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Sunpak 9002TM Tripod/Monopod with 3-Way Fluid Effect Head (Quick Release) - Supports 6.6 lbs (3 kg)

You Pay: $46.99

The Sunpak 9002TM Tripod/Monopod is a great economical full-size tripod that also doubles up as a monopod. The center column is removable and converts into a fully usable 5-section monopod, with a 3-way head attached. Oversized, single action locks with rubber leg tips and retractable spiked feet give non-skid stability.

With oversized D-shaped legs, this tripod will handle any SLR camera with up to a large zoom lens.

D-shaped legs for enhanced support
Three-way fluid-effect photo/video panhead with quick-release plate and bubble level
Free second quick-release plate with bubble level for another camera
Tension controlled rapid sliding center column
Heavy-duty rubber feet with retractable spike tips

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General
Load Capacity 6.6 lbs (3 kg)
Maximum Height Tripod mode: 58.0" (147.3 cm)
Monopod mode: 61.4" (155.9 cm)
Maximum Height w/o Column Extended Not specified by manufacturer
Minimum Height Tripod mode: 22.0" (55.9 cm)
Monopod mode: 15.7" (40.0 cm)
Folded Length Not Specified by Manufacturer
Leveling Bubble/Illuminated Yes/non
Weight 3.3 lbs (1.5 kg)
Head
Head Type 3-way fluid-effect head
Quick Release Yes
Legs
Material Aluminum
Head Attachment Fitting Head is not interchangeable
Leg Stages/Sections Tripod mode: 2/3
Monopod mode: 5
Leg Lock Type Flip lock
Independent Leg Spread No
Spiked/Retractable Feet Yes
Center Brace Yes
Center Column Type Sliding
Center Column Sections 1 (converts into monopod)
Sunpak 9002TM Tripod/Monopod with 3-Way Fluid Effect Head (Quick Release) - Supports 6.6 lbs (3 kg)
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  • Limited Lifetime Warranty
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    Sunpak9002TM Tripod/Monopod with 3-Way Head
     
    4.1

    (based on 41 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (15)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (21)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (2)

    89%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (27)
    • Stable (22)
    • Unfolds quickly (17)
    • Folds away (14)
    • Easily adjusted (7)

    Cons

    • Poor quality (4)

    Best Uses

    • Home (18)
    • Landscape/scenery (18)
    • Travel (18)
    • Portraits (13)
    • Night shots (10)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Casual photographer (10), Photo enthusiast (10), Enthusiast (5), Semi-pro photographer (5)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (25)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Upgrade

    This tripod was purchased as an upgrade to a second hand one I've been using for a long time. This is the first of its type I've purchased, and so far, I'm pleased....Read complete review

    This tripod was purchased as an upgrade to a second hand one I've been using for a long time. This is the first of its type I've purchased, and so far, I'm pleased. It seems to be pretty solid, especially when using only the upper (thicker) leg sections for a four foot or so height. There is no hook for hanging additional weight. The head controls are pretty solid, but will not lock as strong as my full-metal one will. The feet of the tripod feature rubber stoppers that screw to cover metal spikes. The stoppers are slightly loose on the threads, and the tripod is more solid with the metal spikes (don't use on hardwood floors).
    Unfortunitely, the monopod function is not worth much attention, and is probably more of a perk than selling point. The deployment is jerky and takes some careful twisting to hold it in position. I've never been much of a user of monopods, so one more serious may have a better opinion. The monopod foot may be deployed through the bottom of the main tripod fram for a central support, which is a nice, if not unintentional, feature.
    The 9002TM holds a full metal Nikkormat 35mm with a 300mm lens without much trouble. Its a very good pod for the price.

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    Broke after 2 hours of use

    I am disappointed with this purchase. I had literally shot with this tripod for less than two hours when the pan/tilt head broke. I did not over tighten the handle but it just...Read complete review

    I am disappointed with this purchase. I had literally shot with this tripod for less than two hours when the pan/tilt head broke. I did not over tighten the handle but it just snapped, so the head will not remain locked down (making it completely useless as a tripod or monopod). I certainly wasn't expecting it to be as heavy duty as a Bogen tripod or the like, but I had another Sunpak tripod before this one and it performed very well for the price. I actually still have it, but I dented one of the legs and it won't fold completely closed, which is why I bought this one. (I also wanted to have a monopod with a pan/tilt head since I'm shooting some video these days).

