My old Tripod did the job, but I didn’t realise how bad it was until I got the Neewer VT-1520 Video Tripod with Fluid Head.
As you know and as you can see as there is a video review above, I film reviews and other videos and having the right kit makes life a lot easier and gets you better results.
I have just upgraded my green screen with the Neewer Green screen and I use the Neewer LED light panels and the reason I choose this brand is that the products are very good and reliable, and yet they won’t cost silly amounts of money!
As I said I had been using a tripod that wasn’t as good, it cost in the region of £30 and so about half the price of the Neewer VT-1520 Video Tripod with Fluid Head.
And yet the difference is vast!
Let’s get some of the specs out the way and then talk about the tripod;
- Tripod Dimensions (collapsed): 26.0″ × 4.5″ × 3.7″ / 660 × 115 × 95mm
- Fluid Head Dimensions: 4.3″ × 5.1″ × 3.5″ / 110 × 130 × 90mm
- Quick Release Plate Size: 3.5″ × 2.0″ / 90 × 50mm
- Fluid Head Base Diameter: 2.6″ / 65mm
- Minimum Height: 24″ / 61cm
- Maximum Height: 66″/ 168cm
- Tilt Angle: -70°–90°
- Rotation Range: 360°
- Quick Release Plate Screw: 1/4″
- Fluid Head Base Screw: 3/8”
- Weight: 4.1lb / 1.9kg
- Maximum Load Capacity: 22lb / 10kg
- Material: Aluminum alloy / Plastic
It has a nice weight to it without being heavy and the construction feels sturdy.
The legs have two extendable sections and the thinnest of the legs are still very sturdy, that coupled with the Anti-Slip feet make it a very solid and sturdy platform for photography, filming a telescope etc.
The Spreader bar can be locked at any level allowing you to lock the legs in place in smaller spaces.
But the beauty of this tripod is the fluid head!
The fluid head dampens the movement and this can be adjusted from light to quite firm, the hydraulic damping rebound is a feature, it effectively buffers the force when the camera is tilted and the spring-loaded counterbalance returns the head upright when unlocked, but that would obviously depend on the kit and balance of the kit you had mounted.
It just means that even when you unlock the thumbscrews to release these points of movement, they are not going to freely spin or tilt, it has some resistance, and it makes smaller adjustments more accurate and easier.
I have found though that with my Nikon D3200 DSLR mounted on it, no matter where on the quick release plate I lock it in, that the lock knob, because it is almost cam shaped, that it can’t freely turn 360°. I just turn it to where the plate can freely move, and then a small turn locks it in place.
It is the sturdiness of this tripod combined with that fluid head that I love, as a wheelchair user and having a small room to film in, I do occasionally knock the tripod with my chair and with my old tripod that meant setting up again as it moved and then the focus was out.
I have bumped the Neewer VT-1520 Video Tripod, and it takes it and for me that solid platform for filming will mean life will be a whole lot easier!
The Neewer VT-1520 Video Tripod with Fluid Head costs £67.49 from Amazon with Free one day delivery on prime!