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Sony VCT-R100 Lightweight Compact Tripod with 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head
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- Function: Elevator, 3way panhead function
- Material: Aluminium,ABS.POM
- Tilt Correction: 90 degrees,60 degrees,360 degrees.
- Lightweight design makes it perfect for travel
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|Item Dimensions||3.66 x 3.78 x 14.8 inches|
|Maximum Height||40 inches|
|Shipping Weight||1.8 pounds|
|Tripod Head Type||pan-and-tilt-heads|
The VCT-R100 has a 3-way pan/tilt head that makes it easy and convenient to point your camera where you need it without having to adjust the tripod itself, and ideal for steady shooting with a camcorder or digital still camera where you need to follow the action without moving yourself. This tripod is capable of supporting a little more than two pounds, and is constructed of durable black aluminum. The VCT-R100 weighs 1.8 pounds, has four leg stages, utilizes flip locks to lock its legs in place, and includes a center column and brace. This unit comes with a handy carrying case, a manufacturer's limited 1-year warranty on parts, and 90-day warranty on labor.
Top Customer Reviews
Claimed folded length 14 inches. I found 13 7/8 inches.
Claimed extended height 39 inches, I found 39 3/8 inches
Claimed weight 1.8 lb, I found 1.45 lb.
When fully extended it seems a bit short, but this is, no doubt, a result of designing it to fold up so compactly. I have had sturdier tripods, but this one is certainly sturdy enough for most photographic opportunities.
It is lightweight, but DOES NOT feel flimsy. Everything about this tripod has a solid firm feel to it.
The locking mechanism is cam-lock like heavier tripods (the reason I chose this over the SLIK Compact-XL which has a twist lock mechanism that I have found tends to fail over time).
The technical specs on Amazon ARE incorrect. This tripod DOES NOT HAVE a quick release as the specs say it does.
I was a bit put off by that fact because that was somewhat important to me. Given I am leaving in less than a week it doesn't give me enough time to find are replacement that does. However, I will say the large knurled knob for the locking screw mechanism is very smooth and easy to operate so it doesn't take too long to lock the camera/camcorder in place. Typically the screw mechanism requires you to have small fingers and be very dexterous, or use some kind of coin to lock the camera in place (hence the advantage of having a quick release/lock)
No sharp corners anywhere, which is great so you don't have to worry about tearing a hole in your rain jacket(or anything else for that matter) because it is packed in the backpack along with your tripod!
Does NOT have a crank handle to raise the platform, which I LOVE. Nobody I know adjusts the camera height so precisely as to require a crank handle ! A quick twist lock mechanism holds the platform in place, AND there is some kind internal limit pin to prevent you from pulling the platform shaft right out of the guide tube (nice touch when you are in a hurry)
Full extended the height with the platform raised is a complete 39.5" to the platform so even for a tall person it is not a lot of bending over.
Comes with a nylon carrying case which is convenient when just going for a short hike/walk.
Would have given it 5 stars but for the fact that it does not have the quick release.
As far as possible cons go, most would be related to the fact that the maximum extension of this model is about 40 inches. That said, video shooters have little to worry about. Most modern camcorders use a flip screen (rather than a viewfinder) so angling the screen upwards easily allows you to shoot in comfort without crouching. On the other hand, photographers using cameras with a fixed (back of camera) screen will have little choice but to either sit, crouch down, or use the tripod on an elevated surface (eg; a table). In such cases, a 52" or taller model with a sturdy elevator might be a better choice (though portability will suffer as such a unit will be undoubtedly collapse to no less than 2 feet). Lastly, keep in mind that this unit is designed primarily for consumer grade equipment weighing less than 2 or 3 pounds.
As most of my video/photo work is hobby related these days, I really do appreciate the quality, portability and overall value of the VCT-R100. All things considered, I don't think you can do a whole lot better for less than $80. At $27 it's a steal!
I did not find that limit in the specs on the Amazon webpage. That would not be nearly enough for what I shoot.
So first I tried my Nikon D300 with strap, spare battery and 3 CF cards, and an 18-200 Nikkor lens, the combo weighed 3lb 6 ounces. The tripod worked fine.
I kept changing equipment to the point that I had 5lb 10 ounces from my D300, a 28-300 Nikkor lens, and an SB-800 flash.
The tripod had no problem with this and the friction locks held even when nodding the camera down 45 degrees.
I raised the center pole to full extension, and everything still held fine. Nice tripod.
I had to tighten the nod control in the handle a lot for the 45 degree look-down, but it seemed to be a reasonable torque on the handle.
That configuration was most stable when the lens was aligned with one of the legs, but the set up did not tip over even when the camera/lens was pointed between two legs.
However, if I were to take a time delay shutter release in wind and wanted to be in the picture, I'd definitely point the lens in the direction of one of the legs for stability.
The tripod appears and feels sturdy. The leg quick releases are solid. The head controls are useable. I agree with the comment that the knob that mounts the camera is nicely sized for larger hands.
This will not be my "meat-and-potatoes" tripod, but I love its weight and collapsed size.
It will be great for trips for airline baggage or carry-on, or to be tossed into a small day-knapsack for a hike (when I often leave my larger and sturdier tripod at home or in the car due to length and weight.)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
love this got a bigger one by slik for five times this one cost but will be using the sony more great cost and service!Published 1 day ago by mike nesbitt
Perfect size perfect weight for traveling to produce lecture videos!Published 4 days ago by Hansderma
If it was just a little taller at this price point it would be ideal.Published 7 days ago by ZKap15
I’ll give the proceeds to this product, because it’s the cause of greatness.Published 13 days ago by Margaret Knutson
Overall, nice product. It doesn't have a level on it (which I find handy and helpful) but it gets the job done.Published 22 days ago by Amazon Customer
just the right hight for sitting on a chair. well made, i happy with it.Published 1 month ago by its ed