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    5.0

    I would buy this product for myself!

    By Jan

    from Edwardsville, IL

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to operate
    • Lightweight
    • Unfolds Quickly
    • Very Stable

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Sunpak 9002TM Tripod/Monopod with 3-Way Head:

        Tripods were purchased for work. Very sturdy, well made. Good price.

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        • No

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        4.0

        Works!

        By Yester

        from Waitsfield, VT

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Sunpak 9002TM Tripod/Monopod with 3-Way Head:

              Seems sturdy enough for occasional use.

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              • No

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              5.0

              Tripod

              By Juancho59

              from Miami, Florida

              Comments about Sunpak 9002TM Tripod/Monopod with 3-Way Head:

              This tripod is great to use and light weight to carry
              Its very stable

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              5.0

              Nice entry-level tripod

              By Photo Teacher

              from West Texas

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Folds Small
              • Good Stability
              • Lightweight
              • Unfolds Quickly

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Night Shots
                • Portraits

                Comments about Sunpak 9002TM Tripod/Monopod with 3-Way Head:

                Works fine for an economical model. I am a high school journalism teacher and have my students check out these tripods for home/field use, and this model has stood up to their use/abuse. It's generally used with a DSLR and lightweight basic zoom lens (the kit 18-55 or similar), and is steady and easy to use. The added versatility of the removable center monopod is nice also. This isn't professional grade, but for the price it's a great piece of equipment.

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                4.0

                Good first tripod for the price

                By PhotoWill

                from Stamford, CT

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Folds Small
                • Good Stability
                • Lightweight
                • Unfolds Quickly

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Sunpak 9002TM Tripod/Monopod with 3-Way Head:

                    I was looking for my first tripod and didn't want to spend more than $50, and based on reviews and talking with friends, I bought this one in person at B&H.

                    It's very light and it can be also used as a monopod. It's very easy and quick to set it up, and using it with my Nikon D3200 with a 200mm lens, I haven't noticed any wobbling or lack of steadiness when taking pictures with it, even using a remote controller.

                    It also came with a bag, that's a good thing!

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                    4.0

                    Basic and Sturdy

                    By Raj

                    from Jacksonville, FL

                    About Me Photography Student

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Folds Small
                    • Good Stability
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                    • Less Advanced Tripod Head
                    • Plastic Blemishes

                    Best Uses

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

                    Comments about Sunpak 9002TM Tripod/Monopod with 3-Way Head:

                    This Tripod/Monopod is very light and sturdy. It can handle most lenses attached without a problem. The nice soft rubber feet give the tripod traction and very durable. Sunpak's overall build quality seems rushed with plastic having small blemishes but overall is a step up from those cheaper tripods made for just external light. It is a great starting tripod and when you upgrade a good back-up.

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                    4.0

                    Bood buy

                    By ND

                    from Saint Louis, MO

                    About Me Casual Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Folds Small
                    • Good Stability
                    • Lightweight
                    • Unfolds Quickly

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Home
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Travel

                      Comments about Sunpak 9002TM Tripod/Monopod with 3-Way Head:

                      Novice photographer- the monopod feature is a plus- all together it is quick and easy to use. Sturdy for the size.

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                      • Yes

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                      4.0

                      Works great!

                      By LW

                      from Valencia, CA

                      About Me Casual Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Folds Small
                      • Good Stability
                      • Lightweight
                      • Unfolds Quickly

                      Cons

                      • Bubble Leveler

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Night Shots
                      • Sports/Action
                      • Video
                      • Weddings/Events

                      Comments about Sunpak 9002TM Tripod/Monopod with 3-Way Head:

                      It's nice and light. Seems pretty sturdy and is quick and easy to set up - don't know what else you'd expect of a tripod. I like the quick release feature and use it.

