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Sunpak - TravelSmart 50 50" Tripod - Silver/Black-Angle_Standard

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Rating 4.2 out of 5 stars with 346 reviews

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  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    WOBBLY (not for DSLR) Good for Light/Small Cameras

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    Chui
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    This tripod is very inexpensive and rickety. It's not very tall or stable. The shoe that goes under your camera is very small. This makes me question the integrity of the tripod if you had to put something wider/heavier onto the shoe and have it balance on its own. I would definitely stand guard and carefully watch this tripod incase it loses balance and falls over. Especially if you use this outdoors, the winds can easily knock this frail Jenga tower over if fully extended. LEGS: The legs have 3x stopping points. Each leg getting slightly thicker as you go up. MY BIGGEST COMPLAINT are the FIRST LEGS closes to the floor. They are THIN AS CHOPSTICKS. This definitely contributes the the concerning integrity of the tripod standing still. After one session of photos with standard basic DSLR with stock lens (EOS T6 w/ 18-35mm lens) the bottom first legs are already BENDING OUTWARDS. This camera with lens is a little under 2lbs and it's already doing this to the tripod under an hour of use. I honestly would avoid using the bottom legs and stick the the 2nd and 3rd legs for raising height. This limits how tall you can raise the tripod, but might as well work with what you got, since that's the great part of photography. PANNING/TILTING VIDEO: For Video, Don't expect to get great panning shots. It's more frustrating having to redo so many video shots and review halting and non sturdy footage. I would keep it for photography. NOT FOR DSLR OR MIRRORLESS : I wouldn't risk expensive or heavy equipment on this tripod. IF YOU HAVE TO USE IT, then I would NOT EXTEND all three legs. The first LEGS are really bad. At that point, get a better / sturdier tripod. No point in risking your expensive equipment if you already spent so much money on it. I would recommend this tripod to Point and Shoot cameras & GoPros. These wouldn't break the performance of the tripod. The only thing I like about it, is that it is compact and it comes with a carry bag. You can sling it around your shoulder. Larger/heavier tripods are a pain to carry all day. So this will be good if you go out on small dates where you will want to take photos and not worry about burdening equipment on you for hours long. I honestly bought this tripod on a whim, because of its price and didn't have my main tripod with me. I had to go somewhere and needed a tripod for a quick photo or two. I would always keep this in the trunk of my car incase I need a tripod. PROS: + COMPACT FOR TRAVELING (small and comes with a sling/bag. I dont realize its on me when I walk for hours) + SECONDARY DESPERATE TRIPOD (stays in car if I ever needed it, but still watch it closely when using or use none of the legs to create a more sturdier performance) +- INEXPENSIVE??? (Price is cheap and worked out if you need it last minute: save up for a better one) +- LIGHTWEIGHT??? (Great for taking out on long hour days so it isn't a burden. This +positive has nothing to do with the performance) + Self Defense Stick (this is more of a joke, but since I keep it in my car, it can easily be used more of a self defense stick or a "Hey! Come over here! Stick" ) CONS: - TERRAIN (must use flat, I wouldn't trust it on various hills/slopes) - LIGHTWEIGHT (so light, a windy day will knock it over or if you're not careful) - INEXPENSIVE (hooray for price, but at the same time, save your money for a more solid/stable tripod) - HEIGHT (definitely handicapped from the unstable first legs) - SHOE (base plate is smaller than expected) - VIDEO (not recommended for panning or tilting, unless its stills for video) - DSLR/MIRRORLESS (Nooooo way Jose. If you must, just superglue yourself to the tripod) FINAL : I would only use this if I ever have to in a last ditch effort or if I am in a controlled indoor environment.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Light to carry, but troublesome when windy

