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Sunpak - PlatinumPlus Ultra 7000 2-in-1 70" Tripod and Monopod - Silver-Angle_Standard

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Rating 4.2 out of 5 stars with 1355 reviews

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  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    I wouldn't buy this again (3 month owner)

    Posted
    RandyinMN

    I purchased the Sunpack 7000 tripod because of 2 primary features. One is the appearance of a good steady device (due to the leg braces connected to the center pole) and the pull-out center monopole. I've had the tripod approximately 3 months and have used it a half-dozen or more times. After using it last evening outside (temps in the 20's F), I folded it up and put it in the back seat of the car, along with my camera bag. When I got home, I brought the bag and tripod into the house, and immediately noticed the tripod was broken. The tripod's 3 legs are each connected to the center pole (for stability). This center-pole connection is a collar which you can tighten to stabilize the 3 connected out legs, and loosen and slide up when you fold the tripod up after use. 2 of the 3 outer leg brackets broke at the connection point to the center pole collar. It appears to be a weakness in the small amount of plastic which makes the connection via a horizontal metal pin (for swiveling). I had also been a bit disappointed with the primary rod handle which extends out from the top camera mount. The handle points toward me rather than away (like on my previous Velbon tripod) so it's always in the way when I try to put my head up to the camera viewfinder. While I liked the built-in monopole feature, I was never fully happy with the rigidity of the tripod, but up until now it was generall usable and I just lived with it. I am going to spend a little more money and find a more quality tripod, and hope I can at least get a refund from the manufacturer, or a replacment and just keep it as a second-hand tripod.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Mid-level tripod, quality build.

    Posted
    Jefe
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    I use a tripod daily in my work, especially for shooting time-lapse video and this Sunpak model was an emergency buy when the wind knocked over my Bower tripod while capturing a sunset in the park. Miraculously, the camera survived without a scratch, but one of the legs broke clean off the Bower. Supposed to have a lifetime warranty, but who has time to ship off a tripod for repairs? So I managed to squeak into Best Buy on a Sunday evening and snag this Sunpak. BB evidently doesn't carry Bower tripods anymore. The easy conversion for a monopod is the key selling point with the Sunpak. The center tube and mounting head pull straight out of the tripod assembly, then the center post telescopes and locks for a monopod. Too handy. The dual bubble-style levels (one is built into the mounting plate for the camera) are a useful feature. It sets up and collapses quickly. A few things to be aware of: For $50-$60 (depending on if you luck out with a sale), this is not a pro-grade tripod. For many shooters, it's sufficient for still photography and weekend video shoots. Don't expect the most fluid pan head. Although I like the overall build quality (the tripod has some heft to it), I'm wary of the snap locks on the tripod legs. Betting these will be the first to break. The BB online information for this product states that it comes with two quick-release mounting plates for cameras. Mine came with one. Check the online sale price and compare to the store price (this applies to ANYTHING at Best Buy). Often you'll see the online price is lower and that's what you should pay in the store. They are supposed to honor that. This tripod does not come with a carrying bag. I had an extra, so no biggie. The Sunpak does have a folding handle, but you'll want a carry bag with a strap to sling over your shoulder and keep your hands free. All tripods beyond tabletop models ought to come with a carry bag. Are you listening, manufacturers?

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Flimsy, cheaply made crap, and misleading product.

    Posted
    fadedSF
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    we have a metal sunpak tripod we bought in 97. it still works great. we wanted another great tripod. this wasn't it. it's already broken in at least 2 spots (the leg support struts and the end of column shaft stopper). this one is mostly plastic, and even so not that lightweight. the photos also show a monopod and tripod next to each other. which is stupid as the monopod is just the center of the tripod that pulls out when you raise it up too high. so all the photos are basically lying. that was really disappointing, but we got over that. the fact that the quick release plate is really hard to attach to a camera is one of the main reasons we barely used this thing. it's a total pain. (unlike the older models, which were designed much better) the legs are wobbly as well. when you remove the center to use as a monopod, the locking mechanisms aren't that reliable so it can collapse while filming. surprise! i can't wait to see what else breaks. seriously, i have a 15 dollar cheapo tripod that has also lasted much longer. oh and because one of the struts that attaches the legs to the center column broke, now one legs just flops around uselessly, and you can't tighten it anywhere at the joint. soooo it's pretty much useless. i guess we should stick to buying various tripods at goodwill for 5-10 dollars as they are apparently going to be better and last longer than a $60 tripod new from best buy. beyond disappointed. my wife would have left a review but she is so angry that whatever she wrote probably wouldn't be allowed on here. :-)