                      The only thing I thought was weak was that the bubble levelers are just about impossible to see once you've mounted the camera, so you have to level the camera by eyeballing the scene. I didn't know it came with bubble levelers, so it wasn't a big deal to me.

                      Mine came with a carrying bag - I definitely recommend that so it doesn't get scratched up.

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                      5.0

                      Great Product

                      By photo nerd

                      from ann arbor, mi

                      About Me Photography Student

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Folds Small
                      • Good Stability
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

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

                        Comments about Sunpak 9002TM Tripod/Monopod with 3-Way Head:

                        I love this tripod! I was instructed to get it for my college course, and have found it has come to great use in and outside of the classroom. Its easy to use and fits my digital camera well. I have 0 complaints!

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                        4.0

                        Goog for the price

                        By dk

                        from Albuquerque, NM

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Good Stability
                        • Lightweight
                        • Unfolds Quickly

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Sunpak 9002TM Tripod/Monopod with 3-Way Head:

                            What is good:Good to start with. Included a second quick release, a Sunpak carry case. Cannot beat the price of [$]!You can get a better one later.Good stability and weight handling.Does folds and unfolds quickly.Using a D-90 w/ 300mm - No problem.

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                            5.0

                            Lightweight and perfect

                            By crystalvision

                            from new york, new york

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Folds Small
                            • Good Stability
                            • Lightweight
                            • Unfolds Quickly

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Home
                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Portraits
                              • Travel
                              • Video
                              • Weddings/Events

                              Comments about Sunpak 9002TM Tripod/Monopod with 3-Way Head:

                              This is the most versatile, lightweight tripod I've ever worked with. Perfect for small point and shoot cameras. A must have!

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                              2.0

                              Lightweight but fragile

                              By Anders

                              from Washington DC

                              About Me Pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                              • Weak Construction

                              Best Uses

                              • Travel

                              Comments about Sunpak 9002TM Tripod/Monopod with 3-Way Head:

                              I love the weight! You can place the tripod in your carry-on luggage which I find great. However the tripod is fragile. Some of the plastic screws broke when I tried to adjust the tripod.

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                              5.0

                              Solid tripod

                              By Guillaume

                              from Brooklyn

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Folds Small
                              • Good Stability
                              • Lightweight
                              • Unfolds Quickly

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about Sunpak 9002TM Tripod/Monopod with 3-Way Head:

                                  I'm using this tripod as an emerging artist, it's pretty stable, adjustable and the price is really reasonnable. The tripod is comming with a bag, it's light in aluminium made. The only thing is the plastic fixation seem to be a little fragile so be carefful, usefull for a small camera.

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                                  4.0

                                  Tripod on a budget

                                  By UD

                                  from Bethesda, MD

                                  About Me Casual Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Folds Small
                                  • Good Stability
                                  • Lightweight
                                  • Unfolds Quickly

                                  Cons

                                  • No detachable head
                                  • No Independent legs

                                  Best Uses

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

                                  Comments about Sunpak 9002TM Tripod/Monopod with 3-Way Head:

                                  Tripod on a budget
                                  I like the monopod function, great for wild life shots. Surprisingly smooth camera head. Can't beat the weight, even compared to a carbon fiber tripod. Would be nice to have a detachable head.

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                                  4.0

                                  Good for the price

                                  By printmaker

                                  from utah

                                  About Me Casual Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Good Stability
                                  • Lightweight

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Home

                                    Comments about Sunpak 9002TM Tripod/Monopod with 3-Way Head:

                                    Seems pretty sturdy, easy to use. Not anything fancy but does the job.

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                                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                     
                                    5.0

                                    Definitely satisfied with this one.

                                    By Holly

                                    from Anderson, IN

                                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Good Stability
                                    • Quick Release
                                    • Smooth Movement

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Landscape/Scenery
                                      • Night Shots
                                      • Portraits

                                      Comments about Sunpak 9002TM Tripod/Monopod with 3-Way Head:

                                      I've only had this tripod for a couple of weeks so I cannot speak to durability although it feels very solid and stable for its lighter weight. I've only own 2 other tripods (definitely budget class) so I've enjoyed this step up. The head moves very smoothly (I still have to figure out all its possibilities) and I love the quick release feature! Definitely am enjoying it! Haven't used the monopod yet but glad to have an option.

