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VariZoomVZ-TK75A Aluminum Tripod System
 
4.3

(based on 23 reviews)

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86%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Stable (14)
  • Unfolds quickly (13)
  • Lightweight (10)
  • Folds away (9)
  • Professional quality (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Video (15)
    • Landscape/scenery (10)
    • Weddings (9)
    • Home (8)
    • Night shots (7)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Semi-pro photographer (10), Pro photographer (5)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (19)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    After one summer of use...

    For the price, this VariZoom VZ-TK75A has been a very decent tripod, and its been my principle tipod for the past year.

    There is one major problem that has developed...Read complete review

    For the price, this VariZoom VZ-TK75A has been a very decent tripod, and its been my principle tipod for the past year.

    There is one major problem that has developed over time:

    The fluid head's handle is made of two pieces, attached near the screw. Whatever part that is holding the handle to the part that screws into the fluid head has started to wear loose. The handle now has some jostle, which adversly affects filming fluidity.

    I will contact VariZoom about this, and if they cannot help, I'll have to replace this arm.

    Another smaller problem that I've worked around, is the plate tightens to the head via a poorly designed screw that, if your camera hangs over the edge, the screw will not be able to turn far enough to tighten prooperly, b\c the camera is in the way.

    PROS:
    The fluid head is sturdy, and adjustable tilt has held up and delivered great shots. I typically throw a Canon DSLR with a 70-200mm lens on this tripod, and the resulting shots are consistently great.

    WEIGHT SUPPORT / GLIDETRACK
    I have attached a Glidetrack to the tripod, but I get significant sway as the camera weight shifts from one side to the other. If you're thinking of using it for a slider, try something sturdier.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Budget Equipment

    Although a valuable product in a pinch, there are several reasons to go for the higher end products. This product is a great item for the new rig but the camera plate connection is...Read complete review

    Although a valuable product in a pinch, there are several reasons to go for the higher end products. This product is a great item for the new rig but the camera plate connection is hard to remove and difficult to position when the camera is reconnected. If you don't have a thousand dollars to spend on a tripod then this is quite alright. Don't use this if you need quick release and reattachment.

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    5.0

    Very solid, but heavy

    By VisCon

    from Waialua, HI

    About Me Business Owner

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Improves Performance
    • Professional Quality

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Complex Projects

    Comments about VariZoom VZ-TK75A Aluminum Tripod System:

    I use this tripod for event and commercial video work. I wanted something that does not easy tip over. Also wanted the head to be solid and not create any unwanted jerks. So far this tripod delivers. Just have to work out so can carry it. Good thing it comes with a great carrying bag.

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    • No

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    5.0

    Not Expected

    By Just a pro

    from Los Angeles

    About Me Professional Artist

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Professional Quality

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Independent Films

      Comments about VariZoom VZ-TK75A Aluminum Tripod System:

      I was expecting something lighter, but when I pulled it off the box I felt this tripod was steady and built for everyday use. It is heave to put it in a pack back. You'll love this tripod for its solid construction.

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      5.0

      Great buy.

      By Don

      from Ottawa, Canada

      Comments about VariZoom VZ-TK75A Aluminum Tripod System:

      Nice solid tripod and the pan head is very smooth. The quality of this unit is very good and the price is amazing. I will be ordering another one, and yes I would recommend it to a friend.

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      5.0

      Very Sturdy Tripod for Large Camcorders

      By Bill

      from Colorado

      About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Improves Performance
      • Professional Quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home Movies
        • Independent Films
        • In The Studio

        Comments about VariZoom VZ-TK75A Aluminum Tripod System:

        I purchased this tripod to use with a Sony XD-CAM that weighs about 9 pounds. I film weddings and wanted a steady platform to film from. The tripod sets up quickly and I like the leveling bowl mount. For videography, the long arm on the fluid pan head works like a charm. I would definitely recommend this for video work and for the price, it is a great value. It is not a light weight unit, so if that is your objective, this might not be for you. Otherwise, get one.

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        3.0

        Ok for the price.

        By Billy

        from Portland, OR

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Lightweight
        • Unfolds Quickly

        Cons

        • Cumbersome
        • Head Controls Awkward

        Best Uses

          Comments about VariZoom VZ-TK75A Aluminum Tripod System:

          For the price this tripod does the job but if you've ever used higher quality gear you'll be disappointed. This tripod is great for stationary locked down shots and is steady. If dialed in right you can tilt and pan smoothly but the head does slip a little. If you are a run and gun shooter the tripod plate release is not your friend. So, a good little tripod for a stationary "B" camera but I wouldn't recommend this as your primary tripod. I wish I would have ponied up for a Sachtler or Miller.

