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Kickstarter Press Release: OrangeMonkie Launches Foldio3



Back in 2016, we reviewed the Foldio2. It was a 15" portable light studio where you can take product photos. In our review, one of our suggestions was to make it BIGGER for bigger products. Today, OrangeMonkie has just launched their newest campaign, Foldio3 on Kickstarter. It's bigger (25 inch x 25 inch) and redesigned. Now, you're able to photograph bigger items such as shoes, bags, laptops, etc.


It still has a magnetic structure for quick and easy set up. The backdrop also now attaches to the bottom and rolls up where as the previous versions attached at the top and rolled down. Not to mention, it attaches via Velcro.


The lighting has been improved from 1 LED strip to 3 LED strips. They also created the “Halo Bar” to enhance your photography experience. The Halo bar is attachable, so you can fix the Halo bar on the side or bottom magnet spots of Foldio3 according to your needs.

If you have the Foldio360 Turntable, it will work with the Foldio3.


Early bird starts at $99. Normal pledge is $109 and if you want it with the Halo bars, its $129. Foldio3 with Foldio360 is $229 and Foldio3 with Halo bar and Foldio360 is $245. The campaign will end July 13, 2017.


Eight Cubic Foot Foldio3 is a Massively Portable Pop-up Product Shot Studio

(May 30, 2017 – San Diego) Orangemonkie, the team behind the Foldio series of portable, foldable photo studios that have raised more than $1.3 million on Kickstarter, launched their campaign for the Foldio3 today.

Like its predecessors, the Foldio3 unfolds and assembles in seconds thanks to its lightweight, magnetic design. It allows anyone to take high quality product photos, even with a smartphone.

Made especially with online sellers in mind, the Foldio3 is 2.5 times larger than the Foldio2, giving it nearly 8 cubic feet of interior volume. It accommodates objects up to two feet high, two feet wide and 22 inches deep. Despite all this space, the Foldio 3 is still a highly portable, folding down to just 2⅔ inches thick.

“As we get to know the ecommerce community more and more, we better understand what sellers need,” said Orangemonkie’s CEO, SG Mun. “The Foldio2 is perfect for taking pictures of small objects like watches, jewelry, glasses and figurines, but it can be tight for larger items like bags and shoes. The Foldio3 is the perfect portable photo studio, for objects big or small.”

The Orangemonkie team also improved the lighting for the Foldio3. It uses three strips of built-in LED lights that are higher efficiency and brighter than on earlier models. They have also created Halo Bars that can be placed anywhere in the Foldio3 to eliminate shadows. They can even be attached on the sides of the studio using magnets.

The Foldio3 is fully compatible with the Foldio360, an affordable turntable that pairs with a smartphone to make 360º product images in about 40 seconds. The Foldio360 will return to Kickstarter at a special price, as part of the Foldio3 campaign.

Early bird prices for the Foldio3 start at $99, a significant discount off of the recommended retail price. Visit Kickstarter to learn more. The campaign runs until the 13th of July, 09:00 EDT.

Deal: Manfrotto Compact Light Tripod



Amazon offers the Manfrotto Compact Light Tripod in Black or Red for $51.88 with free shipping. It features a built-in ball head and maximum height of 51.57".

B&H Photo Video also has this tripod but charges a buck more.

Deal: WEme Aluminum USB 3.0 3-in-1 Card Reader



WEme via Amazon offers its WEme Aluminum USB 3.0 3-in-1 Card Reader with Type-C Adapter Converter in Silver for $14.99. Coupon code "SBVE339T" cuts that to $6.45. Plus, Prime members bag free shipping. It's compatible with SDXC, microSDXC, and CompactFlash cards.

Press Release: Think Tank Photo Releases New Camera Bags - StreetWalker v2.0 and TurnStyle v2.0



Our friends at Think Tank Photo have just released a new rolling backpack as part of its classic StreetWalker series, as well as upgraded all three of the backpacks in that series. Now with the StreetWalker V2.0 series, you get new features such as increased depth for modern DSLR systems, and dedicated pockets for both tablets and smartphones. The new rolling backpack’s harness system allows you to roll the bag or carry it on your back in comfort.


