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Mefoto A0350Q0K Backpacker Travel Tripod Kits (Black) by Review Summary ,  Jul 30, 2015

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Mefoto A0350Q0K Backpacker Travel Tripod Kits (Black)
Report Date: 01/03/2016
Based on 236 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.5
Returned or considering to return: 3.4%

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Individual Feature Rating
Light5.0   above average
Price5.0   above average
Weight5.0   above average
Fit4.9   average
Travel4.9   average
Compact4.7   average
Lens4.5   above average
Tripod4.5   above average
Quality4.4   average
Size4.4   average
Camera4.3   average
Design4.2   below average
Quick3.6   below average


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Camera

Camera:
"I realize in time I would have gotten use to this, but many times I thought I was adjusting the ball head and instead was loosening the camera (not good)."
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"The tripod is OK for compact cameras and mirrorless system cameras, but I don't feel it is adequate for a dSLR."
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"My only complaint is with the plate that attaches to the camera."
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"Hard to see when it's under the camera."
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"The only complaint is that there is no D-ring for attaching to the camera, however, it does come with an allen key and the screw is slotted for use with a screwdriver or coin for locking it down."
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"I wouldn't use this with a full frame camera, but if you are using a entry level DSLR with a light lens or mirrorless camera this is good option for you to consider."
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"Would recommend getting an inexpensive ir remote for the camera too over the basic one that usually comes with the camera and it opens your world of possibilities up."
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"All-in-all, it is a very good buy and I'd recommend it to anybody that still uses a real camera and a real tripod."
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"Strongly recommend your adding a L-bracket on your camera so you can clamp it in vertical orientation with the weight centered on the tripod -- therefore no problems, plus much faster set-up."
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"If you mount the plate properly on your camera, the knob to tighten the quick release is easy to reach and turn."
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Color

Color:
"Best of all the color choices."
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"Love the anodized color."
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"Love the colors."
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"Probably because it offers so many trendy and fabulous colors."
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"Both the ProMaster and the MeFOTO come in a selection of nice colors."
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Compact

Compact:
"With that said, it's a really well constructed piece of kit, lovely ball head, and generally good design and construction... just not as compact as I hoped for... felt like a compromise compared to my Manfrotto 732CY"
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"That said its compact size does come with some drawbacks."
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"Nice, compact, lightweight tripod."
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"it is easy to use and can be made very compact."
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"With that said, it's a really well constructed piece of kit, lovely ball head, and generally good design and construction... just not as compact as I hoped for... felt like a compromise compared to my Manfrotto 732CY"
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"This is everything as advertised: light weight and compact, easy to set up, stable...I bought the MeFoto smartphone adapter and it will be perfect for taking videos and photos! "
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"Great design and super compact and lightweight."
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Design

Design:
"It's a design complaint, and it's rather nit-picky."
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"Really well designed and constructed, you won't easily find a good tripod as this one, highly recommended."
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"With that said, it's a really well constructed piece of kit, lovely ball head, and generally good design and construction... just not as compact as I hoped for... felt like a compromise compared to my Manfrotto 732CY"
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"Great design and super compact and lightweight."
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"The compact design is great and it folds up nicely."
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"Build quality and design are very good."
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"I find setup and breaking down simple and effective - I love this design a lot better than clamp-type designs."
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Fit

Fit:
"I would like to have a bit taller but I feel was a fair compromise given the size of the tripod collapsed ( fits in my cliq camera bag with no problems)"
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"It fit in my suitcase on a recent trip with no problem whatsoever."
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"Very nice travel tripod which fits perfectly in my LowePro Fastpack."
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"Easy to extend, fits into my small fanny pack, lightweight (for a heavy duty tripod), sturdy."
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"I was looking for a tripod that would fit in my suitcase as well as my hiking backpack."
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"Great little tripod for travel - very well made as regards fit and finish."
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Heavy

Heavy:
"Some of them were too long, some were too heavy, some got broken easily....Anyway, this tripod seemed to be perfect in every ways that I have wished a tripod would be: Light weight, Easy to setup fold down; Very short; stylish....I love to bring my tripod to every events, functions, trips, vacation and with a remote control, I am always able to include myself in the group photo."
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"Solid and functions flawlessly... A bit heavy but great deal for the price."
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"I don't know about you, but it can be easy to overestimate one's own strength and tolerance for hauling a heavy, unwieldy pack while keeping a creative edge over the course of your journey."
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"I bought the MeFoto as a compliment to my existing Manfrotto tripod that's incredibly stable but exceptionally heavy."
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"It is easy to set up and it holds my heavy Mark III just fine."
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"I don't need a heavy duty tripod, so this is THE perfect solution for my needs."
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Knob