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    genelady
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    I bought this lightweight tripod for travel adventure to Iceland. I was hoping to capture the Northern Lights and spent hours researching the best photographic technique and of course a tripod was needed. It assembled as expected, a little stiff - but it was around 30F. The trouble came once my DSLR Olympus camera was attached and I aimed for the sky. It was a windy night and within 30 seconds the wind gusted and the camera & tripod was heading for the ground. Luckily I caught the camera strap before the lens hit the mud. The rest of the night I had to hold the strap and pray when I pressed the shutter that no gust would come during the next 10 - 20 seconds of exposure time. If it did the strap saved the camera, and I had to reset the tripod & camera and try again. I also realized if I had been using my telephoto lens that its weight and length would topple the tripod since its wouldn't have enough weight to counter the camera and long lens. In summary, think twice about using this for a DSLR, especially if you plan to use long/heavy lenses. And know that since its light to carry it won't stand up well to windy conditions. It was such a good price I'll keep it, but mainly as a backup or to use if I want to play around with a cell phone camera... better than a selfie stick ;-)

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Engagement Pictures and Video

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    RmfB
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    Bought this tripod and Bluetooth remote to capture “the moment” when proposing in Hawaii. Let’s be honest, photographers are expensive and it’s hard to coordinate timing on a secret engagement. I think I was like 60$ all in on tripod, remote, and heavy duty phone mount. Over the course of three days I had her conditioned to me setting up the camera and taking trial pictures so she was blown away when it happened. Set the tripod up and placed my phone on video mode. Took screen shots of the moment for family. Saved hundreds on a photographer and was able to get different shots in different locations. The tripod does come with a camera mount but I didn’t want to risk breaking it before I popped the question.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Decent tripod for the price

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    Jonathan
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    It is a decent tripod for the price, however it is a bit flimsy when fully extended. The legs and feet are smaller than I expected them to be. I'm not sure if I would trust it to support my DSLR with heavier lenses attached, but for a smart phone or digital camera, I think this would be great. I had intended on returning it but forgot to, so I'll just have to make sure I keep the lanyard around my neck while using it. Also, I didn't think the height would be a problem but I realized quickly that continuously crouching gets old quick. If you're starting out and a shorter person, this would be a good tripod for a beginner. Just be careful not to put too much weight on it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good phone mount included but tripod legs flimsy

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    Tyrone
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    I got this tripod because it was cheap and included a phone mount. The phone mount works nice with my large Samsung 8+ in a Lifeproof case, but I found the tripod legs very lightweight and flimsy. I'm afraid they would bend and break too easily when extended. The tripod wouldn't be very stable on a windy day. The height with the legs full extended is also short if you want the camera close to head level from the ground. It'd be fine on top a table or something to get height. Overall it's a decent inexpensive, lightweight tripod for travel, but I prefer a larger and heavier tripod to keep the camera stable and higher.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Works for Me

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    TAACMA
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    I have a much larger tripod which I use daily, but due to size and weight, it's not convenient when flying. I bought this specifically for that purpose. Although it is too long to fit in my camera bag, it is lightweight, comes with a thin carry bag and conveniently attached to the bottom of my camera bag. The legs are a little too flimsy for my comfort and the max height too short, but it suits my specific need. While I would feel better if it had a bag hook to add some weight, for the price and convenience, it was a worthwhile purchase.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    It works, but isn’t sturdy

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    Kasey
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    This what you pay for. The legs are thin and flimsy as you stand it up to it’s highest position, that’s to be expected. The biggest issue I could say I have is the mount itself. It does not secure the camera from moving when you press the shutter button. This is really only an issue when you are trying to do long exposure shots at night or of water. That little bit of camera shake can cause the picture to suffer. Either way, for just having a quick and portable tripod handy that is inexpensive, this one does the job.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Somewhat average tripod

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    Mistry
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    Almost using it for about two weeks with a camcorder, this tripod checks all the list. This tripod is flexible, easy to operate, and easy to travel with the tripod. The only caveat with this tripod is that it's little clumsy at full height, the camera movement is not smooth, and the material of the tripod is just an average type. I would recommend this tripod, who those people who barely do photography or videography, for short vacation trip and everyone for casual use of the tripod.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Super useful smart-phone tripod

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    RVAwriter
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    Works as advertised -- my only minor quibbles would be that it is a little difficult to use on larger phones like iPhone 8 Plus -- but it does work on these phones. Just a tight fit -- which, honestly, is better than if it was loose. Also, when fully telescoped, it's about 4 feet high, which again, isn't bad but does mean you need to be careful about framing the shot. Either way, this tripod is a great deal for the money.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    YESSSSSSSS!!!

