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Dolica AX680P104 68-Inch Proline Tripod and Pan Head (Discontinued by Manufacturer) by Review Summary ,  Jul 30, 2015

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Dolica AX680P104 68-Inch Proline Tripod and Pan Head (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Report Date: 01/03/2016
Based on 2214 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.3
Returned or considering to return: 4.0%

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Individual Feature Rating
Indoor5.0   above average
Portable5.0   above average
Simple5.0   average
Starting5.0   average
Value4.9   average
Durable4.8   average
Metal4.8   above average
Strap4.8   above average
Travel4.8   average
Versatile4.8   average
Light4.6   average
Quality4.6   average
Level4.5   above average
Price4.5   average
Weight4.5   average
Lens4.4   above average
Tripod4.3   average
Quick4.1   below average
Camera3.9   below average
Control3.7   below average
Mechanism3.7   average
Video3.7   below average
Mount3.6   below average
Stability3.5   below average
Shipping3.4   below average
Heavier3.3   below average
Clip2.7   mediocre
Knob2.4   below average
Plastic2.4   below average
Clamp1.5   average


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Balance

Balance:
"Otherwise its a good balance between light weight and sturdy and value for money tripod."
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"Love that it has a balance on head and stand."
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"Perfect for mobilityGreat price for quality, light weight, durableThis design is the perfect balance of lightweight and sturdiness."
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"this will allow you to set up a good balance of you tripod, and camera."
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"I love that I can use it wherever I am due to it's durability and balance."
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Camera

Camera:
"Had lots of problems with asigning the camera to the tripod."
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"My only complaint is that the screw attaching the piece to the bottom of the camera lens comes loose if you turn the camera even a little bit."
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"I don't know about others, but the head which was included with mine wasn't able to keep my camera (Nikon Coolpix P900) steady no matter how much I'd tighten the handles."
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"The ball head is a problem because if you loosen the screw too quickly to change the angle your camera is facing, it will slam down on one of the tripod legs, possibly damaging your camera."
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"After having it for a month or 2 I consistently had problems keeping the camera steady with it."
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"After dealing with the issue, I went back and read of similar problems by other purchasers and must say the manufacturer and seller should halt all marketing immediately and I am surprised that there are no claims for cameras that may have been damaged when the head fails."
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"It was all indoors so I don't have any experience on outdoor uneven ground, but I was able to have my camera mounted and it all seemed really stable."
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"I've used this to take video with my DLR and photos with a point and shoot camera, it's sturdy and well built."
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"This tripod is VERY lightweight so I recommend watching your feet around it, can easily tip over when the camera's attached."
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"It's great for Olympus or any mirrorless camera."
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"It's easy to set up and mount your camera onto it."
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Clamp

Clamp:
"However, last night, I accidentally broke off one of the little clamps on one of the legs, and now it no longer locks."
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"On the other hand, the $50 that I spent on this Dolica tripod is money that I have literally flushed down the drain, as the Dolica now sits idle in my closet as a result of this broken clamps (which broke off pretty easily, quite frankly)."
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"One of the clamps for extending a leg broke off as I was adjusting it."
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"Very flimsy, one of the clamps wouldn't hold the leg in postion and I only used it a couple of times before replacing it."
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"My tripod clamp handle just broke and it's still relatively new."
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"Like you see in a lot of the negative reviews, I DID have one of the plastic levers on a leg clamp break off when I tried to close it, but pushed it the wrong way."
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"On the other hand, the $50 that I spent on this Dolica tripod is money that I have literally flushed down the drain, as the Dolica now sits idle in my closet as a result of this broken clamps (which broke off pretty easily, quite frankly)."
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"Very easy to use and the camera clamp makes me feel safe, as my camera is very secure on this tripod."
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"This is a nice sturdy tripod that has a good solid base and hardy clamps that do not slip."
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"Stil considered the durability of the clamp that attaches the head to the tripod."
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"When you undo the leg clamps, some of the segments slide out smoothly under gravity alone, which is ideal for fast setup."
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Clip

