Ravelli Light Weight Aluminum Tripod (APLT3 53") Includes Universal Smartphone Mount
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- Maximum Height: 53" Collapses to 18"
- Standard 1/4" Camera Mounting Screw with Quick Release Plate
- Pan and Tilt Motion with Option of Shooting Landscape or Portrait
- Lever Leg Locks and Rubber Feet
- Includes Carry Bag and a Universal Smartphone Mount
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The Ravelli APLT3 is a very light tripod that extends to a stable height of 53". With aluminum legs, a durable molded plastic head, and weighing just over 1 lb, this tripod will never weigh you down.
The legs have 3 extendable segments for different heights and rubber feet for stability on a variety of surfaces. The APLT3 also has the ability to change camera orientation from portrait to landscape, and a center column that extends for easy movement and adjustment.
Top customer reviews
It's still going strong and I use it occasionally. No issues whatsoever. I put my Nikon D3200 on it and it works great.
I'm re-doing the review after reading my original and realizing what I've gotten out of the product after revisiting my pictures.
First, photography is a hobby to me. I really enjoy astronomical photography (night sky).
This tripod has traveled with me (from NYC) to Northern MA, Puerto Rico, Chile, Argentina. The Chile-Argentina trip was a long one, with different types of transport included. My tripod made it in and out in it's carry-on bag without issue. This is great, as I did not baby-it, and needed not to do so. I enjoyed traveling without being worried about it messing up (very big plus for this item).
The tripod has held steady (important in night sky photography where you leave the lens open for 10-20 seconds). Attached are some pictures takes with this tripod assistance. Any star-trail is not due to the tripod, but to just leaving the lens opened too long. The close-up moon was taken with the camera mounted to a small telescope that I mounted on the tripod... while it took some creativity, it got the job done.
I would definitely recommend this product, especially for someone traveling with more important things in mind than caring for equipment.
Also, I have to mention that the customer service is very good with this company. They reach out and answer questions quickly.
This is not a flashy or professional tripod, however, it is very reliable and gets the job done. It is not ball mount, but at the price really it is the best piece of equipment I've seen around.
This tripod quickly and easily scales from 2 feet to a height that is comfortable for a 6 foot tall person to use at eye level. It's very light, and the handle makes it easy to move around. There's a little shake to it but nothing that will prevent getting a good shot. It comes with a mini tripod that can attach to point and shoot cameras. The fabric carrying case is a nice addition. The rubber feet provide good traction on all indoor surfaces, though I'm not sure how they would fare on grass or rocks.
The one weakness is that with a 300mm zoom lens on a D7000 the tripod has a hard time staying in place if you are taking shots angled downwards (i.e. shooting an object at a 45 degree angle from above). It's not a deal breaker since you can stabilize it by placing your hand on the handle, but the knob that controls the vertical angle does not hold beyond a certain point.
Good value for $20.
EDIT: upgraded to 5 stars since I figured out how to lock the vertical angle. The handle that moves the the swivel head can be rotated and this solves the problem.
I received this tripod a few days ago it is much smaller than the 61" version. I have loaded a few photos of the tripod to show some of my points. As you can see in the last two photos the APTL2 (on left) is much more compact that the APLT4. When strapped to the outside of my Osprey pack it fits snug and does not protrude beyond the lines of the the pack. The APLT4 would snap on low branches and stuck out the top of the pack's lines.
Now with the compactness does come with a few trade offs. It is definitely not as sturdy as its larger brother. As you can see in the one photo (APLT2 on top APLT4 on bottom) the legs are much smaller and all around built less substantially. The largest section being about the size of my thumb and the smallest my pinkie. But, that being said I do not consider this a determent. After all I want a smallish compact tripod to carry while out backpacking, not a 50lbs behemoth. So there will need to be some compromise somewhere. At full height (50") it begins to show its weakness for stability (it is very stable balance wise but will move around since the legs are so thin). But I try not to get much above 2 feet maybe 3 for shooting so at this height it seemed very solid. At full extension when taking a portrait of other photo at normal speeds this may not be an issue but for long exposures I think it will move and cause blur.
The head would lock into place fairly tightly but did have some movement in it when the shutter was pressed. Not an issue for 99% of shooting but if taking multiple photos for stacking later to simulate a long exposure I did have movement between shots since the head would settle in a slightly new spot each time (even when using the timer). A remote release would have solved this but my Canon goes into auto mode (over rides the manual settings) when using the remote Canon app. This is a limit to my SX530, so had I had a proper release the head would have been quite solid. This tripod does also feature a quick release. It is much smaller than the release plate from the APLT4 (as seen in the side by side photo). It is almost an Archa Swiss (tried a Peak Design plate) but it does not quite fit without bending the tripod's lock. About the lock, it was very tight and secure at holding the camera. Once clamped in the camera was going no where. Once thing of note, the screw is not captured (held in place) when unscrewed. Had to be careful not to loose it into the creek. Thanks again for the great customer service.
I am giving this one 5 stars. While I am sure some may disagree, for me a casual hobbyist, this tripod did well for my needs. It remained steady and allowed me to take some long exposures without any motion blur and remained compact enough to go anywhere. As a last note is does come with a small carry bag. It seems well built.
I was not interested in buying an expensive tripod as I was not sure how useful it would be to me. I am not a pro, just someone getting into (or back into) the hobby of photography. I wanted to do some long exposures and low light shots and this worked well for me.
1) It is very sturdy when it is set up and seems well built.
2) It does have a quick connect, but it is proprietary.
3) Plenty tall (I am 6' 3").
4) Does not weight much which is good since I carry it backpacking.
5) Comes with a nylon case with strap for carrying.
1) When it is collapsed it is 2 feet tall. Not so good for me when I carry it backpacking. I just strap to the outside but hind site, that is ON ME for not looking into it better
2) Along with the above, I like the fact that I do not need to bend down to use, but in the end my backpacking use means I should have maybe considered the shorter 50" version. This is ALSO on me since I did not know better.
3) Quick plate is not a Manfroto or Archa Swiss type. Maybe not a big deal but as I have begun to find, this could have been useful. I want the get the Peak Design Capture Plate for use when backpacking. This QD mount will not work with the Peak Design.
In the end, if you are looking for a inexpensive tripod that will do what you need to do well this might be for you. It is not meant to be carried while backpacking but might work well if you only need to carry it and your camera to the shoot location.
A few days ago I received an email from SPN Performance, the seller. I need to give them a shout out for TOP CUSTOMER SERVICE! I received an email that let me know that because I was not 100% satisfied with this tripod (which in their defense was not their fault) they would refund $5 and offered to send out the shorter version to try out (arrived today). I bought this tripod over 7 months ago and they STILL stoodby their product! Thank, very much unexpected but very much appreciated. Once I get some miles hiking with the 50" version I will be sure to put down my thoughts.
See the top for a review of the 50" version.