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billy badfinger
Posts: 817
Tampa, Florida, US


Extends to 65"...ball head...case...free shipping.
Any of you actually seen this thing???

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Nikon-Genuine-S … 3a7328fdb7
Jan 18 13 08:02 am  Link  Quote 
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Good Egg Productions
Posts: 15,244
Orlando, Florida, US


I wasn't aware nikon made tripods.
Jan 18 13 08:08 am  Link  Quote 
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Robb Mann
Posts: 10,157
Baltimore, Maryland, US


Good Egg Productions wrote:
I wasn't aware nikon made tripods.

They don't, but rebranding is pretty easy.

Jan 18 13 08:10 am  Link  Quote 
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billy badfinger
Posts: 817
Tampa, Florida, US


Agree..I really don't think it is made by Nikon...It ships out of South Korea...
Most likely they farmed it out to somebody...
Still,
it does look like a decent piece of kit for the $$.
Jan 18 13 08:13 am  Link  Quote 
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Good Egg Productions
Posts: 15,244
Orlando, Florida, US


Well darnit.

I've got a D3200. I wonder why this tripod will work for a D3100 but not the D3200. Seems weird it's only for certain Nikon cameras.
Jan 18 13 08:15 am  Link  Quote 
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Robb Mann
Posts: 10,157
Baltimore, Maryland, US


Looks like it could be these legs with a cheaper ball head, possibly a SILK.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/7 … ripod.html

It's too lightweight to support any DSLR with a telephoto lens on it. You MIGHT get away with a D3200 & 18-55 lens, but even a 70-300 would shake like a mofo. It's essentially a toy tripod, I'd only use it to hold point n shoot cameras or a speedlight.

You can either buy a nice tripod once, or buy a ton of them as you slowly outgrow them.
Jan 18 13 08:19 am  Link  Quote 
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M Pandolfo Photography
Posts: 12,116
Tampa, Florida, US


I love that it says "Genuine Nikon Logo" and feature a picture of the logo. I'm always leery of products that add fluff to the list of features like that. And sure, the logo is genuine. The tripod, however, is not.

Then again, I've spent far more than that on tripods that were complete crap. This one doesn't look too bad.
Jan 18 13 08:25 am  Link  Quote 
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M Pandolfo Photography
Posts: 12,116
Tampa, Florida, US


Robb Mann wrote:
Looks like it could be these legs with a cheaper ball head, possibly a SILK.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/7 … ripod.html

It's too lightweight to support any DSLR with a telephoto lens on it. You MIGHT get away with a D3200 & 18-55 lens, but even a 70-300 would shake like a mofo. It's essentially a toy tripod, I'd only use it to hold point n shoot cameras or a speedlight.

You can either buy a nice tripod once, or buy a ton of them as you slowly outgrow them.

No, my first Sunpak tripod purchased forever ago at Ritz was a toy tripod lol. Nothing could be worse than that.

Jan 18 13 08:26 am  Link  Quote 
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Good Egg Productions
Posts: 15,244
Orlando, Florida, US


It's also got a compass!
Jan 18 13 08:36 am  Link  Quote 
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Good Egg Productions
Posts: 15,244
Orlando, Florida, US


Michael Pandolfo wrote:

No, my first Sunpak tripod purchased forever ago at Ritz was a toy tripod lol. Nothing could be worse than that.

Oh, I dunno. My 2nd tripod is made by someone named Hykuba.

It's a full 60" tripod with 2way pan-tilt.

It weighs about 1.5 pounds.


If you look at it funny, it flexes. I would never put more than 3 pounds on it.

Jan 18 13 08:42 am  Link  Quote 
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Phase Shift Photography
Posts: 86
Atlanta, Georgia, US


A 3-lb. capacity on the ballhead. It won't hold much more than a small DSLR.
Jan 18 13 08:43 am  Link  Quote 
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Kaouthia
Posts: 3,152
Lancaster, England, United Kingdom


Robb Mann wrote:
Looks like it could be these legs with a cheaper ball head, possibly a SILK.

