Ravelli AVT Professional 67-inch Video Camera Tripod
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- Supports Camera and Video Equipment up to 16lbs
- Three Adjustable Leg Sections with Horizontal Flip Locks
- Padded Foam Grips On Two of the Three Legs
- Height Adjustable Gearless Center Column
- Quick Release Plate and Dual Control Handles
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|Item Weight||9.8 pounds|
|Package Height||7.17 x 7.24 x 33.74 inches|
|Shipping Weight||12.4 pounds|
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|Item Weight||9.8 lbs||9.47 lbs||—||10.8 lbs||—||2.77 lbs|
|Maximum Height||—||—||37 in||56 in||—||158 cm|
|Minimum Height||—||—||21 in||30 in||—||60.5 cm|
The Ravelli AVT is a solid tripod for camera and video weighing nearly 10lbs. It will support large equipment up to 16lbs.
The head of the tripod uses a highly viscous gel between moving parts to dampen movement. Between uses, the gel can become tacky and make initial movements jerky. Once moving again, the gel provides dampened, somewhat fluid movement. The horizontal panning comes set from the factory for heavy video equipment but three tensioning screws mounted under the head allow the panning tension to be eased for lighter items. The vertical panning is much stiffer and is more of a "set and forget" function rather than fluid vertical panning. But it is actually convenient if you are attempting to lock vertical movement and focus on horizontal panning.
The legs end in rubber feet with retractable metal spikes.
The center column is gearless and adjustable.
The unit includes a padded carry bag. An allen wrench is included to adjust the head and leg locks and is located in the pocket of the carry bag.
The leg locks are flip type as opposed to twist. They are all mounted horizontal making it possible to open all of them at once.
The head of the unit includes a single quick release plate. The head has dual handles. It is possible to remove either handle for single right or left hand operation.
Top customer reviews
This is not a professional tripod, but it feels and looks pretty dang close to one. I've compared this model to a very similar Manfrotto, and the differences are barely noticeable. That being said, this tripod does have some issues with quality, but not so bad that it's not usable.
This tripod is heavy. Like heavy duty. Compare to a $30 tripod of the same height, and this one will probably weigh 2-3 times it. That's not a bad thing. Even without the turf spikes, I don't have to worry about this thing blowing over in the wind. It's not so heavy that is unreasonable to carry around, but if you are shooting something where you need to move the tripod a lot, I would suggest a monopod, or a lighter tripod.
Look at the photos. If you compare to some tripods, notice there is no metal brackets between the legs that lock them in to place when you pick up or move the tripod. I didn't even think about it when I bought this. It's not a big deal, just keep it in mind, because I didn't even notice. The legs have multiple locking points so as you pull them outward they will lock into a certain position. You can then move past that lock into further outward locking positions. However there is no inward lock. So basically what I'm saying is when you pick up the tripod the legs will naturally start to close to their inward position. So when you set the tripod back down, you will need to pull the legs back out to your desired position. So this makes moving it around often not ideal. This is not a flaw of the tripod, just the design. What it allows you to do, is pull the tripod legs very far outward, and get the camera very low. So essentially giving you more height range.
The feet completely rotate and have screw adjustments allowing you to really dial in and get the camera perfectly level, even on really uneven surfaces. The mounted bubble level makes it easy to make your adjustments. The head is removable so you can switch to a better head or just a different style of head as you desire. It has a locking quick release plate so pulling the camera on and off is super easy. The panner head has full rotation, horizontal and vertical, so getting smooth pan shots is very easy.
So what don't I like about it? Why only 4 stars? With the head unlocked, to allow for pan shots, there is a wobble to the head. So I can touch the camera, or cell phone, and the whole head will move back and forth. Not a lot, but enough to ruin your shot if you're not careful. So the play there is not in the head itself, it's actually in the center part of the tripod that the head mounts to. The part that adjust vertically, straight up and down. Basically what I'm saying is, replacing the head will not fix the problem. The problem is in the design of the tripod. However, when everything is locked down, there is no play, or wobble whatsoever. So really this is only something you have to pay attention to when panning the camera.
What else? All the locking handles are plastic, and feel pretty cheap. So longevity may be an issue. If you take care of the tripod and don't let it bang around during travel, or fall to the ground, they should be OK. The legs aren't super smooth when sliding them in or out. This may work itself out over time, but so far adjusting the height of the legs has been somewhat irritating. (having to pull pretty hard to get the legs to extend)
Overall I really like how solid this tripod is, and its versatility. It could of course be better, but you need to ask yourself where you want to put your money. Personally I'd rather put the money into other things like filters, lenses, and other accessories to make filming more efficient. This is a very solid tripod, and for the price, a high quality one. Attach an articulating arm or some type of jib or boom arm to increase its versatility.
It comes with a nice bag that has held up just fine. It has pockets on it for accessories, and includes some cleaning cloths and a small LED key chain light.
This tripod is big, heavy and sturdy. I've never worried about my DSLR when it sat on top of this thing. It's great for large lenses that tend to make other tripods front heavy and the legs and clamps are built well. I especially like being able to seat my camera towards the back of the mounting plate, shifting the center of gravity back for my large telephoto lenses.
That said, the so called "fluid" head is terrible. It was never very smooth, and after about a year of light use (mostly photography) it's become impossible to get a smooth start/stop tilt movement. It "sticks" at the start and stop of a pan/tilt no matter what the tension is set to. I don't know if the lubricant has dried up or what, but it's pretty awful compared to most other video tripods I've used. Even when it was smoother, it never felt fluid like some of the other tripods I've used, it's always felt dry and you can feel the friction. I use this thing almost entirely for photography with my larger zoom lens, but that's not really what I intended it for when I bought it, or what it's marketed as... Spend a few bucks more and get a better tripod if you care about smooth, fluid panning and tilting!
It's also worth mentioning that the bubble level came misaligned from the factory. The side of it sticks up a bit out of the housing at an angle, the top of it isn't flush with the housing so it's utterly useless. I don't rely on these anyway as my camera meters that for me, but it's worth noting quality control might be an issue.
Update: While I don't consider the above original review to be negative, the seller contacted me to see if there was anything they could do to make the product more useful. I didn't ask for assistance. After emailing the seller a few times I wanted to update this review to say customer service is great. They are willing to help in any way possible. I will use this seller in the future for any item that I can. I don't consider my original review to be negative. I am new to video and wasn't 100% sure what I needed. The product is good and does what it is designed to do. My goal was to let others know that may be in my situation, that mounting a camera, not video recorder, to this or any tripod will not work very well if what you are videoing is mobile. I video track meets which require constant movement, pan, tilt, and zoom. Once again, customer service is excellent and I highly recommend using this seller whenever possible.
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