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MagnusVT-300 Video Tripod with Fluid Head
 
4.5

(based on 340 reviews)

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    (121)

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    (14)

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    (4)

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98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (222)
  • Stable (108)
  • Easy to use (97)
  • Unfolds quickly (96)
  • Compact (87)

Cons

  • Unstable (10)
  • Poor quality (7)
  • Heavy (6)
  • Flimsy (4)
  • Lacks functionality (3)

Best Uses

  • Stabilization (84)
  • Movies (80)
  • Home movies (62)
  • Video (50)
  • Independent films (46)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Tech savvy (57), Aspiring film maker (52), Enthusiast (41), Film professional (28), Business owner (25)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (274), Yes (15)

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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4.0

Good or the price

By Doug

from Sacramento, CA

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

Good upgrade for the nine $59 SILK tripods I bought years ago

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5.0

Great Tripod for the price

By Superfly Brown

from El Cajon CA

About Me Hobbyist

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

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

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

    I am very happy with my purchase. This tripod easily holds my 3 pound shoulder mounted camera and the fluid motion is just what I needed. Unless you want to spend hundreds of dollars this is the way to go.

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    4.0

    Great tripod!

    By J2016

    from New York

    About Me Hobbyist

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home Movies

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

      This is a terrific first tripod. It's lightweight but sturdy, with smooth rotation for video. This has all the features I was looking for, including quick release of the leg extensions.

      I would prefer it if the mount was detachable, but it's not a problem at all. And the price was right!

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      • No

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      4.0

      Good tripod

      By Anthony Scalise

      from Gilbert, AZ

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

      It's not amazing by any means. It does pan nicely both horizontally and vertically. The construction of it is pretty sturdy. If you are doing heavy panning you might want to look elsewhere, but for what I do, it's a perfect fit for my workload. I would recommend it for light panning work.

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      3.0

      Slight Dutch plastic bend on head!!

      By Matt S

      from Chicago IL

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

      Overall good tripod. Thankfully I use it with my ronin M (because the head was bent a bit to the side in the plastic).

      Bit hard on the pans and tilts but solid fluid head.

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      5.0

      i was happy with this tripod

      By Kiran

      from New York city

      Verified Buyer

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

      worked how it should.

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      4.0

      Good, basic video tripod

      By MG

      from New York

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

      Simple and rock solid. Pans and tilts smoothly. Hard to fine tune the pan and tilt friction - it's a narrow band from too stiff to too loose. But still great value. Easy to expand and collapse. Plenty of height. Very stable for a prosumer sized camcorder. Easy to attach and remove the base plate.

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      3.0

      Nice for what you pay!

      By TomGobbles

      from Yankton, SD

      About Me Parent

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Easy To Use
      • Improves Performance

      Cons

      • Parts Fall Off Easy

      Best Uses

      • Videoing Kids Sports

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

      Tripod is very nice and worth what you pay. Be CAREFUL with the screws. Between opening it and on my way to use it for the very first time I noticed there was a screw missing before using it at all. Not sure how it feel out on it's own but it was gone. Ten dollars later they mailed me a new one.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Quality Tripod

      By UA1

      from Birmingham, AL

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

          I use this to film sports games, usually in the bleachers of gyms. It is sturdy, easy to set up, easy to use and is not bulky. It works great and the fluid head is excellent. Great product!

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          1.0

          Don't waste your money

          By Big Al

          from Ogden, Utah

          About Me Professional Artist

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Compact Design
          • Easy To Use

          Cons

          • Poor Design
          • Poor Performance
          • Pricey / Poor Value

          Best Uses

          • Home Movies

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

          I'm a professional videographer at a University. I purchased these for our faculty to use with checkout camcorders. I've purchased dozens of tripods from professional grade to consumer over the years for different purposes - this unit is by far the worst I've owned.I've purchased three of these now. After one use, the plastic foot broke off of the leg. One use on another new unit, the padding on the hand grip tore in multiple places. I'm onto my third one and am worried to handle it for fear of it breaking apart. This is VERY poorly manufactured. Go spend $ on something else and you'll have a much superior tripod.

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          4.0

          Good for the value

          By Sean

          from Tampa Fl

          Verified Buyer

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

          it has a pretty good head on it. I've gotten nice smooth pans with it. the locks on the legs are a little hard to unlock but not so bad to keep you from buying it. for the price this tripod is a pretty good deal. not to mention that it comes with a nice carrying case.

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          5.0

          Worth the money!

          By School Marm

          from Tuscarora, NV

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

              I have this tripod that I use for my personal use. When I needed one for the classroom I had a hard time justifying the expense. However, my students (K8) have a very hard time being still when video taping. I purchased a cheepo[@]originally. It was definitely cheap and only held up (as in didn't fall apart) for a month of occasional use. It never worked adequately. I bit the bullet and purchased this one and it works great! Well worth the $ and sorry I didn't go with it from the get go!

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              5.0

              Great Tripod System

              By t10

              from Michigan

              About Me Business Owner

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home Movies

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

                Very happy with this tripod for the money. I've used cheap tripods and very expensive ones, you get what you pay for but this tripod is good for the cheap price.

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                • No

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                5.0

                very good product

                By Gustavo VEGA

                from Santo Domingo Dominican Republic

                About Me Hobbyist

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

                    Perfect for what I needed ,light but very stable , good quality and very smooth movement , exactly what I was looking for , affordable Price , very satisfied
                    Gustavo Vega

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                    5.0

                    Greatest value!

                    By Lorenzo

                    from Los Angeles

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

                    This tripod worked so well, I bought a second one ?

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                    5.0

                    High Quality Tripod!

                    By Snave the BPA

                    from Charleston, WV

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Improves Performance
                    • Professional Quality

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Home Movies
                      • In The Studio

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

                      This tripod lived up to the specifications on it, as well as other customer reviews. High quality, durable, does exactly what it's intended for and looks nice also. A big upgrade from my last tripod. Definitely will buy this again in the future for further needs!

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      lightweight useful tripod

                      By berniej

                      from manhattan, ny

                      About Me Hobbyist

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Compact Design
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Home Movies
                        • Independent Films

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

                        Easy to carry around and just as easy to set up

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Finaly a smooth pan!!!

                        By Peter

                        from York, ME

                        About Me Hobbyist

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Lightweight
                        • Professional Quality

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Independent Films

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

                          I was very happy with it's first use! The fluid head greatly improve my ability to pan and not bounce.

                          The tripod is sturdily built, and easy to set up and adjust.

                          Mounting the video camera is somewhat difficult, but once mounted it held camera firmly and securely.

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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          Great Tripod

                          By shantisha

                          from Chateauguay,Qc

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

                          This tripod is very sturdy and I love how smooth my videos turn out to be when I pan and tilt it! I have had this for about 8 months now and never had a problem with it! Thank you so much I would definitely recommend this to anyone.

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                          4.0

                          great buy for the money

                          By ReelDog

                          from Falls Church, VA

                          About Me Business Owner, Hobbyist, Professional Artist

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Compact Design
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Home Movies
                            • Independent Films
                            • In the field

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

                            outdoors, hiking, dog shows in the field
                            head is stiff but does move fairly smoothly, I hope it will loosen a bit with use
                            lightweight but still stable, easy for on the move repositioning

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                            • No

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