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Giottos QU 500B Mini Tripod

You Pay: $24.99

The Giottos QU 500B Mini Tripod is a very compact mini tripod that is ideal for macro photography. It features a minimum working height of only 2.2", but still sports a respectable load capacity of 11 lbs.

Constructed of an aluminum alloy, and protected by a wear-proof black lacquer
Maximum Height 2.2" (5.6 cm)
Minimum Height 2.2" (5.6 cm)
Folded Length 5.3" (13.4 cm)
Load Capacity 11 lbs (5 kg)
Leg Sections 1
Leg Lock Type N/A
Male Thread Size 1/4"-20
Weight 4.9 oz (140 g)
Giottos QU 500B Mini Tripod
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    GiottosQU 500B Mini Tripod
     
    4.8

    (based on 17 reviews)

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    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Folds away (15)
    • Stable (15)
    • Lightweight (14)
    • Unfolds quickly (10)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Travel (10)
      • Landscape/scenery (8)
      • Night shots (7)
      • Home (6)
      • Video (3)
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      4.0

      Useful but limitations

      By Terry

      from Orinda, CA

      Comments about Giottos QU 500B Mini Tripod:

      Provides camera support as expected. Must be careful when using heavier lenses to position legs to keep everything balanced

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      5.0

      Great to have in your bag

      By Ernie

      from Dallas

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Folds Small
      • Good Stability
      • Lightweight
      • Unfolds Quickly

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Giottos QU 500B Mini Tripod:

        Perfectly paired with a Giottos MH5400 ballhead & a RRS B2-mAS plate, this mini tripod is light, small and surprisingly strong. As configured, the 3 piece assembly weighs in under 14 oz, ~ 8.75" long & under 3" diameter - & has NO problem supporting a Canon 5Dm2 w/ 24-70 or w/ 70-200 (using lens plate mount). Not really a negative, but the tripods legs are either folded or fully extended (no in between or adjustment). What is not mentioned in the specs is that the tripod's footprint is ~ 10.5" diameter (not 9" as answered under the Q&A tab) - or that the friction/tension on each individual leg can be adjusted/tightened if it loosens over use/time (small allen wrench included in package) - or that a 1/4" to 3/8" adapter is included - or that it is made in China. Overall a top quality mini tripod, & - when configured w/ a mini ballhead/plate - a VERY handy accessory to have in your bag.

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        5.0

        A Lot of Help in a Tiny Package

        By Vic

        from Covina, CA

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        Pros

        • Folds Small
        • Good Stability

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Giottos QU 500B Mini Tripod:

          I bought this after researching mini-tripods with better than average weight capacity. I am very happy with its strength, its size and especially its quality. It is so well made I had no problem putting a $ ball-head on it. It supports my 5-lbs+ camera at almost any angle and it's small enough to set down on almost any surface. Only con: I wish the rubber feet protruded just a tad more.

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          5.0

          Great Mini Tripod

          By GRock

          from Southern CA

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          Pros

          • Folds Small
          • Good Stability
          • Lightweight
          • Unfolds Quickly

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Macro

            Comments about Giottos QU 500B Mini Tripod:

            Use this Mini Tripod with a RRS BH-30 ballhead for macro shots (need Manfrotto 088LBP 1/4-Inch- 20 to 3/8-Inch adapter). A strong and stable combo for my Panasonic GX1. Highly recommended.

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            5.0

            Sturdy and solid

            By WILLYB

            from Canada

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            Pros

            • All metal
            • Folds Small
            • Good Stability
            • Lightweight

            Cons

            • Wish It Had 38"-16 Adapt

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Travel

            Comments about Giottos QU 500B Mini Tripod:

            Very solid and well made. Holds my Nikon D800, 70-200 2.8 and an Arca Swiss B1 ballhead with no problems. Perfect for travel when I can't take my CF Gitzo.

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            4.0

            Great for Travel

            By Brian

            from Rochester, NY

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            Pros

            • Folds Small
            • Good Stability
            • Lightweight
            • Unfolds Quickly

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Travel

              Comments about Giottos QU 500B Mini Tripod:

              Very solid, supports my Nikon D7000 with grip and 18 to 200 Zoom without tipping
              Great for long night time exposures.

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              5.0

              Much stronger than I expected.

              By Lou

              from Cocoa Beach, FL

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              Pros

              • Folds Small
              • Good Stability
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Travel

                Comments about Giottos QU 500B Mini Tripod:

                Easily handles my Canon 5D with battery pack and 70-200mm f/4 lens.

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                5.0

                Small yet robust

                By Mike

                from So. Cal

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Pros

                • Folds Small
                • Good Stability
                • Lightweight
                • Sits low
                • Strong
                • Unfolds Quickly

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Macro
                  • Travel

                  Comments about Giottos QU 500B Mini Tripod:

                  Very surprised at this little tripod and especially the load rating. This rig is used for the table top macro food shots I typically shoot. Handles the 5D-C-MkII with 24-70/2.8L, 100/2.8L macro with 12mm extension tube with ease. Also been used for some landscape while travelling with the 300/4 for ultra low level shots. It has also been used for 3-30 second "long exposures".

                  Only problem I had with this is that the little feet pads will come off over time. I wish they had micro screw in spiked feet or pads.

                  This tripod rig is easily carried and has not let me down in the 5 years I have had it.