Clip:
"DOLICA CUSTOMER SERVICESo now I have two tripods but one has a broken clip which I intend to use for parts... then I thought, I have two cameras and two heads... why not try to fix the other one by contacting Dolica (4 21 15) to see if I can just get the lock piece."
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"Still, I had a broken clip so I went to the Dolica site and purchased one of their refurbished AX620s for less than $30."
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"Sadly one of the leg clips broke this year rendering the tripod useless."
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"Clips for the leg-extensions feel a little flimsy."
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"One of the clips to adjust the leg height broke off and that leg is useless now."
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"I've used it 5 or 6 times and the clips have completely broken."
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"It feels pretty light and the clips are plastic, but i'm generally pretty careful with my equipment on my adventures."
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"It's easy to pop off the retaining clip on the quick release assembly and it probably won't cost that much for just the plastic lock."
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"Its sturdy at the fully extended positions and feels like it well built except for the extender plastic clips."
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"The ball head makes it so you don't have to move the legs to adjust, the legs themselves are easy to adjust and the feet have this awesome function that you can twist them to be used on grass (little spikes stick out) or inside hard ground (rubber feet twist down over the spikes)The camera clip is easy to snap unsnap and the bag it comes with it easy to put it in and out."
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"This tripod does have a couple of parts that could be better made (the plastic clips for leg extension for example).Having said that, this is an amazing tripod for its budget oriented price."
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Control

Control:
"Ball head is hard to control and two much plastic in the constructions."
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"Dislike--no control lever, a minor inconvenience easy to get used to."
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"The ball head is very good for placing camera in many positions .....Base on my used experience ....it's ok ( just ok) for use with DSLR without big lens ....and camcorder.....i personally dont recommend for it uses on camcorder because it is hard to control smooth Pan and Tilt ."
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"It was hard to control and very cheap."
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"Unfortunately, due to what appears to be quality control issues, I could only rate this a good product at best."
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"As a result, you will have to use your camera as the control arm, It would be nice if this were a standard feature."
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"Dislike--no control lever, a minor inconvenience easy to get used to."
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"The mechanism to control the angle of the legs is simple and well designed and will work without surprise."
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"It's easy to control, set up and pack away."
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"I love it-it does everything that I wanted it to do to control camera movement."
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Durable

Durable:
"Great feel durable ...however the ball bearing head is horrible I don't like it at all so I would purchase a better one if u get the tripod"
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"It's light, durable, and works well, but with a Canon 6D and a 70-200 f 2.8 IS L lens, it felt a bit wobbly."
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"Durable, solid, well constructed"
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"It is durable, feels well constructed, the ball head is great and can be removed (and reversed for Macro shots) and light enough to carry; I took this everywhere including hikes in the rain forest and along the coastline as well while in Costa Rica."
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"Great feel durable ...however the ball bearing head is horrible I don't like it at all so I would purchase a better one if u get the tripod"
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"I wish it turned out to be more durable, but it still was not a horrible purchase (especially for someone who was just starting out with no experience and little budget)."
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Fit

Fit:
"This was just a personal mistake and it fits great now that I put it on the correct way."
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"I actually ordered a separate adapter to go from 3 8 to 1 4 screw which was a waste of money and did not fit since the description appears to be wrong and its actually 1 4 screw."
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"My complaints:It won't fit into it's carrying case with both handles attached to the head."
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"I do have problems fitting the camera back on sometimes, and have to fiddle with it."
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"This tripod is quite stable, not too heavy, and can easily fit into a regular suitcase."
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"If there are any puzzle addicts out there who have come across a way to fold it down and get it to fit without any disassembly, I would appreciate some instruction."
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"Excellent fit and finish ....works as expected! "
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"Purchased this tripod for my NIKON D5100 with a kit zoom lens and it fits and holds great!"
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"so easy to use and fits nicely in my bag! "
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"If you are new to photography and you are looking for an inexpensive alternative for a tripod, this is a good fit."
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"This was just a personal mistake and it fits great now that I put it on the correct way."
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Flexibility

Flexibility:
"I am fairly new to photography and really appreciate the flexibility the ballhead gives me."
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"A little larger and heavier than I had envisioned (compared to my previous light weight mini stand), but it is great quality, easy to use and allows for great flexibility in the articulation of the camera."
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"Has flexibility and good wt."
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"It is very sturdy, easy to use and offers a lot of flexibility."
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"I think the adjusters at the top of the legs are a good idea and allow a lot of flexibility allowing the angle of the legs to be adjusted independently of the others, although there are still limitations - but this tripod is a Long Way from the cheap crappy tripods that you can buy in these refurbished goods stores and the low end ones bought in big electronic chain stores."
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Handle

Handle:
"The only thing missing is a pan tilt handle."
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"The one I got had a ball-system, not the handle and that was the best part."
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"Pros:-Relatively light weight, stable-You can fit it nicely in a typical size carry-on luggage by removing the ball head-Good quality tripod carry case-Tighten well-ball head works greatCons:-Quick release plate is not that easy to handle (at least for me, comparing to other tripods that I have used, this seem to require greater force)-Angle locking knob (could be QC problem, two knobs are pretty easy to adjust, I got a stubborn knob that I would need help to open it up), I do hope that it will get easier as i use it more frequently-Legs do not release as easily as compared to a 80++ dollars tripod I have used, but it's alright for me considering the amount of price that I paid for this."
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"My tripod clamp handle just broke and it's still relatively new."
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"My only complaint is that one of the handles on the head stick sticks out just a bit when it is folded down for packing."
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"Very nice stand, pretty sturdy only real complaint is that the top didn't have a handle on it so it was more of a free flowing ball and kind of awkward to level."
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"I wish I had noticed that it does not have swivel ball head with a handle which is great for shooting action shots."
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"I was able to find the handle but not the screw and cannot find the right size screw to fit."
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"I love how solid it feels when I handle it."
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"But very sturdy and can handle a heavy lens as well."
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"I liked having the handles to maneuver the camera, instead of manhandling the camera when rotating."
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Heavier

