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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
     
    4.3

    (based on 36 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (17)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (11)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (8)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (22)
    • Professional quality (17)
    • Improves performance (11)
    • Lightweight (10)
    • Highly compatible (8)

    Cons

    • Heavy (3)

    Best Uses

    • Independent films (17)
    • In the studio (14)
    • Home movies (11)
    • Complex projects (7)
    • Daily use (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Enthusiast (11), Business owner (6), Film student (5), Professional artist (4), Career (3)
      • Primary use:
      • Business (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (29)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Ball head on a budget

    I have three of these, all with different brand names. This tripod is the least expensive ball head I have been able to find. This newest Magnus has an additional feature the others...Read complete review

    I have three of these, all with different brand names. This tripod is the least expensive ball head I have been able to find. This newest Magnus has an additional feature the others lacked, a sliding instead of fixed plate. This makes balancing a camera front to back much easier. For the price, a good deal.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Pretty Decent

    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...Read complete review

    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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    5.0

    Great tripod

    By Jon

    from York PA

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

    The fluid head gives you great pans and tilts. I love the ball head it lets you level your shot when outdoors. I would definitely recommend to a friend. Best tripod I've owned

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    3.0

    Decent Starter Tripod

    By Schrock and Awe

    from Illinois

    About Me Professional Artist

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Lightweight
    • Professional Quality

    Cons

    • Poor Performance

    Best Uses

    • Independent Films
    • In The Studio

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

    Bought this when it was on sale, and in many ways is a major step up from what I had been working with. Despite it being a good tripod, there are several quirks that make it not so good.

    First, the good: It seems like a well built tripod. It's got a nice weight to it, but it's not so heavy that it's a pain to transport. The tripod head has a very nice pan to it.

    Now, the bad: The pan isn't as smooth as you'd hope it'd be. It's nice once it gets going, but the beginning of the pan always takes a bit of a push to get started. Also, one of the legs appears to come out of place at times and needs to be forcibly readjusted in order for it to work.

    Overall, with a new tripod head, this could be one great tripod. Until then, it's only good.

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    • No

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    5.0

    Great Tripod, Great Price!

    By JD Blanco

    from NY

    About Me Hobbyist, Professional Artist

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • 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 love this tripod. It does exactly what I need, as far as the use I need it for. Very smooth handling. I love the plate system it uses and its stability. Great price for what you're getting.

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      • No

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      5.0

      The Magnus VT 3000 tripod is a good one

      By Billy Ed

      from Boulder, Colorado

      About Me Hobbyist

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Highly Compatible
      • Professional Quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Independent Films
        • In The Studio

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

        This is an exceptionally good tripod and especially a good value for what it cost.It had a function I didn't understand, but when I emailed the manufacturer to ask about it they replied right away, clearing it up.I would recommend this to friends and associates who are looking for a serviceable tripod for making videos.

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        5.0

        Stable and solid

        By sonarfm

        from Guadalajara México

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Professional Quality

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home Movies
          • Independent Films

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

          Very good product , I use it for more stable shots with my dslr canon 650d and gives me great versatility of movement.

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          • No

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          5.0

          good

          By poncho hurtado

          from elizabeth new jersey

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home Movies

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

            i like

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            • No

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            5.0

            Love it

            By Coug

            from Oklahoma

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

            I had to get a tripod that would work well with my new cameras, these tripods are great. They are sturdy and easy to adjust. For what I do, they are perfect.

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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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                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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                  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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                    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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                      • No

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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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