Magnus VT-4000 Tripod System with Fluid Head
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Supports loads up to 8.8 lb (4 kg) Features a 65mm ball base Two-way fluid head for smooth motion Fixed counter-balance spring set to 3.3 lb (1.5 kg) provides smoother tilt movements 2-stage design allows you to adjust the height of the tripod from 27.6" to 59" (70 to 150 cm) Middle spreader provides enhanced stability by holding the tripod legs in locked position Provides fixed counter balance, pan, and tilt drag Allows you to leverage the slide range of +20 / -25mm to enable travel capabilities - essential in balancing uneven configurations Provides camera mounting via a slide plate that can be attached via a 0.25" (6.35mm) screw with video pin Offers tilt angle adjustments from +90 to -60 Ground spikes for outdoor use and convenient retractable rubber feet for delicate floor surfaces Weighs 7.9 lb (3.6 kg) General: Load Capacity: 8.8 lb (4 kg) Maximum Height: 59.0" (150 cm) Minimum Height: 27.6" (70.1 cm) Folded Length: 30.3" (77 cm) Leveling Bubble/Illuminated: Yes/no Weight: 7.9 lb (3.6 kg) Head: Counter Balance System: Fixed counter-balance spring 3.7 lb (1.7 kg) Quick Release/Wedge Plate: Yes/no Balance Plate: Yes Slide Range: +20/-25mm Tilt Drag: Yes Tilt Range: +90 /-60 Tilt Lock: Yes Pan Lock: Yes Legs: Head Attachment Fitting: 65mmm half bowl Material: Anodized aluminum Leg Stages/Sections: 2/3 Leg Lock Type: Flip locks Independent Leg Spread: No Spiked/Retractable Feet: Yes/yes Center Brace: Yes [mid-level]
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To start off my review I just wanted to mention that this product was not provided to me at a discount or free and I purchased it with my own funds.
So what comes inside the box?
(1x) Magnus VT-3000 Professional High Perform Tri-pod
(1x) Adjustable lever
(1x) VT-QRP300 Quick Release Plate
(1x) Carrying Case
The Design & Overall Functionality
I bought this tri-pod to do You Tube videos as a tech product reviewer. I found out, the hard way, you really need a fluid head tripod if you want to get solid B-roll on a product and this tripod is all around fantastic for such projects and the like!
To begin, the legs are made of anodized aluminum which makes it really sturdy and durable. It also looks amazing. The three retractable legs are easily adjustable with tightening flip locks. The feet of the legs have adjustable rubber pads that can be screwed down to use metal spikes just in case you're shooting outside or in the grass. The height can reach up to 61 inches and as low as 28.6 inches. It supports up to 6.6lbs or 3kg and it weighs slightly less than 8 pounds. It can support just about any Cannon DSLR or Camcorder.
Note - it is a bit tiresome to lug around due to its weight.
The main reason why I purchase this tripod was due to the fact it had a tilting and panning fluid head, but not only that but it comes with a 65mm ball base so you can adjust the head even if the legs are uneven. This is done magnificently well due to the fact that the fluid head is counter-balanced which gives yields some resistance when panning and tilting resulting in a more fluid shot.There is a level right under the fluid head and it comes with a release plate so you can interchange between cameras easier. The panning and tilting lever is adjustable and can be attached to either side of the fluid head. This tripod has increased my level of professionalism by leaps and bounds. I film with a Galaxy S7 & S7 edge and they work fine with the Magnus. Mind you the tripod head itself is not removable so you can't take it off and put it on another tripod or slider.
This is the best tripod in terms of affordability, durability, and functionality. It's in between cheap tripods to manfrotto tripods. I have nothing but praise for the Magnus VT-3000. This is made for the intermediate photographer, or You Tuber. The only thing that could have made this tripod better was if the fluid head was detachable.
My verdict, if you're looking to step up your quality and professionalism this is a must. If you're a novice I would recommend a cheaper option until you are fully dedicated to your craft. If you feel you want to make an investment right off the bat than this would be the time to do it.
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This VT4000 is tough. I have three. It came to Liberia with me to cover the Ebola outbreak, several mass shootings in the U.S., two tornadoes, and Hurricane Patricia in Mexico, along with countless feature stories. They've all taken a beating. I got one in 2014, and two in 2015. All except one are still in use. Explanation below.
- For the quality and reliability the price point is fantastic. The sticks part itself is sturdy and really can take a beating. The fluid head is smooth, easy to use, and has a very reliable bubble. It also comes with allen wrenches so that you can tighten the sticks yourself.
- You'll have to tighten the legs about once or twice a month if you're a heavy user.
- The middle-spreader breaks very very very easily. Out of the three that I have, the middle spreader is half broken on several legs on ALL THREE. I recently had to throw out one VT4000 because the middle spreader broke off completely.
- There is no replacement part that you can order online.
- It won't fit into a carry-on or any suitcase I have. I generally bungee cord it to my backpack.
- There is nowhere to clip it on a carabiner though.
If you're using it in a studio environment or occasional use, this is the winner for you. If you're an ENG shooter out in the field like me, either buy more than one of these or fork over the $1,000+ for an obscenely expensive Manfrotto.
It's tall (with legs extended, it puts the camera at my eye level... I am 5'11"), and feels quite solid. It's very easy to level the head, with the ball joint mechanism and the built-in bubble level. The head itself is very smooth in panning and tilting and has a long handle that can mount to either left or right side easily with a simple screw mount. The angle of the handle is also adjustable with a toothed adjustment mechanism so it's very solid when locked in place.
The quick release plate is very nice. It can also slide forward and back for better balance of the camera on the tripod, and then can slide all the way out once a lock/slide-release button is pushed. I have never used fancier/better tripods, so can't really compare, but I can say that this one works extremely well for my needs doing DSLR video.
The tilt mechanism is spring loaded and has some resistance when tilting forward... it will tend to push back and raise itself back to a level setting under mild spring tension... all with the fluid-effect smoothness, of course. The spring tension when tilted all the way back/up also seems to be there, but is much less pronounced.
Comes with a nice padded carry bag.