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          5.0

          Great tripod well made and stable

          By Action video

          from St Petes, Florida

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Pros

          • Folds Small
          • Good Stability
          • Lightweight
          • Unfolds Quickly
          • WELL BUILT

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about VariZoom VZ-TK75A Aluminum Tripod System:

            I use this for shooting indoors and out with a Canon DSLR and a larger Sony Handycam.

            Pans and tilts smoothly you can add drag gradually and lock it in if the camera is front heavy with a lens.

            Sometimes I have less experienced users help out and they all have done quite good work panning and tilting smoothly.

            I wish it had a light on the leveling bubble for those rare occasions I am in the dark setting up but I can see it fine with my cell phone when needed.

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            5.0

            Excellent for light weight camcorder

            By River Rat

            from Lowville, NY

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Folds Small
            • Good Panning Ability
            • Good Stability
            • Unfolds Quickly

            Cons

            • Weight Limit On Camcorder

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about VariZoom VZ-TK75A Aluminum Tripod System:

            I like to shoot blues bands. With a Panasonic camcorder which is only 1.1 lbs. it works very well. I also like the carry case provided. In this price range you can't go wrong.

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            4.0

            After one summer of use...

            By Joshua Videographer

            from Saskatchewan, Canada

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Video
                • Weddings/Events

                Comments about VariZoom VZ-TK75A Aluminum Tripod System:

                For the price, this VariZoom VZ-TK75A has been a very decent tripod, and its been my principle tipod for the past year.

                There is one major problem that has developed over time:

                The fluid head's handle is made of two pieces, attached near the screw. Whatever part that is holding the handle to the part that screws into the fluid head has started to wear loose. The handle now has some jostle, which adversly affects filming fluidity.

                I will contact VariZoom about this, and if they cannot help, I'll have to replace this arm.

                Another smaller problem that I've worked around, is the plate tightens to the head via a poorly designed screw that, if your camera hangs over the edge, the screw will not be able to turn far enough to tighten prooperly, b\c the camera is in the way.

                PROS:
                The fluid head is sturdy, and adjustable tilt has held up and delivered great shots. I typically throw a Canon DSLR with a 70-200mm lens on this tripod, and the resulting shots are consistently great.

                WEIGHT SUPPORT / GLIDETRACK
                I have attached a Glidetrack to the tripod, but I get significant sway as the camera weight shifts from one side to the other. If you're thinking of using it for a slider, try something sturdier.

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                5.0

                Luv it!

                By DHP123

                from SW Florida

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Good Stability
                • Unfolds Quickly

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Video

                  Comments about VariZoom VZ-TK75A Aluminum Tripod System:

                  Even though I am new to Videography, (not new to photography), I can easily appreciate the quality and value of this product. Have used it in front of some pros in the Biz and they have also been very impressed. So I am Very pleased with this purchase. And considering the small fortune I paid for my Gitzo carbon fiber w/ hydrostatic ball head, that only comes out on special occasions, this purchase was a no brainer.

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                  4.0

                  A good buy, I like it

                  By Seth Pajak

                  from Atlanta, GA

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Folds Small
                  • Good Stability
                  • Lightweight
                  • Smooth motion
                  • Unfolds Quickly

                  Cons

                  • Not great drag adjust

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about VariZoom VZ-TK75A Aluminum Tripod System:

                  Light but sturdy and has smooth motion for pans and tilts. I use it for the Canon XA10. The best thing about this product was the customer service from B&H. I asked them, is this a fluid head and they said no it's a friction head as are all tripods in this price range. I've seen the term "fluid head" tossed around a lot and it was nice to get an honest answer. I had seen a demo of the tripod, liked it and bought it. I am glad I did. Only drawback is that the drag adjust does not make a lot of difference but the smoothness of the motion makes up for it.

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                  4.0

                  Awesome

                  By ESE

                  from Seattle, Wa

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Folds Small
                  • Good Stability
                  • Lightweight
                  • Unfolds Quickly

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

                    Comments about VariZoom VZ-TK75A Aluminum Tripod System:

                    You get what you pay for, AND MORE! This is an excellent tripod. It can be used both indoors and outdoors and probably underwater if you wanted to. It's great. Buy it. Now.

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                    4.0

                    Nice tripod

                    By Chris.

                    from Cancun.Mexico

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Folds Small
                    • Good Stability

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Video

                      Comments about VariZoom VZ-TK75A Aluminum Tripod System:

                      I was looking for a good, professional tripod this sistem was the best choice for me, got good stability dont let its size fool you its heavy and stable

                      the only con is that the shoe has only one screw and no double lock sistem so you have to thigt the shoe screw really hard so the camera has no chance to get loose and move. overall it a great product.

