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Magnus VT-4000 Tripod System with Fluid Head

B&H # MAVT4000 Mfr # VT-4000
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You Pay: $149.95
Product Highlights
  • Supports 8.8 lb (4 kg)
  • 65mm Ball Diameter
  • 2-Stage Leg Design
  • Height Adjustment Range - 27.6" to 59"
  • Middle Spreader
  • Fixed Counter Balance
  • Fixed Pan / Tilt Drag
  • +20/-25mm Slide Range
  • With Quick Release Plate
  • Tilt Angle - +90° / -60°

The Magnus VT-4000 Tripod System with Fluid Head is a stable, sturdy video tripod made from anodized aluminum that can support loads up to 8.8 lb. Overall, this tripod offers many features usually only 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. It comes supplied with one pan bar. In addition, unlike most other heads in its class, all the head controls are positioned on the left side of the head, which leaves your right hand free for the panning handle. The VT-4000 tripod system weighs 7.9 lb.

Its 2-stage leg design allows you to adjust the height of the tripod from 27.6" to 59". A middle spreader and passive counterbalance provide enhanced stability to the entire system. The VT-4000 also has separate pan and tilt locks, and a bubble level for precision leveling. The fixed counter-balance spring incorporated in the head will help with smoother tilt movements.

Its provided quick release plate features a standard 1/4"-20 mounting screw with a video pin, and has a sliding range of +20/-25mm - to enable travel capabilities - essential in balancing uneven configurations. The head's tilt angle is adjustable from +90° to -60°.

Supports loads up to 8.8 lb (4 kg)
Features a 65mm ball base
Two-way fluid head for smooth motion
Fixed counter-balance spring set to 3.3 lb (1.5 kg) provides smoother tilt movements
2-stage design allows you to adjust the height of the tripod from 27.6" to 59" (70 to 150 cm)
Middle spreader provides enhanced stability by holding the tripod legs in locked position
Provides fixed counter balance, pan, and tilt drag
Allows you to leverage the slide range of +20 / -25mm to enable travel capabilities - essential in balancing uneven configurations
Provides camera mounting via a slide plate that can be attached via a 0.25" (6.35mm) screw with video pin
Offers tilt angle adjustments from +90° to -60°
Ground spikes for outdoor use and convenient retractable rubber feet for delicate floor surfaces
Weighs 7.9 lb (3.6 kg)

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General
Load Capacity 8.8 lb (4 kg)
Maximum Height 59.0" (150 cm)
Minimum Height 27.6" (70.1 cm)
Folded Length 30.3" (77 cm)
Leveling Bubble/Illuminated Yes/no
Weight 7.9 lb (3.6 kg)
Head
Counter Balance System Fixed counter-balance spring @ 3.3 lb (1.5 kg)
Quick Release/Wedge Plate Yes/no
Balance Plate Yes
Slide Range +20/-25mm
Tilt Drag Yes
Tilt Range +90°/-60°
Tilt Lock Yes
Pan Lock Yes
Legs
Head Attachment Fitting 65mmm 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-4000 Tripod System with Fluid Head
  • VT-QRP400 Quick Release Plate
  • Carrying Case
  • Pan Bar (1)
  • Allen Keys (2)
  • 1-Year Warranty
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    MagnusVT-4000 Tripod System with Fluid Head
     
    4.7

    (based on 231 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (165)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (61)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    98%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (115)
    • Professional quality (101)
    • Lightweight (90)
    • Stable (78)
    • Improves performance (72)

    Cons

    • Heavy (20)
    • Lacks functionality (4)

    Best Uses

    • Independent films (73)
    • In the studio (67)
    • Stabilization (63)
    • Home movies (60)
    • Movies (54)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Business owner (49), Enthusiast (45), Tech savvy (43), Professional artist (40), Aspiring film maker (27)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (208)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Pro Features, Amazing Price

    This is a well-built tripod with lots of great features. I bought it mostly for its fluid-head, which works well. The mechanisms for mounting the camera (base plate and associated plate on top...Read complete review

    This is a well-built tripod with lots of great features. I bought it mostly for its fluid-head, which works well. The mechanisms for mounting the camera (base plate and associated plate on top of tripod) felt secure, and were extremely easy to use. As I was setting it up I put down the instructions and figured this part out myself in under 30 seconds. A lock which can be tightened and released allows the camera to be slid back and forth on the top plate in order to center its gravity (useful for those giant L lenses you may have). There are also locks for panning and tilting, if you need to get a perfectly static shot.

    My favorite feature is the sort of ball joint on which the entire camera sits. It can be tilted from side to side and forward and back allowing you to get your camera perfect aligned with the horizon (extremely important in video and photography) while the tripod is sitting on a sloped surface. On my other tripod I had to do this by tapping the x- and y- rotation levers individually, which was tedious. The best part is that there's a circular, 360º level (as opposed to one of the unidirectional tube-shaped ones) which allows you to see exactly how you are adjusting the camera with the ball joint. Just line up the bubble with the circle in the middle, and you're off to the races.

