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Dolica Proline (Aluminum)

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Dolica Proline (Aluminum)

Dolica Proline (Aluminum)
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Dolica Proline (Aluminum)
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Dolica Proline (Aluminum)
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Dolica Proline (Aluminum)

Description:
-Ball head aluminum tripod

-Folded height 22"

-Fully extended height 62"

-Max load of 13 lbs

-Weighs 2.9 lbs
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New Member

Registered: December, 2012
Posts: 21
Review Date: February 27, 2013 I can recommend this item: Yes | Price: $40.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: very sturdy, great features, adjustable
Cons: the botton feet are a bit loose but they do the job

Compared to other tripods for the price it is excellent. The ball mount is very sturdy and very smooth to use. I do like the many different angles you can set the tripod to. . If you are on a budget look no further this is it.
   
Pentaxian

Registered: March, 2008
Location: Quebec city, Canada
Posts: 6,427

1 user found this helpful
Review Date: May 25, 2011 I can recommend this item: Yes | Price: $40.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Light, sturdy, great bag, features found on more expensive tripods
Cons: Head a little basic, nothing else really

This tripod costs 40$. I can testify, by comparing them side to side, that it is the exact same tripod as the Induro AKB0, which costs 140$ CND. except that the Induro lacks the spiked feet and has a soft grip on only one leg, while the Dolica has grips on all three legs.

The Dolica is very well made, at least my copy is. It is well assembled, feels sturdy, and if I slapped a Manfrotto logo on it you wouldn't be that surprised...

Description

The tripod has legs that extend in four sections, and a center column that can be raised so the tripod reaches about 62 inches. The legs lock positively in place, though the feel of the levers could be a bit nicer. The center column locks with a large ring which works smoothly. The column can be reversed, and there is a spring-loaded hook at the bottom to add weight. The legs have collapsing rubber/spiked feet. They can lock in three positions (plus folded).

The tripod has a small, worthless compass, and a bubble level at the top of the three legs.

The head is ok. It's not great, but it gets the job done. It is a ballhead with a panoramic swivel. Unfortunately, that swivel is unlocked by the same lever that unlocks the ball, so taking pano shots with this setup is near impossible. Still, remember that this is a bonus head that came with a 40$ tripod. The head is decently strong, even though there is no friction control for the ball. There is another bubble level on the head, and the quick release plate lever locks open to simplify attaching the camera back.

The bag is a nice surprise : it's well made, sturdy, and even includes a zippered pouch inside holding the manual and an Allen key.

Opinion

I've seen quite a few tripods, and most100$ + tripods are worse than the Dolica. It is everything I expected it to be. I replaced the head with another, higher quality head, and placed the light Dolica head on my monopod. A worthy purchase, I'm glad I got it!
   
Veteran Member

Registered: May, 2008
Location: Rhode Island
Posts: 4,180
Review Date: January 9, 2011 I can recommend this item: Yes | Price: $30.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Cost, Weight
Cons: Not for longer lenses

I bought this tri-pod and still take it with me everywhere on my hikes. I am still amazed how much you get for your money with this thing. It allows you to position the legs in awkward positions to shoot macro & the center column collapses. It is also pretty rugged: I ran it over with the car one day and it is still okay. It has a nice carrying case & has feet which allow spikes for anchoring outside, or rubber grommets when on nice indoor floors. The bottom of the center column has a hook, from which you can hang more weight to get more stability if desired. The upper legs are shrouded in a nice soft, sponge-like material which is very durable. Remember to keep in mind this is not a $300 tri-pod, adjust to its weaknesses, and you will get great performance from it. For example, use the 2 sec timer, which lifts the mirror up first, when using it.

Do not buy this tri-pod expecting it to perform like pods 10 times it cost--that would be silly. For example, it is not a pod I would use for longer lenses--you are bound to get vibration & bounce with longer lenses. Also, do not expect the crisp ergonomics of high priced pods either. For example, the quick release can be fidgety at times. The locks for the legs are reliable, but plastic too.

All things considered, I think this is a great option to expensive pods, so long as you are not expecting to use it for long lenses. That said, I have shot lenses, like my SMC 300 f 4 with it successfully. You will not beat this pod for the money.
   