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                      5.0

                      Good Value

                      By Phil

                      from Toronto

                      Verified Buyer

                      Comments about VariZoom VZ-TK75A Aluminum Tripod System:

                      I now have 2 of these for each of my cameras. You can't get a better deal for the money. The legs are stable and the head pans very smoothly. It does, however, tighten up noticeably when shooting in cold weather so just keep that in mind.

                      The handle that connects to the head was defective and wouldn't tighten properly...BH sent me another handle at no charge at all so now it's perfect.

                      Also, I put a manfrotto quick release plate on it for interconnectivity with my 2 cameras.

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                      4.0

                      Great buy for the money!

                      By Church Video Guy!

                      from Matthews, NC

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Good Stability
                      • Lightweight
                      • Unfolds Quickly

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

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

                        Comments about VariZoom VZ-TK75A Aluminum Tripod System:

                        For the money this is a great tripod, it comes with one arm, so if you like a little extra control, you need to buy a second arm.
                        The only negative I can say is the head is a little tight when you got big fingers like me, it can be a bit tough to easily adjust and get the camera plate off. Also you need a coin or screw driver to get the plate off of the camera.

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                        5.0

                        This is a Great Tripod

                        By Support Our Troops Bob

                        from Colorado Springs, CO

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Folds Small
                        • Good Stability
                        • Lightweight
                        • Unfolds Quickly

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

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

                          Comments about VariZoom VZ-TK75A Aluminum Tripod System:

                          We are using this tripod with our Camcorder as we interview and film with our troops in Iraq, Kuwait and Afghanistan. This tripod is a little bigger than our last one but is easier to work with.

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                          2.0

                          Get what you pay for

                          By Wedding and Small Business Videographer

                          from Asheville, NC

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Unfolds Quickly

                          Cons

                          • Poor head motion

                          Best Uses

                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Portraits

                          Comments about VariZoom VZ-TK75A Aluminum Tripod System:

                          If you are looking for a tripod to set a camera on, this would work. If you are looking to pan, tilt and (heaven forbid) try to get your video camera off or on in a hurry, invest in something better. The plate is far from a quick release (costing valuable shooting time when in a rush) and by its second use the head was beginning to wobble and loosen. I do like the legs. They extend well and quickly, and are stable.

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                          5.0

                          Good Quality Tripod for this Price Range

                          By Binu Kairali TV USA

                          from Garden City Park, NY

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Reviewer

                          Pros

                          • Good Stability
                          • Lightweight
                          • Unfolds Quickly

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Video
                            • Weddings/Events

                            Comments about VariZoom VZ-TK75A Aluminum Tripod System:

                            This tripod does the job and is great for the price.
                            Lightweight and secure. Supports our Panasonic HMC150 Camera. It is very steady and smooth for panning and tilting for video.

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                            4.0

                            Great for price

                            By d.w.vaughn

                            from Philadelphia

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Folds Small
                            • Lightweight
                            • Unfolds Quickly

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Home
                              • Travel
                              • Video

                              Comments about VariZoom VZ-TK75A Aluminum Tripod System:

                              Compares reasonably well to my Viten 3 tripod system that costs nearly 10 times as much supporting ~3 lbs camcorder. Tripod is light weight which is good for transport but some spring-back at end of pan due to twisting of legs. Pans and tilts are smooth. Able to balance and adjust friction so that no movemet when hands off handle. Comes with case and spreader.

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                              5.0

                              I Love It!

                              By Latif

                              from Monroe, NC

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Good Stability
                              • Unfolds Quickly

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Home
                                • Night Shots
                                • Sports/Action
                                • Video
                                • Weddings/Events

                                Comments about VariZoom VZ-TK75A Aluminum Tripod System:

                                I am an independent Filmmaker and I bought this Tri-pod out of shere curiosity. The specs had everything I was looking for and the price was unbelivable. I had to buy this thing and see for myself. I Love It! and for the price, I've got my eyes open for the catch... so far, there isn't any. If you are on a budget and need a good tr-pod, pick up this tri-pod, it made me into a loyal fan of verizoom products... will be getting a Jib next.

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                                2.0

                                Budget Equipment

                                By Drew Burns

                                from New Orleans, LA

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Folds Small
                                • Good Stability
                                • Lightweight

                                Cons

                                • Weak Construction

                                Best Uses

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

                                Comments about VariZoom VZ-TK75A Aluminum Tripod System:

                                Although a valuable product in a pinch, there are several reasons to go for the higher end products. This product is a great item for the new rig but the camera plate connection is hard to remove and difficult to position when the camera is reconnected. If you don't have a thousand dollars to spend on a tripod then this is quite alright. Don't use this if you need quick release and reattachment.

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