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Temporary Tripod

    Posted
    SummerFilming
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    I would have loved if this tripod to truly be an all in one and could stand a little more ruggedness and reliability, but it doesn't. :/ This is my 3rd time buy this Sunpak Ultra 7000 TM since 2015, because of the good pricing and two in one mono-pod feature. Unfortunately, the tripod head is still pretty weak today in 2018. The head wobbles a lot, makes squeaky sounds when panning, making your shots unstable and gagged. The grip and outer look is stylish and presentable which is why I hoped it would have improve to last longer for the short time I'd would use it, but it didn't even last after it's 1st use! Last night after filming and I was carrying my Canon 5D mark 3 and my Sunpak tripod out, when it suddenly detached by it self. The legs with head came off because of the walking. I was lucky it didn't happened while filming. Phew! Maybe it doesn't support my camera (even though it says it can support DSLR) but just the unstableness doesn't convince me it's reliability. So I would now just invest in a different tripod that's durable and won't give me a hard time during video or photos.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    One of the BEST TRIPOD/MONOPOD COMBOS AROUND!

    Posted
    foolishfotoshooter
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    I have used about every brand and style of tripod/monopod available over the last 45+years. To make a long history of comparisons short,let me say that in my opinion,the SUNPAK PLATINUM PLUS ULTRA SERIES IS ONE OF THE BEST TRIPOD/MONOPOD COMBOS CURRENTLY AVAILABLE FROM ANY MANUFACTURER ANYWHERE..BAR NONE..!! My reasons are simple,,.1st there are bubble levels on both the tripod AND the quick release head;2nd, each of the tripod's three 3 section legs are made from high quality light weight aluminum each with three sets of easy to open/close locks; AND 3rd, SUNPAK warrantees each PLATINUM PLUS ULTRA series tripod with a LIMITED LIFETIME WARRANTY (BTW, in all my years of ownership of 4 different models of SUNPAK tripods,I've only had to make use of their warranty once...,,and it was NOT DUE TO A MANUFACTURER ISSUE but a failure due my error !!) SUNPAK replaced my tripod in total and WITHOUT QUESTION. I wish every MANUFACTURER handled their warranty issues as well and as COURTEOUSLY as DID SUNPAK. If you are in the market for a EXTREMELY WELL DESIGNED AND BUILT TRIPOD FROM A EXCELLENT MANUFACTURER THAT FIRMLY STANDS BEHIND THEIR PRODUCT LINE THAT IS SOLD BY A COMPANY THAT DOES LIKEWISE(BEST BUY), THEN in my opinion, you CANNOT AND WILL NOT GO WRONG buying a SUNPAK PLATINUM PLUS ULTRA 7000 TM TRIPOD/MONOPOD COMBINATION. This is my second one and I'M JUST AS PLEASED WITH THIS ONE AS MY FIRST...Try it..you'll LIKE IT. foolishfotoshooter

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A bang for your buck!!!

    Posted
    miguel23

    I have a Canon7D which is a heavy camera and I have an extra flash and a fish eyes lens as an add on. I'm a photographer and for the price your getting a great deal. The guy with the bad review, maybe just received a bad one and that shouldn't be a reason to give this great product a great such a bad review. So far I love it, it doesn't have a pistol grip like some more higher end tripods but you get used to this one. I have used it about 5 times and even on some shoots at night while using the bulb mode and when you use that feature in the camera. By any movement causes from the tripod it will make a night pic look blurry and so far it hasn't. My pics look great and if you compare from a more expensive tripod. You'll be happy with this one. I looked every where on the internet and looked at reviews and for this price and with the cool features this one offers, I doubt you have much to complain about. This tripod is about as professional gets for that price and ones you get used to it, you'll be happy with it. It didn't come with a bag but I bought mine on amazon for $20 and now my investment is covered good warranty too. Basically if you have a heavy camera that weighs about 7 pounds this tripod will hold your camera without any problems or movement and for the price you'll love it!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great tripod, but i returned it

    Posted
    ndun56

    To start off, the tripod is a great tripod, my local bestbuy only had 3 tripods to choose from. $30, $90, $155. and all of them were "SunPak." on that day, i needed a tripod right away so i chose this one since it was in my budget. I had to return it since the tripod was scratched and dinged up when i got it. i brought it back to the store and looked at about 3 other tripod boxes of the same model and they were all the same. So, i just returned it and ordered one online and had to borrow a friend's tripod. the build quality was great for a $90 tripod but i wish they weren't so banged up since they had to be shipped from Japan all the way across to globe to New Jersey. but if you don't mind that's it's a little banged up before you get to, then go ahead and buy it. this is a great little tripod if you need a quick travel or throw around one. I suggest that you go online and find a better tripod that is a different brand then sunpak such as a manfrotto, benro, or slik. you could get so much more value with your money looking at these. also, you could buy the tripod legs separately and buy a cheaper head online.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good for the money, but not great

