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Magnus VT-3000 Tripod System with Fluid Head

B&H # MAVT3000 Mfr # VT-3000
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You Pay: $129.95
Product Highlights
  • Supports 6.6 lb (3 kg)
  • 65mm Ball Diameter
  • 3-Section Leg Design
  • Height Range - 28.6" to 61"
  • Separate Pan/Tilt Locks
  • Mid-Level Spreader
  • Passive Counterbalance for Stability
  • Micro Balance Slider
  • With Quick-Release Plate
  • Left/Right Pan Bar Mounts

The Magnus VT-3000 Tripod System with Fluid Head is a stable, sturdy video tripod made from anodized aluminum that can support loads up to 6.6 lb. It provides many features commonly found on more expensive models. The two-way fluid head provides smooth operation, and features a half-ball mount with a diameter of 65mm, with left and right pan bar mounts. One pan bar comes included. The VT-3000 tripod system weighs 7.75 lb.

The 3-section leg design allows you to adjust the height of the tripod from 28.6" to 61". A mid-level spreader and passive counterbalance provide improved stability. The VT-3000 has separate pan and tilt locks and a bubble level for precision leveling, and offers a full 360° pan range. The fixed counterbalance spring incorporated in the head provides smoother tilt movements.

The included quick-release plate features a standard 1/4"-20 mounting screw with a video pin, and features a micro balance slider.

Supports loads up to 6.6 lb (3 kg)
Features a 65mm ball base
Two-way fluid head for smooth motion
Fixed counter-balance spring provides smoother tilt movements
Three-section leg design allows you to adjust the height of the tripod from 28.6" to 61"
Middle spreader provides enhanced stability by holding the tripod legs in locked position
Provides fixed counter balance, pan, and tilt drag
Quick-release plate is included
Ground spikes for outdoor use and convenient retractable rubber feet for delicate floor surfaces
Weighs 7.75 lb (3.5 kg)

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General
Load Capacity 6.6 lb (3 kg)
Maximum Height 61.0" (155 cm)
Minimum Height 28.6" (72.6 cm)
Folded Length 30.0" (78 cm)
Leveling Bubble/Illuminated Yes/no
Weight 7.75 lb (3.5 kg)
Head
Counter Balance System Fixed counter balance spring
Quick Release/Wedge Plate Yes/no
Balance Plate Yes
Tilt Lock Yes
Pan Lock Yes
Legs
Head Attachment Fitting 65mm half bowl
Material Anodized aluminum
Leg Stages/Sections 2/3
Leg Lock Type Flip locks
Independent Leg Spread No
Spiked/Retractable Feet Yes/yes
Center Brace Yes (mid-level)
Magnus VT-3000 Tripod System with Fluid Head
  • VT-QRP300 Quick Release Plate
  • Pan Bar (1)
  • Carrying Case
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
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    MagnusVT-3000 Tripod System with Fluid Head
     
    4.1

    (based on 29 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (11)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (11)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (7)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (18)
    • Professional quality (13)
    • Improves performance (10)
    • Lightweight (8)
    • Highly compatible (7)

    Cons

    • Heavy (3)

    Best Uses

    • Independent films (13)
    • In the studio (11)
    • Home movies (8)
    • Complex projects (6)
    • Daily use (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Enthusiast (9), Business owner (6), Film student (5), Career (3)
      • Primary use:
      • Business (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (24)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Best Tripod Best PRICE

    I work as cameramanin television productions and my experience with this tripod has been more than expected. The fluid head is excellent with smooth and precise movements. B & H is the best...Read complete review

    I work as cameramanin television productions and my experience with this tripod has been more than expected. The fluid head is excellent with smooth and precise movements. B & H is the best option to shop online. My order arrived very quickly in time for my next shot. Thanks B & H.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    OK Tripod, but not for Still Cameras

    I purchased this tripod for my DSLR as I shoot video as well. The advertisement says it supports DSLRs, but it does so in such a cumbersome way that it's not worth it....Read complete review

    I purchased this tripod for my DSLR as I shoot video as well. The advertisement says it supports DSLRs, but it does so in such a cumbersome way that it's not worth it. You have to mount the quick-release plate perpendicular to the camera, which makes it hit the lens hood and is just awkward to use. When I first emailed their support they told me the tripod was only for film cameras. When I told them what their advertisement said they researched it and explained how to mount the camera as explained above. There was a slight bit of grease that leaked from left side of head and turning it was a bit stiff. I returned it, but I'm sure it's a good system for traditional video cameras assuming it doesn't leak grease (or whatever material it was). Very sturdy and nicely made otherwise.

