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MagnusVT-300 Video Tripod with Fluid Head
 
4.5

(based on 273 reviews)

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    (105)

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    (12)

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98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (183)
  • Stable (108)
  • Unfolds quickly (96)
  • Folds away (73)
  • Compact (58)

Cons

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

Best Uses

  • Stabilization (84)
  • Movies (80)
  • Video (50)
  • Home movies (32)
  • Home (30)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Tech savvy (57), Aspiring film maker (52), Film professional (28), Enthusiast (18), Semi-pro photographer (18)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (231), 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

Solid Tripod

By Video Class Man

from Florence Or

About Me Hobbyist

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

    • In The Studio

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

    I really liked this tripod. I thought it would be more flimsy, but it is solid for its price.

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    • No

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    4.0

    Great tripod/head for the price

    By Andy B

    from New York, NY

    About Me Business Owner

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home Movies

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

      I bought this tripod to use for 2 camera setups for the B camera. For that it is great. The head has a nice fluid motion and tripod height is good. It holds plenty of weight. It is light and easy to pack.

      There are a lot of plastic parts, but for the price this is expected and so far I have not had any problems with durability.

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      4.0

      Dependable

      By Dave

      from Downingtown

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

      Sturdy, and efficient.

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      4.0

      Lightweight and solid.

      By Tommylovessoup

      from Cleveland, OH

      About Me Business Owner

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

          I shoot video recreationally and semi-professionally and needed something I could carry around. This is a great for what I need it for. I don't know if it can really take a beating or if it will hold up for a long time but it feels pretty solid too.

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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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                        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        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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                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        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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                          • No

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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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