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Dolica ST-500 68-Inch Lightweight Tripod by Review Summary ,  Jul 30, 2015

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Dolica ST-500 68-Inch Lightweight Tripod
Report Date: 01/03/2016
Based on 338 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.3
Returned or considering to return: 5.0%

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Individual Feature Rating
Value5.0   average
Light4.8   average
Quality4.8   average
Level4.7   above average
Weight4.7   average
Price4.6   average
Tripod4.3   average
Size4.2   average
Camera4.0   average
Handle3.9   below average
Video2.5   mediocre
Plastic1.8   below average


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Camera

Camera:
"A massive professional video camera might not work well here."
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"It is very hard to put on the camera and take it off."
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"I did have a problem when pointing the camera lens at a fairly steep upward degree."
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"The plastic crank to elevate the head was broken in several pieces, and the quick release for the camera platform was busted as well."
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"The only thing even slightly negative I have to say about it has to do with the camera mounting screw, the tab that turns the screw is a little floppy & hard to keep the tab in position for tightening it; not a major problem, just a bit annoying when I'm in a hurry (which I almost always am).My title states It was a good deal, with some emphasis on was; I see that the price has gone up about $10 as of Jan 2011."
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"It arrived broken, the catch for the camera plate was broken off."
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"I have two different point and click cameras that fit well, along with two different mounts."
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"I have not used the tripod yet but it is nice and light and straps well to the side of my Amazon camera laptop backpack."
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"An inexpensive, decent tripod choice for camera or videocam, as it will certainly hold those well and adjust to a wide range of positions."
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"Great for using camera or etc."
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"Student can be rough however, so if you are gentle with your equipment and have smaller camera or camcorder this tripod is light weight, easy to use and will last a long time."
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Handle

Handle:
"Cons: made up of plastic totally so the knobs, handles are not very accurate and stable , i was unable to keep equipment stable."
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"I've only used this tripod to take a couple pictures around the house and it already has suffered from a broken crank handle, a cracked support truss, and a cracked leg clamp."
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"Within a week of use, the spinning handle to adjust the height was broken from a mild fall on the carpet, now the only way to adjust height is tru those extending legs (forgive my terminologies)."
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"It has nice height capacity and the carrying handle comes in handy."
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"Easy to handle"
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"The integrated handle makes moving it very easy."
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"The carry handle also makes it easy to safely move the tripod around."
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"Multiple extensions, swivel, built in level, easy expand and collapse features, built in handle for carrying from one spot to another and carrying case."
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Lens

Lens:
"I did have a problem when pointing the camera lens at a fairly steep upward degree."
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"if you have a Longer lens you may not be happy but for all the normal shooters this will work and for the price you cannot go wrong"
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"Supported my nikon d5300 very well even with a big lens."
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"It holds my Canon T5 perfectly plus my heavy zoom lens.. no shaking."
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"I found this tripod to be built very well and can handle even my heaviest camera lens combination."
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"I use a Canon T3i, with a 55-250mm Zoom Lens, and this Tripod fits perfect."
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"Works well for a light camera and lens when I had my Nikon d3000."
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Level

Level:
"The quick release level does not work very smoothly on one of the legs."
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"This Dolica ST-650 Tripod is True to its description.... lightweight yet sturdy, easy no nonsense maneuverability and mechanisms, extends to about 6 ft., well balanced, sits level thanks to the leveling meter, no falling, sliding, or tilting, etc."
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"The tripod was exactly what I was looking for lightweight yet sturdy holds my Bursco spotting scope level and is easily adjustable"
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"Multiple extensions, swivel, built in level, easy expand and collapse features, built in handle for carrying from one spot to another and carrying case."
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"It comes with bubble levels to indicate if the camera is perfectly angled straight."
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"Great height, I'm 5'9, places the camera perfectly at eye level, no strain of leaning over to look through viewfinder."
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Light

Light:
"Kudos to the manufacturers for doing everything in their power to minimize the drawbacks of a very light construction."
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"It's durability is surprisingly good given how light it is."
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"well made, light weight, easy and robust setup."
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"Light weight, good carry bag."
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"Light weight and easy to use."
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"I have not used the tripod yet but it is nice and light and straps well to the side of my Amazon camera laptop backpack."
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Plastic

Plastic:
"Cons: made up of plastic totally so the knobs, handles are not very accurate and stable , i was unable to keep equipment stable."
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"one of the plastic pieces broke off the second time she used but it doesn't hurt the functionality of the unit"
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"also the material made of plastics is not good."
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"The plastic crank to elevate the head was broken in several pieces, and the quick release for the camera platform was busted as well."
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"* Cheap rivets again hold the leg supports together* The movable head pieces are all plastic* The head extension crank is flimsy plastic, use caution."
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"The crank up down mechanism is also made up of plastic so doesnt work smoothly sometimes."
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"When I received my tripod it was nicely packaged with plastic and it was inside the travel bag it came with."
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"This unit has a lot of plastic and everything should be handled with a light touch, but all in all, I am happy with the purchase."
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"The weight hook on the bottom is plastic but hasn't broken on me after 2 years of use."
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"Not worth the hassle of return because luckily I was able to repair at home (have a small plastic ultrasonic welder)."
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Price

