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MagnusVT-300 Video Tripod with Fluid Head
 
4.5

(based on 269 reviews)

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    (102)

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    (12)

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    (2)

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98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (180)
  • Stable (108)
  • Unfolds quickly (96)
  • Folds away (73)
  • Compact (57)

Cons

  • Unstable (10)
  • Poor quality (7)
  • Heavy (6)
  • Flimsy (4)

Best Uses

  • Stabilization (84)
  • Movies (80)
  • Video (50)
  • Home movies (31)
  • Home (30)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Tech savvy (57), Aspiring film maker (52), Film professional (28), Semi-pro photographer (18), Enthusiast (17)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (228), Yes (12)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Good features/performance, but fragile

When I visited the B&H store, before selecting the Pearstone VT-2100, I was initially looking for a self-standing monopod. I was looking for the portability of a monopod, but with...Read complete review

When I visited the B&H store, before selecting the Pearstone VT-2100, I was initially looking for a self-standing monopod. I was looking for the portability of a monopod, but with the self-standing stability and fluid motion of a tripod. I checked out one of the monopods with attachable legs, but it lacked the rock-steady stability for shooting with a camcorder that I was looking for. There may have been better self-standing monopods that I didn't look at, but considering I was looking for these attributes in a product for less than $200 and, based on reviews I read of self-standing monopods, I figured my expectations were unrealistic.

Since I was in a hurry, I decided instead to go with next option: a lightweight fluid-head tripod with a mid-level spreader. The salesman showed me a tripod that was built like a tank. It was able to support his weight and had very sturdy construction, but it lacked a mid-level spreader. My 25-year old Bogen tripod has similar attributes: sturdy construction, but it also lacks a mid-level spreader. The spreader was important to me, because I want to be able to lock the tripod legs in a narrow spread-pattern for use in confined shooting environments.

I looked at other tripods in a similar price range as the VT-2100. I believe those other tripods had more durable construction than the VT-2100, but I wasn't satisfied with their fluidness when tilting or panning. I recalled reading positive reviews on B&H for the Pearstone, so I asked the salesman to show me this tripod and I went with it.

Here are the positives and negatives of the Pearstone VT-2100:

• Smooth-as-butter tilting and panning motion, but sometimes you can hear the gel (which enables the fluid-effect) make a crackling sound. It is not loud and it is not constant, but it is sometimes audible, especially during fast movements.
• A mid-level spreader, which permits you to lock the legs evenly in place, but be careful how tight you lock them, because the fasteners seem very easy to strip. I can't lock the legs in place as tight as I would prefer without the risk of stripping them.
• A quick-release plate.
• The gear-driven center column permits you to adjust the height. However, even though the tripod is rated for a 15 pounds load, I had considerably less weight than that loaded on the tripod and I still had trouble keeping the column in a raised position. I had to keep my hand on the crank to prevent the column (which is made of seemingly-fragile plastic) from lowering itself.

I like the features and fluidness of this tripod, but I don't have confidence in its durability, especially for the long-term. Although the legs are made of aluminum, the head is almost entirely made of plastic. The center column is also plastic and it appears to be even more fragile than the head. Its construction is a dual-edged sword: the plastic components make it fragile, but it also makes it lightweight and less cumbersome to lug around.

Despite its fragility, the Pearstone VT-2100 does offer impressive performance and features at a budget-price level. Just treat it with TLC.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Nice fluid head with an achilles heel..

As a media instructor, I was looking for a reasonably priced tripod with a fluid head. I bought a few of these and was pleased with them so I got some more. 15...Read complete review

As a media instructor, I was looking for a reasonably priced tripod with a fluid head. I bought a few of these and was pleased with them so I got some more. 15 in total. After 9 months of use by high school students, 3 of the tripods have broken- all in the same place. The point where the top of the leg connects to the tripod. There's a kind of knuckle joint there and the leg pivots on a small nub of plastic- this is the bit that sheared off.

A metal pin at such a crucial pivot point would make a lot more sense.

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5.0

Great product

By Video Teacher

from Hyattsville, MD

About Me Teacher

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Lightweight
  • Professional Quality

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Complex Projects
    • Home Movies
    • In The Studio

    Comments about Magnus VT-300 Video Tripod with Fluid Head:

    This product is very sturdy, and makes it very easy to record sporting events. It's fluid motion makes it an effortless job. This product is used by High School students and has held up to the durability teenagers put on any equipment they use.

