will see what looks like a well made ball head designed to handle light to moderate loads. I tested the ball head retention by mounting a Nikon D300 with a battery grip mounted on the bottom with an Arca style plate on the bottom. It had no trouble locking this heavy camera in place when the ball had screw was tightened. And again, I think it could handle much more than the stated 26.5 lbs of pressure. The fit and finish of the ball head was very smooth and professional and indeed was virtually as good as the Really Right Stuff BH-25 Pro. Yes I would put it in the same general class as the RRS ball head here: http://www.reallyrightstuff.com/Shop/BH-25-Ultra-Light-Ballhead/BH-25-Pro-Ultra-light-ballhead-with-B2-mAS-clamp.html
And considering that this ball head at the time of this writing was about 1.5 times more expensive by itself than the entire kit from Neewer you begin to see the value in this combination. And the ball head included in the Neewer kit has features the RRS ball head which is arguably one of the most well recognized manufacturers of fine ballheads and custom camera Arca plates and brackets in the business, does not have. The missing features are the drag adjustment screw that locks limits the rotation of the ball head and also the degree marks around the bottom of the ball head giving the photographer an idea how far the camera is rotating.
Another feature of the Neewer design is the inclusion of a level bubble which comes in very handy for those wishing to do panorama work and need to make sure the camera is level before panning the shot.
One other nice touch is the inclusion of an Arca Swiss plate for attachment to you camera. Usually in tripods of this quality the arca swiss plate for the camera is a seperate purchase this is a nice touch that certainly adds value to this package.
So in conclusion I would not hesitate to recommend this to any level of photographer whether a seasoned professional who needs a light weight backup to his/her more sturdy gear or someone just getting started in photography that needs a good value in a tripod.
I love how tall it is at it's full extension. The storage case is great. I like the little hood that goes over the ball joint. I haven't tried to use it as a monopod yet. I didn't realize that little metal hook thingy in the middle was for hanging a weight on, haven't tried that yet but will. I may update this review in the future, but it sets up relatively easy and takes down easy and is fairly lightweight, though heavier than my old cheap ones which weren't as sturdy.
The ball head is excellent. The panning motion is very fluid with good resistance, and both the pan and ball lock knobs have great fluidity to them as well. The QR clamp is arca swiss compatible, so it should work with whatever plate you've already got. ONE disadvantage: the arca locking nubs on the plate are molded into the aluminum, not removable screws. So if you do plan to use this plate, and don't like that safety feature of arca gear, you're stuck with it unless you get a new plate.
The rubber feet unscrew to cover, or screw in to expose, metal points in case the surface you're on will benefit from those. Useful if you're shooting on an ice rink, but I'm not super sure where else.
The legs offer good length and fold up short. They ARE a bit floppy - in any angle position except the most vertical, you shouldn't probably have the legs extended at all. But it's unlikely you would anyway.
This is annoying enough that I think it's worth a star. The tripod comes with one removable leg to convert to a monopod, but it's a bit tedious. you must unscrew the leg, then if you want the full height of the center column, you must use an additional threaded stub to screw the column with ball head into the leg. This additional threaded stub doesn't store anywhere on the tripod, so you must hold onto it separately if you plan to deploy the monopod feature.
The things that most bug me about the tripod are:
- the leg angle locks are tough to un-latch if the legs are open - you usually have to slightly close the legs before they'll unlatch, when you can then flip the legs around.
- If you want to deploy the monopod, you must 1) unlock the center column 2) unscrew the gear hanger on the bottom of it and store in a pocket 3) remove the column 4) unscrew the monopod leg 5) retrieve a threaded 3/8" stub you've held onto somewhere else 6) screw the center column into the leg. It's a bit tedious, and there are two key parts to lose since either has a spot on the tripod in only one mode.
As you can see, there's a lot to love and not a lot to hate, so for $110 or so it's a great deal. But there are definitely imperfections.