In addition, they’ve upgraded their popular TurnStyle sling bags to TurnStyle 2.0. Ideal grab-and-go bag for a casual day of shooting with a DSLR or Mirrorless system and lenses, wear a body-conforming TurnStyle bag as either a sling bag or beltpack to move and shoot freely. The new Turnstyles feature a tuck-away stabilizer strap and are available in two new colors: Charcoal and Blue Indigo. Don’t forget that because of my relationship with Think Tank when you click on these links you will receive free gear and free shipping!

Continue reading for full press release.

Think Tank Photo Releases New StreetWalker® Rolling Photo Backpack and Upgrades Classic StreetWalker® Series Backpacks

Santa Rosa, Calif. – Legendary durability and award winning comfort have made Think Tank Photo’s StreetWalker® series one of the most sought-after products in the photographic world. Now Think Tank announces the new StreetWalker Rolling Backpack V2.0, featuring the ability to switch from a backpack to a roller. Also released are upgraded versions of all three classic StreetWalker backpacks. Photographers get the same comfort and quality as the original series but with new features such as increased depth for modern DSLR systems, and dedicated pockets for both tablets and smartphones.

The new StreetWalker Rolling Backpack V2.0 is so spacious, it will fit two DSLR bodies with lenses attached (including a 200-400mm f/4), and a 15” laptop. The StreetWalker HardDrive V2.0 backpack fits two bodies with lenses attached or a gripped body with a 200–400mm f/4 attached, a 15” laptop and a 13” tablet. The StreetWalker Pro V2.0 backpack fits two bodies with lens attached or a 400mm f/2.8 unattached, and a 10” table. And, the StreetWalker V2.0 backpack fits one gripped DSLR with 70–200mm f/2.8 attached, one standard DSLR with 24–70mm f/2.8 attached, a 16–35mm f/2.8, and a 10” tablet.

“With the release of the new StreetWalker Rolling Backpack and the new versions of the three classic StreetWalker backpacks, we made three of the best pro-level backpacks in the photo industry even better,” said Doug Murdoch, Think Tank Photo’s CEO and lead designer. “The one thing we’ve heard over and over since they first launched is how comfortable and durable they are. Now, with the hybrid rolling backpack and the upgraded core backpacks, we’ve integrated even more photographer feedback to expand their functionality.”

KEY FEATURES

StreetWalker Rolling Backpack V2.0
  • Comfortable harness system allows you to roll the bag or carry it on your back
  • Dedicated laptop compartment that holds up to a 15” laptop
  • Fits two bodies with lenses attached including a 200–400mm f/4
  • Specially designed interior to maximize gear for carry-on, meets most U.S. and International airline carry-on requirements
  • Reinforced telescoping handle with rubberized touch points
  • Tripod mount on front panel
  • Dedicated smartphone pocket fits today’s large phones with a 5.5” (14cm) screen size
  • Lockable YKK® RC Fuse zipper sliders (lock not included)
  • Two side water bottle pockets and two side zippered pockets
  • YKK® RC Fuse zippers, ballistic nylon, high-density velex and closed cell PU foam are the highest quality materials in the industry
  • Custom-designed, high-performance, 80mm wheels with sealed ABEC grade 5 bearings for quiet rolling
  • Seam-sealed rain cover included
  • User-replaceable retractable handle, wheels, wheel housings, feet and kick plate extends product life
  • Adjustable dividers allow a customized fit for your DSLR or Mirrorless gear
  • Hypalon reinforced rear panel for increased durability
  • Shoulder harness pockets, D-rings, daisy chain and adjustable sternum strap
StreetWalker Backpacks V2.0
  • Tripod mount on front panel (tripod cup for larger tripods included on Pro and HardDrive versions)
  • Padded shoulder straps comfortable for all day trekking
  • YKK RC Fuse zippers, ballistic nylon, high density velex and closed-cell PU foam are the highest quality materials in the industry
  • Seam-sealed rain cover included
  • Adjustable dividers allow you to customize the fit of your DSLR or Mirrorless gear
  • Two side water bottle pockets and two side zippered pockets
  • Dedicated smartphone pocket fits today’s large phones with a 5.5” (14cm) screen size
  • Removable webbing waist belt detaches easily
  • Lockable YKK® RC Fuse zipper sliders (lock not included)
  • Interior clear zippered pockets for accessories
  • Organizer pocket
  • Shoulder harness pockets, D-rings, daisy chain and adjustable sternum strap
  • Clear business card holder on top panel for identification
  • Compatible with Camera Support Straps (sold separately)
  • Compatible with our Thin Skin and Pro Speed Camera Belts (sold separately)
MATERIALS

