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Sunpak 8001 UT Tripod with 3-Way Pan / Tilt Head (Quick Release)

B&H # SU8001UT Mfr # 620-080
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Product Highlights
  • Supports 6.6 lb (3.0 kg)

The Sunpak 8001 UT is a great economical full-size tripod for lighter loads. Oversized, single action locks with rubber leg tips give non-skid stability. In addition, spikes emerge from those feet for extra traction on looser terrain. It is fast to set up and will comfortably hold most light 35mm equipment and DSLR cameras.

Maximum Height 59.0" (149.9 cm)
Minimum Height 21.5" (54.6 cm)
Folded Length 23.2" (58.9 cm)
Load Capacity 6.6 lb (3.00 kg)
Leg Sections 3
Leg Lock Type Flip levers
Independent Leg Spread No
Center Column Sections 1
Center Column Type Geared with tension control
Center Brace Yes
Spiked Feet Yes
Head Type 3-Way pan & tilt with quick release
Head Mount Thread Size Head is not interchangeable
Weight 3.30 lb (1.50 kg)
Sunpak 8001 UT Tripod with 3-Way Pan / Tilt Head (Quick Release)
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  • Limited Lifetime Warranty
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    Sunpak8001 UT Tripod with 3-Way Pan / Tilt Head (Quick Release)
     
    4.6

    (based on 114 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (74)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (36)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    98%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Stable (88)
    • Attaches firmly (84)
    • Large range of motion (62)
    • Strong clamp (58)
    • Lightweight (6)

    Cons

    • Unstable (6)
    • Heavy (5)
    • Small range (4)
    • Complicated controls (3)
    • Weak clamp (3)

    Best Uses

    • Home (73)
    • Landscape/scenery (67)
    • Portraits (62)
    • Night shots (57)
    • Travel (41)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (48), Casual photographer (29), Semi-pro photographer (19), Photography student (7), Pro photographer (6)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (86), Yes (6)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Smooth, Light, and Compact

    I use the 8001UT Tripod by Sunpack for shooting DSLR stills and video. It's great for traveling and getting to remote locations where you never know when a tripod could come in handy.Read complete review

    I use the 8001UT Tripod by Sunpack for shooting DSLR stills and video. It's great for traveling and getting to remote locations where you never know when a tripod could come in handy.

    It's great because it's light weight - a mere 3 pounds. Despite being light weight, it is fairly sturdy and won't slide around too much on slippery surfaces. But be careful not to bump it! It has the ability to stick right into the ground and elevate to about 60 inches. It's minimum height is just below 22 inches so it can break down small enough to fit in a suitcase, a duffle bag, or a large backpack. It's rubber grip features are sturdy attributes. What is really amazing about this consumer level tripod is that it has exceptionally smooth tilt, pan, and raising features. It's not plastic or a hard painted metal so it elevates smooth and swift.

    The only down side is the plastic tripod plate. It is helpful and a brilliant idea that the tripod comes with two plates but it would be nice if it was a better quality material. There's nothing wrong with the plate itself and the cheap tripod plate probably cuts down on the price.

    Overall this is one of the best consumer tripods available for video and still cameras today. It's light weight, smooth, cheap, and compact.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Decent Tripod

    This is a decent tripod for the money. Lightweight but a little cumbersome. I'm especially not a fan of the crank style middle column adjuster. It's just not easy enough to use though...Read complete review

    This is a decent tripod for the money. Lightweight but a little cumbersome. I'm especially not a fan of the crank style middle column adjuster. It's just not easy enough to use though it does the job.

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    4.0

    great for the price

    By Seth

    from Guilford, CT

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Good Stability

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home
      • Landscape/Scenery

      Comments about Sunpak 8001 UT Tripod with 3-Way Pan / Tilt Head (Quick Release):

      Controls a a bit stiff, and imprecise. not really a 3 way head, or fluid head. Easy to set up and collapse. I use this indoors and it does what I need it to do. Considering the price, I am completely satisfied.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Excellent for the price

      By Jcbp design

      from NYC

      Comments about Sunpak 8001 UT Tripod with 3-Way Pan / Tilt Head (Quick Release):

      Excellent for the price and so helpful so far and with that price you an not go wrong. Definitely recomended.

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      5.0

      very nice tripod

      By Dave

      from Hershey, PA

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attaches Firmly
      • Good Stability
      • Large Range of Motion
      • Strong Clamp

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Night Shots
        • Portraits
        • Sports/Action
        • Travel
        • Video
        • Weddings/Events
        • Wildlife

        Comments about Sunpak 8001 UT Tripod with 3-Way Pan / Tilt Head (Quick Release):

        For the price I was suprised how nice and sturdy this tripod is. It's much nicer than my more expensive model I have.

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        • No

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        4.0

        Value!