Inactive Account

Registered: October, 2010
Location: Texas
Posts: 33

1 user found this helpful
Review Date: December 20, 2010 I can recommend this item: Yes | Price: $18.74 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Price, overall quality, weight.
Cons: Could be a little more stable fully extended but would probably weigh more.

I had needed a different tripod for some time. I had been using my fathers 40+ year old tripod for my Point and shoot cameras and then my K-K but it was lacking features that I needed.

Being money has been tight I had been looking for a functional yet inexpensive alternative. The Dolica Pro-line came up on Amazon.Com at a amazing price I decided to give it a go. I had looked at many of the local big box stores but nothing looked very nice for the price. I was apprehensive about the purchase but if it was a total piece of junk I was not in for to much money.

When it arrived I was at first surprised about how nice its case was. This is a very good quality case particularly for the price of the unit. Next I got started messing with the ball head. It functions very well locks down easy and moves easy. The quick release plate functions flawlessly and locks down very secure. The legs can be positioned at 3 different angles which is very easy and fast to adjust. The telescoping legs have quick releases that are are easy to release and lock and the legs slide out nicely. There is a hook on the center post that allows you to use your bag for extra weight to aid in stability. The feet allow you to use built in spikes to help secure the tripod on softer ground. The center post tightens with a collet and nut that is easy to use and very secure.

The tripod while being very light overall is also very stable except at its extreme end. It looses some stability at maximum height but is still quite usable. I use mine mostly in the house at table height for taking pictures of my artwork. At 35" it is very stable and serves my needs perfectly.

If you are on a tight budget and need a very functional unit this is it. If I could have rated it a 9.5 I would. I take 1/2 point of for some loss of stability fully extended. But even at 3 times what I paid for it I feel it would be well worth the money. And from what I saw at the big box stores there is nothing close under $70.

Al
   
Inactive Account

Registered: October, 2010
Location: Acworth, GA
Posts: 7
Review Date: December 9, 2010 I can recommend this item: Yes | Price: $39.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: COST; construction, quality, and features are all wonderful relative to its cost
Cons: Light weight, sensitive to vibration, tripod head

It is impossible to review this tripod without addressing the question of value. It is a phenomenal value, especially if you're just starting out and not sure how much you'll use the tripod. You get a lot for your money.

It is not professional. It does not weigh a ton, which is bad for vibrations but great for portability as well as your back.

One unexpected perk (again, at this price range) is the fact that it can be used for macro photography as well. The legs have the ability to splay outward much further than normal, making unusual positions and low heights possible to set up if needed. Also, the center shaft is reversible, meaning that you can mount your camera underneath the legs of the tripod.

I use it with the K-x, and it performs wonderfully. Perhaps it might struggle with a heavier camera and set-up than mine, but unless you're packing 10 lbs or more in glass and equipment you should be fine.

The only major con (other than construction, build quality and materials that can only be addressed by spending much more) is the ball head. It is not the most secure and can creep at times. This is more of a problem if you're using longer lenses where the creep will be more noticeable.

Overall this is an excellent tripod for the price and it should be at the top of any list that is constrained by costs.
   
Veteran Member

Registered: July, 2010
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Posts: 9,797
Review Date: December 7, 2010 I can recommend this item: Yes | Price: $30.00 | Rating: 7 

 
Pros: price, light weight, features
Cons: sag issues with long lenses

Summary: lightweight starter tripod that delivers better than expected for the price, but not good for long lenses.
The Dolica AX620B100 is an aluminum tripod with included ball head, quick release plate and carrying case. The maximum height possible is 62. With Legs fully splayed out and hook removed it can get as low as 16.5. You can also reverse the center post to get camera to ground level in an upside down orientation
Overall the tripod has good construction and flexible positioning options and in my copy all parts work fine with no issues.
The tripod is perfect for a DSLR with short, lightweight lenses attached and provides a sturdy platform for those applications.
Where I found an issue is when heavier and longer lenses are attached, as these tend to cause the composition to differ from where the camera is originally aimed.
I have a Tamron 70-300 lens that when attached to my k-x or k10d and mounted to this tripod can drop quite a bit from where you aim it. The sag is very evident at longer distances and maximum focal extension. When Ive used this combination I found that it takes a number of tries to get the lens to aim where you want it as you have to lock it at a point and predict how far it will fall.
Contributing factors to the sag include the soft cork padding of the quick release plate along with the lightweight construction of the ball head and quick release mechanism. I found the sag can be alleviated a little bit by tightening the quick release plate very firmly to the camera.
I do not have extensive experience with other tripods but would expect this issue would not be evident on higher quality, more expensive models. It is something to consider if your main usage of this tripod will be in applications where a long zoom will be required.
I anticipate I will eventually replace this unit with a stronger model, but for the time being it is serving me well and compared to other tripods in the same price range it appears to be a very good value.
   