It looks  identical (even the same ballhead) to a cheap thing I got here that cost me about £25.  Definitely not strong enough, especially with the legs out.

Only time I ever use it is for timelapse when I need the camera low down (ie, I when don't have to extend the legs at all).

Jan 18 13 08:45 am  Link  Quote 
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Image Works Photography
Posts: 2,890
Orlando, Florida, US


It looks legit. If its counterfit they sure did a good job at it. I just got a lens pen from asia that looks just like the real thing. The box has chinese writings on it tho. Might be a product intended for that market.
Jan 18 13 08:47 am  Link  Quote 
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Colorblinded
Posts: 650
Rochester, New York, US


Michael Pandolfo wrote:
No, my first Sunpak tripod purchased forever ago at Ritz was a toy tripod lol. Nothing could be worse than that.

It wasn't my first but I bought something cheap at a Ritz when I was caught unprepared on a trip.  It broke right away.

Jan 18 13 08:56 am  Link  Quote 
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billy badfinger
Posts: 817
Tampa, Florida, US


Specs say it supports 8.8 pounds...NOT 3 lbs!!!
(The entire unit WEIGHS around 3 lbs.)
Also...lets keep things in perspective here...this is a
$60 tripod...of course it's not gonna' hold a Sinar 4x5 steady...

Has anyone actually seen 1 of these???
Jan 18 13 09:29 am  Link  Quote 
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Hero Foto
Posts: 878
Phoenix, Arizona, US


Good Egg Productions wrote:
It's also got a compass!

ROFL ... almost spit milk ...

Jan 18 13 09:34 am  Link  Quote 
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Image Works Photography
Posts: 2,890
Orlando, Florida, US


Good Egg Productions wrote:
It's also got a compass!

Nikon went into great detail on the making of the tripod. I would add a coffee cup holder to it. Gives it a distinct look.

Jan 18 13 09:41 am  Link  Quote 
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Good Egg Productions
Posts: 15,244
Orlando, Florida, US


billy badfinger wrote:
Specs say it supports 8.8 pounds...NOT 3 lbs!!!
(The entire unit WEIGHS around 3 lbs.)
Also...lets keep things in perspective here...this is a
$60 tripod...of course it's not gonna' hold a Sinar 4x5 steady...

Has anyone actually seen 1 of these???

If you want to argue the merits of a $60 Korean knockoff tripod, then why did you post here in the first place.  Just buy one and enjoy it.  But putting it out here, we're going to point out all the LOL in what it is.

The fact of the matter is, it's crap.  But it's cheap Korean crap.  It's likely better than the $60 SLIK you can get at Best Buy.  But it's still crap.  And they don't do themselves any justice calling it a Genuine Nikon tripod.  There is no such thing.

So buy it.  Use it.  But let us poke fun at it.

Jan 18 13 09:41 am  Link  Quote 
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billy badfinger
Posts: 817
Tampa, Florida, US


You mean my Nikon key chain and Nikon AA battery tester aren't
built by hand in the Nikon factory???

I'm shattered!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Jan 18 13 09:49 am  Link  Quote 
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Matt Knowles
Posts: 3,556
Ferndale, California, US


Good Egg Productions wrote:
I wasn't aware nikon made tripods.

Their website doesn't even have a category for tripods. Knowing Nikon, if they were in the tripod business, they wouldn't be selling $60 versions. If they can collect $2400 for a 70-200, they know they could milk a tripod purchase for more than $60.

Jan 18 13 10:11 am  Link  Quote 
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Marty McBride
Posts: 3,132
Owensboro, Kentucky, US


Matt Knowles wrote:
Their website doesn't even have a category for tripods. Knowing Nikon, if they were in the tripod business, they wouldn't be selling $60 versions. If they can collect $2400 for a 70-200, they know they could milk a tripod purchase for more than $60.

http://shop.nikonusa.com/store/nikonusa … D.47606200

Strange though...they don't even show the premo model! tongue

Jan 18 13 10:26 am  Link  Quote 
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Right Poes
Posts: 851
Colorado Springs, Colorado, US


Good Egg Productions wrote:
Well darnit.