    The tripod legs extend in two stages and feel stable. They contain another nice feature: spikes that come out from the bottom of the rubber feet to dig into the ground if needed. It also folds neatly and comes with a carrying case. My only gripe is that the strut connecting the tripod legs lower down feels a bit flimsy.

    Overall, this is a well-built and extremely intuitive tripod that is useful in a wide variety of situations. It's packed with features that you wouldn't normally expect on a tripod of this price.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Not A True Fluid Head. Backup

    Purchased the Magnus Tripod few weeks ago. Serves as a good backup but I found the tripod to be lacking and falls short of being a primary tripod.

    WEIGHT
    I read some...Read complete review

    Purchased the Magnus Tripod few weeks ago. Serves as a good backup but I found the tripod to be lacking and falls short of being a primary tripod.

    WEIGHT
    I read some complaints regarding the weight of it... really people? Lift some weights at the gym, call AARP or call it a wrap if thats the case, because 8lbs is light for a sturdy tripod. True professional fluid head tripods (ball head) can weigh 20+ pounds.

    FUNCTION
    Panning... here is where the tripod falls short of a true fluid head. Based on my results, a straight pan or tilt works fine (but still not entirely smooth). The tripod DOES NOT have a TENSION KNOB. I have yet to get a good pan with a diagonal movement to work well. It sticks. Perhaps the head is still new and needs some wear to smooth it out. A true fluid head will give you buttery smooth movement no matter the direction. This one hasn't performed that for me yet. The tripod also has a little PLAY or WIGGLE at the front end of any pan. Don't expect to get smooth film-style movement.

    BUILD
    Seems to be built pretty well. Feels solid. The spreader legs... eh... not so hot. These flimsy aluminum things between the legs are the cheapest part. I don't expect them to last long but they currently work well as a lock mechanism for when your tripod folds. The plastic handles etc, so-so. Some kind of hard plastic. One other drawback is that your cannot rotate the handle independently of the arm's lockdown. You have to loosen the whole arm, twist, then lock. Not a biggie but it needs to be improved for quicker and customizable function.

    SUMMARY
    It is a good go-between but I only would expect it to last 2-3 years with moderate use. It seems to be the best and only low priced tripod that seems decent in function and quality. Perfect for staters, static frame shots and/or a backup. Not the best panning tripod, some sticking apparent, but gets decent results.

    3.5/5 stars

    Reviewed by 231 customers

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    5.0

    Fantastic Tripod for Student Use

    By MST Steve

    from Rockville, MD

    About Me Professional Artist, Video Production Teacher

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home Movies
      • School Productions
      • Student Projects

      Comments about Magnus VT-4000 Tripod System with Fluid Head:

      I purchased 3 of these tripods for my video production class at a high school in Maryland. They are excellent for student use. Very lightweight and easy for the students to set up. Sturdy and easy to balance the head. Perfect for an educational environment.

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      5.0

      Very smooth, and sturdy..

      By AxlMyk

      from The Hartland of Michigan

      About Me Hobbyist

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Improves Performance
      • Professional Quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home Movies

        Comments about Magnus VT-4000 Tripod System with Fluid Head:

        I take video of a yearly stage event, involving approx. 130 fine actors, dancers, singers, muscicians, and crew, from our senior center.I am 80 feet away from the stage operating the lighting, taking the video, and being produc. mngr. I needed a smooth sturdy T-pod. I tried the usual $ units you buy anywhere, which were only capable of holding the cam up. Pan and Tilt is always jerky, and I got tired of them.I finally started looking around the I-net for reviews, sellers, prices.Magnus was mentioned often, so I visited the website. I was impressed with the VT-4000. Well built, fluid head (very smooth P&T), and very reasonably priced.It might be a little overkill for my uses, but it'll work for me, forever.Since I had aready purchased from B&Hphoto it was a given where to go. The website works well, with no hassles getting around in it. Payment and shipping is also well done.

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        5.0

        Simple

        By dustiryder

        from Texas

        About Me Teacher

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact Design
        • Easy To Use
        • Highly Compatible
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home Movies
          • In The Studio

          Comments about Magnus VT-4000 Tripod System with Fluid Head:

          Very easy to use.

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          5.0

          Finally got what I need

          By Richard from PR

          from San Juan, PR

          About Me Professional Artist

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Professional Quality

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Independent Films

            Comments about Magnus VT-4000 Tripod System with Fluid Head:

            I used to use an old noisy and fragile tripod that gave me a hard time on important occasions. Now I'm feeling like a real pro with this tripod. It's smooth, nice crafted and the price is excellent. Recommended 100%.

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            5.0

            strong and lightweight

            By experimental unit

            from quebec, Canada

            About Me Professional Artist

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Magnus VT-4000 Tripod System with Fluid Head:

                easy to use

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                5.0

                Amazing!

                By Best Bang For The Buck!!!

                from Visalia, CA.

                Comments about Magnus VT-4000 Tripod System with Fluid Head:

                Best tripod you can get for under $!!!