Price:
"The price is hard to beat."
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"Well, you've got to consider the price here ... it's no Gizo, Manfrotto, for sure not even trying to be ... in fact, it's not even quite up to my thirty year old lightweight Slik ... but for what's out there today, and givien the $36 price, it does work OKThe problem is in the torsional rigidity of the tripod ... there isn't much."
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"I have another tripod from 20 years ago which was 3x the price, but not as good as this tripod."
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"It's certainly not a perfect tripod, but for the price it's a decent starter to work up from."
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"I might have just had a faulty piece but the fact that the very first thing I touched broke off says to me that this thing is cheap junk."
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"if you have a Longer lens you may not be happy but for all the normal shooters this will work and for the price you cannot go wrong"
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"Excellent quality for the price"
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"This is a great tripod for the money."
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"I mean for the price this product is unbeatable."
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"The movement is a little less smooth than I would prefer, but it's a pretty decent tripod, again, for the money."
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"good for the money..."
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Quality

Quality:
"What gives, most of the construction is a nice tough alloy but the manufacturer seems to have compromised on the quality of the small things."
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"Excellent quality for the price"
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"Picked up for my Canon T5i, Happy with the quality of the product and functions it provides for the cost ..."
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"It worked very well, and I have no complaints about the quality."
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"I just got it and I'm so amazed by the quality for the amazing price."
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"I recommend it to anyone needing an extra high high quality tripod at a great price for whatever comes their way."
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Quick

Quick:
"The quick release level does not work very smoothly on one of the legs."
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"The plastic crank to elevate the head was broken in several pieces, and the quick release for the camera platform was busted as well."
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"One of the plastic quick release levers broke off the first time I tried to use the tripod."
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")- With only two or one extensions extended, it wobbles quite a bit, especially with panning- Some of the knobs can get quite tight, making it hard to unscrew them, especially the elevator tension knob- The elevator handle feels quite cheap compared to the rest of the tripod, and doesn't operate very smoothly- The quick release comes out a bit roughlyAll in all though, this is a decent tripod for the price (I got it for $20 with the Amazon Prime trial), and it will serve it's purpose."
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"I love the quick release and having 2 bubbles."
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"The quick release plate makes it super easy to use."
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"The plastic crank to elevate the head was broken in several pieces, and the quick release for the camera platform was busted as well."
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"The quick release, is great."
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"Pans smoothly, very easy quick release plate and sets up in a snap."
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Size

Size:
"What gives, most of the construction is a nice tough alloy but the manufacturer seems to have compromised on the quality of the small things."
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"I also failed to notice the collapsed size (68 version) in the product description."
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"Good size and light weight."
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"Tripod then retracts to a very compact and easy to carry size."
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"It breaks down into a small size that fits well behind the seat of her car."
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"It's well built, is not very large in size, nor weight, when stored away."
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Tripod

Tripod:
"I used this as a light-weight travel tripod until one of the spreader joints broke."
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"No way to get at the broken off part that was still in the tripod arm in order to see if super glue would have worked."
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"It's not as good as my regular pro tripod, but it is stable enough even for astral photography."
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"One of the clamps that allows you to extend the tripod legs is broken and renders the stand completely useless."
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"A broken rubber ring fell from the tripod as I was carefully setting it up for the first time."
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"Well, you've got to consider the price here ... it's no Gizo, Manfrotto, for sure not even trying to be ... in fact, it's not even quite up to my thirty year old lightweight Slik ... but for what's out there today, and givien the $36 price, it does work OKThe problem is in the torsional rigidity of the tripod ... there isn't much."
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"good tripod"
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"I have tried my best to love this tripod, and this company."
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"Great lightweight tripod!"
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"This is a great tripod for the money."
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"Don't get me wrong is an excellent tripod, but if your using to film when it comes to panning well you will get a bumpy ride, in other words is not a smooth panning."
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Value

Value:
"Lightweight, which I need, good value and got decent marks for holding up to the kind of use I would make of it, ie not intensive."
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"I think this was a good value."
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"Great value for very light duty use."
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"good value for price"
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"You get a great value with this tripod."
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Video

Video:
"It definitely isn't great for live pans on video but it was sturdy enough and I did love the light weight, carrying grip and the case."
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"A massive professional video camera might not work well here."
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"For photography not so good because of the head that its design specially for video."
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"Not a very smooth tripod for taking video's with, and is there is several pieces that are broke with little use."
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"I was disappointed in the panning...it was jumpy and so was my video."
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"Honestly, I probably wouldn't want the head more fluid moving because it might compromise my video shots."
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"Good quality for the price and works good for video, very stable and good height."
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"It's light enough and sturdy enough to do what I want from it; really good photos and videos from my sony camcorder and HTC ONE phone (with a Square Jellyfish spring tripod mount)."
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"However, it is excellent for still and video camera use."
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"The camera pans smoothly should I want to use it for videos."
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"The product is good, and light weight as the announced , for video and photos , comes with case and for de price is a really good choice!"
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Weight

Weight:
"I have not been able to find anything else this lightweight."
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"UPDATE - 9 18 2011 - So, the other day I hung a 5lb weight on what I thought was the weight hook, and it broke, so be careful."
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"Great lightweight tripod!"
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"well made, light weight, easy and robust setup."
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"Good deal, not exactly lightweight (68 version)."
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"However, I wish that it could be shrunken down a bit for greater portability, although it is already very lightweight."
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"Great product, better than I thought, it is lightweight."
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