Dolica Premium Traveler Costco Black Friday
Hey everyone. I would like your opinion on this tripod. Item # 737220 Dolica premium traveler 60" carbon fiber monopod/tripod with ball head bundle @ Costco. It is listed for $259 but will be discounted to $199 on Black Friday. I have a cheap $40 Sunpak but I want better quality and lighter. I have a canon 60D with 15-85 lens and a Canon G10 Camcorder. I am not a serious amateur photog but I am taking photog classes to learn how to get the most out of my equipment. Most of my shooting consists of vacations, family parties, outside sports, baby photos, etc. No landscape work or studio work. Ive decided I want a lighter tripod with smoother ball head then my current Sunpak. So...if my budget is less than $250...would this Dolica be a good choice? It doesn't have to be the "best" choice as I know everyone has differing opinions of which model is best. What other model should I consider? I like Costco's return policy so that's partly why this model intrigues me. It seems well built and I like the monopod option. this model is 60" max and I've read one shouldn't get a tripod that is shorter than your height. I'm 5'8 so should I not settle for a 60" tripod? I think this Dolica fits the bill based on my needs but just want others opinions to be sure. Please help!
I think you should go for it! you can't lose with Costco's return policy, and I have found their buyers do a super job on value vs price point.
i just bought a top of the line tripod because I could, and I believe folks who say that as your photographic skills increase, you will end up buying a higher end one and will have wasted your money on tripod upgrades.
But that assumes you are taking photos a lot, or for a few years. If you can justify $100 a year for a tripod that you might only use a couple years, before you want something lighter, sturdier, it's a deal.
Make sure the bullhead is rated for the weight of your camera. if the ball head isn't sturdy enough, you will negate the stability of using a tripod.
I know that Costso likes to put screwy numbers on their products to try and hide what they really are; but, if I'm not mistaken, Amazon, Buydig and others are selling this same tripod fpr considerably less ($164).
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I know that Costso likes to put screwy numbers on their products to try and hide what they really are; but, if I'm not mistaken, Amazon, Buydig and others are selling this same tripod fpr considerably less ($164).-- hide signature --
Thanks, Manudev. I see that, now. $199 is a great deal! Even ebay has it listed for more ($259) than that (although it allows for a "best offer" bid).
I am not a serious amateur photog but I am taking photog classes to learn how to get the most out of my equipment. Most of my shooting consists of vacations, family parties, outside sports, baby photos, etc.
Sorry I don't have any experience with the tripod you're asking about so I can't give you an opinion. If you are taking a photo class to get the most out of your equipment I believe you ARE a serious amateur.
Sounds a lot like the one discussed right here in this thread: http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/52106569
Bottom line is that I bought that tripod, and - with my limited use - I love it. It's easy to deploy, stable and well-made. Some will say that the center column, when fully extended, compromises stability, but with my NEX-6 and an 18-200mm lens, I haven't seen it. Bottom line is that I'm happy with my purchase, and would buy it again... but the good news is that, with Costco's incredible customer-satisfaction guarantee, I don't have to!
Buy it, use it, enjoy it.
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