        By ParrishR

        from Avondale Estates, GA

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Attaches Firmly
        • Good Stability
        • Strong Clamp

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Night Shots

          Comments about Sunpak 8001 UT Tripod with 3-Way Pan / Tilt Head (Quick Release):

          OK, wow. For the price you get a very nice tripod. not heavy, easy adjustments. Just a great value for what you get!

          Prefect for the new photographer.

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          • No

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          4.0

          Decent economical tripod

          By GeoBlue Images

          from Guam, USA

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Attaches Firmly
          • Good Stability
          • Strong Clamp

          Cons

          • Complicated Controls
          • Heavy
          • Small Range

          Best Uses

            Comments about Sunpak 8001 UT Tripod with 3-Way Pan / Tilt Head (Quick Release):

            I purchased this product as a gift for a family member and had a brief time testing it prior to giving it to them. It is a very basic, no frills, and competitively priced tripod.

            Pros: Sturdy enough design and materials of the legs. Clamps seem very solid when locking into place as well as the control locks. The plates lock firmly into place with very little movement. Adjustable spike/rubber feet are always a plus.

            Cons: Controls were as expected, a bit complicated for others to use but once you understand how they work then speed will pick up. The range of movement is limited and requires some adjustment like raising the head to make use of the entire range of articulation. It has some weight to it which can be an issue for some.

            Overall, I would recommend this tripod and wouldn't mind owning one for myself to just have around the house for video projects or light work requiring a tripod.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes

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            5.0

            Works great!

            By Mark Tomlinson

            from Los Angeles, CA

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Sunpak 8001 UT Tripod with 3-Way Pan / Tilt Head (Quick Release):

                  We use this mostly for shooting videos and so far it works great. A ton of different levers to tighten this and that make it a breeze to use

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                  • No

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                  4.0

                  Decent Tripod

                  By Optimus Prime User

                  from Los Angeles, CA

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  See all my reviews

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Attaches Firmly

                  Cons

                  • Unstable

                  Best Uses

                  • Home
                  • Video

                  Comments about Sunpak 8001 UT Tripod with 3-Way Pan / Tilt Head (Quick Release):

                  THis is a OK tripod. I use it for my camcorder but would not recommend using it on any of my photography gear. For the purpose of having it in a single location in doors with a very light attachment I would say yes this is great. As far as attaching a couple thousand dollar body and lens on it. I dont think I would do that.

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                  5.0

                  Satisfied and happy with my purchase

                  By Ambika

                  from Hershey, Ne

                  About Me Photography Student

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Attaches Firmly
                  • Good Stability
                  • Large Range of Motion

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Home
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Portraits
                    • Weddings/Events
                    • Wildlife

                    Comments about Sunpak 8001 UT Tripod with 3-Way Pan / Tilt Head (Quick Release):

                    I use this product for my schooling and shooting. It is a lot quicker to set up than my other tripod.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Good product.

                    By Old timer.

                    from Kansas

                    About Me Casual Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Attaches Firmly
                    • Good Stability
                    • Large Range of Motion
                    • Strong Clamp

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Home
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Night Shots
                      • Travel
                      • Wildlife

                      Comments about Sunpak 8001 UT Tripod with 3-Way Pan / Tilt Head (Quick Release):

                      Can't be beat for the price

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                      • No

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                      4.0

                      TripodTASTIC!

                      By Ced1969

                      from Seattle, WA

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Attaches Firmly
                      • Easy to adjust
                      • Good Stability
                      • Large Range of Motion
                      • Strong Clamp

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Night Shots
                        • Portraits
                        • Sports/Action
                        • Video

                        Comments about Sunpak 8001 UT Tripod with 3-Way Pan / Tilt Head (Quick Release):

                        I'm very pleased with the 8001 UT Tripod that I ordered. I was concerned that I wouldn't be getting a quality item because of the low price, but I was absolutely wrong.

                        First the negative: It weighs more than a feather. That's the only negative thing I can think of, and I never had the expectations that it would be the lightest tripod. It's still very manageable and comes with a nice cover with carrying strap. I didn't even notice it over my shoulder.

                        Everything feels solid, well constructed, and glides smoothly to expand or collapse. It's very stable. I would highly recommend this tripod to another non-professional photographer.

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                        5.0

                        Great bargain

                        By LJC

                        from Stony Brook, NY

                        About Me Casual Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Attaches Firmly
                        • Good Stability

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Sunpak 8001 UT Tripod with 3-Way Pan / Tilt Head (Quick Release):

                            Light weight for carrying, stable, wide range of adjustments - great tripod for the price!!!

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                            • No

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                            2.0

                            Eh, it's an ok tripod at best

                            By twantrd

                            from USA

                            About Me Casual Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Compact When Collapsed
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                            • Flimsy
                            • Unstable

                            Best Uses

                            • Home
                            • Smalllightweight Cameras
                            • Tabletops

                            Comments about Sunpak 8001 UT Tripod with 3-Way Pan / Tilt Head (Quick Release):

                            I guess for tripods in this price range, it's good? After reading the various reviews about this, I honestly thought this tripod would be sturdier. I would've given it one star but I gave it 2 for the price. To me, it's pretty flimsy. It's very light and compact but if you fully extend it, it definitely doesn't feel sturdy. Even extending it halfway it doesn't feel sturdy at all. Probably fine if used as a table top. I would only use this tripod for only small cameras. I guess I got what I paid for.