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                  5.0

                  Great pod

                  By Al

                  from Warrington, PA

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                  Pros

                  • Folds Small
                  • Good Stability
                  • Lightweight
                  • Unfolds Quickly

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

                    Comments about Giottos QU 500B Mini Tripod:

                    I wanted a small tripod that could support my D5100 and would fit in my gadget bag until I needed it. This fits the bill superbly! It is extremely stable, and folds to a small diameter that fits easily in almost any random nook of the bag. I've taken some close-ups of flowers, and appreciate how low it sits to the ground.

                    Paired with a Manfrotto 492 Microball head, it is an outstandingly sturdy and compact unit. The two together were a bit more than I wanted to spend for a mini tripod, but as with all tripods, quality really matters. I am very well pleased with this product.

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                    5.0

                    great sturdyness lightweight and compact

                    By jimmy the dog

                    from New York

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                    Pros

                    • Folds Small
                    • Good Stability
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about Giottos QU 500B Mini Tripod:

                      I had the old version of this tripod, the new one seems to be at least as good probably exactly the same thing. except the color was black and seemed a little more rigid (which is a good thing)overall best tripod at this size for the money. use with small ballhead and slr with wide angle zoom 16-35 2.8

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                      5.0

                      Great for Travel

                      By ahlynk

                      from Near Boston

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Folds Small
                      • Good Stability
                      • Lightweight
                      • Unfolds Quickly

                      Cons

                      • May need a tripod head

                      Best Uses

                      • Night Shots
                      • Travel

                      Comments about Giottos QU 500B Mini Tripod:

                      I looked long and hard for a tiny, light tripod for travel that could hold a DSLR, and isn't crazy expensive. This is the only one that fits the bill.
                      Now I can take pictures at night in cities, and it fits in my camera bag.
                      Its much simpler, lighter and stronger than those full featured mini tripods.

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                      5.0

                      Totally Fantastic

                      By devtank

                      from Seattle

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Pros

                      • Folds Small
                      • Good Stability
                      • Lightweight
                      • MULTIPURPOSE
                      • Unfolds Quickly

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

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

                        Comments about Giottos QU 500B Mini Tripod:

                        This is the best TableTopTripod out there. Ive used them all and they are all great but this ones the best!
                        I use it with a Leica M, an XPan, GF-1 and a Sony PCM-D50 Pro Field Recorder and sometimes use it for mics too.
                        This is the best one because its really Super Solid. Its physically airy and light, and yet has full palm handling as opposed to finger control on other small gear like digital point+shoots.
                        I have a nice small kit bag which Ill take on day trips and within that I have my actual camera bag with recorder camera+film and two of these TableTopTripods work as tripods and handles for the recorder or Mic.
                        They are Light.

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                        5.0

                        Pretty handy

                        By Sheylynne

                        from Savannah, GA

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Folds Small
                        • Good Stability
                        • Lightweight
                        • Unfolds Quickly

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Home
                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Night Shots
                          • Wildlife

                          Comments about Giottos QU 500B Mini Tripod:

                          This is a great tabletop tripod. It only has one height but how many do you really need for a tabletop tripod anyway? It holds my Nikon D300s with a 70-300mm lens which is more than I can say for other tabletop tripods. Most seem to be made for the point and shoot type cameras but this one can hold some weight but isn't heavy to carry.

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                          5.0

                          Very nice basic

                          By Sleepy

                          from So. Cal

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Reviewer

                          Pros

                          • Folds Small
                          • Good Stability
                          • Lightweight
                          • Unfolds Quickly

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Long Exposures
                            • Photography
                            • Stabilization

                            Comments about Giottos QU 500B Mini Tripod:

                            Taken for what it is, a mini tripod, this is excellent. Stable and solid when dealing with flat surfaces. It can be used in more challenging settings but because it doesn't offer variable leg spay/angle or such, it isn't like setting up a regular full sized tripod. Of course it isn't. The fun is being creative when not presented with a tabletop flat surface to place it on.

                            Wish it had a bit of height at times so you might also consider the version with the removable center column.

                            I have it paired with a Bogen/Manfrotto 486RC2 ball head holding a 5D with 24-70/2.8.

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                            5.0

                            Sturdy

                            By Steve

                            from NYC

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Folds Small
                            • Good Stability
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Giottos QU 500B Mini Tripod:

                                This tabletop tripod boasts a 11lb rating... When I first received it and put my 5D and 85 1.2 L2 on it, it feels pretty sturdy. It is so handy and sturdy I rarely go anywhere without it - super light in my backpack.

                                Have fun

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                                5.0

                                Solid tripod

                                By Bob Abela

                                from Guam

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                Verified Reviewer

                                Pros

                                • Folds Small
                                • Good Stability
                                • Lightweight
                                • Unfolds Quickly

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about Giottos QU 500B Mini Tripod:

                                    Solid and sturdy. I purchased two for mounting flash units, for tabletop work. Very satisfied.

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                                    4.0

                                    Sturdy, Well Built mini-pod

                                    By kalihari

                                    from Walla Walla, WA

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Folds compactly
                                    • Sturdy

                                    Cons

                                    • No leg angle control

                                    Best Uses

                                      Comments about Giottos QU 500B Mini Tripod:

                                      I use this tripod to hold my handlemount flash that is slaved. It works great for off to the side locations.

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