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Sunpak Tripod - How'd I Do?

 
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Jan 02, 2014 22:58 |  #1

I had some gift cards for Best Buy and some cash and was really hoping to get a decent tripod to replace my aluminum Zeikos POS lol

So I went over to Best Buy and found this:

Sunpak - PRO 423PX 65.75" Tripod

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I was able to price match it to B&H Photo and Video and found an open box item that looked brand new. I matched to $100 and got another 10% off for it being an open box.

The ball head on there now is interesting, but in all honesty it isn't horrible with my 70-300VC and flash on the camera. It just moves a little when shaken, so I'll be looking for a ballhead in the near future.

The pro's about this tripod:

  • <$100
  • Carbon Fiber
  • Removable Ballhead
  • Included Ballhead
  • Sturdy fully extended


So with that being said, how do you guys think I did? I know I was told to pretty much stay 100% away from tripods in box stores, but I got such a deal on it that I couldn't pass it up.

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Jan 02, 2014 23:39 |  #2

I owned that tripod for a while, now one of my buddies uses it. Honestly it's not that bad, especially for a sub $100 tripod. The diameter of the legs is rather small but is still rather sturdy. The pistol grip head it comes with is weird but even with a 70-200 f4 on it I never had any drooping issues.

It is a super light tripod. That was the best thing about it




  
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Jan 03, 2014 00:17 |  #3

gremlin75 wrote in post #16573480 (external link)
I owned that tripod for a while, now one of my buddies uses it. Honestly it's not that bad, especially for a sub $100 tripod. The diameter of the legs is rather small but is still rather sturdy. The pistol grip head it comes with is weird but even with a 70-200 f4 on it I never had any drooping issues.

It is a super light tripod. That was the best thing about it

I agree, the diameter of the legs is a little small and gives it the impression of being somewhat weak and unstable. But, being carbon fiber they seem to be fairly strong and don't flex much if at all.

It is light and I think I can get used to this tripod until I find another at least.


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Jan 03, 2014 10:48 as a reply to  @ trewyn15's post |  #4

I currently use this tripod as well, got it as a bday gift 2 years ago. It is nice and light. I am having some issues with "leg flop" (is that even a term". One of the legs no longer stays folden in, it just kinda "flops" around. And the flips to lock the legs are getting a little tough to use.

That said I feel I have gotten my moneys worth out of it. It has spent a total of about 14 days in Glacier National Park this summer, in dusty conditions, stuck waist deep into glacier streams and lakes, stuck in the snow and everything else. I have used it on the Oregon Coast more times then I can count again in thes sand and surf along with tons of hiking around the PNW. I kinda like the pistol grip feature too.




  
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Jan 03, 2014 22:13 |  #5

Littlejon Dsgn wrote in post #16574396 (external link)
I currently use this tripod as well, got it as a bday gift 2 years ago. It is nice and light. I am having some issues with "leg flop" (is that even a term". One of the legs no longer stays folden in, it just kinda "flops" around. And the flips to lock the legs are getting a little tough to use.

That said I feel I have gotten my moneys worth out of it. It has spent a total of about 14 days in Glacier National Park this summer, in dusty conditions, stuck waist deep into glacier streams and lakes, stuck in the snow and everything else. I have used it on the Oregon Coast more times then I can count again in thes sand and surf along with tons of hiking around the PNW. I kinda like the pistol grip feature too.

Seems like a good deal then, I wonder what the warranty is as well.

Any recommendations for a better ballhead?


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Jan 05, 2014 08:26 |  #6

My first sunpak fell apart. This looks better than the one I had.


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Jan 05, 2014 12:36 |  #7

scorpio_e wrote in post #16579065 (external link)
My first sunpak fell apart. This looks better than the one I had.

Yeah, honestly looks a lot better that what I thought I was going to see when I read the tread title.


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Jan 05, 2014 20:15 |  #8

I can get better pictures of it if you guys are interested. It looks to be a solid quality tripod, although I haven't dealt with many 'high-priced' tripods by any means.


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