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Nikon D3100 Digital Field Guide

Creator: Wiley, Thomas | Photography - 2010-11-11

Obviously, the more a tripod costs, the more features and stability it's likely to have. Features. There are dozens of different features available in any given tripod. Some tripods have a quickrelease plate, some have a ball head, some are small, ...

Publisher: Wiley

About this book
A 14.2 megapixel camera with full 1080p video capabilities, the Nikon D3100 camera is both powerful and yet, accessible to first-time dSLR users. The "Nikon D3100 Digital Field Guide" will teach you how to get the most out of the advanced dSLR features of the Nikon D3100 as well as improve your basic photography skills.Chapter 1: Exploring the Nikon D3100. - This chapter covers the key components of the Nikon D3100 including basic layout, dials, switches, buttons, and navigation of the viewfinder screen.Chapter 2: Nikon D3100 Essentials. - Learn the various modes for exposures, auto focus, white balance, and picture controls.Chapter 3: Exploring the Nikon D3100 Menus. - Learn to use the playback, shooting, setup and retouch menus to get the most out of the Nikon D3100's photographic potential.Chapter 4: Essential Photography Concepts. - Understand the basics of exposure, depth of field, and composition on your Nikon D3100 to take your photography to the next level.Chapter 5: Selecting and Using Lenses. - Learn lens basics and which lens to use to get the exact type of photos that you want.Chapter 6: Working With Light. - Create natural and beautiful photographs with your D3100 and this chapter's tips on soft light, hard light, natural light, and the use of flash to get the best possible photos.Chapter 7: Working With Live View and Video. - Learn the various video modes of the Nikon D3100 camera, and find tips and tricks for getting the best video possible with your dSLR.Chapter 8: Real World Applications. - Get professional pointers for capturing still-life, action, and abstract photos, as well as landscapes, sports, and architectural subjects with your Nikon D3100.Chapter 9: Viewing and In-Camera Editing. - Learn to view, download, and re-touch images with the Nikon D3100's easy to use editing interface.Appendix A: Accessories. - This Appendix brings together information about remote controls, tripods, monopods, and other accessories that will help you get the most out of your Nikon D3100.Appendix B: How to Use the Grey Card and Color Checker. - Learn how to produce photos with accurate white balance and color with these free-inside-the-book tools.This go-anywhere, full-color guide includes a free grey/color checker card to help you achieve accurate white balance and color in any situation. With the "Nikon D3100 Digital Field Guide, " you will gain a thorough understanding not only of the Nikon D3100, but also the basic fundamentals of capturing the best possible photos.


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304 pages

Looking Closer 3, Classic Writings on Graphic Design

Creator: Michael Bierut | 1999-08-01

Gitzo makes the world's best tripods in a huge variety of sizes. I have two, a lightweight Tota-Luxe model and a taller Studex model. I use Gitzo's sturdy, easy- leveling #2 ballhead. A tripod should extend to your eye-level to minimize fatigue ...

Publisher: Allworth Pr

About this book
Rare and difficult-to-find essays provide fascinating reading in this third anthology in the Looking Closer series, a matchless resource tracing the continuum of critical thought from graphic designıs earliest days as a viable art and craft. Looking Closer 3 brings back into discourse more than thirty seminal essays by such distinguished figures as William Morris, Aldous Huxley, Alvin Lustig, and Paul Rand, reviving ideas of form and content as well as arguments over manner and style that have been lost for decades. For professionals, teachers, and students alike, this pivotal collection is an invaluable compliment to any design library. Michael Bierut is a partner of Pentagram, the international design consultancy. He lives in New York. Jessica Helfand is a partner of William Drenttel/ Jessica Helfand, a multimedia and print media company. She lives in Falls Village, CT. Steven Heller is a senior art director at The New York Times, editor of the AIGA Journal of Graphic Design, and the author or editor of more than seventy books on graphic design. Rick Poynor is the founding editor of Eye magazine and the author of six books on graphic design. He lives in Twickenham, England.


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Tripods and Ball Heads by Thom Hogan
What you need to know about tripods and heads.

Dolica AX620B100 62-Inch Proline Tripod and Ball Head
Amazon.com : Dolica GX600B200 Proline GX Series 60-Inch Aluminum Tripod and Ball Head Combo for DSLR : Camera & Photo

Ron Martinsen's Photography Blog: Tripod Ball Heads ...
Best in class is shown in green, and worst in class is shown in red. Heads in blue are my recommendations for reasons discussed in the previous section.

