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Vista by Davis & Sanford Explorer V Tripod with 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head (Quick Release) - Supports 4 lb (1.8 kg)

You Pay: $19.95

The Vista Explorer V Tripod is a handy camera support that weighs in at under 3 lbs, it is rated to support up to 4 lbs. Ideal for general use with mid-range digital or film SLR cameras, point and shoots, or compact camcorders.

The attached head features a 3-way pan/tilt "fluid-effect" design, with a built-in quick release mechanism.

26mm-diameter aluminum 3-section legs
Built-in carrying handle
Bubble level on base and head
12" geared centerpost

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General
Load Capacity 4 lb (1.8 kg)
Maximum Height 59" (149.9 cm)
Maximum Height w/o Column Extended 47" (119.4 cm)
Minimum Height 22" (55.9 cm)
Folded Length 24" (61.0 cm)
Leveling Bubble/Illuminated Yes/no
Weight 3 lb (1.360 kg)
Head
Head Type 3-Way pan & tilt head
Quick Release Yes
Legs
Material Aluminum
Head Attachment Fitting Head is not interchangeable
Leg Stages/Sections 2/3
Leg Lock Type Flip levers
Independent Leg Spread No
Spiked/Retractable Feet No
Center Brace Yes
Center Column Type Geared
Center Column Sections 1
Vista by Davis & Sanford Explorer V Tripod with 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head (Quick Release) - Supports 4 lb (1.8 kg)
  • Quick Release Plate
  • Soft Case
  • 10-Year Warranty
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    Vista by Davis & SanfordExplorer V Tripod with 3-Way Head
     
    4.4

    (based on 28 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (13)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (13)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Stable (21)
    • Large range of motion (16)
    • Attaches firmly (15)
    • Strong clamp (7)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home (18)
      • Portraits (15)
      • Night shots (14)
      • Landscape/scenery (13)
      • Travel (13)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Photo enthusiast (14), Casual photographer (7)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (24)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Great for the Price

      Tripods are always a tricky buy. I'm not sure about most of you but I tend to wear mine out very very quickly. With most tripods the strength-to-weigh ration is just not up to...Read complete review

      Tripods are always a tricky buy. I'm not sure about most of you but I tend to wear mine out very very quickly. With most tripods the strength-to-weigh ration is just not up to par and after a few years or hiking/photo adventures, they tend to come apart. This tripod, however, has not disappointed. It is nice and light but at the same time is quite durable. My only concern is the smaller, more fragile plastic parts. This tripod offers many options and has all the bells and whistles but I fear that due to it's complication there is a larger possibility for something to go wrong. However, nothing has gone wrong yet, much to my surprise, and I am very very pleased with this product. The 3 way head and quick release is a must and this tripod is a very good buy for the price.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Good Tripod for light use

      I got the tripod and found that everything works good. I like the way it tightens in the middle so that it can have a narrow stance. It seems to have all the features...Read complete review

      I got the tripod and found that everything works good. I like the way it tightens in the middle so that it can have a narrow stance. It seems to have all the features of a good tripod. The construction appears fine, but it is light weight, so it does not feel real durable. However I think under light use and care it will last just fine. It maybe too light to securely hold a heavy camera. I found it to be a good value.

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      4.0

      Excellent product

      By Chunny

      from Seattle, WA

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Good Stability

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Night Shots

        Comments about Vista by Davis & Sanford Explorer V Tripod with 3-Way Head:

        Very good stand that was used in astrophotography. Lightweight and perfectly suited for my DSLR camera needs.

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        • No

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        4.0

        I Like it

        By Kris

        from Lafayette LA

        Verified Buyer

        Comments about Vista by Davis & Sanford Explorer V Tripod with 3-Way Head:

        Its a very good product especially for price

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        5.0

        Good for the price

        By CrazyMonk

        from Ormond Beach, FL

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Good Stability

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Portraits
          • Travel
          • Video

          Comments about Vista by Davis & Sanford Explorer V Tripod with 3-Way Head:

          Considering the price you can't beat this tripod. It suits me for landscaping pics. Comes with a carrying case too. Great value.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Great tripod for a very decent price!

          By Pich75

          from Dallas, TX

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Good Stability

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home

            Comments about Vista by Davis & Sanford Explorer V Tripod with 3-Way Head:

            Can't go wrong for the price, mostly used indoors. Does the job!

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            • No

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            5.0

            Great For The Money

            By Willy

            from Northern NJ

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Home
              • Landscape/Scenery

              Comments about Vista by Davis & Sanford Explorer V Tripod with 3-Way Head:

              Very versatile tripod. Lots of adjustable settings.

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              • No

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              5.0

              Tripod

              By EFS

              from San DIego, CA

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about Vista by Davis & Sanford Explorer V Tripod with 3-Way Head:

                this product was cheap to purchase but functions and looks like a tripod that would easily have cost me ten times what I paid. Great piece of gear!!!

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                • No

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                3.0

                You get what you pay for

                By Arturo

                from Mérida, Yucatán

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Low price

                Cons

                • Poorly built

                Best Uses

                • Home

                Comments about Vista by Davis & Sanford Explorer V Tripod with 3-Way Head:

                It gets the job done. Period.

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                • No

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                4.0

                Nice Tripod for the money

                By BGF AV

                from Lancaster, PA

                About Me Photography Student

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Attaches Firmly
                • Good Stability

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Video
                  • Weddings/Events

                  Comments about Vista by Davis & Sanford Explorer V Tripod with 3-Way Head:

                  Works great with a light weight camera.

