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Sunpak - PlatinumPlus 4200XL 42" Tripod - Black-Angle_Standard

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Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1160 reviews

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  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Poor quality all around but still somewhat usable

    Posted
    Anonymoose2012
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    I purchased this tripod at Best Buy a couple of years ago. It is still usable today and is attached to the tripod carrier of my camera backpack, however I do not use it anymore except in rare circumstances. On the positive side of things: it is very light, compact, and can be convenient for certain situations where carrying around a better tripod would be a pain. It does its job as a tripod. The bad side is pretty long. It is very cheaply made. After a few months, the knob that turns the camera mount screw fell off and I had to epoxy it back together. There is no way to level the camera; the top part only has vertical and horizontal click-lock positions. The legs can be hard to deploy correctly (they use some sort of rotation-lock mechanism that is difficult to understand at first) and they are extremely flimsy and wobbly. Wind and uneven ground are this tripod's mortal enemies. The leg issues can be somewhat worked around if you're not using the full tripod height by pulling the legs out all the way, then collapsing the BOTTOM segments which are the weakest first. It is also annoying that the mount screw isn't easily accessible without switching the mount to a vertical position; you have to screw the camera in sideways and there is no quick-release plate and this seems strange if you've used even a basic "standard" tripod with QR plate before. Others have reported problems with the top plate snapping; I'm gentle with it and haven't had such a problem. I have used this tripod to capture some good photos and video, so it's not completely useless. I would, however, strongly recommend investing some more money in anything higher up. Sunpak's PlatinumPlus 5858D tripod costs about $30 instead of about $16, but it is drastically better in several respects: a lot more stability, better build quality, strong legs that deploy easily and can be leveled, a quick-release plate that can also be leveled, a bubble level in the QR plate area, and a foam grip for comfortable use in cold weather. The 5858D is very similar to (and appears to be based on the same design as) a Targus tripod I've had for seven years that, while also a cheaply made $30 tripod, has never once broken on me or disappointed me on uneven ground and in light winds. If you're so broke that you must get this tripod or nothing at all, remember to be very gentle with it and don't expect much out of it. It will break on you sooner or later. If you can afford to spend $30 on a tripod, please do not buy this one.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Best tiny budget travel tripod, but not for all

    Posted
    harrkev
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    First, this is NOT a great tripod. Yes, it is downright awful. However, given its size and its price, it is the ONLY option in its class. Yes, this tripod is under one pound, and it even almost fits in a front pants pocket. The best part is that you can take it home for under a Jackson! This is great for setting the self-timer on your camera and taking a selfie. It is also adequate for a long exposure, if you are careful, maybe. However, this thing is wobbly -- fairly wobbly. It does not go very high (barely chest-high on me), and I used it for a small mirrorless camera. If you use a full-sized SLR, well, this may not be adequate. There is a simple hinge that will go between portrait and landscape mode. That is it -- a 90 degree rotation. No fine adjustments for irregular terrain, except to flex the legs. This thing was also inadequate to take a panoramic shot, because the panning was not smooth, and the up-and-down jitter was too extreme. I also tried taking some nighttime long exposures (up to a minute) and there was some shaking due to the stiff wind at the time. So, to summarize, if you want a better tripod meant for travel, it will still be bigger and cost a LOT more. There are some nice carbon-fiber ones for about eight or ten times the price, and those might be good options, but they are also longer. However, I am still keeping this. If I am hiking up the side of a mountain, this one is small and light enough that I won't mind carrying it too much, despite its flaws.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Not so great for camera

    Posted
    ndun56

    This tripod was a kit that came with the camera i purchased so i figured i would get a decent quality tripod. This is a small easy to use camera but the build quality is terrible. The legs are very unstable for a little digital camera (nikon coolpix l100) and shakes a lot. there are no grips on the bottom of the tripod and it jiggles when you press the camera button. The sliders aren't good either because there is an oily/greasy residue on the outside of the legs when you pull them out. After about 5 or so uses, one of the legs snapped when i was putting the legs back inside of the tripod. since it is a button release, you need some pressure beforehand to push it back in and the tripod couldn't handle it. I suggest that you invest at least $80ish dollars on a decent quality tripod instead of this cheapo tripod. all you are doing to throwing out money where when you invest money in a good tripod that could last for a couple of years. i picked up a Slik 700dx ($170) which is a little overkill for my new camera (canon 60d w/ large lens) but it would last decades

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Close this page and walk away!!!

    Posted
    NoviceFamilyPhotos

    This is one instance where you truely get what you pay for. Sine I payed so little for this tripod and can overlook the poor material and flimsy design. The problem I can't get over is the poor quality plate on the top that you attach the camera too. The plate swivels so you can shoot with the camera horizontal or vertical. When in the horizontal position (standard position for taking photos or video) the plate tilts down when a VERY light camera is attached. The product says it supports up to 2.5 lbs but its more like .01 lbs. All pictures and video taken with this tripod will be at crooked unless you can get the right size book or other object to put under one of the legs as there is no way to level the legs. So if you have made it this far obviously you were really considering this tripod, but I say again...CLOSE THIS PAGE...AND WALK AWAY!!!

