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Cameron CF500 Tripod w/BH10 Ballhead

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1 1,646 Sat February 24, 2018
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100% of reviewers $133.00 9.00
Cameron CF500 Tripod w/BH10 Ballhead

Carbon Fibre Tripod
BH10 Ball Head
Built-in Quick-twist Monopod
Carry Case Included
Reversible Centre Column
Spring-loaded Stabilization Hook
5-section fast & smooth leg extensions
Hidden stabilizer spikes for steep terrain
360 degree Ball Head with Panoramic Markings
Fast quick-release ball head Plate
Dual built-in bubble level

Load capacity: 10kg
Leg Diameter: 22mm
Folded Height: 320mm
Maximum Height: 1267mm
Minimum Height: 200mm
Net Weight: 0.73kg

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Registered: June, 2011
Posts: 88
Review Date: February 24, 2018 I can recommend this item: Yes | Price: $133.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: light weight, inexpensive, useful extra features
Cons: twist-locks could have more turn

I haven't used it much, because I really don't like tripods... it is just that sometimes you need them. And when I need one, I have been grabbing the Cameron over my Manfrotto. The weight difference is everything. Mine weighs 800g for the tripod with head attached (forgot to weigh QR plate) - slightly heavier than advertised, but absolutely light enough that I don't hate carrying it.

I use the included carrying case, since I don't have a good tripod spot in my camera bag... but it is small enough that I have some options about where to put it. I have a Domke F2 bag and the rings on the tripod case are spaced perfectly to just clip it on. I alternate between that and the carry strap.

I prefer the QR release to Manfrotto's. The plate is symmetrical and locks firmly.

I appreciate having extras on such a light weight tripod... the bubble level, detachable monopod, and spiked feet are all usable.

I prefer twist locks to flip locks, so I like the legs... but I wish they turned further to become snug. My hands are probably sensitive, because the flip locks on my Manfrotto tripod hurt to use, and the twist locks sadly do as well when applying sufficient force to secure them.

This tripod absolutely NEEDS you to hang something from the centre column to stabilize it. The construction is fine, but it is too light weight to use solo. I hang my camera bag from the hook and it feels much more stable.

It cost me 180 CAD before tax (that's about 133 USD)... so it ended up being significantly cheaper than just about any other carbon fibre option in this weight/size range.

I am satisfied with the purchase and recommend it to anyone who wants a really really lightweight full size tripod more than they want absolute stability.
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