Heavier:
"But heavier lenses = bigger problems."
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"Purchased this tripod for many reasons including it's rating for heavier gear, but ballheads just do not tighten easily enough for me."
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"So, once you get to something that's a bit heavier in the front, this is going to have problems."
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"A heavier camera may not be well suited for this tripod but it will still do the job."
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"This tripod is not bad, I picked it for size and construction, the build quality is good unfortunately they're not real stable with a heavier camera."
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"Note i dont have any other len beside the stock lens so i dont know how well it supports heavier lens."
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"I found an ancient JC Penny one I had stashed away, much heavier duty and easier to use."
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"This tripod feels pretty solid, but a bit heavier than I would have liked."
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"I love the look and feel of it and it's a little on the heavier side which I like because it shows durability, but still light enough to carry around comfortably."
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"It is a tad heavier than I would have liked - but that is an easy trade-off for the solid performance, excellent rigidity and quality of workmanship it has."
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"If using anything heavier than a compact point-and-shoot, I recommend increasing your budget and getting a real tripod that lasts longer than a year."
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Indoor

Indoor:
"It is light and good for my indoor use."
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"This tripod is GREAT for indoors AND outdoors!"
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"If you only plan on using it indoors, and are careful, you might be able to get more out of it, but the plastic leg locks will eventually break."
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"Great for indoors and infant photography"
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"It is a nice tripoid for indoors but,it lacks of stability when you use it on exterior shooting, just with a little bit of wind is enough to make it shake, and it is very difficult to avoid this...it is so disapointing... Because for that price their are more tripoids with more stability."
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Instruction

Instruction:
"Following the instructions on their website, I emailed Dolica a description of the problem, along with a copy of my receipt and photos of the broken clamp, and they had a replacement leg to me in less than a week."
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"One little thing: the quick release plate mechanism is different than anything I've ever encountered before: To release it you need to figure out how the two little knobs on the back of the plate work (the instructions weren't clear to me), and the plate slides SIDEWAYS (which isn't a problem once you know how it's supposed to work)."
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"If there are any puzzle addicts out there who have come across a way to fold it down and get it to fit without any disassembly, I would appreciate some instruction."
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"Unfortunately, no instructions came with the unit so I found this out only by close examination of the device."
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"Maybe I am doing something wrong (no instructions came with the tripod and I did not have time to look online before my vacation).Also, the tripod comes with a nice canvas sling bag."
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"If the instructions had what the video had it would have been perfect."
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"tripod is easy to use despite lack of instructions with product."
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"This thing does not come with instructions (as if we'd read them anyway :P) so a good portion of it will be up to your investigation skills."
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"i'm supprised that it didn't come with any mannual instruction sheet, even though it's not hard to figure out."
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"Wish they had put instructions for the macro legs but I figured it out easily."
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Knob

Knob:
"Pros:-Relatively light weight, stable-You can fit it nicely in a typical size carry-on luggage by removing the ball head-Good quality tripod carry case-Tighten well-ball head works greatCons:-Quick release plate is not that easy to handle (at least for me, comparing to other tripods that I have used, this seem to require greater force)-Angle locking knob (could be QC problem, two knobs are pretty easy to adjust, I got a stubborn knob that I would need help to open it up), I do hope that it will get easier as i use it more frequently-Legs do not release as easily as compared to a 80++ dollars tripod I have used, but it's alright for me considering the amount of price that I paid for this."
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"After the knob broke I unscrewed it from the tripod and attached it to my slider since I needed one for it anyway (I would not be using it as often and not have to adjust the ball head as much on the slider).All in all, I guess that I got my money out of it considering how cheap it was."
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"Also something I particularly enjoy about this as a hiker: The knobs and clips on this are not only very durable, but are all fairly oversized and easy to use with gloves."
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"The knob to tighten the ball head actually broke off within 5 months rendering the tripod useless."
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"The legs are flimsy and bend quite a bit and the knobs are cheap plastic."
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"I liked the single-lever on the ball head instead of the 2 knobs on the Amazon2."
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"This is my first ball-head tripod I've used and the single adjustment knob is a little cumbersome to acclimate to but it works well and holds my 7D pretty firmly."
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"Well taken care of but the knob that allows adjustment of the ball head just fell off one day."
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"very sturdy and overall really good...only wish they had a separate horizontal plane knob instead of making universal mount knob....for both vertical as well as horizontal settings....other than that shipping was fast and product ocverall excellent."
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Lens