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Good for price, but durability is terrible

    Posted
    CanonUser1991

    Before you assume it's about the legs not locking and whatever else people are complaining about it's not that. I had no problem whatsoever on that aspect of this tripod. The base where the camera mounts was shot after a couple of months. It was flawless then one day it just broke. It made the camera lean. The base wouldn't lock in place either. I got this tripod because of the cost. It lasted a couple months, but if you want to do real photographer outside I don't recommend it. If you're wanting to do self portraits off of a kitchen counter or do YouTube Vlogs then it'll be good. Even at maximum height, this tripod wasn't high enough for good portraits. It was flimsy at full height was well. I recommend spending a bit more money and getting a tripod that will do the job right the first time. Live and learn, but do it right the first time. I have a targas tripod now. The height is amazing. It has a built level, the feet of the legs adjust to the ground to level itself out. The way the legs lock is way better. There is also a way to secure a weighted bag or something at the bottom to keep it steady.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Adequate for inside usage on a stable surface

    Posted
    OneCrazyBusyLife
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    I purchased this to use in several different applications; indoors for pictures/video of a student performance and hopefully to use on a trip for outdoor shots of the family. There are a few things that prevent it from getting a higher rating. First, if the extended legs are not in the locked (using that term loosely) position the weight of my pocket camera will cause it to tip. The locking is not a true lock it's more like the pin slips into a notch but it can easily be twisted out of the notch if not careful. The other issue I had was with the stability of the neck (where the camera attaches and where the arm to move it is.) I took the first tripod back because I thought that it was broken. However the second one I got is the same way. I haven't had time to find a replacement yet so if I use it I just hold on to the arm and kind of lift it into a level position.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Poor quality

    Posted
    Busop
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    The tripod looked perfect for travel, compact and light weight. The sales girl happily removed the packaging for me to inspect it. Looked good! I noticed she was struggling to collapse it but was in a hurry so I took another and eagerly headed home to give it a go. Went up easily enough and supported the camera reasonably well. Attempting to put it away was a struggle. You are required to depress 2 little spikes that pop through holes on each section. You have to exert a lot of force to get them to retract and it's not easy. While I was doing this one leg fell off the tripod. Upon closer inspection I discovered the threads were stripped. The metal was very cheap/thin and wouldn't support the threads . I returned it and explained the problem to customer service rep. He set it up and found the same difficulties I had. He happily refunded my purchase .

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Portable, telescopic, for smaller cameras

    Posted
    iLuvTech
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    We were looking for a tripod at the last minute for our 12 day trip to the US NW, and knew we'd want to take scenic pics of our little group in places where there'd be nobody to ask to take our picture. We found this little gem for a great price. It telescopes higher than other ones we tested, to about 3 feet, and it will be great for tabletop shots. It is sturdy enough for our Nikon Coolpix L610--but might not be the best for heavier/better cameras. It has locking swivels that turn left and right, and also another to tilt up and down. We even adjusted the leg height separately to accommodate for uneven slopes. This is a great tripod for our everyday uses--nothing super heavy duty or ultra professional, but it was perfect for all of our needs and aided in some great pics!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Take off the black plate

    Posted
    slvrscoobie
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    This is a Great little tripod, If you spend about 5 minutes fixing it. The black housing at the top of the legs does not allow the legs to open wide enough to really add stability to the tripod. However, a 5mm hex wrench removes the head from the legs, and you can pop off this black housing. Add a 3mm washer to the top of the head and re-assemble and it allows full leg use and actually looks better i think. If you buy it - mod it, or dont bother! Itll be too top heavy to be worth its value.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Gear for the money and the size

    Posted
    harrkev
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    Is this a great tripod? No, not at all. However, is it a great tripod for the size? Yes. Is it a great tripod for the money? Yes. If you want the smallest possible tripod that is not a tabletop model, this is pretty much your only cheap choice, and much better than no tripod at all. I use this with a small mirrorless camera, and for that, it works great. This lived in my backpack while my wife and I were travelling all over Europe, and I was glad for the small size and weight since we carried everything in our backpacks. It works well enough, and if lost or broken, it is disposable at this price. There are much better travel pods out there, but they are both heavier and MUCH more expensive.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Not sturdy...lightweight at a cost

    Posted
    Chris
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    I bought these without much thought to use on a vacation with a new (not very lightweight) DSLR camera with zoom lens. I was focused on having a lightweight, packable tripod that would work in my backpack. Unfortunately, I was never able to get the thin, telescopic legs in a position to stabilize enough with which I felt comfortable in leaving the camera for timer shots in windy conditions. The camera is fairly light for its style, but I wouldn't trust the tripod with it. I would rate this 'poor' but maybe I could work with it more to improve stability. I waited too long to return it or I would have.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Mediocre tripod