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                            4.0

                            Great Product with a Great Price

                            By G.W.S.Hunter

                            from Guam

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Attaches Firmly
                            • Good Stability
                            • Strong Clamp

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Home
                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Portraits
                              • Weddings/Events
                              • Wildlife

                              Comments about Sunpak 8001 UT Tripod with 3-Way Pan / Tilt Head (Quick Release):

                              Great product. Flexable for all terrians

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                              • No

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                              5.0

                              Good quality and nice price

                              By Alexei

                              from Israel

                              About Me Photography Student

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Good Stability
                              • Large Range of Motion

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Home
                                • Night Shots
                                • Portraits

                                Comments about Sunpak 8001 UT Tripod with 3-Way Pan / Tilt Head (Quick Release):

                                Very good value for money

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                                • No

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                                5.0

                                this is an amazing tripod!

                                By Nate Dog

                                from Morristown TN

                                About Me Photography Student

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Attaches Firmly
                                • Good Stability
                                • Large Range of Motion
                                • Strong Clamp

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Home
                                  • Portraits
                                  • Sports/Action
                                  • Travel
                                  • Video
                                  • Weddings/Events
                                  • Wildlife

                                  Comments about Sunpak 8001 UT Tripod with 3-Way Pan / Tilt Head (Quick Release):

                                  I use this tripod for my pictures and videos. Good quality and has great stability. what's wrong with it? there is nothing to dislike about this product.

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                                  • No

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                                  5.0

                                  Great Quality Product

                                  By Naqi

                                  from fort Lauderdale

                                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Attaches Firmly
                                  • Good Stability
                                  • Large Range of Motion
                                  • Strong Clamp

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Home
                                    • Landscape/Scenery
                                    • Night Shots
                                    • Portraits
                                    • Travel

                                    Comments about Sunpak 8001 UT Tripod with 3-Way Pan / Tilt Head (Quick Release):

                                    Great quality product.

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                                    • No

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                                    5.0

                                    Good good

                                    By Rowellja

                                    from Springfield ma

                                    Verified Buyer

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                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                          Comments about Sunpak 8001 UT Tripod with 3-Way Pan / Tilt Head (Quick Release):

                                          Works grate with my c920

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                                          • No

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                                          5.0

                                          Happy with my first tripod

                                          By Bob

                                          from Holladay, UT

                                          About Me Casual Photographer

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Attaches Firmly
                                          • Good Stability
                                          • Large Range of Motion
                                          • Strong Clamp

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Close Up's
                                            • Home
                                            • Landscape/Scenery
                                            • Night Shots
                                            • Portraits
                                            • Sports/Action
                                            • Steadying Long Lenses
                                            • Travel
                                            • Video
                                            • Weddings/Events
                                            • Wildlife

                                            Comments about Sunpak 8001 UT Tripod with 3-Way Pan / Tilt Head (Quick Release):

                                            Easy to use.

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                                            • No

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                                            5.0

                                            Simple & adequate for a first tripod

                                            By Improv4

                                            from Erie, pa

                                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

                                            • Attaches Firmly
                                            • Good Stability

                                            Cons

                                              Best Uses

                                              • Home
                                              • Landscape/Scenery
                                              • Night Shots
                                              • Portraits
                                              • Travel
                                              • Video

                                              Comments about Sunpak 8001 UT Tripod with 3-Way Pan / Tilt Head (Quick Release):

                                              I've gotten to use this on 1 outing so far & it worked as expected. All parts seem strong & hold well. I feel that time will be the true test for the quality & durability of this tripod; but, for a 1st time user, it more than fits my needs. Unfortunately, my experience is too limited to make any further assessment. All in all I feel that this a great tripod to use as I am learning. Hopefully, with proper care, it will last a while. The only downside I foresee is that the quality of materials are probably inferior to more expensive models; but, as I said, it is a great piece of starter gear that is worth the minimal investment.

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                                              4.0

                                              great value

                                              By Phlash

                                              from Central Florida

                                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                              Verified Buyer

                                              Pros

                                              • Attaches Firmly
                                              • Good Stability
                                              • Large Range of Motion

                                              Cons

                                                Best Uses

                                                • Landscape/Scenery
                                                • Night Shots
                                                • Portraits
                                                • Travel

                                                Comments about Sunpak 8001 UT Tripod with 3-Way Pan / Tilt Head (Quick Release):

                                                I purchased this tripod to work with my Canon T3i.
                                                I use it for night, macro and hdr shots. It is staable enough to make adjustments to the camera and keep the identical shot. For the price and weight of the product I see it as a great value and would purchase it again in a heartbeat.

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