Lens:
"But heavier lenses = bigger problems."
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"The good: Very good for small Medium DSLR and lens, not good for BIG telephoto lens if extended to full 68 , not that stable, but very much usable... good for Big P&SSturdy, good finish, features etc... u wont regret if u are buying this for general use which more than 80% of people with camera do."
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"Not a very good tripod at allIf you are looking into buying this find something betterNot sturdy at all camera fell right off the tripod and it broke my lens because the tripod mount doesn't lock into place well"
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"I was uncomfortable when I put a heavy lens like theSigma APO 50-150mm F2.8 EX DC OS HSM for Canon EOS DSLR."
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"The ball head is very good for placing camera in many positions .....Base on my used experience ....it's ok ( just ok) for use with DSLR without big lens ....and camcorder.....i personally dont recommend for it uses on camcorder because it is hard to control smooth Pan and Tilt ."
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"Purchased this tripod for my NIKON D5100 with a kit zoom lens and it fits and holds great!"
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"ball head helps a lot..light in weight and easy to carry.. setting up heavy lenses is a bit tedious as the ball head moves a little bit downwards (because of weight) after locking, but not a very big issue.. bang for the buck and will buy it again! "
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"It's light, durable, and works well, but with a Canon 6D and a 70-200 f 2.8 IS L lens, it felt a bit wobbly."
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"But very sturdy and can handle a heavy lens as well."
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"I used to put a 5D Mark 3 on it, with a heavy L series zoom lens, as well as a double bracket in the hotshot of the 5D with the Zoom recorder or flash, as well as LED lighting with an audio recorder."
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Level

Level:
"There are little spikes on the feet, a bubble level (although somewhat mediocre), it comes with a bag, is light to lug around and it holds my full frame DSLR without too much wobble."
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"It was probably returned because two of the three levels on the head have no fluid in the meaning they are broken and worthless."
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"What i love the most is that my surface does not have to be perfectly level."
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"The pan head is something that is missing in the entry level and very cheap tripods."
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"- On my Medium format camera the levels are hidden and useless."
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"I bought this tripod over one year ago and recently I missed the release level on the ball head, so the tripod was no longer functional."
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"There are levels in several spots on this tripod that allow for a perfect setting every time (that was a surprise)."
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"Nice tripod for the entry level enthusiast and your simple day to day used."
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"I would definitely recommend to a photographer of any level, you won't be disappointed! "
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"I ordered an extra Dolica AX620 Quick Release Plate for AX620B100 so I can instantly mount and unmount my cameras The bubble levels are a nice touch."
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"The bubble levels and compass are great features"
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Light

Light:
"There are little spikes on the feet, a bubble level (although somewhat mediocre), it comes with a bag, is light to lug around and it holds my full frame DSLR without too much wobble."
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"Likes--light yet sturdy compared to what I had at home; definitely better than all the flimsy light weight cheap deals everywhere."
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"It's a little light is the only complaint, but you can put weight on the hook."
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"It was really light and seemed flimsy."
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"Cheap plastic leg locks failed in less than a year under light use."
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"Beside the ball head, it comfortable to carry around for light shoot, but again it is not the best tripod if you are going for high end shooting."
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"Great product for the cost, super light wait."
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"It's light enough to be easily portable but not so light that you think twice before setting your expensive camera on it."
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"Its light weight, easy to carry, sturdy tripod."
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"I've only used it a few times for a photography project and it feels solid, very light and compact very easy to carry around with the rest of my gear and for the price its a real bargain."
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Mechanism

Mechanism:
"However, having owned it for over a year now, it's beginning to show its age - two out of the three legs are seriously bent (which you can generally adjust for by changing lengths, but it's still inconvenient), and some sand got into the pan mechanism, so it no longer pans smoothly (only a problem for shooting video)Would I buy it again?"
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"I put my bag on it and the spring mechanism broke."
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"Most of the reviewers that had negatives were about the locking mechanism, apparently they don't know that you have to tighten things down to avoid them moving after you have the tripod set up with your camera on it."
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"The other thing is that the lever and mechanism for the quick-release head is almost dead on mine."
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"I do have a slight personal complaint with the locking mechanism for the center post."
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"This adjusting-nut mechanism appeared weak by design."
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"Very easy mechanisms, the tripod just feels like an extension of what you want it to do."
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"Also the locking mechanisms are great and very impressive."
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"However there is no real mechanism for panning smoothly side to side which is so basic a need when video recording."
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"However, having owned it for over a year now, it's beginning to show its age - two out of the three legs are seriously bent (which you can generally adjust for by changing lengths, but it's still inconvenient), and some sand got into the pan mechanism, so it no longer pans smoothly (only a problem for shooting video)Would I buy it again?"
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"And the screw mechanism itself is very dicey about having a good hold on the plate that mounts the camera as it got sloppy incredibly quickly."
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Metal