Exterior:
  • Durable water-repellant (DWR) coating
  • Polyurethane coating
  • 1680D ballistic nylon
  • YKK® RC Fuse (abrasion-resistant) zippers
  • 420D velocity nylon
  • 550D poly-spun
  • 320G air mesh
  • Ultra-stretch pockets
  • Y-buckles
  • Antique plated metal hardware
  • Nylon webbing
  • 3-ply bonded nylon thread
Interior:
  • Closed-cell foam and PE board reinforced dividers
  • 200D polyester
  • Polyurethane backed “super-stick” velex liner and dividers
  • 2x polyurethane coated nylon 210T seam-sealed rain cover
  • Laminated clear mesh pockets
  • 3-ply bonded nylon thread
PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS

StreetWalker Rolling Backpack V2.0
  • Internal Dimensions: 11.8” W x 19.7” H x 6.3–7.1” D (30 x 50 x 16–18 cm)
  • Exterior Dimensions: 12.6” W x 21.9” H x 9” D (32 x 55.5 x 22.9 cm)
  • Laptop Compartment: 9.8” W x 14.5” H x 0.9” D (25 x 36.8 x 2.3 cm)
  • Phone Pocket: 3.9” W x 7.5” H x 0.6” D (10 x 19 x 1.5 cm)
  • Weight: 8.2 lbs. (3.7 kg)
StreetWalker V2.0
  • Internal Dimensions: 9.4” W x 16.1” H x 6.3” D (24 x 41 x 16 cm)
  • Exterior Dimensions: 9.8” W x 17.3” H x 7.1” D (25 x 44 x 18 cm)
  • Tablet: 7.7” W x 10.4” H x 0.4” D (19.5 × 26.5 × 1 cm)
  • Phone Pocket: 3.9” W x 7.5” H x 0.6” D (10 × 19 × 1.5 cm)
  • Weight: 3.3 lbs (1.5 kg)
StreetWalker Pro V2.0
  • Internal Dimensions: 9.4” W x 17.3” H x 7.5” D (24 x 44 x 19 cm)
  • Exterior Dimensions: 9.8” W x 18.5” H x 8.3” D (25 x 47 x 21 cm)
  • Tablet: 7.7” W x 10.4” H x 0.4” D (19.5 × 26.5 × 1 cm)
  • Phone Pocket: 3.9” W x 7.5” H x 0.6” D (10 × 19 × 1.5 cm)
  • Weight: 3.5 lbs (1.6 kg)
StreetWalker HardDrive V2.0
  • Internal Dimensions: 11” W x 19.7” H x 7.1” D (28 x 50 x 18 cm)
  • Exterior Dimensions: 11.4” W x 20.4” H x 8.7” D (29 x 52 x 22 cm)
  • Laptop Compartment: 10” W x 16.1” H x 0.9” D (25.5 x 41 x 2.2 cm)
  • Tablet: 8.9” W x 11.9” H x 0.4” D (22.5 × 30.3 × 1 cm)
  • Phone Pocket: 3.9” W x 7.5” H x 0.6” D (10 × 19 × 1.5 cm)
  • Weight: 4.5 lbs (2 kg)
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Think Tank Photo’s Upgraded TurnStyle V2.0 Camera Bags Offer Greater Stability

Santa Rosa, Calif. – Ideal for a casual day of shooting with a DSLR or Mirrorless system, ThinkTank Photo’s slim, body-conforming TurnStyle V2.0 sling bag allow photographers to move and shoot freely. The updated version of this popular series offers a new stabilizer strap that holds the bag steady while actively shooting or tucks away when not in use. Think Tank’s sling bags’ design promotes easy rotation for rapid access to gear and accessories.