    Posted
    jkamalii

    As a college student, of course I'm not trying to buy the most expensive tripod. I was nervous at first because the tripod was so light but it's honestly really sturdy, ESPECIALLY for the price. I spent about $17 and it's totally worth it. I love the range of heights and angles it provides. I mounted my Nikon d5000 on it with a heavy lens and it handles it perfectly!!! Don't even think twice if you want this dependable, yet cheap tripod.... just buy it :)

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Not really a quality tripod

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    Penny6
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    This was an inexpensive purchase needed for just a one off use and honestly, it gave me more trouble than it was actually useful. Extending the legs and stabilizing them proved to be difficult as the cheap plastic started to break whenever any pressure was applied. You should pass on this or spend $10-20 more for something that can be used more than once or twice.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good for basic tripod

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    Sphotogtaphy
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    This item is okay, would not recommend for a person with knowledge around a camera for use, not as stable as I personally like. I needed a quick back up to my normal one and this did the trick short term. You get what you pay for. Perfect for a beginner just starting out or if you need one in a bind like I did. Also surprisingly light weight so could be used for hiking trips.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    For the price. It’s ok to get started

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    MatthewB
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    I purchased this tripod knowing that it wa not the top brand. I need something to backpack in with me on hunts we’re light weight and function is the only thing that matters. I bought it with the knowledge that if I broke it. I was only out a few dollars. But I haven’t broke it yet. The legs are very tiny. But seem to be strong. There are better tripods. But for the first back country trip. I am well pleased

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Flimsy

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    Lauren
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    Had this for five weeks, with minimal use. Hoped it would last three months, but it fell short. The legs are flimsy when fully extended. The mount was flimsy too, but could work with it. Until it decided to just flop off with the camera attached while trying to set up a shot indoors. No way to screw or re-attach it, and have to buy another one.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Good tripod for a beginner on a budget.

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    BillFromKCMO
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    The good - it's at least solid. It also makes a good handheld or stand-up monopod. The bad - it feels nearly as fragile as it looks and the mounting point gets really grindy-feeling quickly. If you can pick this up cheap, it's good to have in the trunk for those moments you might want a tripod or a way to steady your smartphone. Otherwise, spend more and get something better.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Terrible tripod

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    Mike
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    Bought this tripod online with store pickup. Looked nice online but once I got home and opened the box turned out to be cheaply made. I did not even try to place my camera on it of how cheap it felt and was afraid it would drop my camera. Returned back to bestbuy within an hour of picking it up. Wish I would have opened it at the store before taking it home but glad I returned it.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    works well for those who need a tripod on the road

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    CoachLi
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    I bought this tripod to use with my phone. It's lightweight, yet sturdy enough to trust it with my phone and it came with a phone adapter. It would be good to take when you travel or out to the park or where ever you want to shoot photos or videos with your phone. I am not sure that I would trust this with an expensive camera though. It's too light for that.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good Basic Camera Tripod

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    Jennglebells
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    I've gotten 2 of these, good basic tripod. Has bubble level equalizer, handle, swivel, screw in plate for camera (fits my Nikon Coolpix B 500 {a bridge camera, not a point n click but not quite a dslr either}), legs have 3 height settings and lock into place with plastic "flaps", happy with purchase

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good for the money

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    BHC3
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    It was a lighter weight than I wanted, but it is just as well because I intend to take it with me. It would be especially good for backpacking. It is easy to use, didn't need instructions. I was disappointed with chat. I asked specifically if it held 7" tablet. They told me yes. They were wrong. I had to buy a tablet adapter.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Save your money and buy a better one

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    Christina
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    I wanted this to use in a pinch, outdoors. It is very light weight but that is also its downfall Within moments of setting up the tripod a light gust of wind came and it fell over and the mount attatched to it broke. I was very disappointed with this purchase and should have not gotten it in the first place

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend