This lightweight tripod (it weighs in at 1.6kg) has a number of features that make it versatile and potentially attractive to birdwatchers. It does its basic job pretty well, with rubber feet and steel spikes working well to ensure that you get plenty of grip on any surface.
The quick release plate is simple to screw in, too, although it does feel a little small if you’re using it with a really large, heavy scope. Having said that, it’s built to cope with loads of up to 4kg.,
But the three-way head does its job well, moving smoothly and easily once you get used to the twist controls (although I might have liked the pan arm to be a bit longer), and interestingly the central column can be removed completely to be used as a monopod (44cm, up to 164cm), for those occasions when a tripod is too big to fit. There are spirit levels on both the body and the quick release plate, nice little extras that could well come in handy if you also use the tripod for photography.
The three-section legs extend to 150cm, and were quick and easy to extend and lock in position, and I had no problems with stability at any time. It’s supplied with a case, too, for extra portability.
- Price: £69.99
- Dimensions: extends to 150cm; monopod 44-164cm.
- Weight 1.6kg
- website: Hama.co.uk