    Posted
    John
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    Being tall (6'2"), I like that it can get the camera all the way up to eye level with me. It's very solid at full extension and easy to use. The built in carry handle in the center post is nice, and so is the removable center section that becomes a monopod. My only concerns are that a couple of the leg locks tend to be finicky and not want to lock all the way on the first try (or 2 or 3). But once you get them locked in, they stay. If they don't, you know it because the lever almost immediately pops open. My other concern (not as big a concern) is that when you lock the head swivel with the screw lock, if you turn the head counter clockwise with the hand-held rod (don't know what it's called), it is easy to start unscrewing the head from the center post. And it's very difficult to really tighten down the head to the center post without tools. but be careful not to break the plastic. It's debatable whether I would recommend it. There may be other tripods just as good or better for the same money

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Price Appropriate

    Posted
    Rixx
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    The Sunpak Platinum Plus Ultra 7000TM, 2-in-1 70 inch tripod and monopod combination, is well suited for lower weight consumer cameras and camcorders. The legs of the tripod are surprisingly sturdy, though I'm not a fan of all the flimsy / low-quality plastic incorporated into the intersecting points. Also, the center rods, that constitute the monopod portion of this package, are fairly wimpy. This is perplexing to me because I actually own a Sunpak Platinum Plus 6700M monopod, and it's well-constructed and sturdy. Of course, low prices usually go hand-in-hand with a certain amount of compromise. The bottom line on this product is that you get what you pay for.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Very Difficult to Lock in Desired Camera Postion

    Posted
    RSRBOB
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    As soon as you let go of the handle after getting the picture framed vertically like you want it, the camera drops down and ruins the framing/composition of the picture. I have tried to compensate by starting out by aiming a bit higher but have not been able to find that happy median between calculated drop and aiming high. It is always too high or too low. Also, with the tripod level, according to the on board level, the camera is not sitting level at all. This appears to be a result of a problem in the tilt mechanism not allowing the camera to return to a perfect horizontal position.The tilt mechanism is all molded plastic. I can't tell if there is flashing from the mold process that prevents it from holding the camera horizontal (normal use position) or not. I had such high hopes for this equipment. It looked really nice, well made and easy to use, but the fact that it will not hold the camera where you point it and not really holding the camera horizontal really over rides the other nice touches.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    First tripod. Glad I chose this one.

    Posted
    Mick
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
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    This is my first tripod. I'm no professional photographer but I love this tripod so far. Main reason I chose this was for the significant weight difference from the other sunpak tripods. This one is heavier and was exactly what I was looking for. I use it primarily for time lapse photography and family photos. The other cheaper sunpak tripods seemed like a light breeze could blow them over. Haven't found a use for the monopod yet but at least it has that option if needed. Besides the weight on this tripod, I chose this one because I wanted to try my hand at cloud time lapses to start out and noticed that this tripod can get a very decent angle upwards to the sky without the handle (forgive me I don't know if there's a technical term for it) getting in the way of the legs of the tripod. Some of the other tripods I looked at were difficult to get a good upward angle cause the handle would hit the frame of the tripod.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Not good

    Posted
    DKSIS
    • My Best Buy Premier Silver MemberElite Plus Member

    You might have alreay guessed, I didn't like this one. First, it is not 70 inch. A Sales person measured it in Maplewood Best Buy to confirm it. And it is 65 inch. I used this piece to take pictures of Aurora borealis. And it cannot stand still with a heavy lens onit. And the ball head comes off, when ever I tried to take a panning shot of the landscape for panoramas. It is true that it can take weight. But, the head droops towads the heavy side, and the lens goes down over a period of time. I used a 100-400mm Lens which is 3lb in weight to test that fact. I tried a time lapse shot for 5 seconds using a toy on a shelf as subject. Nope. That lens looked down in shame. Final word, I didn't like it. I had a SunPak 6000 tripod, that thing is way better than this one.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Tripod

    Posted
    CoachCav
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    The $60 tripod was a piece of junk. The leg supports that ran from the center tube to the three support legs had plastic end that fit into slots on the three legs. I found one broken when I opened the product and found that I had to constantly reinsert the tips if I adjusted the legs. The camera support platforms wobbled and I found you had to tighten a nut at the base of the platform. When the platform was tightened, It did not allow you to traverse the camera in a 270 degree arc so panning was not possible. If I loosened the nut, the camera platform wobbled. This was the model that allowes you to convert from a tripod to a mono-pod. Poor design. A ball and socket joint supporting the camera platform that allows a smooth tracking of sports players is what I am looking for.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Cheap and absolutely functional!