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    4.0

    almost there

    By Jason Bradley

    from Trussville, Alabama

    Comments about Magnus VT-3000 Tripod System with Fluid Head:

    Pros: Good price, fluid head is smooth as silk when tilting, better height than my last tripod, light weight, nice level adjuster.
    Cons: The absolute only thing that bothers me with this tripod is panning.... not as smooth as tilting...a bit jerky. Carrier case bag could have come with a shoulder strap.
    7 out of 10

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    4.0

    good for the money

    By CHS Pirate TV

    from Crandall, Texas

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Magnus VT-3000 Tripod System with Fluid Head:

        Our high school video production class purchased this. It's sturdy enough when set up. The screw in the mounting plate won't stay in, however. Sometimes students have trouble removing the camera from the tripod.

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        • No

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        3.0

        Grate video tripod

        By Tyga

        from Orlando FL

        About Me Film Student, Hobbyist

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Near Professional Quality

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home Movies
          • Independent Films
          • In The Studio

          Comments about Magnus VT-3000 Tripod System with Fluid Head:

          This is a grate tripod for light usage.

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          • No

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          4.0

          Sturdy for the buck

          By Rob

          from Wisconsin

          About Me Hobbyist

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Highly Compatible

          Cons

          • Poor Head Panning If Adju
          • Poor Performance

          Best Uses

          • Secondary Tripod

          Comments about Magnus VT-3000 Tripod System with Fluid Head:

          Sturdy tripod. Head works good till you tighten it for panning. It starts to grind and bind a little when you are panning, so I had to loosen it up to have good pan movement.

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          • No

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          3.0

          OK Tripod, but not for Still Cameras

          By GJ

          from California

          About Me Hobbyist

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact Design
          • Heavy duty
          • Professional Quality
          • Sturdy

          Cons

          • Poor Dslr Support

          Best Uses

          • Home Movies
          • Independent Films
          • In The Studio

          Comments about Magnus VT-3000 Tripod System with Fluid Head:

          I purchased this tripod for my DSLR as I shoot video as well. The advertisement says it supports DSLRs, but it does so in such a cumbersome way that it's not worth it. You have to mount the quick-release plate perpendicular to the camera, which makes it hit the lens hood and is just awkward to use. When I first emailed their support they told me the tripod was only for film cameras. When I told them what their advertisement said they researched it and explained how to mount the camera as explained above. There was a slight bit of grease that leaked from left side of head and turning it was a bit stiff. I returned it, but I'm sure it's a good system for traditional video cameras assuming it doesn't leak grease (or whatever material it was). Very sturdy and nicely made otherwise.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Magnus VT-3000 Tripod

          By Ted vcnews

          from Newbury Park CA

          Comments about Magnus VT-3000 Tripod System with Fluid Head:

          The Tripod is great works great and for the price
          you can't beat it and they are very sturdy tripods I would order another one. Also if I get picked for the prize it will be going towards another Canon xa10 for my business thanks ted

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          5.0

          Awesome Product! Just what I was looking

          By Chris the surfer

          from San Diego CA

          About Me Film Student, Hobbyist

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Highly Compatible
          • Improves Performance
          • Professional Quality

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Complex Projects
            • Home Movies
            • Independent Films
            • In The Studio

            Comments about Magnus VT-3000 Tripod System with Fluid Head:

            I bought this tripod to improve my filming with my DSLR. I love the fluid head on this camera, it works great and i am really able to get smooth shots with it.
            Many people said the CON for this tripod was it was heavy...that what i love about it. I would not say it is crazy heavy, but it does way enough to give me confidence when I put my expensive camera on it. As of yet I haven't found anything I can complain about, I expected this quality from a tripod that cost 250 or more. I would recommend this!