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                5.0

                Excellent and great for the price

                By Mikemontesa

                from Gilbert, Arizona

                Comments about Magnus VT-4000 Tripod System with Fluid Head:

                If I have to buy another one, I would definitely buy this again.

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                5.0

                Excellent tripod for the money

                By Documentary producer

                from NYC

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact Design
                • Easy To Use
                • Improves Performance
                • Professional Quality

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Independent Films

                  Comments about Magnus VT-4000 Tripod System with Fluid Head:

                  Stable and easy to use
                  Not too heavy

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                  4.0

                  Very pleasant surprise!

                  By hasi

                  from Ottawa, Canada

                  About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Lightweight
                  • Professional Quality

                  Cons

                  • Lacks Functionality

                  Best Uses

                  • Independent Films

                  Comments about Magnus VT-4000 Tripod System with Fluid Head:

                  This tripod is amazing value for money. Build quality and the quality of the fluid head really holds up to the more expensive Sachlers that I'm used to using at work. I use it with my feather light Panasonic AC90 and it works beautifully. I even threw the small Bloom pocket slider onto it and it took the weight pretty effortlessly. For budget shooting, I haven't worked with anything better.

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                  5.0

                  I would buy this again

                  By Salim Hakima

                  from Birmingham, AL

                  About Me Film Student, Videographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Magnus VT-4000 Tripod System with Fluid Head:

                      I bought this tripod for my sony nxcam. So far it is working great. It does not tilt on its own and it is smooth when I pan and tilt. All the locks are easy to adjust and access with one hand.

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                      5.0

                      Very Good Tripod

                      By EOC Tech - Digital Media

                      from Choctaw, Ok

                      Verified Buyer

                      Comments about Magnus VT-4000 Tripod System with Fluid Head:

                      This is a great fluid head tripod for the price.
                      It serves my students well.

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                      5.0

                      Worth every panny and more

                      By dougblock

                      from Tempe AZ

                      About Me Camera Man, Hobbyist

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

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

                        Comments about Magnus VT-4000 Tripod System with Fluid Head:

                        Great high quality tripod, smooth head action, super stable, easy to adjust, I have worked with pro grade tripods that didn't meet the quality of this unit. It is worth every penny and seems like it should cost a lot more

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                        4.0

                        Sturdy, solid and very lightweight

                        By Scott

                        from San Francisco, CA

                        About Me Semi-professional photogr

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

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

                          Comments about Magnus VT-4000 Tripod System with Fluid Head:

                          I do webcasts for sports and events at a school and use this for our video camera. It is very sturdy, very lightweight and very easy to set up. Once the legs are extended, that's the top height - the next doesn't extend further like some do, but that's usually not a problem.

                          The movement is very steady and smooth and has made our filming so much better.

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                          5.0

                          Good Tri-Pod

                          By Reyes Production

                          from West New York, NJ

                          About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Home Movies

                            Comments about Magnus VT-4000 Tripod System with Fluid Head:

                            Easy to Use

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                            • No

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                            4.0

                            good value

                            By paddyboy

                            from boston

                            About Me Professional Artist

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Run And Gun Smaller Came

                              Comments about Magnus VT-4000 Tripod System with Fluid Head:

                              Perfect for a DSLR , cheap and cheerful and light.
                              Easy to pull off smooth moves.

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                              5.0

                              Great product.

                              By Alex

                              from Olathe KS

                              Comments about Magnus VT-4000 Tripod System with Fluid Head:

                              Excellent quality tripod. Definately worth the money. it is sturdy and I'm always a sucker for an included carrying bag. 5 stars for me.

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                              4.0

                              Good tripod for the money

                              By Boris

                              from CA

                              Comments about Magnus VT-4000 Tripod System with Fluid Head:

                              Spreader seems a little plasticky, also makes noise when folded and transporting.
                              Fluid head is pretty smooth. Tilt locking makes the whole head a little lopsided when locked tight.
                              Tripod body is very sturdy and heavy, takes a full size dslr plus rail system plus follow focus plus matte box plus a monitor no problem.

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                              5.0

                              Magnus VT - 4000 Tripod

                              By STL Sports

                              from St. Louis MO

                              About Me Filmtelevise Sports

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Use
                              • Improves Performance
                              • Professional Quality

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Sports Productions

                                Comments about Magnus VT-4000 Tripod System with Fluid Head:

                                I love the VT-4000. It sets up and tears down quickly. The fluid head has a very good feel to it...it's solid and smooth.

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                                5.0

                                Great Tripod

                                By RG

                                from South Carolina

                                About Me Business Owner

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

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

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Home Movies
                                  • Independent Films
                                  • In The Studio

                                  Comments about Magnus VT-4000 Tripod System with Fluid Head:

                                  For the money, I do not believe you can get a better tripod. It does come with a carry case which i really like. It has an adjustable ball head as well which is very useful.

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                                  5.0

                                  Great Tripod...

                                  By BusseyOne

                                  from Houston, TX

                                  About Me Business Owner

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

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

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Complex Projects

                                    Comments about Magnus VT-4000 Tripod System with Fluid Head:

                                    Lightweight and holds a level shot...

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