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                  • No

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                  4.0

                  What I can say so far

                  By Mars the gaffer

                  from San Francisco , CA

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Attaches Firmly
                  • Good Stability

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Travel
                    • Video
                    • Weddings/Events

                    Comments about Vista by Davis & Sanford Explorer V Tripod with 3-Way Head:

                    Great for outdoor shooting

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Perfect lightweight ripod

                    By milehightrader

                    from Aurora, CO

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Good Stability
                    • Large Range of Motion

                    Cons

                    • None

                    Best Uses

                    • Home
                    • Night Shots
                    • Portraits
                    • Travel

                    Comments about Vista by Davis & Sanford Explorer V Tripod with 3-Way Head:

                    I needed a compact and lightweight tripod for portability, and the Explorer V is just right. Seems to be well contructed and fairly sturdy too.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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                    4.0

                    Hows it holdin up?

                    By PicturePerfect

                    from Pennsylvania

                    About Me Photography Student

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Good Stability
                    • Large Range of Motion

                    Cons

                    • Weak Clamp

                    Best Uses

                    • Home
                    • Night Shots
                    • Portraits
                    • Video

                    Comments about Vista by Davis & Sanford Explorer V Tripod with 3-Way Head:

                    This is a good lightweight tripod. At first I was nervous because it seemed flimsy, but it seems to be holding up well.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Sturdy & Affordable

                    By pm1

                    from new york

                    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
                      • Weddings/Events

                      Comments about Vista by Davis & Sanford Explorer V Tripod with 3-Way Head:

                      the product is sturdy and can be adjusted in different sizes. I like the sleek look of the tripod and it is easy to attach to the base of the camera.

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                      4.0

                      Sturdy yet low cost.

                      By jdfern

                      from Farmingville, NY

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Good Stability

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Night Shots
                        • Sports/Action
                        • Video

                        Comments about Vista by Davis & Sanford Explorer V Tripod with 3-Way Head:

                        Low cost sturdy tripod for my son's skating videos.
                        If he destroys it, it won't break the bank.

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • Yes

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                        5.0

                        Fun and easy to use.

                        By Sergio

                        from Ventura, Ca

                        About Me Casual Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Attaches Firmly
                        • Good Stability
                        • Large Range of Motion

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

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

                          Comments about Vista by Davis & Sanford Explorer V Tripod with 3-Way Head:

                          The Explorer V Tripod is fun and easy to use to get that perfect shot. I like the many options that I have with the 3-way head movement.

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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          Great Deal

                          By Photo Mom

                          from Westboro, MA

                          About Me Casual Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Attaches Firmly
                          • Compact
                          • Good Stability
                          • Large Range of Motion
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

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

                            Comments about Vista by Davis & Sanford Explorer V Tripod with 3-Way Head:

                            I am NOT a professional photographer, but I did want a tripod for those portrait photos or when you need to lower the shutter speed for lighting or effect. This is a great light weight, easy to use tripod that even comes with a carrying shoulder bag. You can't beat this deal. It is a great choice for the occasional or beginner photographer.

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                            • No

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                            4.0

                            Great Tripod for the Price

                            By Shawn

                            from PA

                            About Me Casual Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Attaches Firmly
                            • Large Range of Motion

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Home
                              • Portraits

                              Comments about Vista by Davis & Sanford Explorer V Tripod with 3-Way Head:

                              I use this product mainly for Home Theater Calibration, with an Audyssey Microphone and a [@] Digital Sound Pressure Level Meter. It works great for what I wanted/needed. We also just got a new camera so now we can use it for that as well.

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                              • No

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                              5.0

                              Great tripod

                              By Chuck

                              from Sussex County NJ

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Good Stability
                              • Large Range of Motion
                              • Well Made

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Home
                                • Landscape/Scenery
                                • Night Shots
                                • Portraits

                                Comments about Vista by Davis & Sanford Explorer V Tripod with 3-Way Head:

                                I was looking for a cheap tripod and when I saw this one and read all the good reviews I thought I'd give it a try. Well I was more than pleased with what a little over twenty dollars got me. The tripod is worth every penny and then some. It seems to be quite sturdy. has two leveling bubbles and extends to about sixty inches plus has a quick camera disconnect and comes with a very nice canvas carrying case. This tripod is truly a bargain for the money.

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                                • No

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                                4.0

                                Gets the Job Done

                                By Ms. Vintage

                                from Auburn, CA

                                About Me Casual Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Attaches Firmly
                                • Light-weight

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Night Shots
                                  • Portraits

                                  Comments about Vista by Davis & Sanford Explorer V Tripod with 3-Way Head:

                                  Product photography and night shots.

                                  • Was this a gift?:
                                  • No

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                                  5.0

                                  Excellent Tripod at a bargin price

                                  By Brian

                                  from Seattle

                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

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

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Home
                                    • Landscape/Scenery
                                    • Portraits
                                    • Sports/Action
                                    • Travel
                                    • Video
                                    • Wildlife

                                    Comments about Vista by Davis & Sanford Explorer V Tripod with 3-Way Head:

                                    This is a very sturdy quality product. Matches those I have seen for $90 or more. I have used to for all kind of still photos and and also videos.

                                    Strongly recommended.

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                                    • No

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                                    4.0

                                    Perfect size for travel

                                    By Lennie

                                    from Murfreesboro, TN

                                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Good Stability

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Home
                                      • Travel

                                      Comments about Vista by Davis & Sanford Explorer V Tripod with 3-Way Head:

                                      Lightweight and easy to pack...good alternative to my large Bogen...Like the price...

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                                      • No

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