Tripod head - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
A tripod head is the part of a tripod system that attaches the supported device (such as a camera) to the tripod legs, and allows the orientation of the device to be ...

Manfrotto 055XPROB Tripod / 496RC2 Ball head - YouTube
Here's a look at the 055XPROB. Links to manufacturer page. http://www.manfrotto.us/compact-ball-head-with-rc2 http://www.manfrotto.us/055xprob-pro-tripod ...


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  • Yanyee International, Inc.

    CowboyStudio Pro Camera Tripod Ball Head Quick Release Plate With Gradienter BK-03

    Photography (Yanyee International, Inc.)

    Rating (29 reviews):
    (4.5/5)
    Yanyee International, Inc.

    Best of the Cheapy Ball Heads.

    NOTE: After using this a little longer, I have found it awkward with heavier or longer lenses. You kind of need to use two hands to tighten both knobs at once, and with heavier setups (I'm talking 3-4lbs heavy, not 10lbs heavy), you can't count on a lighter tension to hold things while you tighten both knobs. Also, I've found a glitch developed in one of the tightening knobs where as you're turning it it feels like it hits a bump where it gets tighter for a bit, then looser, then tight again. Not good. I'm probably going to try a different head.Original Revue:A Cheap Good Ball Head is a rare animal. Look at the reviews for almost any head <$100 (and most <$300) and you'll see them described as junk, useless, or "maybe I can use this to hold my flash."Features you would like in your Ball head and how this Bieke/Cowboy head stacks up:SOLID - won't drift with the weight of your gear (and won't drop your gear!). It holds my medium DSLR... 3/5 Max Rockbin (Portland, OR) - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: CowboyStudio Pro Camera Tripod Ball Head Quick Release Plate With Gradienter BK-03 (Electronics) NOTE: After using this a little longer, I have found it awkward with heavier or longer lenses. You kind of need to use two hands to tighten both knobs at once, and with heavier setups (I'm talking 3-4lbs heavy, not 10lbs heavy), you can't count on a lighter tension to hold things while you tighten both knobs. Also, I've found a glitch developed in one of the tightening knobs where as you're turning it it feels like it hits a bump where it gets tighter for a bit, then looser, then tight again. Not good. I'm probably going to try a different head.Original Revue:A Cheap Good Ball Head is a rare animal. Look at the reviews for almost any head &lt;$100 (and most &lt;$300) and you'll see them described as junk, useless, or "maybe I can use this to hold my flash."Features you would like in your Ball head and how this Bieke/Cowboy head stacks up:SOLID - won't drift with the weight of your gear (and won't drop your gear!). It holds my medium DSLR... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews&nbsp; Was this review helpful to you?&nbsp;, October 14, 2014

    Good build quality...

    0 4/5 twelveone - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: CowboyStudio Pro Camera Tripod Ball Head Quick Release Plate With Gradienter BK-03 (Electronics) I bought this to go along with my StudioFX 32&#34; camera slider. It works great. A good compliment, to the other piece. I even used it vertically to get jib like shots with my slider. This isn't a knock on the item itself, cause it works great; but I wish I got a ball head with a handle so I can do more dynamic shots. It would also have been easier to adjust.This would have been a 5 star review, but I had a problem with how the quick release plate and shoe was designed. You can slide it off the shoe mount in either direction. Which sounds convenient until you lock in your expensive camera and realize &#34;Wow, if this isn't super tight this thing can come flying off&#34;. As oppose to have a quick release plate that can only be removed in one direction. You have the illusion at least, that it's more secure because there are less directions it can move.That's the one thing that bothered me about this. It's well built and feels really sturdy. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews&nbsp; Was this review helpful to you?&nbsp;, September 19, 2014

    Great deal for good support

    0 5/5 Bobby Dunn "The Cyclops" (SE KY) - See all my reviews, June 10, 2014
    List Price: $26.00
    Price: $19.79
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    Height: 3.7" (98 mm)
    Quick Release: Yes
    Weight: 14.3 oz (406 g)
    Loading Capacity: 8KG
    Base Diameter: 55mm


  • Ravelli

    Ravelli APGL5 Professional 65" Ball Head Camera Video Photo Tripod with Quick Release Plate and Carry Bag

    Photography (Ravelli)