The TurnStyle 5 fits a mirrorless body plus two to four lenses, and an eight-inch tablet. The TurnStyle 10 fits a standard size DSLR plus one to two lenses, and an eight-inch tablet. The TurnStyle 20 fits a standard size DSLR plus one to three lenses, and a 10” tablet. These new version releases come in the traditional Charcoal and in a new color, Indigo Blue.

“This new version of our popular TurnStyle sling bags reinforces their reputation as the ideal ‘grab and go’ camera bag,” said Doug Murdoch, Think Tank Photo’s CEO and lead designer. “One thing we’ve learned from serving professional photographers for so long is that they always need one, pre-conformed gear kit that gives them access to their core gear. The TurnStyle is that bag.”

KEY ADDITIONAL FEATURES

  • Slim, contoured, body-conforming design with a wide shoulder strap provides a very comfortable fit
  • Lightweight materials and construction
  • Breathable 320G air-mesh back panel keeps your back cool during long days
  • Easily accessible front organizer pocket for batteries, memory cards or other small accessories
  • Rear internal pocket holds documents
  • Fully customizable interior dividers
  • Seam-sealed rain cover included in dedicated pocket

MATERIALS

Exterior: All fabric exterior is treated with a durable water resistant coating while fabric undersideis coated with polyurethane for superior water resistance, YKK® RC Fuse zippers, 420D velocity nylon, 550D polyspun, 320g air mesh, nylon webbing, 3-ply bonded nylon thread.

Interior: Removable closed-cell foam dividers, P210D, polyurethane backed velex liner, 2x polyurethane coated 210T seam-sealed taffeta rain cover, nylon binding tape,3-ply bonded nylon thread.

PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS

TurnStyle 5 V2.0
  • Interior Dimension: 6.3” W x 11” H x 3.5” D (16 x 28 x 9 cm)
  • Exterior Dimension: 7.1” W x 13.8” H x 3.9” D (18 x 35 x 10 cm)
  • Small tablet compartment: 6.3” x 8.7” x 0.4” (16 x 22 x 1 cm)
  • Maximum weight (with all accessories): 0.8 lb. (0.3 kg)
  • Shoulder strap length: 32–64.5” (includes length of product)
  • Stability strap length: 58.3” (includes length of product)
TurnStyle 10 V2.0
  • Interior Dimension: 7.1” W x 12.6” H x 4.8” D (18 x 32 x 12.2 cm)
  • Exterior Dimension: 8.3” W x 15.4” H x 5.2” D (21 x 39 x 13.2 cm)
  • Small tablet compartment: 6.3” x 8.7” x 0.4” (16 x 22 x 1 cm)
  • Maximum weight (with all accessories): 1.0 lb. (0.4 kg)
  • Shoulder strap length: 35–68.3” (includes length of product)
  • Stability strap length: 59.3” (includes length of product)
TurnStyle 20 V2.0
  • Interior Dimension: 8.3” W x 15” H x 4.8” D (21 x 38 x 12.2 cm)
  • Exterior Dimension: 9.3” W x 17.3” H x 5.4” D (23.5 x 44 x 13.7 cm)
  • Small tablet compartment: 8.1” x 10.2” x 0.6” (20.5 x 26 x 1.5 cm)
  • Maximum weight (with all accessories): 1.2 lb. (0.5 kg)
  • Shoulder strap length: 36.5–73” (includes length of product)
  • Stability strap length: 60” Maximum (includes length of product)

Deal: Glidecam XR-4000 Handheld Camera Stabilizer



As one of its daily deals, B&H Photo Video offers the Glidecam XR-4000 Handheld Camera Stabilizer for $139.95 with free shipping. It features a 3-axis gimbal, camera balance platform, and is suitable for camcorders from 4 to 10 lbs. Deal ends today.