Site Supporter

Registered: September, 2010
Location: Somewhere in the Southern US
Posts: 11,987
Review Date: November 19, 2010 I can recommend this item: Yes | Price: $18.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Competent, Inexpensive, good included bag, easy setup
Cons: Nothing at this price point

This is a Sub-$100 tripod, for that category I find it very competent. Nice extension, smooth, on the legs. Has a hook to hang your camera bag from the center post to add weight and steady it. QC on mine was nearly 100%, its only minus is the VERY small compass was not glued into its socket and fell out the first time I set it up

Legs have three angles set via a stop at the top pivot joint. The centerline hook is spring loaded with some give. Feet have two presentations - plastic feet or metal point - that are changed via screwing the feet to reveal the metal point. Latch lock has two levers, one of which must be depressed in order to activate the 2nd which actually is the block for removing the quick release plate, thereby preventing accidental release.


If I need a REALLY serious tripod will this one be it? No. But for light use, ease of transport, and those on a budget I have seen FAR worse in my time. Head is smooth and easy to use. The quick attachment plate is firm and secures nicely. The enclosed bag is far nicer than I had any reason to expect. Amazon had a terrific deal on these for $18.74 but even at the regular price of $30 its a steal IMHO.


11/27/10: Spent a week on vacation with this tripod. Excellent. Easy to use, light to transport, bag it comes with is very convenient and light too, and it worked like a charm without any problems. Took a lot of exposures with the DAL 18-55 for HDR (or at least my attempts at HDR) and had no creep as has been mentioned here in previous reviews. Used it in both portrait and landscape and found it to be reliable and steady.


07/04/11: Still very happy with the tripod. Found a zippered pocket inside the bag and inside that I found an allen wrench intended for tightening the legs (they have not needed it so far). Swapped out the head for a Manfrotto 496RC2, not because I did not like the head that came with it but because I wanted to add one to my Monopod and will be swapping the Dolica head onto my monopod once I get the 3/8ths to 1/4 adapter.


11/14/12: Nearly 2 years of use and its going strong! It's been to the beach, soccer fields, Disney, astrophoto outings, and many other activities. The Manfrotto head made a big difference but the tripod itself is just excellent. What a genuine bargain. Over time I also figured out that the hood at the bottom of the central shaft is in a plate that is screwed into the central shaft (and a LOT of threads so no worries) and is not glued/welded in place. So, a little effort and the hook & plate come out of the bottom of the shaft and it can be reversed in the tripod allowing for much closer to the ground use.
   
Senior Member

Registered: October, 2010
Location: Niigata, Japan
Posts: 172
Review Date: November 15, 2010 I can recommend this item: Yes | Price: $27.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: CHEAP!, Nice set of features, Ball Head, Quick release plate
Cons: Not the most expensive materials, Ball head sags slightly, quick release plate isn't 100%

The only reason I rated this a 10 is because of the price. If this had been a $60 or $80 tripod (which it could easily go for) it would have been around a 6 compared to the competition

I REALLY dont understand why people rated this so low considering the price. It truely is a bargin. I do not think there is a better possible tripod for under $50 and is comparible (but slightly lacking to the other tripods under $100).

HONESTLY, you paid under $50 for your tripod. What did you expect?

I am on a VERY tight budget and it was either get this or dont get a tripod for months. I am so happy I went with this! It works just fine for me even with my 24-135mm 77mm Sigma lens (where I do get a little bit of sag).

Of course the legs could be more sturdy, but the hook under the neck helps with that. I even used my tripod on the rocks in the middle of a stream and it held strong.

Lots of features that the big names make you pay a premium for.

