So this a a new addition to my kit bag. The Andoer “table top” tripod, actually not so tiny, and fully extending legs, giving it some decent height. Looks and adjusts just like it’s more expensive option the Manfrotto version, which comes in at four times the price of this one. As far as I can see the quality is the same, so why spend more?
It comes with a 1/4″ mounting screw for DSLR and mirrorless cameras. A nice touch would have been a cheap cloth drawstring bag to put it in, but hey at this price I am in no way complaining.
It also doubles up I am told as a good DSLR selfie handle for vlogging.
Though only two settings, high or low! It’s very light and the bonus was it comes with a ball head mount for your camera, making it ideal for any angle photography.
I already have a rather heavyweight Jessops adjustable ball head mount for my monopod, but it is so heavy i find myself not taking it out with me, due to it’s weight.
The ball head and tripod are made from very Lightweight, durable and solid ABS plastic, this makes it strong and light. and fully detaches from the tripod head itself, making it very compact to travel with in the bag.
Many of the table top tripods I looked at had ridiculous weight limits, like only takes “Compact system cameras” or no more than a Kilo. Well the great thing about it is it takes a whole 2 kilo (4.4lbs) top weight, so strong enough for most peoples DSLR cameras plus long lenses, which to be fair is what you would need it for, that or heavy macro lenses. The tripod itself comes in at a tiny 290 grams or 10.2oz. its working height is between 13-23cm /5.1in-9in and when folded down comes in a an even tinyer 24cm /9.5in
So a good buy for little money and highly recommended.
Here is my trusty and inexpensive Hama Tripod
Note the handy hook underneath that doubles up as a handy hook for say things like your filters mini bag and you can also hang your camera bag on it of the ground is wet or to give the tripod extra stabilisation if it’s windy.
This one comes with a tilt and pan quick release head for the camera to attach to. ( A must for videographers and handy for us stills photographers. It also has a useful wind up centre column for that extra little bit of reach and a handy grip for carrying it with. It also has a sometimes useful addition of a mini spirit level bubble to help you make sure your tripod is totally level before starting to use it.
I find the extended handle for the left to right panning for the tilt pan head excellent and smooth to operate, sadly the same cannot be said for the vertical and horizontal twisty turny knob that Hama sadly cheapen out on.
Mine comes in a fetching Champagne colour and has the standard 1/4″ screw thread for the quick release and the tripod screw mount itself. Its height adjustable centre column is a geared affair which you wind with a crank handle, which is fairly smooth and quick and precise considering it’s price point. Working height is from 60 -153 cm or 23-60″ or 1.9 feet-5 feet. Weighing in at 1220 grams or 2.5 pounds or just over a kilo, its not bad on the weight compared to others I have looked at. It’s aluminium structure creates a strong and sturdy support for cameras up to a maximum weight of 3kg , more than enough for most photographers and perfect for me!
Another worthy mention on it are its rubber feet permit a firm grip on a range of terrains, and they are ball and socket joint so so they will flatten to any gradients.
I particularly love the quick release leg extensions, no twisting to lock the extended legs into position, just flick open the tab and it drops out and extends, then click back into position and its locked away!
Six years on and it’s still doing me well, and the price then was £18.99 on Amazon.co.uk It’s heavy enough to be stable and light .
A fantastic piece of kit for the money, it even comes with its own travel case which it folds neatly into so that you can carry your tripod around with you safely with no hassle. Whether you are hiking up a hill, attending an important event or jetting off to your next holiday destination, you will always be fully prepared for any photographic eventuality thanks to the Star 61!