Review: Hejnar Photo Table Pod with Ball Head and Clamp



Overview : Table Pod / Low Pod Mount with Ball Head and Clamp will be helpful for macro and closeups in the field and indoors when heavy photographic gear are involved. Small tabletop tripods do not offer good support for low level shooting with heavy camera and lenses.

Table Pod is equipped with Gizomos GHP-30D Ball Head and Hejnar Photo 1.5 inch Clamp. Ball head can be attached in five different location to optimize gravity point for stability. Four rubber-covered feet keep the mount stable on rocks and other uneven surfaces. This setup will support up to 17 pounds (8kg)

Specifications :
  • 6.0 inch long
  • 4.0 inch wide
  • Plate thickens 0.350 Inch
  • Outside holes are taped 10-32 and spaced 45mm or 30mm apart from each other. They can be used for direct clamp mount
  • Precision C.N.C. machined from 6061-T6 Aluminium
  • Compatible with any ball head equipped with 3/8 thread.
  • Stainless steel hardware.
  • Made in USA
  • Black hard coat anodized surface.

Quality/Usability : I've reviewed a few Hejnar Photo items and I had checked to see if they had a plate for the Canon EOS M5/M6. While browsing Hejnar Photo's site, I happen to stumble up on a table pod that they are offering. Having reviewed the Orangemonkie Foldio2 Portable Studio and Foldio360 Turntable, this table pod will be a nice addition since it has a small footprint unlike the full-sized tripod I have been using.


The Hejnar Photo Table Pod is available in three different setups:
  • Table Pod only with stainless steel 3/8-16 mounting screw allows you to mount your own ball head
  • Table Pod with Hejnar Photo 3.25-inch clamp lets you mount your camera onto it but is fixed and does not move. Your camera will be pointed straight.
  • Table Pod with Gizomos GHP-30D Ball Head and Hejnar Photo 1.5-inch clamp (as shown) is your complete setup.

The table pod (TP002) measures about 6-inches long x 4-inches wide. There are numerous screw holes to attach other items or position your tripod.

On each corner of the table pod are four rubber feet. These are fixed and can not be angled or adjusted in height


Hejnar Photo does not make ball heads so they are using a Gizomos GHP-30D ball head. This is a Chinese off-brand. It features a 360° panoramic operation, aluminum body, CNC forged and oxidization anodized. The GHP-30D originally had it's own triangular clamp that is also Arca Swiss but Hejnar Photo removed it and replaced it with their own. I'm sure if they removed it and replaced it with their clamp, I'm sure it's for good reasons.

Hejnar Photo clamps are durable and well built. The Hejnar Photo plate also fits well with the ball head.

If you have your own ball head that you want to use, you do not have to buy the setup with the ball head. You'll be saving yourself $90.


For an off-brand ball head, it's pretty decent quality. The footprint of the table pod is small but not too small. It can hold small cameras such as mirrorless to full frame DSLRs. The entire setup is also very light in weight as well.


Here are some pictures of a Canon 5D Mark IV with a EF 24-70mm f2.8L II. If the ball head is positioned on the wider end as shown in the third picture, the camera can get front heavy and the camera will start to lean forward. I personally prefer the ball head on the shortest width side and towards the back so that the front of the table pod will provide additional support as shown in the first and second pictures.


The table pod has no issues with smaller and lighter cameras. Pictured above is the Canon EOS M3 with EF-M 22mm f2.0. For this setup, the location of the ball head works well and doesn't cause it to be front heavy. Each camera and lens setup will differ.

Conclusion : Overall, the Hejnar Photo Table Pod with Ball Head and Clamp is perfect if you're looking for a small tripod that doesn't take up a lot of space. It would be better if the height of the rubber feet can be adjusted. Some may not be using it on table only but may use it on different surfaces so having adjustable feet would come in handy.