Knob:
"Some reviewers have complained that the quick release knob is difficult to turn."
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"He then put a pair of pliers on it and the knob broke completely off."
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"I really wanted this to work out but since I have not heard back from MeFoto, I will return this tripod (if Amazon will even take it back with the knob broken off) and purchase one from a different company."
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"The third knob is what really broke the camels back for me."
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"The other is it's easy to mistake the mount knob lock on the head from one of the adjustment positioning knobs."
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"If you mount the plate properly on your camera, the knob to tighten the quick release is easy to reach and turn."
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"I'm pretty sure it's not suppose to swivel when that knob is adjusted but I could not get it tight out in the field."
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"Both the ProMaster and MeFOTO have levels, and nice rubber bands around their adjustment knobs, so these aspects are a tie too."
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"(I believe that this is how it is designed to be used but at first may seem counter intuitive) Otherwise the release knob will be directly above the ball head control knob and it would be very easy to accidentally release your camera."
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"The other is it's easy to mistake the mount knob lock on the head from one of the adjustment positioning knobs."
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Lens

Lens:
"I have no issues using this with my Canon EOS 70D and my Sigma 18-35mm Art lens, but I do not recommend extending the neck as it could get wobbly."
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"At full extension it's not particularly stable with a medium-size DSLR (Nikon D7100) with kit lens-- the slightest touch and it wobbles, which is a problem for long exposures."
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"I wouldn't use this with a full frame camera, but if you are using a entry level DSLR with a light lens or mirrorless camera this is good option for you to consider."
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"I shoot extreme wild angle and placed objects near the lens to create a greater feeling of depth and space."
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"Although it does look pretty good and is pretty light weight, we needed on that can support his D750 and the 2.8 lenses that he has."
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"It is light and will support my Lumix(mirror less micro 4 3rds) body and any lens very well."
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"Let me clarify that I'm shooting with Fujifilm XT1 body with a battery grip attached and the longest lens attached was the Fuji 55-200.Its a perfect match for hikers and light duty cameras such as mirrorless and M43 set ups but I wouldn't necessarily use it with DSLR's with telephoto lenses."
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Light

Light:
"This is a fantastically light and portable tripod."
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"I wouldn't use this with a full frame camera, but if you are using a entry level DSLR with a light lens or mirrorless camera this is good option for you to consider."
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"Light and easy to carry."
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"Well built n light! "
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"Great tripod, light, small and very stable for size and weight."
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Photo

Photo:
"I hate asking people to take our photos because they never get the shot as nice as you would."
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"the first time i used it was at dead horse point where i was shooting photos of green river and colorado river."
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"the only time i used it was at dead horse point where i was shooting photos of green river and colorado river."
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"This is everything as advertised: light weight and compact, easy to set up, stable...I bought the MeFoto smartphone adapter and it will be perfect for taking videos and photos! "
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"(shown in another photo) I'm sure it works great with smaller mirrorless systems."
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"I hate asking people to take our photos because they never get the shot as nice as you would."
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"the carrying case is perfect and we got some amazing family photos on remote beaches with no one around and everyone was included in the photo."
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"I used it with my 5d mark iii and normal L lenses, and I can tell that it's near the top of the weight limit but it held up well and gave me very sharp long exposure photos even in wind."
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Price

Price:
"Would recommend getting an inexpensive ir remote for the camera too over the basic one that usually comes with the camera and it opens your world of possibilities up."
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"Overall, it's very well made and worth the price."
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"The ball head could be a bit more generous, but the price is pretty good."
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"Well worth the money."
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"Great price."
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Quality

Quality:
"Disappointed in quality check process."
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"Nice quality, I don't think I'll have anymore broken snaps either since the leg extensions screw."
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"Impressive build quality and very sturdy."
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"For the price it's a lovely build quality, and the dimensions look great on paper."
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"great quality"
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"very very very very good quality tripod and worth every penny."
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"I might get the other two sizes as well just to have a matched set of such good quality, well functioning (and very nice looking) tripods."
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Quick