Metal:
"There's so much friction inside the metal tubes sometimes and it's hard to move them in and out."
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"Ball head is of metal and very good quality."
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"The Manfrotto has a pistol grip which actually is pretty decent and this Dolica comes with nice metal ball head."
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"The tripod is well build with quality aluminum metal and with fine detail for craftsmanship."
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"Moreover this small screw is made of relatively soft metal and a phillips head that is easily stripped."
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"I would have easily paid an additional $20 each if t the metal in the legs were much thicker and would have given a resounding 5 stars."
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Mount

Mount:
"The ball mount is pretty useful, not the best but gets the job done."
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"I had to disassemble and reassemble the hotplate mount after 1.5 months, because it broke."
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"Also, when you flip the center rod upside-down so that you mount the camera under the legs it was very frustrating since the rings inside are plastic and bend easily, they will prevent you from inserting the rod."
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"When the screw to the plate mount gets loose, it is detrimental to any attempts at leveling."
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"The mount can get a little weird as well and it can get a little tricky to place the camera on the tripod as the lever has to be extended the proper way and there is a button that snaps it into place which can get jammed."
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"Not a very good tripod at allIf you are looking into buying this find something betterNot sturdy at all camera fell right off the tripod and it broke my lens because the tripod mount doesn't lock into place well"
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"I am very happy with the construction and the quick release mount which I now keep on the camera."
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"It's easy to set up and mount your camera onto it."
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"I ordered an extra Dolica AX620 Quick Release Plate for AX620B100 so I can instantly mount and unmount my cameras The bubble levels are a nice touch."
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"Easy loading mount, ball head moves well - doesn't seem too cheap."
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"It is great for if you need to mount the camera and then never touch it."
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Packaging

Packaging:
"I was eager to receive the package for Christmas but when I opened it I got a huge unbearable whiff of rubber."
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"When the package arrival my front door, it is in excellent conditions with no damage."
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"Great product, fast delivery, packaged well and everything I expected from the description!"
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"It came well packaged in it's own sturdy cardboard box (inside the Amazon shipping package) and the carrying bag is included."
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"Not sellers fault, it was packaged well, but had a giant gash in the side of the box from it's poor handling (thx ups! )"
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"Great Price, Fast delivery and Great packaging ."
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Plastic

Plastic:
"Ball head is hard to control and two much plastic in the constructions."
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"One of the plastic pieces to lock the legs broke with normal use."
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"Much of the engineering of this tripod is good, but I think the weakest points are the plastic leg clasps."
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"The Quick Locks on the legs are made of plastic, one of which broke off last night as I tried to unlock the leg extension."
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"The inside of the legs are held by a flimsy plastic that can easily brake."
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"Cheap plastic leg locks failed in less than a year under light use."
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"It feels pretty light and the clips are plastic, but i'm generally pretty careful with my equipment on my adventures."
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"Much of the engineering of this tripod is good, but I think the weakest points are the plastic leg clasps."
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"Its sturdy at the fully extended positions and feels like it well built except for the extender plastic clips."
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"Not for panning (not fluid and no pan stick)Great for photo, doesn't have the plastic or cheap feel I thought it would."
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"It is hugely superior to the $20 plastic one I bought several years ago."
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Portable

Portable:
"It's light enough to be easily portable but not so light that you think twice before setting your expensive camera on it."
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"Lightweight, portable and easy to use."
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"Very portable, travel friendly, lightweight."
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"Not as heavy duty as say my Manfrotto but half the price and nice and portable and functional."
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"), not super steady but definitely portable (however, I must say that I got some decent shots with 2-second delay and an equivalent focal length over 1000mm on APS-C)."
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Price

Price:
"Cheap and flimsy."
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"the legs are unsteady when they are extended quite disappointed in that but otherwise great construction for the money....I will be upgrading REALLY soon to a better tripod."
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"Wouldn't recommend it, I would save money for something more solid and with a better mounting plate."
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"I've purchased several inexpensive tripods that I have not been happy with."
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"The price to ship it back is just to much hassle."
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"My only complaint is the the latches that lock down the legs are kind of cheap, but otherwise it's great."
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"A quality tri pod for a good price."
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"This tripod came highly recommended to me for the price range but I can't say I would do the same at this point in time."
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"Great value for the money."
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"Amazing for the price!"
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"IMHO its the best tripod for the price."
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Quality