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            • No

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            5.0

            Good Purchase

            By Thebestbobthateverbobbed

            from New Jersey

            About Me Film Student

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Highly Compatible
            • Improves Performance

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Home Movies
              • Independent Films
              • In The Studio

              Comments about Magnus VT-3000 Tripod System with Fluid Head:

              I took a shot in the dark buying a tripod online and I scored with this one. I was not looking to spend a lot of money, and for the price, this tripod vastly surpassed my expectations. Very sturdy and nice motion for a not so pricey tripod. Very impressed.

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              4.0

              Superior Stability

              By WildBlessings2

              from MI

              About Me Hobbyist, Wildlife Videographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Highly Compatible
              • Improves Performance
              • Professional Quality

              Cons

              • Extreme Angle Drift

              Best Uses

              • Complex Projects
              • Field

              Comments about Magnus VT-3000 Tripod System with Fluid Head:

              Superb ease of use in the field. A little on the heavy side from what I'm accustomed to but well worth it in stability. Excellent in high wind conditions.

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              • No

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              4.0

              Great quality tripod for the money

              By JFack

              from San Diego, CA

              About Me Business Owner

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Improves Performance
              • Professional Quality

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Independent Films

                Comments about Magnus VT-3000 Tripod System with Fluid Head:

                I bought this tripod to use with a Panasonic HVX200, so I needed something fairly sturdy with a fluid head. The VT-3000 did not disappoint. The legs are sturdy and seem fairly well built (which is impressive given the low cost). I had no trouble leveling the tripod, and the head moves quite nicely. The one negative I experience is a slight jerk when I begin to move the head, but once it is in motion everything is smooth, and I was able to overcome the jerk by adjusting the amount of pressure I put on the arm.

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                4.0

                So smooth!

                By Chris S

                from Lyndhurst, NJ

                About Me Semi Professional

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Improves Performance
                • Professional Quality

                Cons

                • Heavy

                Best Uses

                • Independent Films
                • In The Studio

                Comments about Magnus VT-3000 Tripod System with Fluid Head:

                I have used this on a music video, and for test shots for a short film. The head swivel is so smooth. I'm so excited to have this in my kit. It has to be one of the most sturdy tripods I have ever used.

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                5.0

                FOR THE PRICE, VERY HAPPY

                By MARCO

                from MONTREAL

                About Me Hobbyist, Professional Artist

                Pros

                • Compact Design
                • Easy To Use
                • Highly Compatible
                • Improves Performance
                • Lightweight
                • Professional Quality

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Independent Films
                  • In The Studio

                  Comments about Magnus VT-3000 Tripod System with Fluid Head:

                  I WAS ABOUT TO BUY A [$]$ MANFROTTO TRIPOD. THANK GOD I DIDNT. FOR THAT EXTRA [$]$ , I DOUBT THERE IS A HUGE DIFFERENCE. IT DOES THE JOB. IF YOU WANT TO BUY A TRIPOD FOR ITS NAME GO FOR IT. DONT GET ME WRONG. MANFROTTO IS VERY GOOD, BUT OVER PRICED FOR NOTHING. NOT WORTH THE EXTRA [$]$ AT ALL

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                  3.0

                  For the price it's good

                  By LM83

                  from Providence, RI

                  About Me Business Owner, Hobbyist

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Professional Quality
                  • Smooth

                  Cons

                  • Heavy

                  Best Uses

                  • Independent Films
                  • In The Studio

                  Comments about Magnus VT-3000 Tripod System with Fluid Head:

                  I use this as a 3rd tripod for live events ( weddings, Conferences, etc) There are better tripods out there, but for the price this gets the job done. it is super sturdy and the pan/tilt is very smooth. It is however a little big, and could be lighter. Overall, like I said its good for the price