    Single Twist Leg Locks: Twist leg locks only require a single-handed 270° twist to open and a single-handed 270° twist to close. With one hand and a quick turn of the wrist, the tripod is ready.
    Reversible Legs: Allows the tripod to fold to a mere 18.5" without the head and 21" with the head, making it easy to carry and store when not in use.
    Center Column Height Reduction: The bottom part of the center column is removable. The center column is still reversible to achieve low angle shots, but is not necessary.
    Panning Handle for Video: The handle allows for smooth panning for video. The handle replaces the photo panning lock knob for smoother panning.
    Monopod Option: All 3 legs are removable and each can be used as a monopod. Simply unscrew any one of the legs and the ball head from the tripod, then screw the ball head directly onto the top of the leg. The standard 3/8" adapter at the top of the legs allow other standard 3/8" tripod heads to fit as well.


  • XCSOURCE

    XCSOURCE® Pro All Metal Camera Tripod Ballhead with Quick Release Plate for Canon 5D mark II III 550d 50d 600d 1000d 1100d 650d 700d Nikon D7100 D7000 D5200 D5100 D3200 D3100 D3000 LF023

    Photography (XCSOURCE)
    List Price: $99.99
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    It's a brand New and High Quality Professional Tripod Ball Head Camera Ballhead, and it is made from black anodized aluminum and offer three operation knobs
    42') Dimension: 85mm x 64mm x 94mm Net Weight: 413g Max
    The features independent adjustment knobs for precise locking, panning and tension controls, and each adjustment knob is intuitively positioned, positive to the touch and allows for exact camera positioning
    It's simply professional and affordable
    : )Specification: Ball Diameter: 36mm (1


  • Dolica

    Dolica AX620B100 62-Inch Proline Tripod and Ball Head

    Photography (Dolica)

    Rating (0 reviews):
    (4.2/5)
    Dolica

    feature rich tripod!

    0 5/5 Kirk (IL, USA) - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Dolica AX620B100 62-Inch Proline Tripod and Ball Head (Camera) It is made out of aluminum. Light enough to carry around the whole day yet still very sturdy. The aluminum ball head actually performs well. Once you've got the desired angle and lock it in place, the camera will stay on that angle until you release the lock unlike my 20 usd tripod. Im using a d80 with 18-270mm lens attached. That's about 1.2kg weight. The tripod is rated by the manufacturer to handle up to 13 lbs of equipment. Other features are a quick release plate, 2 bubble levels ( one on the head and the other on the legs), user replaceable aluminum tripod head, a threaded weight hook and spiked feet. The tripod can also converted so you can take macro shots. The legs can be locked in position independent of one another. With all these features plus great performance, this tripod is a steal!One minor hiccup, the plastic on the leg clamps, while not cheap, isnt top of the line. But they get the job done so it a no issue for me 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews&nbsp; Was this review helpful to you?&nbsp;, January 26, 2009

    Great Tripod for the Price

    If you're a professional photographer, go look at Manfrotto or some of the other high end brands. If you're an amateur photographer looking for a good tripod that won't cut into your lens budget, then look no further.The ball head is nice, but is sometimes a bit unwieldy, and difficult to set. Sometimes you have to crank down the tightening nut a lot to get it to stay. The snaps that extend the legs are plastic feel cheap, but what can you expect from such an inexpensive tripod?On the good side, you are getting a ball head tripod, with legs that can be extended past their typical angle. They also have nice padding on them which is great in the Northern climates when you have to work without gloves. The tips of the legs can be rotated to reveal spikes for difficult terrain, and there's two bubble levels: one on the legs of the tripod, and one on the actual ball head. There's also a compass, if you need that utility. Even with all that, you still get a pretty... 4/5 R. Kanzig - See all my reviews, April 12, 2009

    Dolica AX620B100 62-inch Proline Tripod w/ball head

    0 3/5 irJIM (northern, CA USA) - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Dolica AX620B100 62-Inch Proline Tripod and Ball Head (Camera) Great tripod with performance legs that spread low and wide for macro work for the price. The quick release plate, quick flip lever leg release and lock, bubble levers, and a good tripod case besides being light and compact is great. The weak area for this tripod is the weak strength of the legs when fully extended, it has too much play but great for P&S digitals O.K. for small dSLR with small lens. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews&nbsp; Was this review helpful to you?&nbsp;, June 22, 2009
    List Price: $65.99
    Quick release leg locks and non-slip rubber feet
    62" Aluminum Proline Tripod
    Support up to 13.2 lbs
    Ballhead, quick release plate and bubble level