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That said i find myself using the detachable leg as a monopod more often than not, as i get the shakes from meds that I take i can wedge the leg under an arm and that takes up most of the tremmors allowing me to use my sigma 30/1.4 once again (no OSS).
Value for money, chap for a carbon, reasonably good quality, invertable and a fairly decent hook so all in i'm happy with the purchase.
I would have given the product 5 stars but the bag that came with the tripod is very cheap and within a week the zip has broken.
Ich möchte daher das Neewer 168cm Kohlefaserstativ mit dem (mehrfach "sehr gut" ausgezeichneten) Rollei C5i Carbon vergleichen (sicherlich größentechnisch wäre das C6i Carbon noch besser geeignet). Aber bereits beim ersten Anfassen hatte ich den Eindruck ein bekanntes Rollei-Stativ in den Händen zu haben.
Die Qualität des Statives ist in meinen Augen sehr gut. Die Verarbeitung ist sehr hochwertig und alle Kanten und Verbindungen sind sauber gefertigt. Die Gelenke sind nicht schwergängig, haben aber genug halt um nicht direkt auszuklappen. (Werkzeug zum individuellen Verstellen ist im Lieferumfang enthalten). Einziger Unterschied zum Rollei beim Lösen der Drehverriegelung an den Beinen ist eine 360°-Drehung notwendig, damit die Beinelemente leicht raus und rein gleiten. Bei Rollei reicht eine Drehung um 180°, sodass beim Neewer einmal umgegriffen werden muss.
Positiv gegenüber dem Rollei finde ich, dass der Beschwerungshaken direkt in der Mittelsäule verbaut ist und nicht erst angeschraubt werden muss, kann also nicht so leicht vergessen oder verloren werden. Ähnliches gilt für die Gummifüße, beim Neewer werden diese lediglich zurück geschraubt und die Dornen erscheinen, bei Rollei müssen die Gummikappen abgezogen werden.
Das wichtigste bei einem Stativ ist aber die Standfestigkeit und auch hier gibt es keinen Grund zur Klage. (Ich fotografiere gerne nachts mit Langzeitbelichtung im Bereich 20-30 Sekunden).
Einziges kleines Manko: Bei meinem Stativ ist das Bein, das auch als Monostativ verwendet werden kann, wenn alle drei Beine voll ausgezogen und im gleichen Winkel aufgestellt sind, ca. 2-3mm kürzer, sodass das Stativ auf ebenen Untergrund nicht perfekt in Waage steht. Dies halte ich aber für sehr leicht verschmerzbar, da ich das Stativ meistens draußen verwende und dort selten einen perfekt planen Boden vorfinden.
Zur Langzeitqualität kann ich bis jetzt noch keine definitiven Aussagen treffen, bin bis jetzt aber frohen Mutes.
FAZIT: In Anbetracht der gebotenen sehr guten Qualität und dem wirklich fairen Preis (ich hatte im Angebot 76€ bezahlt) kann ich dieses Stativ uneingeschränkt jedem Hobbyfotografen empfehlen. Bei einem Preisunterschied von 200€ zu einem Rollei C6i Carbon, muss auch ein professioneller Fotograf schon sehr häufig "umgreifen" um diesen Preisunterschied wieder herauszuholen.
( update after light use of 3 months )
The leg extensions broke in two separate places so I have called customer service who are collecting it and refunding me.
Es steht bombenfest, lässt sich butterweich einstellen, nix wackelt, alles hält. Es wirkt in keinster Weise billig oder schlecht verarbeitet, im Gegenteil!
Natürlich habe ich keine Vergleichsmöglichkeiten zu einem Manfrotto Stativ, allerdings zu einem billigen und dagegen wirkt das Neewer für mich jetzt wie ein Mercedes ;) Ich werde mit diesem Stativ sicher noch viele Jahre zufrieden sein. Für jeden Hobbyfotograf eine absolute Kaufempfehlung.