    Posted
    Hennagirl
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    I needed a tripod for some longer exposure pictures, so I went to my local Best Buy. They only had a few options, this one being the least expensive at $29.99. My frustration with this tripod is that it is difficult to get the legs to stay locked. I spend more time clicking the legs back into locked position while shooting. In addition, the spread of the legs isn't very wide, so at shorter heights, the weight of my macro lens tipped the tripod over. Luckily, I caught the camera, preventing costly damage to my lens. Spend a little more at the store, or go on line and get something with better quality

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Decent Mini Stand

    Posted
    kyote13
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    This is the first stand I've bought for a camera, its mostly used for close up shots ,macro images on a table or with a light box, or also just to hold the camera for Youtube videos. I don't have to extend the legs that often because of that , but when I do need them extended, its the getting them to retract part, that seems to be a pain fairly often. The stand holds the camera well though, no wobbling or tilting out of place. It does what its suppose to do overall. Since I didn't really need a full height tripod this suited me the best, as I pretty much get both, a tabletop size and a tall tripod for the occasions I need a tall one.The price is good for the versatility you get out of it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good value for price

    Posted
    MajorO
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    I bought this because at the price, it gave me the capabilities I wanted. It is small enough to fit into a day pack and lightweight. The legs are made of 7 metal sections that extend and are held in place by small ball detents. One of the legs has a twist and lock feature to prevent collapse, but the legs seem to hold pretty well event without it. The instructions say to use fully extended (42") or fully collapsed (11"), I have used it in between without problem.The camera mount swivels up down and clockwise, counterclockwise by friction grip. So far, with light usage, I am happy with the product.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Perfect for my Canon SX40 HS

    Posted
    Dan012

    Works great and is compact enough to fit in my motorcycle luggage. Great for the price, have not had any issues. There is another reviewer who gave 1/5 stars for 2 problems. Maybe he didn't read the manual/stickers. You twist the leg poles to lock them, and screw in the handle to tighten the platform. I am guessing that he locked the leg and didn't try to tighten the platform. That would explain both issues. I tightened mine and was hard to even physically force it. Maybe he had a 10lb camera or could of had a defective pod, I dunno.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    interesting design

    Posted
    customer4life
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    Very small and compact design. Can be carried around with out Feeling like your lugging a telephone poll. Does the job for me. it is pretty sturdy not as adjustable as regular tri pod. This one has snap points so it is not friction stopped like the bigger tri pods. To which the snap poins are extended out all the way or retracted to its compact carry position. the versatility has its limitations when it comes to positioning. excellent for flat ground not so much on uneven surfaces. Takes a minute to figure it out as its concept of how to lock the tri pod into position is interesting. It is not rocket science.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Pretty good compact tripod for close up work.

    Posted
    Stueman
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    Have used tripod for table top close up photos and outdoors too for flower close ups, but only few times. Like how holds camera steady and able to pan & tilt while getting up close to subjects. The tripod legs are expandable to 42'" to vary distances and height needed but one time did so legs didn't always stay in place at height adjustment made. Also one time pan head got tilted vertically and only later when reattaching my camera to it was I able to click it back to horizontal position. But I need to experiment further use of tripod being only had need to use it few times.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Cheap, Flimsy, Poor design

    Posted
    Shanajay
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    I just purchased this tripod to take on a short trip because I didn't want to take my heavy tripod. I really should have had the sales person open it in the store but decided that it should serve the purpose. Well, I got it home and I opened it up and almost bent one of the legs, but closing it back down was almost impossible. I never even put my camera on it. One leg wouldn't even go all the way back in. I'm taking this thing back tomorrow. Horrible purchase. Not even worth the 30.00 that I paid for it.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great compact tri-pod for light weight cameras

    Posted
    craig
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    I use it so I don't have to carry around a large tripod (for small cameras..GoPro, point and shoot, etc) when traveling...Especially when traveling on planes where everything gets a surcharge fee if it doesn't fit into a carry-on. This stand fits conveniently in my camera back pack. I pull out the legs, and it extends to a good enough height to film almost what I would see at eye level. I would NOT try to use it to hold a DSLR or something around that weight. (may be a bit unstable). I would recommend this for a specific "light" class weight of tripods.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Undecide

    Posted
    CherryO
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    The verdic is still out. Only tried to use once for a Holiday large group setting. Perhaps too rushed during the set-up? Didn’t expect to have to read instructions for what I thought was a ‘basic’ concept (we have 3 standard tri-pods, so know our way around the apparatus) but could not get all 3 legs to hold taunt. We had to resort to propping a phone instead. Hoping the next time, it will deliver.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend