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Smith-Victor CF300 61" Carbon Fiber Tripod with BH5 Ball Head

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  • Supports 8.8 lb (4kg)

The Smith-Victor CF300 61" Carbon Fiber Tripod with BH5 Ball Head bundles the Smith-Victor CF3 Tripod with the BH5 Ball Head. It is best suited for all SLR, advanced or large point & shoot, compact medium format, and mid-sized video cameras. This is the medium-sized model of carbon fiber tripod within the Smith-Victor Black Diamond series. It has a good working height and a reasonable weight.

The CF3 is a lightweight tripod that uses carbon fiber technology for its leg construction. Carbon fiber is significantly lighter than aluminum, yet still maintains the same support level. It will absorb vibrations better than aluminum.

This CF-series tripod features individual leg angle adjustments, a reversible center column with spring loaded weight hook, foam leg grips, It includes a padded shoulder strap and carrying case.

The Smith-Victor BH5 Ball Head with Quick Release is a rugged and well-designed ballhead. All knobs feature a comfortable knurled rubber gripping surface. In addition to the large single-action locking knob, the BH5 also features two smaller knobs. One controls the 360° panning control, and the other the amount of ball friction.

The BH5 Ball Head comes with a universal quick release clamp that is compatible with all Arca-type plates. It comes with one plate, but can also be used with any of the many other industry-standard Arca-Swiss plates available from Arca-Swiss, Kirk, Wimberly, Really Right Stuff, Foba, Novoflex, etc.

Tripod

Top-leg diameter of 25mm
Three leg-angle settings (24, 55 & 80°), to accommodate uneven terrain or awkward shooting situations
The retractable spring-loaded hook can be used to add stability with a sand bag or equipment bag

Head

Maximum tilt range of 90°
Head pan marked in 5° increments
General
Load Capacity 8.8 lb (4kg)
Maximum Height 64.5" (164cm)
Maximum Height w/o Column Extended Not Specified by Manufacturer
Minimum Height Not Specified by Manufacturer
Folded Length 24.7" (63cm)
Leveling Bubble/Illuminated No
Weight 3.8 lb (1.7kg)
Head
Head Type Ball
Quick Release Yes
Legs
Material Carbon fiber
Head Attachment Fitting Dual 3/8" & 1/4"-20
Leg Stages/Sections 3/4
Leg Lock Type Twist locks
Independent Leg Spread Yes
Spiked/Retractable Feet No
Center Brace No
Center Column
Center Column Type Sliding
Center Column Sections 1
Smith-Victor CF300 61" Carbon Fiber Tripod with BH5 Ball Head
  • CF3 61" Carbon Fiber Tripod
  • BH5 Metal Alloy Ball Head
  • Quick Release Plate
  • Padded Shoulder Strap
  • Padded Nylon Case
  • Tool Kit
  • Tripod: 3 Year Warranty
    Head: 1 Year Warranty
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    Smith-VictorCF300 61" Carbon Fiber Tripod with BH5 Ball Head
     
    4.4

    (based on 14 reviews)

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    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Stable (12)
    • Lightweight (9)
    • Folds away (6)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/scenery (10)
      • Night shots (10)
      • Portraits (8)
      • Home (7)
      • Travel (5)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Photo enthusiast (6), Semi-pro photographer (6)
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      4.0

      Great for the price

      By FT

      from Balt. MD

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • None

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Smith-Victor CF300 61" Carbon Fiber Tripod with BH5 Ball Head:

      Bought this for my D5100. While I won't bore you with the pros besides there are to many, I will talk about the few cons. the first thing is the lack of a bubble level on the head. not having one here is some times a pain (but not a deal breaker, and I could always buy a new head). another item is that sometimes one of the caming unit under the twist lock for the middle leg gets stuck it's kinda a pain if I need to set up quickly and have it jam. again not a deal breaker and maybe it's just my tripod. that's it. otherwise I love it. I'm doing a Project 366 (photo a day for the year (yes its a leap year) and so I use it just about every day. so far so good, but will see when I get to 366. Hands down, it great and I would get another one.

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      4.0

      Good Product

      By Pat

      from Atlanta, GA

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Good Stability
      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • Complicated Controls

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Night Shots
      • Portraits

      Comments about Smith-Victor CF300 61" Carbon Fiber Tripod with BH5 Ball Head:

      It's a decent tripod, but I'd probably spend the money on a different product next time. There's nothing wrong with the product. I just expected it to be easier to use. I prefer the clip-style clamps rather than the screw-type on this tripod. (Which is just a matter of preference) Another preference I have is the pistol grip ballheads rather than this style ballhead.

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      4.0

      I would recommend this product to others

      By Eric

      from Colorado Springs, Co.