It's also nice that Hejnar Photo incorporated additional screw mounts so friction magic arms or other accessories can be attached




Manufacturer: Hejnar Photo
Site: Buy from Hejnar Photo

Deal: MeFoto BackPacker Travel Tripod



As one of its daily deals, B&H Photo Video offers the MeFoto BackPacker Travel Tripod in Titanium for $74.95 with free shipping. It expands from 17.3" to 51.2" and features a bubble level, panning lock, and tilt range of -45° to 90°. Deal ends today.

Deal: Bolt LED Macro Ring Light



As one of its daily deals, B&H Photo Video offers the Bolt LED Macro Ring Light for $39.95 with free shipping. It features 48 LEDs, four clip-on diffusers, four light modes, and an automatic power-saving function. Deal ends today.

Deal: Think Tank CityWalker 10 Messenger Bag



As one of its daily deals, B&H Photo Video offers the Think Tank CityWalker 10 Messenger Bag in Slate Blue for $49.95 with free shipping. It holds a DSLR camera and extra lens, and features a padded tablet compartment. Deal ends today.

Check out our review on the CityWalker.

Deal: Bolt VS-260C Compact On-Camera Flash



As one of its daily deals, B&H Photo Video offers the Bolt VS-260C Compact On-Camera Flash for a selection of cameras (scroll down to see the models) for $39.95 with free shipping. It features 35mm flash range, AF assist light, and 5-position tilt. It is compatible with Canon, Fujifilm, Nikon, Olympus/Panasonic, Pentax/Samsung, Sony, and Sony/Minolt. Deal ends today.

Review: K&F Concept KF-TM2534T Aluminum Camera Tripod



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Overview : Tripod legs are made of magnesium aluminum alloy that can be folded for light and easy to carry. The magnesium aluminum alloy with good stability, and it has adjustable angle suitable for different locations. Inverted central axis to achieve macro photography abd automatic stability suspension system. Tripod can also be converted into a monopod by removing one of the legs.

Features :
  • 25mm 4 section aluminum alloy legs adjust to 25, 50, and 80-degree angles to enable extreme low angle photography
  • Compact The tripod legs can be inverted and folded back 180 degrees making it small enough to carry just about anywhere.
  • Smooth fluid-like ball head rotates 360 degrees and includes a quick release plate and bubble levels.
  • Hexagon-shaped central column moves from 0 to 180 degrees
  • FOUR Leg Sections: Get the height you need and ultimate versatility. Twist Lock Legs with Anti-Rotation System: innovative rubberized locking grips combined with anti-rotation legs enable fast and fumble free set up plus weather and dust resistance.
  • This complete tripods comes with 2 Sections Center Column: Get the height you need and ultimate versatility.
  • Folded height: 14.76", Extended height: 72.24", Weight: 3.04lbs/1.38 kg
  • LIGHT WEIGHT: It's ideal for indoor and outdoor photography, you can take it anywhere making it perfect to all events, such as sports activities, camping, family gatherings and much more.

Quality/Usability : I currently own a Manfrotto 190XPROB 3-Section Aluminum Tripod. One of the best tripods I have used and use the most because it allows me to position the center column horizontally. This is great for product photography such as a top-down shot as well as very low shots. However, the tripod is a little big and on the heavy side and the leg doesn't convert to a monopod.

I was contacted by a company called K&F Concept to see if I would be interested in reviewing any of their products. I took a look and noticed that they had a tripod that was similar to the Manfrotto 190XPROB. The tripod was the KF-TM2534T and is black with red accents. I'm a sucker for black and red products.

I have never heard of this company before but one of the purposes of this site is to explore new products and brands and share it with our readers.


Inside the box, you'll find the tripod, column extension, screw, tool, felt cover bag, carry case with strap and instructions.

The instructions was barely understandable even with pictures. So I had to figure out some of the stuff on my own such as what the column extension and screw was used for or even how to use it.


The brand name and model of the tripod was printed on a sticker and was slapped onto the tripod. Typically, these are etched and printed onto the product itself.


With the K&F Concept TM2534T, the center column of the tripod is slightly longer than what I am typically use to or seen from other tripods. At the very top, you have your ballhead. Underneath looks like another ballhead but its not. This portion allows you to rotate the center column 90° which I will talk about more a little further in the review.