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    4.0

    One of the best fluid head tripods

    By Katie the filmmaker

    from Tampa, FL

    About Me Film Student

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home Movies
      • Independent Films
      • In The Studio

      Comments about Magnus VT-300 Video Tripod with Fluid Head:

      I am a film student and needed a good solid tripod to bring along with me on shoots. I just used this tripod for the first time this weekend and it worked perfectly. The fluid head moved quickly and was not jerky at all. Adjusting the pan and tilt nobs was easy to do. Overall I really enjoyed this tripod. I am even looking into getting a smaller version of it (Magnus VT-100) for travel as it is smaller and more compact.

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      3.0

      Great for the price

      By Jonathan

      from New York, New York

      About Me Professional Artist

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • Plate Could Be Better

      Best Uses

      • In The Studio

      Comments about Magnus VT-300 Video Tripod with Fluid Head:

      This tripod delivers a smooth fluid pan and tilt. The body is fairly strong and doesn't wobble. The only thing I am not crazy about is the plate. It's hard to remove and takes too much time. I would recommend getting a quick release to go with this. If you're looking for something affordable that will still give you a smooth professional movement than this tripod is for you!

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      5.0

      great purchase

      By HMIC

      from Owensboro

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home Movies

        Comments about Magnus VT-300 Video Tripod with Fluid Head:

        I use this with an IPad to film Football games. It works great. If you use a small camera, this is ideal. I would upgrade if you want to use a big camera.

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        • No

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        4.0

        Solid

        By TJS

        from Virginia Beach, VA

        About Me Professional Artist

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight
        • Professional Quality

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home Movies
          • In The Studio

          Comments about Magnus VT-300 Video Tripod with Fluid Head:

          Gets the job done. I wish it had wheels that locked.

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          • Yes

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          5.0

          Great starter tripod!

          By Inlandiana

          from Riverside, CA

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home Movies
            • Independent Films

            Comments about Magnus VT-300 Video Tripod with Fluid Head:

            Easy to set up and take down, great feet, and better than expected action on pans and tilts. Very fluid--better than some more expensive tripods I've used. The parts are primarily plastic, but seem sturdy enough and things click into place nicely.

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            5.0

            Solid, good value tripod

            By Dave C

            from Pittsburgh, PA

            About Me Business Owner

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Complex Projects
              • Independent Films
              • In The Studio

              Comments about Magnus VT-300 Video Tripod with Fluid Head:

              This is actually the 2nd VT-300 tripod I purchased, as I like to have a 2nd camera at many shoots. I either put a BMCC or a Canon 70D on this. The fluid head makes panning pretty smooth. A tripod is a must-have for any video or photo work, and the Magnus VT-300 is a good buy.

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              4.0

              Decent Value

              By pulsar

              from Philadelphia, PA

              About Me Business Owner

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact Design
              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Complex Projects
                • Home Movies
                • In The Studio

                Comments about Magnus VT-300 Video Tripod with Fluid Head:

                Good head smooth action once adjusted. Pan swivel mount does move back and forth some after a pan.

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                4.0

                Gets the job done.

                By Rocklebee

                from New York

                Comments about Magnus VT-300 Video Tripod with Fluid Head:

                Perfectly reasonable for the price. Is light but feels a little flimsy bc of it. Head moves smoothly. Ball-pivot feet are a nice touch

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                5.0

                Wonderful Product

                By Tishy

                from Ionia, Michigan

                About Me Film Student

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                • Pricey But Worth It

                Best Uses

                • Anything Film Or Pic Wise
                • Complex Projects
                • Home Movies
                • Independent Films
                • In The Studio

                Comments about Magnus VT-300 Video Tripod with Fluid Head:

                I use this tripod for a crane we bought that our other tripods can't hold. This product is very sturdy and I haven't had problems with it yet. I have used it close to 100 different times and each time I enjoy it more. The only, not so good thing about it is the crank handle. It's a pain for me because I am not used to a tripod like that however it hasn't broke yet so I am happy. One more small thing but it is something you have to just practice is when you go up and down while using a crane it tends to stick sometimes, you just have to make sure the nobs are loose enough for it to move the way you want. It takes a minute but i have it down packed on how to use it.

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                5.0

                Dependable entry level video tripod!

                By ZJ

                from Ephrata, WA

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact Design
                • Easy To Use
                • Highly Compatible

                Cons

                • Non-replaceable Head

                Best Uses

                • Independent Films
                • Traveling

                Comments about Magnus VT-300 Video Tripod with Fluid Head:

                I own two of these now and they are great. They are great for traveling because they aren't huge.

