Ravelli APGL5 Professional 65" Ball Head Camera Video Photo Tripod with Quick Release Plate and Carry Bag
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- Monopod Option: All 3 legs are removable and each can be used as a monopod. Simply unscrew any one of the legs and the ball head from the tripod, then screw the ball head directly onto the top of the leg. The standard 3/8" adapter at the top of the legs allow other standard 3/8" tripod heads to fit as well.
- Center Column Height Reduction: The bottom part of the center column is removable. The center column is still reversible to achieve low angle shots, but is not necessary.
- Panning Handle for Video: The handle allows for smooth panning for video. The handle replaces the photo panning lock knob for smoother panning.
- Reversible Legs: Allows the tripod to fold to a mere 18.5" without the head and 21" with the head, making it easy to carry and store when not in use.
- Single Twist Leg Locks: Twist leg locks only require a single-handed 270° twist to open and a single-handed 270° twist to close. With one hand and a quick turn of the wrist, the tripod is ready.
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|Item Weight||3.5 pounds|
|Package Height||5.7 x 5.8 x 23 inches|
|Shipping Weight||6.45 pounds|
Top Customer Reviews
Dolica - somewhat flimsy, takes few months for black paint to wear out before it becomes more or less smooth. Camera plate is unique and should be ordered from Dolica only. Hard to adjust, has a tendency to drift from locked position. Quick release works so-so. Has a bubble level that is somewhat useful.
Ravelli - nice smooth head, easy to adjust, stays put once locked. No bubble level. Camera plate seems unique. Still have to figure out where to get extra plates. Quick release works pretty well.
Dolica - very easy to unfold and adjust, has both rubber and steel points on each leg, can be lowered down to almost ground level. Locking is reliable, but the tripod itself is not very stable. Once folded, fits into 21" carry-on (on a diagonal). Having rubber grips on each leg is nice, especially in a cold weather. Also, has a build-in small compass and level. Compass is somewhat useful, level is not.
Ravelli - folding and unfolding is somewhat tricky, as well as adjusting the height - or may be it takes time for me to re-learn from Dolica type mount. More stable than Dolica. Can be lowered down to almost ground level. Has only rubber points, so gripping to icy surfaces can be a challenge. No compass or level. Rubber grips on two legs only (why?) Packs to a compact 18", however, big bag makes it look bulky.
Dolica - very well made, nice looking and convenient bag with zipped internal pocket. Easy to carry.
Ravelli - not as slick as Dolica's. Zips only on a top, so taking the tripod out or packing it in takes longer time.Read more ›
- High quality construction - holds your gear rock-solid in place (that's the main purpose, right?). Even with a front-heavy telephoto setup, the ball holds firm and without having to over-crank it.
- Flexible positioning - legs have 3 stages and 2 different (and independent) lock positions (narrow and wide). Center can also be inverted to hang the camera. Head has lateral pan function, independent of ball.
- Simple operation - ball-head, center column and legs lock/unlock easily - do not need excessive force to lock.
- Reasonably compact and lightweight
- Comes with carrying case and a free baby tripod.
Cons (basically just nitpicking!):
- Quick release mechanism is a bit different - I'm used to the "snap-in" type - the Ravelli uses a slide-in type which seems more cumbersome (maybe I just need to get used to it).
- Mounting screw (that secures the quick-release plate to the camera) not secured to the plate - when you remove it the screw just falls out!
- Ball-head not (easily) interchangeable - would prefer a generic mount that allows use of different heads or replacement if/when needed.
- Not the lightest tripod (but if you want stability...)
- Don't get too excited about the free baby tripod - you're not going to be mounting your DSLR on it!
The bottom line is that if you want a high-quality, solid and flexible tripod, but don't want to spend $100 or more, I don't think you will find a better value than this.
See my picture to ser how stable the tripod is. My rifle weighs 10lbs loaded as in the picture with a 60 round magazine. As you can see, the rifle is mounted with about 8 of those lbs off center and it still holds on target even after 20 mins of the rifle hanging out without additional support.
I would definitely recommend this product but be warned if you are looking for replacement parts you maybe out of luck.
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http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003SIPXNA/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i00?tag=acleint-20 (Replacement Plate)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Beginner, Intermediate, Professional - HAVE ONE of these ones for any case! Sturdy and Light! Very Functional!!!Published 9 days ago by Edwin o
love it's flexibility of use and light weight. Have had for a couple of years. Having a little trouble with one leg not wanting to release with the screw type release mechanism.Published 1 month ago by WayneB
This is for the older model, which I bought in 2014. It's a very sturdy tripod with a ball-head. The leg extensions are controlled by twist-locks. Read morePublished 3 months ago by lobsterwitbutter
This tripod just collapsed and dropped my Nikon d800e and a 70-200VRII worth thousands of dollars. Looks solid but it fails even with a d5200 Nikon camera. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Tré