Quality:
"For those complaining the quality is an unfair comparison."
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"If you're expecting the structural quality and build tolerances of $200+ tripods in a $40 product, as some negative reviewers seem to be, join them looking for such a thing in the land of make believe."
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"The things that make this tripod OK and not Good is the quality of parts they use."
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"This tripod is not bad, I picked it for size and construction, the build quality is good unfortunately they're not real stable with a heavier camera."
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"First off, all the other complaints about cheap quality are correct."
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"Some reviewers complain about low build quality, I guess it's bad luck, since the vast majority of the ratings are pretty high."
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"A quality tri pod for a good price."
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"It's fantastic quality and is even better than the ones in her photography class."
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"The carrying case is great quality."
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"Perfect quality, I love this tripod~"
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"Pleased with my purchase...very sturdy and comparable in quality to some of the more expensive brands."
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Quick

Quick:
"The tripod itself was great but the quick release came broken I can't put the plate back on."
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"Unfortunately after less than 3 years of infrequent use, one of the quick release lever broke off and rendered the tripod useless."
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"The only two problems I had with my tripod is the quick release plate was confusing me and I had trouble getting it on at first but then I noticed there was an angled side and I was making the flat side face the lever, so it would not lock in place."
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"BROKEN CLIPOn a recent job (April 2015), one of the quick release locks broke off."
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"Pros:-Relatively light weight, stable-You can fit it nicely in a typical size carry-on luggage by removing the ball head-Good quality tripod carry case-Tighten well-ball head works greatCons:-Quick release plate is not that easy to handle (at least for me, comparing to other tripods that I have used, this seem to require greater force)-Angle locking knob (could be QC problem, two knobs are pretty easy to adjust, I got a stubborn knob that I would need help to open it up), I do hope that it will get easier as i use it more frequently-Legs do not release as easily as compared to a 80++ dollars tripod I have used, but it's alright for me considering the amount of price that I paid for this."
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"When i opened it it turns out the quick release plate were fully broken all the parts fell out."
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"I am very happy with the construction and the quick release mount which I now keep on the camera."
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"I love the ball head, quick release plate, and built in level."
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"It supports my camera with ease (Canon Ti2) and provides a very stable platform with a wonderful quick release function."
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"I also love that it has a ball head with a quick release plate, making it easier to put the camera on and take it off."
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"It's quick and easy to set up and includes a level near the head mount for cameras that don't include such a feature."
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SLR

SLR:
"I thought it might be something to flimsy for an SLR and really targeting a point and shoot or light video camera."
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"nice gear for SLR"
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"I believe a more advanced SLR would work just as well."
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"You don't use tripod regularly but want to have a cheap but good solution for your SLR or digicams?"
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"The tripod is a great deal for someone using a compact camera and I have no problem with it's quality, but the head is useless for a SLR camera, you have to lock it in place above where you want to shoot then it slowly drops down to where it want's to go."
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"It is sturdy and can easily handle a large SLR Digital camera or small to medium video cam."
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Setup

Setup:
"Bottom Line: Great for compact P&S cameras, mediocre for DSLR setups."
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"In this case, you certainly do get more than what you pay for... but if you're expecting a setup worthy of your DSLR you will be disappointed... spend more money & get something worthy of your expensive camera! "
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"Included P100 Ballhead - Great for compact P&S cameras, mediocre for DSLR setups."
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"If you purchase this I wouldn't recommend putting any weight on it beyond your camera setup or it may come tumbling down."
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"With a heavier camera setup (such as a 7D and a 70-200mm f 2.8) on the ballhead, you run the risk of damaging your camera unless you're careful to firmly hold it as you loosen the knob."
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"Quality product, well made, easy to setup and adjust"
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"I liked the flip release levers on the Dolica instead of the twist locks on the AmazonBottom line, the Dolica has been solid every time I have taken it out, easy to adjust, rock solid once setup, and light to carry."
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"It's not anyway cheap and with a quick easy setup and put away with a sturdy construction what's not to like."
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"I intend to use this tripod for landscape and nature photography so its light weight and ease of setup are ideal."
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"This tripod is very sturdy, and easy to setup camera."
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Shipping