  • Giotto

    Professional Mini Ball Head Camera Mount

    Photography (Giotto)

    Rating (384 reviews):
    (4.4/5)
    Giotto

    A Very well made Camera Swivel

    This item impressed me.I'm using it on a Targus Mono-Pod, with a Quick release adapter screwed onto the top of this swivel.I use it with a Sony Camcorder and Canon Rebel camera with no problems. Once I tighten the swivel, I don't have to worry about it drooping or otherwise shifting position.From top to bottom:No rough edges from machining. The movement was very smooth.It even includes a rubber screw cap, to keep the top camera mount screw from marring anything when it's not attached to something.It's all metal, except for the thumbscrew tabs and screw-on camera seat.The camera seat has an additional rubber pad for firmer gripping of the camera when it's screwed on.The curve of the inside socket opening exactly matches the curve of the ball. This means no play or movement whatever once it's tightened.It's designed so that the thumbscrew does NOT take much effort at all to lock the swivel and ball into whatever... 5/5 P. Skow (KC,MO) - See all my reviews, February 27, 2011

    OK for small cameras but don't put your 7D on it

    0 3/5 Amazon Customer (Brooklyn, NY United States) - See all my reviews This review is from: Professional Mini Ball Head Camera Mount (Electronics) The Giottos ball head is good for a small camera that's not too heavy, but you'll want to get something larger and more stable for your heavier cameras and/or fancy lenses. We found that the 7D with a 24mm wide angle lens on it tended to slide unless we cranked the knob so hard it nearly stripped the screw. "Professional" as a term to describe this item is probably pushing it; its really a consumer ball head for lightweight cameras like a Canon Powershot and/or other devices, such as handycam-type video recorders. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews&nbsp; Was this review helpful to you?&nbsp;, July 14, 2010

    Great for small Point-and-Shoot cameras...

    This is a very small ball-head that will work extremely well for small point-and-shoot cameras. Do not expect it to support even the smallest DSLR - it's just too small.I purchased this to put on top of the Remington Multi Functional Shooter's Rest, a small, light-weight monopod, for use with my .This is a perfect combination for someone who wants additional stability for their small camera, with light-weight being a prime consideration. This combination provides me with a good camera for hiking/biking/canoeing/beach, at very low cost.Again, this ball head will NOT support a DSLR and contrary to the weight claims, should not be purchased for this purpose. If you want a ball head that... 5/5 Paul M. Provencher "ppro" (Morgantown, WV USA) - See all my reviews, February 15, 2011
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    Base with interchangeable mounting thread 1/4" and 3/8"
    Weight: 50 g 1.76 ounces
    Detachable platform with camera mounting thread 1/4"
    Load capacity: 2 kg 4.41 lbs
    Height: 51 mm 2.00 Inch


  • Ravelli

    Ravelli APGL4 New Professional 70" Tripod with Adjustable Pistol Grip Head and Heavy Duty Carry Bag

    Photography (Ravelli)
    List Price: $399.99

    Pistol Grip Tilt Adjustment Head
    Invertible Quick Release center Column
    Rubber And Spiked Feet Included
    Quick Release Camera plate
    Quick Release Leg Locks


  • Dolica

    Dolica GX600B200 Proline GX Series 60-Inch Aluminum Tripod and Ball Head Combo for DSLR

    Photography (Dolica)

