CowboyStudio BK-586 Trans-Functional Travel Angle Carbon Fiber Tripod with Monopod for DSLR Camera Nikon Canon Sony Olympus

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  1. T. Nolle "NetTraveler" says:
    8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Great Travel Camera Support Option, December 2, 2012
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    T. Nolle “NetTraveler” (New Jersey) –
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    I got this tripod/monopod because I needed something I could use on adventure trips, both as a walkaround monopod for hiking and to set up where possible to get a stable platform for video or long-exposure shots. I have a Gitzo carbon fiber tripod and an Opteka monopod and both are great but the Gitzo is simply too big to carry around all the time and obviously the monopod won’t hold the camera unless I hold the monopod.

    The BK-586 looks sturdy and well-made and the head moves smoothly and locks into position even with a 500mm lens, though you always have to be careful to balance the camera on the mount correctly to keep the stress on the lock down. The legs are thinner and a bit more inclined to vibration than the big Gitzo, but it’s fine for normal usage. If you want a lot of stability try not to extend the center column much; that makes any tripod more unsteady.

    Conversion to monopod mode is easy; you unscrew the marked leg and screw it onto the monopod head, which has a screw mount to which you can attach a QR plate or you can screw it directly into the lens tripod collar. Since my lenses are QR-equipped I picked the former option and use a light QR adapter to keep the monopod weight down. You usually don’t need a real head on a monopod. The monopod is ligher in weight and construction than the tripod itself but plenty strong to handle the big lens. Weight on the tripod with the head attached is about 3 pounds, which is light enough to strap on a backpack without any worries.

    Overall, nice product!

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  2. 5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    It’s cheap, and it feels cheap., May 19, 2013
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    T. Moss
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    First impression (owned less than a day):

    – It’s big. In its most compact state (legs folded back) it’s still 18″. Without the legs folded back it’s 24″. I would not consider this a travel tripod.
    – The fit and finish is poor. Threaded parts do not turn smoothly; they wiggle and feel rough.
    – The legs don’t extend smoothly, and there is some rotational play in the legs at the locks.
    – Leg locks slip unless you really tighten them. Higher quality tripods have leg locks that turn smoothly and stop turning abruptly when locked. Not here; the locks turn roughly, then feel tighter, but aren’t locked until turn even tighter.
    – Fully extended it is a little wobbly.
    – Ball head locks must be turned very tight to prevent slipping with a mid sized SLR and lens (7D = 820g, 17-55 2.8 = 645g)
    – Edges are rough and give an unfinished appearance.
    – The pointed feet retract too easily. Probably allowing accidental retracting.
    – Other reviewers compare this to Gitzo. That is a misleading comparison.
    – Weight: 3 lbs 12 oz (1713g) with ball head.

    I would have given this 1 star, but it is really cheap compared to other CF tripods. I guess I got what I payed for… but I wanted more.

    Update
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    The locks don’t turn smoothly because the threads are crudely cut and there are aluminium splinters stuck in the grease that lubricates them.

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  3. Dennis Moser says:
    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    It’s a tripod …, May 12, 2013
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    Got this hoping I’d be using for international travel — it’s just okay. Not as compact as I’d hoped, the quick release plate is not confidence-inspiring and the “monopod” is actually bigger than expected. I’ll keep it as a backup tripod, but I’m glad I found an even more compact, carbon fiber Manfrotto tripod for less money than this.

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