The quick release plate doesn:t release or snap in 100% of the time, but if this is a big problem you should have alloted for the time.




BOTTOM LINE: If you have more then $100 to throw around then go ahead and get a really NICE tripod. But if you are on a budget (which is probably why you are looking at this tripod) dont worry, it is your best bang for the buck.
   
Veteran Member

Registered: December, 2009
Location: Sacramento, CA
Posts: 728
Review Date: October 20, 2010 I can recommend this item: No | Price: $39.00 | Rating: 4 

 
Pros: Price, height, and weight.
Cons: tripod head, legs, vibration

Pros:
Price and weight.

Cons:
1) The legs are beginning to have a really hard time retracting or extending. This occurred with one leg when I first received the tripod, but has since become gradually worse. The collar that locks in the height of the head is also difficult to unlock once it's in place. I had to use a wrench to get it undone once.

2) Tripod head is not usable. Sure, it holds your camera, but you will get a lot of travel (drooping/creeping) from your initial placement to when you actually let go. You might get away with it if you use any of the pancake primes or smaller limited lenses. But if it's anything the size of the 16-45mm or larger, forget about your camera staying in it's initial place. Lots of vibration too.

Summary:
Maybe my lack of experience and reading through reviews from Amazon (where I purchased) left me with wrong expectations. This was my first tripod (to accompany my first DSLR, the K-x) and I regret trying to save a buck. Although it's a bargain and pretty sturdy, the issue with the legs makes it annoying and the issue with the head makes it unusable. Do yourself a favor and save your money for a better head/leg combo.
   
Senior Member

Registered: August, 2010
Location: United States
Posts: 265
Review Date: October 20, 2010 I can recommend this item: Yes | Price: $35.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Light, cheap, lots of features, includes case.
Cons: light - sensitive to vibration, crappy ball head

It's a decent tripod overall, and a great tripod for the price. It has some cool features like the 2 position locking legs and reversible center shaft. It comes with a nice carrying case too. Collapses down to a very compact size. Easy to set up and use.

I can't stand the ball head. Anything that doesn't have separate pan control is completely useless to me. I purchased a replacement pan/tilt head for it. I think it could be a little sturdier. It's very sensitive to vibration which makes doing macro.... well..... um.... fun to say the least. Don't get me wrong, it's a good tripod and I'm glad I have it, but I definitely wouldn't recommend it for doing macro work. At least inside the house. Outside on bare ground it's not quite as sensitive, but will still vibrate a little when touched.

My rating is really a 7.5, but i'd rather round up then down.
   
Veteran Member

Registered: January, 2009
Location: CA
Posts: 2,731

1 user found this helpful
Review Date: July 27, 2010 I can recommend this item: Yes | Price: $39.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Light and compact. Comes with ball head.
Cons: Light

Great for a beginner's budget!
Can go down very close to the ground for some macro photos.
Comes with a very well made tripod bag too!
Legs lock positively and which have spikes at the end which you can expose for better footing on soil or porous ground.
I made the weight as very light a positive aspect since it won't be a burden to take along.
I also made weight as a negative aspect since if you are not careful and do not use the hook at the bottom of the center post to place additional weight for support, then in a heavy gust of wind, with it's legs fully exptended, it might get knocked down..so be aware of using the center post hook!
All in all an very good tripod for the price!
I really have no complaints!
   
Veteran Member

Registered: January, 2010
Location: Lansing, MI
Posts: 509
Review Date: July 18, 2010 I can recommend this item: No | Price: $39.99 | Rating: 5 

 
Pros: inexpensive, includes case and strap
Cons: poorly made

For $40, I guess this tripod is OK ... if you get one that's not defective. I'd rather spend more and get better quality though. I promptly sent my copy back to Amazon, as the legs were badly warped and not the same length!
   
Veteran Member

Registered: February, 2010
Location: California
Posts: 1,602
Review Date: May 13, 2010 I can recommend this item: Yes | Price: $39.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Price, comes with carrying case, well built (for $), 2 levels, compass
Cons: none (remember its only $39 so aluminum is acceptable)

For $39 this tripod is the best around. People might say it feels flimsy, too light, etc... but again its only $39 and for $39 it is amazing. Search the forums and you will see what I am talking about. I really like this tripod. It's great for beginners.
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