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Item#: 9SIA04D09G0300

Opteka OPT540 54" Compact Professional Photo / Video Tripod With Carry Case

  • Max Load 5.75
  • Max Height 54
  • Min Height 21
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Opteka applied their legendary craftsmanship and state-of-the-art engineering to create their most compact and cost-effective professional tripod to date. The Opteka OPT540 is an ultra compact 54"" tripod that folds down to 21"" and features a 3-way panhead, quick release plate, vertical platform, spirit level and much more! The OPT540 is compatible with most digital, film or video cameras with a standard 1/4"" thread.

Follow the action and keep your horizons true, shot after shot. When you move your camera for a different view, you can reset it level in seconds. No more fussing with blurry pictures or tired arms!

  • 3-Way Panhead
  • Quick Release Plate
  • 90 Degree Vertical Platform
  • Spirit Bubble Level
  • Thick 1.13 inch Legs
  • Gear Operated Center Column
  • Reinforced Center Brace with Carrying Handle
  • Lower Bracing System with Locking Feature
  • Quick release Channel Lock Legs


Model

Type
Tripod

Spec

Max Load
5.75
Max Height
54
Max Height w/Column
54
Min Height
21
Leg Sections
3
Material
Aluminum
QR Plate Supplied
Yes
Weight
1.75

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  • John P.
  • 1/28/2014 12:32:21 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsLimited usefulness only after modification

Pros: None

Cons: First: Can't get the camera level – the platform rotates slightly less than 90 degrees which means that if landscape it's rotated slightly counterclockwise and if portrait then slightly clockwise. Second: The center spreader has no locking mechanism so it's unstable. Third: When used at full height (54") with a camera that weighs only 8.6 ounces, just walking on my apartment floor causes shaking in the video. I'd say more like 50 inches max. Forth: Missing a hook to add weight. Fifth: Specs claim "Max Load 5.75"; pounds? Not so. Sixth: Forget about video panning because the mechanism is so flimsy that everything needs to be tightened to the point where you wouldn't be able to rotate anything. Seventh: The locking knob for the platform is inconveniently located in the front.

Other Thoughts: After grinding away some plastic to make the platform rotate about 100 degrees, I can now get level videos and photos (with a two-axis hot-shoe bubble level). After adding a doohickey that allows weight to be added to the center spreader, the ultimate potential is for use with a light camera like the Nikon D7800 where the tripod seldom moves.

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  • George S.
  • 12/17/2013 5:36:21 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsCheap tripod - not worth the money

Pros: None

Cons: Rubbish. Very cheaply made. When it arrived the plastic handle was broken off. Not worth the trouble. I would have preferred to spent another $20-$30 and gotten something nice with a metal handle.

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  • Stephen D.
  • 11/30/2013 3:37:40 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSturdy aluminum tripod

Pros: Light but sturdy. Sale prcie of $13 can't be beat!

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: Was contrmplating going out and buying one either @ store or second hand from craig's list. Got a email from new egg and there it was. Ordered Monday before Thanksgiving, arrived Black Friday. Was kinda shocked @ it's construction. Pretty sturdy for price.

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  • M H.
  • 4/8/2013 1:36:48 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Inexpensive purchase price.

Cons: Inexpensively built.

Other Thoughts: I knew from the price I paid what the quality of the product would be. I wasn't disappointed. Lots of plastic and thin aluminum abound. Do not expect a tremendously stable platform.

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