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Good Stability
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Smith-Victor CF300 61" Carbon Fiber Tripod with BH5 Ball Head:

          I purchased this tripod without ever having a ball head /carbon fiber leg tripod before, thinking just about weight. When this product arrived and I opened it up and tried it out, I was surprised at the strength and stature of this tripod. I mounted my D 7000 on and started shooting. Great product, I live in Cambodia and this will be a great tool for my photography.

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          4.0

          Good Buy

          By Nick

          from Upland, CA

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Folds Small
          • Good Stability
          • Lightweight
          • Stable

          Cons

          • Cumbersome

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Smith-Victor CF300 61" Carbon Fiber Tripod with BH5 Ball Head:

          I use this tripod for most of my photography. It has the ability to position itself in a number of ways which i have found very useful. The ball head flexibility is good for quick and specific positioning. This thing can handle some abuse(strong carbon fiber). One thing I do not find so great are the tighten/loosen knobs for extending the legs. They take a bit of time to turn and ultimately extend the legs. This is only a problem if time is not on your side.

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          4.0

          great light weight tripod

          By monte

          from Norhtwest Minnesota

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Folds Small
          • Good Stability
          • Lightweight

          Cons

          • None

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Smith-Victor CF300 61" Carbon Fiber Tripod with BH5 Ball Head:

          If you need a solid tripod that is light weight this may be for you.

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          4.0

          Good value, but you get what you pay for

          By Delsorbo

          from Toronto, ON

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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            Cons

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                Comments about Smith-Victor CF300 61" Carbon Fiber Tripod with BH5 Ball Head:

                I ordered this tripod not expecting much, but I must say I am definitely impressed by the quality for its price. Everyone knows how a ball head works and how twist locks works and it all works great with this tripod. I will review the things that I found 'off'.

                The first thing I noticed when I took it out of the package was that the legs aren't equal lengths. One of the twist locks seems to twist further than the rest or it's not aligned properly so it is a few centimeters longer than the other legs. No biggy.

                The tension knob loosens with use. As you tighten and loosen the ball-lock knob, you can see the tension knob loosening with use. Again no biggy.

                Even with the anti-twist screws tightened and everything locked down, there is still some wiggle between the head and the tripod. This is a little annoying, but I can live with it.

                When fully extended, if I gave it a push, it feels like it's going to tip. Feels a bit top heavy with my D3+16-35 on it. Once I hang my bag off the hook though, it feels 10x more stable.

                Your camera will not be level in the vertical position. You'll need to adjust the ball slightly above the notch, but here is the kicker, the weight of my camera (8lbs) causes it to creep back into the notch with the slightest touch even when fully tightened. This is a little disappointing, but if you have an L-bracket it shouldn't matter.

                Overall, the twist locks are smooth and are easy to use. Panning is tight but smooth. Ball action works well and doesn't creep (unless it's in the vertical position) I am happy for the amount I paid. It's not Gitzo but it definitely was worth it.

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                4.0

                Great value in price range!

                By Carmen

                from Canada

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Folds Small
                • Good Stability
                • Lots of Features
                • Unfolds Quickly

                Cons

                • Slightly heavy for size

                Best Uses

                • Home
                • Portraits
                • Sports/Action
                • Weddings/Events

                Comments about Smith-Victor CF300 61" Carbon Fiber Tripod with BH5 Ball Head:

                This is a great tripod for the portable studio work I do, setting up in a clients house means I need sturdy but light. It could be quicker (snap locks rather than twist) but the price was worth a few seconds.

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                4.0

                Good value, but you get what you pay for

                By Delsorbo

                from Toronto, ON

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                  Cons

                  • Weak Construction

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Smith-Victor CF300 61" Carbon Fiber Tripod with BH5 Ball Head:

                    For it's price, I wasn't expecting something spectacular, but this tripod exceeds my expectations.

                    When I first opened it up, it looked very solid and well built. However, upon further inspection, I noticed that the legs aren't equal lengths as a result from the twist locks not closing evenly. It's more prominent when fully extended, but nothing to cry about.

                    The system is stable when fully extended, but wobbles if you give it a light push. Hanging my backpack off the centre column greatly improves this.

                    The tension knob loosens over time, which isn't much of an issue because all you really need is the main locking knob. The head does not fully tighten when switched to the vertical orientation and moves with just the slightest bit of pressure.

                    I have not used other ball heads so I don't know how it works on other systems, but in the vertical orientation, it's actually angled downwards a bit when put fully in the slot. (so you'll have to adjust it slightly but because it doesn't fully lock it keeps sliding back down)

                    The entire head unit wobbles when everything is tightened. I tried screwing in the anti-twist screws but it still wobbles.

                    Overall, I think it's great bang for it's buck, everything seems to work great so I am quite satisfied with the purchase.