    Rating (391 reviews):
    (4.4/5)
    Dolica

    Almost perfect

    I love this tripod, which replaces an aluminum Bogen that I've had for years. The tripod sets up quickly, and unlike the experience of another reviewer, mine is perfectly level when the legs are at full extension. There were no flaws, no loose screws, and this is an unbelievably versatile tripod compared to what I had before. I use this for travel and hiking. It is a little on the heavier side than some of the other aluminum tripods on the market, but it is rock solid. It is extremely stable even with the center column fully extended. I love the degree markings on the head, perfect for stitching panoramic shots. The feet have metal spikes, but also rubber feet that will screw down over the spikes for indoor work. The only reason I titled this review "almost perfect" is that if the tripod had a removable handle for rotating the ball hand, for panning for example, it would be perfect. I spent a LOT of time researching all the tripods available in the market now (12/1/2011) and I found... 5/5 Sceaga - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Dolica GX600B200 Proline GX Series 60-Inch Aluminum Tripod and Ball Head Combo for DSLR (Electronics) I love this tripod, which replaces an aluminum Bogen that I've had for years. The tripod sets up quickly, and unlike the experience of another reviewer, mine is perfectly level when the legs are at full extension. There were no flaws, no loose screws, and this is an unbelievably versatile tripod compared to what I had before. I use this for travel and hiking. It is a little on the heavier side than some of the other aluminum tripods on the market, but it is rock solid. It is extremely stable even with the center column fully extended. I love the degree markings on the head, perfect for stitching panoramic shots. The feet have metal spikes, but also rubber feet that will screw down over the spikes for indoor work. The only reason I titled this review "almost perfect" is that if the tripod had a removable handle for rotating the ball hand, for panning for example, it would be perfect. I spent a LOT of time researching all the tripods available in the market now (12/1/2011) and I found... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews&nbsp; Was this review helpful to you?&nbsp;, December 1, 2011

    Pro Review: Works great for my photo work in the field without spending big bucks or causing embarrassment

    I don't always use a tripod, but when I do, I usually need it to take portraits for a family with small children who don't want to look at the camera. Being a one-man-crew, I try to pop out from behind the lens and make them smile/laugh and look at the camera... which is impossible without a tripod. In addition to the above, I occasionally do some urban photography, residential and landscapes - but not too often. I already have a studio tripod, and while incredibly stable, it also weighs about 20lb and folds down to about 36" long. So bearing that in mind, here's my must haves:1) Needs to be light enough for me to carry all over creation without too much trouble ~ 4lb2) Needs to be tall enough for me (6ft 5in) to operate comfortably3) Needs to be sturdy enough to hold a large DSLR and long lens ~ 15lb load4) Needs to fold down to a relatively short length ~ 25"5) Needs to be stable enough to do longer exposures (2-3 sec) in real world... 5/5 Paul Tucker (KC, MO USA) - See all my reviews, November 12, 2013

    GX600B200 demo and How To Create Short Center Column

    0 5/5 Brian Smith (Riverside, CA) - See all my reviews This review is from: Dolica GX600B200 Proline GX Series 60-Inch Aluminum Tripod and Ball Head Combo for DSLR (Electronics), April 3, 2012
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    Rapid stability center column
    3-Position leg angle adjustment locks (for macro lens)
    Durable flip leg locks
    Integrated tripod bubble level
    Reversible locking center column


  • Emgreat

    Pergear®Heavy Duty Photography Camera Tripod Ball Head 360 Degree Fluid Rotation Tripod Ballhead For DSLR Camera Quick Release Plate

    Photography (Emgreat)

    100% brand new and high quality. Shipped from USA, 3-6 business days to delivery.
    Pergear TH3 is compatible with all cameras&camcorders, a good kit for travellers.This Pergear TH3 tripod ballhead features fluid 360 degree swivel.
    This Pergear TH3 tripod is ideal for outdoor travelling photographers.
    Loading Capacity: 8KG. Package includes:1x Pergear TH3 Tripod Ballhead Quick Release.
    There are three operation knobs on the ballhead. Loosen horizontal control knob, the mounted cameral can be rotated 360°horizontally, two knobs control theball adjustable angle, achieve no dead angle. 3/8" screw thread base for tripod and 1/4" screw thread applied to most cameras.


  • Fancier

    DMKFoto Heavy Duty Ball Head with Quick Release Plate

    Photography (Fancier)
    List Price: $39.99

    Load capacity: 9 lbs
    Single lever control for quick action
    Smooth 360 degree movement
    Professional ball head with quick release


  • SLIK

    Slik Sprint Pro II Tripod in Gun Metal With Quick Release Ball Head & Case

    Photography (SLIK)