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                                      5.0

                                      A PLUS TO PURCHASING PACKAGE

                                      By VIDEO ENTHUSIAST

                                      from BLAIR, NE

                                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Folds Small
                                      • Good Stability
                                      • Lightweight
                                      • Unfolds Quickly

                                      Cons

                                      • None

                                      Best Uses

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

                                      Comments about Sunpak 9002TM Tripod/Monopod with 3-Way Head:

                                      THIS TRIPOD HAS ALREADY COME IN HANDY SEVERAL TIMES SINCE I RECEIVED IT. I REALLY APPRECIATE THE ABILITY TO SWITCH TO MONOPOD BECAUSE WE ARE MOST OFTEN TRACKING WILDLIFE THROUGH THE MOUNTAINS OR VIDEOING MOVING TARGETS AND A FULL SIZE TRIPOD IS JUST NOT FEASABLE SO THE MONOPOD COMES IN HANDY!

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                                      4.0

                                      9002TM Tripod/Monopod Works For Me!

                                      By Raw Photog

                                      from Brooklyn, NY

                                      About Me Casual Photographer

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Folds Small
                                      • Lightweight
                                      • Unfolds Quickly

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Home
                                        • Landscape/Scenery
                                        • Wildlife

                                        Comments about Sunpak 9002TM Tripod/Monopod with 3-Way Head:

                                        As a beginning photography student I find the 9002TM Tripod/Monopod fits my needs. Its versatility and price were perfect for the newbie and helped me understand more about photography.

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                                        4.0

                                        9002TM Tripod/Monopod with 3-Way Head by

                                        By patrick

                                        from brooklyn, ny

                                        About Me Casual Photographer

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Good Stability
                                        • Unfolds Quickly

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Home
                                          • Travel
                                          • Video

                                          Comments about Sunpak 9002TM Tripod/Monopod with 3-Way Head:

                                          Used with a DSLR for stills and video
                                          Sturdy enough for the price

                                          When using telephoto lens it is not entirely steady, but you pay for what you get.
                                          A little heavy but nothing burdensome

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                                          4.0

                                          Good for the money

                                          By Wyatt

                                          from Lancaster, PA

                                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Good Stability
                                          • Inexpensive
                                          • Lightweight

                                          Cons

                                          • Fluid only on tilt
                                          • Twist lock can be tricky

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Home
                                          • Landscape/Scenery
                                          • On location shooting
                                          • Travel
                                          • Video
                                          • Wildlife

                                          Comments about Sunpak 9002TM Tripod/Monopod with 3-Way Head:

                                          Some reviewers have complained about the sturdiness of this product. Perhaps it is flimsy compared to expensive tripods, but it is quite sturdy compared to the cheap tripods I have been used to using. I bought this to primarily use the monopod but still have a tripod base for group photos. The monopod has a twist cam locking system which is faster to set up coarsly but slower to fine adjust than the flip locks. The cam locks seem relatively sturdy; it just takes some getting used to. The reviewer that complained about the broken lock probably torqued the shaft too far in the wrong direction. There are three main issues I've noticed so far. (1) the cam locks don't seem to hold the monopod as sturdily as the twist locks do. (2) The fluid head only has fluid dampening on the tilt and not on the pan. The pan does have adjustable friction drag, but it is not nearly as smooth as the tilt. (3) The tripod legs require a decent pull to pull them loose even when the locks are disengaged. This may be less of an issue as it gets broken in. The Sunpack carrying case has a tiny strap; too small to comfortably fit over my shoulder. I fixed this issue by attaching the shoulder strap from an old laptop case to this strap. I don't count this against the tripod because it was bundled in for free. These small issues aside; this tripod is much better than the department store caliber tripods I'm used to and gives you the freedom of the monopod coupled with the stability of a tripod all in one package.

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