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                    4.0

                    Great tripod for price

                    By Jason

                    from Santa Fe, NM

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Folds Small
                    • Good Stability
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about Smith-Victor CF300 61" Carbon Fiber Tripod with BH5 Ball Head:

                      Great Tripod. Only gave it 4 stars because the tension adjustment is a little sensitive. Otherwise a great head and tripod combo.

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                      5.0

                      Great Value

                      By Colin

                      from St Albert, AB

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Folds Small
                      • Good Stability
                      • Lightweight
                      • Unfolds Quickly

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Night Shots
                        • Portraits
                        • Travel

                        Comments about Smith-Victor CF300 61" Carbon Fiber Tripod with BH5 Ball Head:

                        I bought this tripod to use on backpacking trips. My primary criteria were durability and weight. On both counts I am very satisfied with this kit. If you have more than one camera, don't forget to order extra plates. The plates are cheap ($8)but do the job nicely.

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                        5.0

                        Well Made - would buy again

                        By Virochana

                        from Crestone, CO

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Night Shots
                            • Wildlife

                            Comments about Smith-Victor CF300 61" Carbon Fiber Tripod with BH5 Ball Head:

                            Well made tripod with a good ballhead at a reasonable price, looks like it will last.(and its carbon)There is zero creap in the head, which from what another reviewer stated,is one of the reasons i went with this tripod/head combo. The head supports far more weight than i need, but i decided on this one in order to remove any chance of creap rather than the lighter one.Someone mentioned that it is a bit slower to remove the camera quickly than the one hand flip gizmos on some other heads. While perhaps taking an extra 2 seconds, i still find the method on this ball head easy to use and it does well secure the camera.The legs are a touch slower to deploy than tripods with flip locks on the legs, you know where you use one hand to release all 3 flip locaks on a leg at once, while with this uyou have to twist each leg one at a time, however it is probably stronger for the weight class.This is borderline heavy for back packing (close to 4 pounds), but for that you get a very stable tripod that goes to a good height and no need to buy a second tripod for your other needs.The product description, and even the small pamphlet that came with it shows retractable metal spiked feet, which in fact it does not have. This is a misrepresentation. There are small somewhat pointed rubber feet, permananately attached.I compared this to the manfrotto one currently on special for about 120 and the intuit AB kit (spelling?) for 150, but this one is carbon, and while heavier than either of these, i got the feeling it was better (in particular the head), glad i chose it. [...]

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                            5.0

                            Light and solid tripod,

                            By EdH

                            from Iowa

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Folds Small
                            • Good Stability
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Home
                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Night Shots
                              • Weddings/Events

                              Comments about Smith-Victor CF300 61" Carbon Fiber Tripod with BH5 Ball Head:

                              First thing that I thought was of the lightness of this tripod and ball head. I had years ago used a 3221 Bogen which was heavy. This is a light and solid tripod that folds down to a very manageable size which will fit inside my travel luggage and only adds around 4 pound total. The BH5 takes a little to learn but it is smooth and solid. It will support a vertical tilt with a heavy lens without any creep at all. In windy conditions one might need to place a center counter weight. With a heavy lens it definitely would be top heavy.

                              I'm very glad I made the purchase.

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                              5.0

                              Pretty good!

                              By Boltzman

                              from Los Angeles CA

                              About Me Casual Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Good Stability
                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Home
                                • Landscape/Scenery
                                • Night Shots

                                Comments about Smith-Victor CF300 61" Carbon Fiber Tripod with BH5 Ball Head:

                                Its Carbon Fiber!

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                                5.0

                                Perfect first tripod, very versatile.

                                By SDC

                                from Biloxi, MS

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Good Stability
                                • Lightweight

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

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

                                  Comments about Smith-Victor CF300 61" Carbon Fiber Tripod with BH5 Ball Head:

                                  This is the first serious tripod that I have purchased. Quite honestly, I couldn't be more pleased with it. To break it in, I took it on a trip to the Grand Canyon and hiking around Sedona, AZ. The carrying case made it easy to strap to my backpack and it was a good balance between weight and stability. I never had any concerns with the safety of my camera on the tripod, even on the rocks and hillsides. There are even quick-release buttons on the legs to allow the tripod to get low to the ground for excellent macro shots.

                                  The ball-head is phenomenal. Perfect for quick easy adjustments. Very stable, even with my largest body & lens. Absolutely no creep.

                                  My only complaint is that the quick-release plate is not so quick. Other heads have a lever to release and the camera is free. However, this setup requires loosening a knob and pressing a push-button to slide the plate out from the dove-tailed grooves. This makes for a very stable connection, but not as quick as other heads that I have used in the past.

                                  Make sure to buy extra plates for each camera that you intend to use with this tripod.

                                  I am very happy with this combination tripod/ball-head, so much so that my wife will be buying one for herself very soon.

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