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                2.0

                Nice fluid head with an achilles heel..

                By Derek

                from Hampton NH

                About Me Teacher

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Nice Head

                Cons

                • Weak Connection Points

                Best Uses

                • Smooth Pans And Tilts

                Comments about Magnus VT-300 Video Tripod with Fluid Head:

                As a media instructor, I was looking for a reasonably priced tripod with a fluid head. I bought a few of these and was pleased with them so I got some more. 15 in total. After 9 months of use by high school students, 3 of the tripods have broken- all in the same place. The point where the top of the leg connects to the tripod. There's a kind of knuckle joint there and the leg pivots on a small nub of plastic- this is the bit that sheared off.

                A metal pin at such a crucial pivot point would make a lot more sense.

                Check a few of the pictures to see this connection area

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                5.0

                great value!

                By Lauren

                from New Jersey

                Comments about Magnus VT-300 Video Tripod with Fluid Head:

                I chose this tripod based on customer reviews, and I am glad I did. I love that I found such a sturdy tripod with nice movement for such a great price.

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                5.0

                tripod

                By smss

                from florida

                About Me Hobbyist

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Complex Projects

                  Comments about Magnus VT-300 Video Tripod with Fluid Head:

                  sturdy easy to use relatively light

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                  4.0

                  VT-300 Video Tripod with Fluid Head by M

                  By lennyjones

                  from Brownsville, Tx

                  About Me Hobbyist

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Home Movies
                    • Independent Films
                    • In The Studio

                    Comments about Magnus VT-300 Video Tripod with Fluid Head:

                    This product is really easy to set up out of the box. I use it mainly for in house videos to record myself in my room making beats. I would definitely recommend everyone to get it. I give it 4 stars because, i got a little confuse when deciding to put my iPhone on the mounting plate or removing the plate which i saw in the guide. Anyway, I opted for keeping the mounting plate and it just stands great.

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                    5.0

                    Solid Solution

                    By Brian

                    from Skillman, NJ

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Home Movies
                      • Independent Films

                      Comments about Magnus VT-300 Video Tripod with Fluid Head:

                      I am beginning to build some business shooting local sports teams and this was a great purchase as I only spent about $ in the past on tripods and the movement is fluid and the extention is higher then expected. I would highly reccommend purchasing this.

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                      4.0

                      All right

                      By Mathieu

                      from Québec

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Magnus VT-300 Video Tripod with Fluid Head:

                            Good use for the price. A bit fragile, but just need to be more carefull with.

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                            5.0

                            Great Tripod for video

                            By Bruce E B

                            from Hale, MI

                            About Me Hobbyist

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Home Movies
                              • Independent Films

                              Comments about Magnus VT-300 Video Tripod with Fluid Head:

                              The Fluid-Head works great on this, I've gotten some great video with it. Set's up quickly and easily, great tripod for the money spent.

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                              4.0

                              Nice- so far

                              By BradZChef

                              from Stockbridge, GA

                              About Me Aspiring Film Maker

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Compact Design
                              • Easy To Use

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about Magnus VT-300 Video Tripod with Fluid Head:

                                  I'm using this tripod with my Panasonic HC-X920 camcorders. The fluid heads provide great dampening for smooth, slow pans and tilts- did I say Slow? You won't be jerking these heads around in sports or action photography or video- they have a LOT of dampining. With a light camera you can yank it and the feet will slide (Easy to fix with a little sandbag) but I think it would be terrific with heavier cameras. It's tall enought to raise the camera to eye level (I'm 5'10") but not tall enough to get the camera above a crowd standing up. I gave it 4 stars due to 1 concern- the arm that controls the head is secured by a plastic cap that tightens a plastic head. You have to REALLY tighten it. I always shudder fearing either the plastic cap or the tripod head itself may suddenly break... Time will tell. The bags with short sholder straps are convenient for transport.

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                                  5.0

                                  Great tripod for the price

                                  By Barry

                                  from Long Island, NY

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Compact Design
                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Lightweight

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Home Movies
                                    • Independent Films
                                    • In The Studio

                                    Comments about Magnus VT-300 Video Tripod with Fluid Head:

                                    We use these in a high school TV Production Program, so they get used constantly and get abused just as much. They hold up very well and have become workhorses. Great deal, especially for the money.

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