Vanguard MAK 203 Tripod with Quick-Flip Leg Locks and Geared Elevator
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- Three way pan head for smooth panoramic panning at an array of angles
- Strong canopy
- Supporting brace for added stability
- Bubble level
- Elevation adjustment gear
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|Item Dimensions||23.63 x 4.33 x 4.53 inches|
|Item Weight||1.98 pounds|
|Shipping Weight||3.55 pounds|
MAK Series, a reliable, easy-to-use, lightweight tripod featuring all of the essentials for great balance and stability. Its three-way pan head enables smooth, panoramic panning at an array of angles. A strong canopy supports cameras with exceptional reliability and its central column hook to hang photography accessories tripod improves stability. With the exception of one model, MAK has a gear elevator that enables precise height adjustment and a leg brace with lock provides extra stability. Great for the on-the-go amateur photographer, MAK has a bubble level to ensure balance, quick-flip leg locks for quick setup and anti-slip rubber feet.
Top Customer Reviews
Folded height 24"
Max Loading weight 6.6 lbs.
Tripod Weight 2.86 lbs.
Leg extension flip lock rather than twist lock.
I own several tripods and monopoles, none of which have a built in level.
I recently took a series of 14 photos to create a 180 degree panoramic view of the horizon.
Although after looking through the viewfinder I thought the camera was level, I lost between 1/3 and 1/2 of the height of the final image because my tripod was not actually level.
Because of this experience, I wanted a tripod with a level to help assure that my tripod was perfectly level.
The bubble level located on top of one leg of the tripod is 1/2" in diameter, and bubble target area is 1/4" and the bubble itself is 1/8".
To confirm the tripod is level, you must turn the camera lens away from the leg with the bubble so you can actually see the bubble level. With the camera in other positions, you can not actually look directly down at the bubble level.
With one eye closed, the open eye directly over the tripod leg, you then decide if the bubble is exactly 1/16" from the bubble target.
If you look at the bubble from any angle besides directly over the bubble level on the tripod leg, you will misjudge whether the tripod is truly level.
This is a good basic tripod, but the reason I bought this one sight-unseen was the level which I find somewhat lacking in user friendliness.