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                  • No

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                  4.0

                  Fine, inexpensive video tripod

                  By Ben from Sacto

                  from Sacramento, CA

                  About Me Hobbyist

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Level
                  • Pan Bar Can Be Placed On
                  • Quick Release Plate
                  • Removable Ball Mount
                  • Smooth Pans
                  • Smooth Pans Horizontal A
                  • Stability

                  Cons

                  • Heavier Than Reg Tripod
                  • Rebound On Vertical Pans

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Magnus VT-3000 Tripod System with Fluid Head:

                    I bought the VT-3000 tripod on special for under $ to use with my two DSLM cameras. It is a medium duty tripod, much heavier that my regular photo tripods. It is a very attractive matte black. The tripod is very stable and it is easy to level the tripod head using the bubble level on its base. The vertical and horizontal fluid pans are smooth and easily controlled. When you pan vertically you have to maintain pressure on the pan bar. If you release it before locking it, it will slowly start to return to level. It is sturdy enough to hold a mini jib crane on it, but you will need to add some weight with a sandbag or two to keep it from tipping over. Cons:Heavier than regular photo tripodsRebound effect on vertical pans

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                    5.0

                    GOOD WEBSITE

                    By CRYSTAL

                    from JONESBORO AR

                    About Me Film Student

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Highly Compatible
                    • Improves Performance
                    • Professional Quality

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Complex Projects
                      • Home Movies
                      • Independent Films
                      • In The Studio

                      Comments about Magnus VT-3000 Tripod System with Fluid Head:

                      THIS PRODUCT CAME IN VERY QUICKLY, COULDN'T BE HAPPIER!!!!

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • Yes

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                      5.0

                      very good product

                      By marco

                      from montreal

                      About Me Hobbyist

                      Pros

                      • Compact Design
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Highly Compatible
                      • Improves Performance
                      • Lightweight
                      • Professional Quality

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Complex Projects
                        • Home Movies
                        • Independent Films

                        Comments about Magnus VT-3000 Tripod System with Fluid Head:

                        i think this tripod does the job! i wanted a 700$ + manfrotto tripod. i saved a lot of money and i think its a good buy...and i get to keep an extra 500$ in my pocket. picked this up on black friday deal !

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                        4.0

                        Highly Recommended

                        By Movie Bugs

                        from Corpus Christi, Texas

                        About Me Business Owner

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Professional Quality

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Complex Projects

                          Comments about Magnus VT-3000 Tripod System with Fluid Head:

                          This Tripod System is very rugged/overbuilt for the price point. It is easy to use and operate. I feel like I got a professional piece of equipment for a discount price. I love it so far.

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                          • No

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                          4.0

                          good solid tripod

                          By Rob

                          from Northern Callifornia

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Professional Quality

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • In The Studio

                            Comments about Magnus VT-3000 Tripod System with Fluid Head:

                            solid and strong (heavy), fluid head seems pretty smooth .. mounting plate is not particularly easy to use the but what do you really expect [$]?

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                            4.0

                            LIGHTWEIGHT STURDY TRIPOD

                            By D MILLER

                            from JACKSON< WY

                            About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Compact Design
                            • Easy To Use
                            • Lightweight
                            • Professional Quality

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Home Movies
                              • Independent Films
                              • In The Studio

                              Comments about Magnus VT-3000 Tripod System with Fluid Head:

                              good for mountain travel, quick set up

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                              • No

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                              3.0

                              Pretty Decent

                              By pawilli

                              from Pittsburgh, PA

                              About Me Film Student

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Use
                              • Improves Performance

                              Cons

                              • Cheap Parts

                              Best Uses

                              • Independent Films
                              • Sporting Events

                              Comments about Magnus VT-3000 Tripod System with Fluid Head:

                              I use this tripod to follow action in sporting events, and so far it has provided smooth, steady movement. For the price, this is an excellent fluid-head, half-ball mount tripod. My biggest complaint is that the pan and tilt locks seem somewhat weak and may be the bioggest weakness of the whole system.

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