Here is a view of the different sections taken apart that make up the center column.


There are three tripod legs and each have a latch system. This locks legs in place at certain angles. The red latch system that is shown in the picture felt flimsy when not locked in place but once its locked, its stiff and doesn't move. In other words, it has a lot of play when its not locked but I guess this is expected.


One of the tripod legs with a padded foam cover is the tripod leg that can be detached to allow you to convert it to a monopod. Each leg has three sections that uses a twist lock. When all three legs are fully extended, the tripod can stand 72" tall.


The rubber on the twist locks on the legs hold the legs fairly well but the rubber grips can twist. Majority of tripods have a spiked foot or allows you to change into one but with the K&F Concept TM2534T, none was included and it does not convert to you. So if you plan on using this outdoors, just know that there is nothing on the feet to secure it to the ground.>


The ballhead has a bubble leveler and uses a Arca-Swiss type system. So any standard Arca-Swiss plate will work with this. It uses a knob system to lock the plate in place which is good but I personally prefer a clamp system. There are two knobs on the side of the ballhead. The bigger know locks the ballhead in place and prevents your camera from tilting. The locking system is fairly strong and was able to hold my Canon 5D Mark IV with EF 24-70mm f2.8L II.

The smaller knob is for panning. When tightened, it prevents the ballhead from rotating. Typical stuff for a ballhead.


The quick release plate is included and is fairly basic. The plate is light and doesn't feels cheap compared to other quick release plates from other brands. As stated above, luckily the ballhead lets you use standard Arca-Swiss plates with it. There are four rubber pads on the plate to prevent it from rotating. There is a screw with a D-ring to help you secure it to the bottom of your camera. There are also two stoppers built into the plate to prevent your camera from sliding off the ball head.


The second portion of the TM2534T is the part I am most interested and intrigued about. When I first saw this, I was interested to know how this worked and I thought it was the ballhead since it looks like one and it has two knobs. In reality, this is what converts the vertical center column into a 90° horizontal column. The knobs are similar to that of the ball head. The smaller knob towards the bottom controls the panning and the bigger knob locks the column in place when in a horizontal mode.

This is great for product photography if you need top-down shots. Unlike the Manfrotto 190XPROB, you won't be able to get low to the ground with this since you'll still have the center column in the way. However depending the weight of your gear and how you have the legs positioned and how far the column is sticking out, it may get front heavy and cause the tripod to fall over. With the Manfrotto, I didn't have to worry about this as much.


Here is a close-up view of the second portion that converts the center column into 90° horizontal mode. The base has a 3/8 screw to attach to the ballhead. Unfortunately, it can not be removed from the center column pole as it is attached. Once the bigger knob is loosened, you can slide it up and once it reaches the end, you can turn it 90°.

Once it's horizontal, you can slide it forward or back and lock it in place by tightening the screw.

 

There is a big red knob on the center column. When loosened, it allows you to slide the center column up and down freely. When tightened, it locks the center column at your preferred height. You can also unscrew the bottom of the center column, slide it out and rotate it. This will allow you to turn your camera upside down and get low to the ground if needed.

 

As mentioned before, one of the tripod legs can be removed and turned into a monopod. It simply requires you to unscrew the one leg from the tripod and removing the center column. Once both are detached, you simply screw the center column and monopod leg together to form a monopod.


The tripod comes with a nice thick and sturdy carry case. A shoulder strap is also included and attaches to the bottom of the bag. I would of maybe preferred the attachment points to be at the ends of the bag. There are no pockets to hold small accessories such as the included tools, so everything will have to sit inside the main compartment with the tripod.

Conclusion : Overall, the K&F Concept KF-TM2534T Aluminum Camera Tripod is a nice tripod. There are certain areas such as the rubber twist locks on the legs and tripod leg locks can be improved slightly. I love the 90° center column but depending on leg and center column placement, it can get a little front heavy.




Manufacturer: K&F Concept
Site: Buy from Amazon
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