I've got a D3200. I wonder why this tripod will work for a D3100 but not the D3200. Seems weird it's only for certain Nikon cameras.

Light Room compatibility will probably not be out for a few months yet either.

Jan 18 13 10:47 am  Link  Quote 
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billy badfinger
Posts: 817
Tampa, Florida, US


I'll just wait for Ken Rockwells review!!!
Jan 18 13 11:18 am  Link  Quote 
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afplcc
Posts: 5,983
Fairfax, Virginia, US


billy badfinger wrote:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/110874383490?ss … 1423.l2649

Extends to 65"...ball head...case...free shipping.
Any of you actually seen this thing???

Buying a tripod without checking it out in person (or a replica) is like buying a camera bag/pack/sling without trying it on--it's dumb.

Look, the test of a tripod isn't the price.  It's if it will do what you want it to do (provide a stable platform under certain conditions).  You may also want it to do other things (pan, quick release, fit in carryon luggage, be lightweight for a hike to a wilderness location, whatever).  But it starts by needing to be a stable platform.

How do you know it's a stable platform?  B/c it has a Nikon label slapped on it?  Maybe it will support a Point-and-Shoot.  Maybe.  But unless you can find something similar and test it, you don't know.  Which means you're buying a tripod in name but you aren't getting a tripod in function.

Ed

Jan 18 13 11:42 am  Link  Quote 
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Giacomo Cirrincioni
Posts: 21,074
New York, New York, US


Good Egg Productions wrote:
It's also got a compass!

You'll shoot yer eye out, kid...

Jan 18 13 11:45 am  Link  Quote 
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Bob Helm Photography
Posts: 18,158
Cherry Hill, New Jersey, US


Camera companies often have promo packages that they offer with cameras a little or no cost to dealers. Camera case, tripod, lens tissue buy three cameras and get one free or $10 ea. They are profit enhancers for the dealer. Sound like this could have been surplus or offered in other markets.

Like other have said, you do not buy a tripod sight unseen as it is not the price but build quality and how sturdy it is. "Holds 8 lbs" Does that mean it fails at 9lbs or is somewhat sturdy with a 8lb load.
Jan 18 13 11:48 am  Link  Quote 
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rfordphotos
Posts: 4,634
Antioch, California, US


Matt Knowles wrote:

Their website doesn't even have a category for tripods. Knowing Nikon, if they were in the tripod business, they wouldn't be selling $60 versions. If they can collect $2400 for a 70-200, they know they could milk a tripod purchase for more than $60.

their webstore sells tripods in that price range....

http://shop.nikonusa.com/store/nikonusa … D.47606200

Jan 18 13 12:38 pm  Link  Quote 
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Christopher Hartman
Posts: 53,991
Buena Park, California, US


the auction appears to no longer exist.

ETA, did a search fro Nikon tripods though and found...

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Nikon-Genuine-S … 3a7328fdb7
Jan 18 13 12:50 pm  Link  Quote 
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AVD AlphaDuctions
Posts: 10,529
Gatineau, Quebec, Canada


Nikon does actually sell tripods sometimes lightstands as part of kits (reflector kits mainly).  you see them in brick and mortar stores in Canada at least.
I checked and Nikon Imaging Korea does exist as a pure subsidiary of Nikon Japan.  So the listing could be legit.

if they say it supports 8.8lb and they are running a 99.5% rating on eBay it probably can handle that much.
Jan 18 13 03:32 pm  Link  Quote 
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Richard Klein Photo
Posts: 174
Buffalo Grove, Illinois, US


If Ken Rockwell endorses it, I'll get two!
Jan 19 13 12:36 am  Link  Quote 
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Paul Ferris
Posts: 3,500
New York, New York, US


Everybody knows that Canon tripods are better than Nikon tripods.
Jan 19 13 12:46 am  Link  Quote 
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