Quick:
"Unfortunately, it didn't come with a quick release plate."
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"Some reviewers have complained that the quick release knob is difficult to turn."
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"product seemed to made very well, unfortunately for me the plate for quick release would not stay firm enough to hold the camera in place (5D Mark III with 17-40L) it kept coming loose forcing me to abandon the tripod for vertical shots, I had to return it and will be looking for another tripod"
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"That said the supplied head isn't that great - specifically the quick release plate does not seem very secure to me."
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"The tripod looks well built and nice but after 1 month of use it started to come apart pretty quickly, the Quick Release Plate broke, one of the legs started to fail and several things fell apart."
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"The only think is that it is very hard to get it back in the travel bag if you have a quick release mount on the head."
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"The barings are smooth and easy to use, deployment is very quick and easy."
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"A nice tough is the Arca-Swiss quick release plate as well as the ballhead & bubble level."
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"If you mount the plate properly on your camera, the knob to tighten the quick release is easy to reach and turn."
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"The quick release works perfectly with my existing Kirk L-brackets and plates."
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"product seemed to made very well, unfortunately for me the plate for quick release would not stay firm enough to hold the camera in place (5D Mark III with 17-40L) it kept coming loose forcing me to abandon the tripod for vertical shots, I had to return it and will be looking for another tripod"
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Size

Size:
"It met the criteria for packing down small, however, I have one little complaint that I'll mention later."
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"I bought the back pack version by mistake, thought I clicked on the full size version."
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"I ordered the wrong size of tripod, so I sent it back, but this one was amazing while I had it.... Will be ordering the next size up! "
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"That said its compact size does come with some drawbacks."
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"I would like to have a bit taller but I feel was a fair compromise given the size of the tripod collapsed ( fits in my cliq camera bag with no problems)"
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"The only small downside is that it takes a little longer to extend the legs with the twist locking mechism."
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"As far as small travel tripods go, this is the best I have ever owned."
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"Great tripod, light, small and very stable for size and weight."
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"Folds-down small enough & lightweight enough to easily carry in the messenger bag I use for walking around urban photography, but sturdy enough for my Nikon D7100 with a zoom attached."
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"Seems to be a great product, but sadly it was too small for my needs."
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Travel

Travel:
"The only think is that it is very hard to get it back in the travel bag if you have a quick release mount on the head."
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"As far as small travel tripods go, this is the best I have ever owned."
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"I would definitely recommend this tripod as a limited use travel hiking tripod."
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"Great for travel."
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"It easily holds the travel setup that I'll be using, which weighs in at 3 lb."
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"Very nice travel tripod which fits perfectly in my LowePro Fastpack."
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Traveling

Traveling:
"If you are traveling or backpacking, this is a great option."
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"this was perfect for traveling... lightweight, compact and easy to use."
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"Great for traveling because it is very compact!"
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"The roadtrip is nice for roadtrips - i. e. when you are traveling but don't need to go very long distances."
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"This is great for traveling, compact and light; easy to set up; great design for compactness; worth every penny of the price"
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Tripod

Tripod:
"Very disappointed in the tripod and the company."
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"It isn't the best tripod I've ever used, but it also isn't the worst."
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"I ordered the wrong size of tripod, so I sent it back, but this one was amazing while I had it.... Will be ordering the next size up! "
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"The knob that controls ball head tension and the knob that tightens and loosens the camera attachment to the tripod are similar in shape and easily confused in the dark for example."
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"Really well designed and constructed, you won't easily find a good tripod as this one, highly recommended."
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"I love the compactness of this tripod, and it's clever construction, however it is a bit flimsy for my 5D MKIII."
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"Phenomenal tripod."
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"This is a fantastically light and portable tripod."
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"I was able to get some great 30 second exposure night shots with this tripod and a remote trigger."
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"I would definitely recommend this tripod as a limited use travel hiking tripod."
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"Nice, compact, lightweight tripod."
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Weight

Weight:
"Nice, compact, lightweight tripod."
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"Nice and sturdy for it's weight."
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"It is lightweight and over all very easy to use."
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"Great light weight tripod."
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"Folds-down small enough & lightweight enough to easily carry in the messenger bag I use for walking around urban photography, but sturdy enough for my Nikon D7100 with a zoom attached."
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