Shipping:
"This was a busy time and shipping was a problem in 2013 at Christmas but Amazon came through at record time."
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"The only caveat is that the currently shipping model will not allow you to reverse the center column for shooting straight down between the tripod legs."
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"Since I missed the return window, I'm stuck with paying shipping both ways."
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"For a hobbyist like me this was hard to beat -- great price, nice product and with prime shipping it made it to my door in 2 days."
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"When I ran across that shopping for a head to put on my Dolica legs, figuring an extra tripod is never a bad thing, I decided to send off a quick email to Dolica telling them that their tripod failed, what part failed, when I bought it, what my name, shipping address, etc."
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"Fast shipping, very happy! "
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"Great shipping and wonderful product."
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"Great product, quick shipping! "
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"Great product and fast shipping !"
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"Prompt shipping and a good product."
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Simple

Simple:
"It's well built and versatile with simple systems."
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"Nice tripod for the entry level enthusiast and your simple day to day used."
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"Reasonable price and it seems that it will suffice for a simple travel tripod."
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"Perfect for simple blogger photos."
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"Recommended if you are looking for a simple tripod."
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Stability

Stability:
"It is a nice tripoid for indoors but,it lacks of stability when you use it on exterior shooting, just with a little bit of wind is enough to make it shake, and it is very difficult to avoid this...it is so disapointing... Because for that price their are more tripoids with more stability."
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"I really don't know how you can say this is flimsy, fully extended they all are going to have a little stability issue if they are made light enough to carry around."
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"Features: Pretty good (not amazing) stability, 360 degree ability of ball head, quick release plate, legs adjustable in angle and length, adjustable feet, hook on center column for hanging stabilizing weight."
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"Flexibility is one of the biggest pros, stability is not the greatest and you won't get a steady shot when shooting in low light in windy conditions."
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"The only problem I have with this is if you are shooting a video and you want to rotate on 180 horizontally,It is a problem because you would not be able to lock the pole that hold the camera on the tripod which means you will not be able to lock the pole for stability."
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"(if that makes any sense)Stability isn't that great."
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"Sturdy construction, excellent stability, flexible of usage is excellent from micro to macro to portraiture."
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"At first, I was very happy with this tripod considering the affordability and stability compared to my $20 pan head."
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"I also love the spiked feet on the tripod, makes it really easy to dig into the dirt or grass for extra stability."
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"It is a nice tripoid for indoors but,it lacks of stability when you use it on exterior shooting, just with a little bit of wind is enough to make it shake, and it is very difficult to avoid this...it is so disapointing... Because for that price their are more tripoids with more stability."
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"I thought it was a nice lightweight tripod with excellent height and stability (even for my big camera)."
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Starting

Starting:
"I wish it turned out to be more durable, but it still was not a horrible purchase (especially for someone who was just starting out with no experience and little budget)."
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"This is great for a starting photographer or just someone messing around with this..reasonably priced for a great piece of aluminum parts."
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"Overall, a very great tripod for amateur photographers starting out; and it's very affordable too! "
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"I would recommend this for any starting still photographer hobbiest."
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"This tripod has traveled well but is starting to show wear."
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Strap

Strap:
"My primary complaint isn't about the tripod itself, but the strap on the bag that comes with it."
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"The only negative I can find with it is that there isn't a carrying strap for the tripod only; you have to use the carrying bag or carry it by hand."
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"The strap is wide and well balanced that you won't feet uncomfortable at all."
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"folds up nicely and has a nice carrying case with strap."
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"Should the head become stuck a rubber strap wrench is highly recommended."
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"The nylon carry case is also well made with reinforced panels at the strap attachments."
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"I've carried it several miles on hikes witha shoulder strap and it's no problem at all."
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Support

Support:
"Only issue is one of the locks broke recently but I got hold of their support system and they are amazing."
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"GREAT TRIPOD BUT I HATE THE SUPPORT"
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"Note i dont have any other len beside the stock lens so i dont know how well it supports heavier lens."
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"As long as you understand and accept the limitations of lightweight camera supports I would not hesitate to recommend this tripod! "
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"I use this tripod with my Sienna pochade and I'm very happy with the price and the fact that it can support the weight of a pochade, however it is not the most stable thing in the world- the head and consequently the pochade have a tendency to shake when I am painting, which is pretty frustrating, but I just can't afford a Manfrotto right now."
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"It supports my camera with ease (Canon Ti2) and provides a very stable platform with a wonderful quick release function."
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"Only issue is one of the locks broke recently but I got hold of their support system and they are amazing."
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"Fabulous Customer Support."
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"It's nice and tall and supports the weight of my scope with ease."
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Travel