    Rating (71 reviews):
    (4.4/5)
    SLIK

    I agree with Persepolis' review

    Totally agree with Persepolis' review, so I'll add just a few extra comments.Pros:-Aluminum construction. This means solid, jitter-free construction versus overpriced, plastic-construction tripods from Best Buy. I just shake my head at the Best Buy tripods.-Amazingly portable due to its low mass and collapsible, 3-section leg design.Cons:-The lowest leg sections are thin and small (diameter-wise). Great for reducing weight, but bad for stability. I recommend extending the smallest section last.-A little unstable when fully extended. I'm 6'2", and to get the tripod to a comfortable height requires full leg extension and almost full extension of the stem. While vibration dampening is still good, the tripod has a tendency to twist about the center axis. So I rarely use it fully extended. I just extend the legs, leave the stem almost the entire way down, and squat to the viewfinder. :-/-No pan. I know it's a ball head, and Slik doesn't... 5/5 Seminoles79 (Florida) - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Slik Sprint Pro II Tripod in Gun Metal With Quick Release Ball Head & Case (Electronics) Totally agree with Persepolis' review, so I'll add just a few extra comments.Pros:-Aluminum construction. This means solid, jitter-free construction versus overpriced, plastic-construction tripods from Best Buy. I just shake my head at the Best Buy tripods.-Amazingly portable due to its low mass and collapsible, 3-section leg design.Cons:-The lowest leg sections are thin and small (diameter-wise). Great for reducing weight, but bad for stability. I recommend extending the smallest section last.-A little unstable when fully extended. I'm 6'2", and to get the tripod to a comfortable height requires full leg extension and almost full extension of the stem. While vibration dampening is still good, the tripod has a tendency to twist about the center axis. So I rarely use it fully extended. I just extend the legs, leave the stem almost the entire way down, and squat to the viewfinder. :-/-No pan. I know it's a ball head, and Slik doesn't... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews&nbsp; Was this review helpful to you?&nbsp;, September 15, 2009

    Surprisingly good and affordable light tripod

    ------EDIT BEGINAll, please note that it looks like this tripod has gone through a design change since my posting this review in 2009. The new version appears to no longer have a level, plus other potential changes (I don't have the new version so I can't comment on the newer one)Please keep all of of this in mind when reading my review below. tnx------EDIT ENDI ordered this tripod to replace one from a manufacturer that rhymes with Hogan :-) Figure it out. LOL.Pros:--Weighs in at 2 lbs 4 oz.--Extends to 67" from ground to platen.--19 inches collapsed, so it can fit in a backpack (with a few inches sticking out)--Padded booties on the upper most segment... a joy for walking around with the tri in your hand.--3 Lockable leg positions. Narrow, wide, and super wide for getting the tripod near the ground.--*invertable stem*! Just unscrew the stem in the middle, pull it out, invert, screw back... and HELLO... 5/5 Persepolis "Persepolis" (WDC) - See all my reviews This review is from: Slik Sprint Pro II Tripod in Gun Metal With Quick Release Ball Head & Case (Electronics) ------EDIT BEGINAll, please note that it looks like this tripod has gone through a design change since my posting this review in 2009. The new version appears to no longer have a level, plus other potential changes (I don't have the new version so I can't comment on the newer one)Please keep all of of this in mind when reading my review below. tnx------EDIT ENDI ordered this tripod to replace one from a manufacturer that rhymes with Hogan :-) Figure it out. LOL.Pros:--Weighs in at 2 lbs 4 oz.--Extends to 67" from ground to platen.--19 inches collapsed, so it can fit in a backpack (with a few inches sticking out)--Padded booties on the upper most segment... a joy for walking around with the tri in your hand.--3 Lockable leg positions. Narrow, wide, and super wide for getting the tripod near the ground.--*invertable stem*! Just unscrew the stem in the middle, pull it out, invert, screw back... and HELLO... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews&nbsp; Was this review helpful to you?&nbsp;, August 20, 2009

    Impressive

    With much deliberation between this tripod and the one with the three way tilt head I chose the ball head for one main reason, it is more compact and streamlined when carrying it. This little tripod is awesome and I have put it through the ringer with my D300. There is one little issue that could make this product so much better. The surface area for the mount is tiny, very tiny and the friction between the screw mount and the camera loosens way before the ball head. The three way head has a larger mount and not sure if it would present the same problems. Shooting horizontal I had no problems of the head moving, even with my 70-300mm FULLY extended! vertical was a different story and that was because of the rotational force on the mount. The screw just loosened. I guess I could have flipped the camera to the other side so instead of loosening it would tighten but that would put the shutter under the camera and it is very un-natural. With my smaller lenses this wasn't much of a... 5/5 A. Haren - See all my reviews, February 3, 2010
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    New SBH-100DQ ball head with quick release system
    Padded leg wraps
    4 legs sections for compact for easy traveling, only 18.5 in. folded
    SLIK Speed-Release leg locks for quick set up.


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