    Posted
    BrazilianPilot
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    If you are not a TV channel, you don't want to pay thousands of dollars in a professional hydraulic head tripod. But you still want a good and dependable tripod. This is a great option! It is cheap, light weight and still does a great work with handcam and médium size cameras. This is NOT for professional médium to heavy cameras. I use it with my Sony handcam and it gives me smooth movements and steady image! If I don't have space to open its 3 legs, I can take the monopod axis from inside it and have steady image with really fast change of place/position. So, if you need an affordable and dependable tripod for home / semi-professional use, this is a great option! And if you are a really good professional, you may use it wisely and get good results as well! By the way, I recommend it for digital small photo cameras and vídeo handcams.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Not for use if you plan to use often

    Posted
    mpentalow
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    I have an eBay business and use it indoors about every other day. The cheap wing-nut fitting on the side height adjust lost its thread grip just after a few days. I was able to put up with it as I don't use that feature but eventually it lead to the mono-pod slowly coming loose making the platform wiggle. It requires occasional removal and tightening. Not the end of the world but still annoying. The mount screw is also cheap plastic and broke in half after about 1 month and completely fell off shortly thereafter so if you're a strong person go easy on it. Eventually the bubble level fell off too. I have never dropped this thing and always stored it properly. I wish I had immediately returned it but it was the second one I got and naively thought that for this price point i'd get better durability. Guess i will have to get a $150+ model.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great value and sturdy

    Posted
    Shelby
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    At the last minute I signed up for a local Photo Safari and it was emphasized by the instructor to bring a STURDY tripod and we were encouraged to purchase one for $200+ or rent one. Due to the time restraint, I desperately searched online for a sturdy tripod with store availability for pickup today.... at a price I could afford! Fortunately, my local Best Buy had this tripod and I received excellent customer service from the manager, Ron. He said he personally used this tripod and it worked well for him. I have the same testimony that this is a very sturdy tripod. The rubber tips on the legs kept the tripod sturdy on the ground and in the grass. During the photo safari, I had to carry my tripod over my shoulder with the legs fully extended and the quick release pan head kept my camera very secure. I would definitely recommend this product.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Very nice tripod!

    Posted
    BlessingAlaska
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    I loved all but one of the features of this tripod. (The price was reasonable, too.) The reason I did not give this item five stars was because the "quick release" was a pain. With (or without) the camera attached to the small piece, it was difficult to mount the camera to the tripod. The small quick release platform has this tiny metal piece for screwing it to the camera. I have small hands and fingers. It was not a smooth transition ... and this is why I returned it. Most tripods seem to have this type of mounting now, but my older equipment had a nice screw piece that a person could feel it secure the camera from underneath the mounting platform. I'm not sure why this design was changed. Nice tripod features except for that one thing. Plus, the store had no adapters available!! The End =•]

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Just OK

    Posted
    BigO
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    This is my 2nd sunpak tripod. I wish I could say it is good, but I can't. I have the same problems I had with my other one that lasted a year, and I finally threw it out. The biggest issue is that the tube under the tripod keeps coming unscrewed. This is because the metal tube, screws into a plastic fitting. It is a piece of GARBAGE. I wish I had learned my lesson with the first one, as I had that problem with my previous tripod as well. I finally superglued it in, I don't want to use the monopod as I already have one but sunpak should really put a metal sleeve in place of the plastic one.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Really good value semi-pro tool

    Posted
    Alfonzo
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    Two tools in one. The monopod , (I use this A LOT) alone beats most of the competition....Why, 1. because it has to slide into the tripod, it has no lever-locks, making it unique and faster to raise and lower. And lighter. 2. It has the full head of the tripod. i.e. quick release, tilts, bubbles and all. Most monopods come with just a 1/4" threaded mount and one would have to pay extra for what comes free here. The full tripod is lighter than most, sturdy and has a nice carry handle. Most others have a strap. The handle is better. Some people complain there is no bag but frankly one is better off without. The tool is water resistant. I tie the tripod to my back-pack, I mount the camera to the monopod and use it as a walking stick for hiking.....everything is ready so one captures more "would be lost" shots ....AND Steady....rain or shine!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Good until it broke but excellent warranty

    Posted
    4KUHDCable
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    I really liked this tripod for photos to support my wife’s blog and videotaping my son’s events with a Canon Rebel T6. However, on a very cold day, one of the legs snapped off at the top pivot point while setting it up. While Best Buy required me to use the manufacturer’s lifetime warranty, Sunpack charged me nothing to replace it. I did have to pay for shipping to them and fortunately had all required documentation. They quickly gave me a new more robust version than the original at no charge. The failure cause was listed as as older design by manufacturer so it seems mine was simply older stock. The new one has done everything that we need with any other problems.

    I would recommend this to a friend