Travel:
"The center pole adjustment is poorly designed and fails easily allowing the center pole to travel up and down even when locked."
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"Keep in mind that this is a light weight travel tripod, and it shares the same weaknesses typical for the product class."
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"This would have gotten 5 stars, because it's a great travel tripod, but the first time I ordered it, it was smashed, and the second time I ordered it, it came without the retractable hook."
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"This is my best frind for my housband and me, We were travel and some time you on't like how the person take the picture, this is the best solution."
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"Reasonable price and it seems that it will suffice for a simple travel tripod."
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"This tripod is easy to assemble and disassemble, lightweight to travel with and just makes taking photos so much more convenient!"
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"This tripod is light weight and compact and in a carrying case which makes it easy to hike or travel with."
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Tripod

Tripod:
"Not great in high winds but its a tripod and it isnt s***"
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"Had lots of problems with asigning the camera to the tripod."
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"Locking mechanism of the legs does not seem to withstand a lot of weight, and this seems to me to be the weakest point of this tripod."
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"The only thing, is that the tripod was a bit more flimsy than I expected."
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"I've purchased several inexpensive tripods that I have not been happy with."
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"The tripod itself was great but the quick release came broken I can't put the plate back on."
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"This tripod came highly recommended to me for the price range but I can't say I would do the same at this point in time."
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"Tripod was good for about two years, but it has started to fall apart on me."
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"I highly recommend this tripod! "
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"There are levels in several spots on this tripod that allow for a perfect setting every time (that was a surprise)."
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"I love the tripod! "
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Value

Value:
"Not the best but a good value."
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"Not the best, but for the price, this has huge value."
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"If you are looking for a darn good value and a more than good enough tripod, you cant go wrong with the Dolica."
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"Great value for the money."
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"I used to love it because of the value and the features."
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"Great value."
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"Its the best value and better than tripods costing 3-4-5 times more!"
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"Great value for the quality of the tripod."
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Versatile

Versatile:
"Very versatile and works in the most hard to reach areas."
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"It's well built and versatile with simple systems."
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"Light weight and very versatile, and the carry bag is perfect."
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"Great Product - Needed something sturdier and more versatile for my DSLR."
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"It is very versatile and well-made."
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"Light, versatile, compact, rigid, comfortable to handle, good case; what's not to like?"
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Video

Video:
"Not good for video shoots which require smooth panning."
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"Won't be able to hold a pro grade video camera but will handle just about anything else."
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"However it's not meant for easy panning or tilting of the camera (i. e. for video work, or if you just want to make minute adjustments)."
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"However, having owned it for over a year now, it's beginning to show its age - two out of the three legs are seriously bent (which you can generally adjust for by changing lengths, but it's still inconvenient), and some sand got into the pan mechanism, so it no longer pans smoothly (only a problem for shooting video)Would I buy it again?"
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"Tripod is good but doesn't have handle to rotate, specifically for video shootings this is not good."
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"However, I did not realize that I would not be able to pan re: video with this ."
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"If the instructions had what the video had it would have been perfect."
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"The video I saw for this product was excellent."
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"I highly recommend going on YouTube and searching for videos on it."
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"The positions in the video are also easy to mimic."
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"However there is no real mechanism for panning smoothly side to side which is so basic a need when video recording."
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Weight

Weight:
"Locking mechanism of the legs does not seem to withstand a lot of weight, and this seems to me to be the weakest point of this tripod."
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"It is slow to deploy, a pain to carry around due to weight and size, and I would hate to loose that costly piece of equipment."
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"Likes--light yet sturdy compared to what I had at home; definitely better than all the flimsy light weight cheap deals everywhere."
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"It's a little light is the only complaint, but you can put weight on the hook."
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"Because of its low price, the tripod is flimsy and lightweight, much more so than my cheap aluminum tripod ($30)."
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"A hook at the bottom of the hight extension makes it a weight extension & a junk basket."
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"This tripod is VERY lightweight so I recommend watching your feet around it, can easily tip over when the camera's attached."
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"Its light weight, easy to carry, sturdy tripod."
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"Great lightweight tripod for craving but not sure how long it will hold up."
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"I am a women and this light weight tripod is easy to carry."
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"ball head helps a lot..light in weight and easy to carry.. setting up heavy lenses is a bit tedious as the ball head moves a little bit downwards (because of weight) after locking, but not a very big issue.. bang for the buck and will buy it again! "
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Zoom

Zoom:
"This isn't the greatest tripod for video use (especially with zoomed cameras) but good for general photography."
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"I find it hard to get shots using a zoom without shaking just a bit."
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"Purchased this tripod for my NIKON D5100 with a kit zoom lens and it fits and holds great!"
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"It is light, well made, easy to set up and rock solid even with a good sized telephoto zoomed all the way out."
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"I used to put a 5D Mark 3 on it, with a heavy L series zoom lens, as well as a double bracket in the hotshot of the 5D with the Zoom recorder or flash, as well as LED lighting with an audio recorder."
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"Seems very sturdy an holds my Pentax K50 and 50-200 zoom quite easily."
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