Amazon Basics Carbon Fiber Travel Tripod

by | Mar 10, 2020 | Gear and Reviews

This week, I’m diving into something a bit different but super essential for us photographers and videographers – tripods. Specifically, I’m talking about a gem I found on Amazon: the Amazon Basics Carbon Fiber Travel Tripod. Now, I know what you’re thinking – “Amazon Basics, really?” But hear me out, this one’s a keeper, especially if you’re on a budget.

What’s the Deal with this Tripod?

Alright, let’s break it down:

  • Price: Only £60. Yes, you read that right.
  • Weight: Just a smidge over 1kg. Perfect for those on the move.
  • Max Height: Reaches up to 57 inches.
  • Build: Carbon fiber, with some plastic parts – but don’t let that put you off.
  • Bonus: Comes with a nifty carrying bag.

Why I’m Impressed

  1. Portability: It’s light and compact, making it a no-brainer for travel.
  2. Stability: Surprisingly stable for its size. You can even hang your camera bag for extra stability.
  3. Versatility: Great for low-angle shots and landscape photography. It’s got you covered.
  4. Ease of Use: Those rubberized locks? A dream for quick setup and adjustments.

How Does It Stack Up Against Manfrotto Elements?

Now, I’ve eyed the Manfrotto Elements Travel Tripod, priced around £160. Here’s the thing – the Amazon Basics tripod holds its own against it, especially considering the price difference. It’s slightly lighter and, with a bit of tweaking, can even accommodate Manfrotto quick release plates.

The Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Affordability: It’s a steal.
  • Light and Handy: Easy to carry, easy to love.
  • Just Works: It does what it’s supposed to, and does it well.

Cons

  • Not a Fan of Heights: Gets a bit shaky when fully extended.
  • Plastic Parts: Durability might be a concern down the line.

Final Thoughts

So, there you have it. The Amazon Basics Carbon Fiber Travel Tripod might not be the fanciest out there, but it’s a solid choice for those looking for a budget-friendly, reliable tripod for travel and general photography. It’s become a regular in my gear bag, and I think it’s worth considering for yours too.

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