Davis & Sanford Traverse TR-553-228 Compact Aluminum Tripod with Ball Head

Davis & Sanford Traverse TR-553-228 Compact Aluminum Tripod with Ball Head

Davis & Sanford Traverse TR-553-228 Compact Aluminum Tripod with Ball Head

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  • Load Capacity: 10 lb
  • Max Height: 53"
  • Min Height: 12.5"
  • Folded Length: 12"
  • Leg Sections: 5
  • Weight: 2.6 lb
  • Arca-Type Compatible Ball Head
  • Twist Locks
  • Ballast Hook on Center Column
  • Padded Carrying Case Included
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Davis & Sanford TR-553-228 overview

  • 1Description

The Traverse TR-553-228 Compact Aluminum Tripod with Ball Head from Davis & Sanford combines a lightweight (2.6 lb) tripod with a ball head that can hold 10 lb, and reach a maximum height of 53". The tripod's legs can be inverted 180­° so that the ball head is concealed within the legs, making the folded height only 12" long.

The Arca-type compatible ball head has a locking knob to control the ball movement and a separate locking knob for the panning movement. It sits atop 5-section aluminum legs which have twist locks, allowing for quick adjustment to their height. The center column's height is also adjusted by twist locks, and it has a ballast hook on the bottom of the column for extra stability. A padded carrying case is included to protect your tripod during transport.

The ballast hook allows you to hang a weight, such as a sandbag or camera bag, providing additional stability when you're operating with heavy loads, on uneven ground, or in windy conditions.
Each leg is independently adjustable, and can be locked in three different angles.
UPC: 884613016050
In the Box
Davis & Sanford Traverse TR-553-228 Compact Aluminum Tripod with Ball Head
  • P228-10 Ball Head
  • Quick Release Plate
  • Padded Carrying Case
  • Limited 10-Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
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    Davis & Sanford TR-553-228 specs

    Tripod Head
    Head Type Ball Head
    Base Mount 3/8"-16 Thread
    Quick Release Plate Type Arca-Type
    Load Capacity 10 lb / 4.5 kg
    Maximum Working Height 53" / 134.6 cm
    Minimum Working Height 12.5" / 31.8 cm
    Folded Length 12" / 30.5 cm
    Materials Aluminum Alloy
    Weight 2.6 lb / 1.2 kg
    Leg Lock Type Twist Lock
    Independent Leg Spread Yes
    Leg Sections 5
    Bubble Level No
    Center Column
    Center Column Shape Round
    Center Column Sections 2
    Center Column Extension Type Rapid
    Lateral / 90-Degree Center Column No
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 3.3 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 13.5 x 4.7 x 4.5"

    Davis & Sanford TR-553-228 reviews

    Traverse TR-553-228 Compact Aluminum Tripod with Ball Head is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 39.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best budget tripod I've ever owned Bought one of these as a gift for an amatuer photographer friend, but field tested it first. I love it so much, I bought six to use as auxiliary tripods for my media production company.I could not be happier with them- they are incredibly durable, incredibly compact, and very versatile and flexible. Very sturdy, and the locking collars are strong. I use this for timelapses mainly, but for other projects as well. The head is strong, and can hold substantial weight. This is simply the best $ tripod on the market.
    Date published: 2016-01-24
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Well Built Compact Tripod Picked this up as a traveling companion to my regular composite material tripod which is also a Davis&Sanford make, and a heavy duty Bogen/Manfrotto unit for use with large lenses & a view camera. The construction & build of this tripod unit and its controls is exceptional for it's size and cost. Leg adjustments provide ample control in positioning legs for stability and height and the provided head has simple, non-level controls. Legs fold up for length of only 12-inch and small diameter for easy packing and lugging around. Suggest a tripod hammock accessory to keep it steady in the wind.
    Date published: 2015-05-19
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Well made. As expected from a very light tripod it wobbles This tripod is well made and very lightweight but still wobbles a lot. When I put my Sony RX10 MK3 on this tripod the it feels unstable, specially the center column that is always extended around 10 and you can feel how fragile it is (I have not experienced it with medium winds that I imagine could make things much worse). It meets my basic requirements for light travelling since it is lightweight, folds very small and can hold my camera for faster shutter speeds. I would never use it to hold my DSLR with a 70-200 or even a 24-70. I would also not use it outdoors for long exposures. Unfortunately this is the best 2.8 lb lightweight option available under $300 (I liked the Gitzo one but $700 is too much for a tripod)
    Date published: 2016-07-19
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from It does what it needs to do I'm being a little bit generous in giving this tripod 4 stars. I needed a travel tripod that could keep the weight and bulk minimal. This tripod certainly does that! I appreciate the twist sections, as opposed to the 'snap to lock' sections cheaper tripods use. Overall, it is a decent piece of kit. So what is negative about it? It is pretty flimsy. It supports the weight, but it wobbles. It hates wind. Overall stability is lacking a little bit. Then again, it's cheap and small so I'm not necessarily complaining, just stating the reality. It really doesn't need the amount of sections it has. It's a pain to twist 16 nobs to open the thing. It uses so many so that it can stack and maintain a small size when closed. There must be a better alternative? The head tends to come loose when twisted counter clockwise. It's an easy fix by twisting back clockwise, but annoying. Bottom line, if you need a small, cheap tripod for travel...this guy will do it. If you're shooting long exposure medium format, forget about it.
    Date published: 2015-12-21
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just what I needed I had purchased a bigger and more heavy duty tripod some months back and its been great except for when I needed to travel. There was just no way I could reasonably get that tripod on my camera backpack AND get it on a plane. Now this one is going to be my travel tripod for trips longer than I walk from my car.� It is small and folds up to a size that fits comfortably in my backpacks water bottle holder. So far, the ball head has seemed great and pretty stable for the price I paid. Plus, it's way more sturdy that I thought. The three leg options let you get low and wide when you absolutely need to have the camera still. This was a great purchase.
    Date published: 2018-01-29
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Value Tripod for the price We bought this whilst on holiday in NYC from teh UK. Firstly blown away with the size of the store and the service was great. Allowed to try it before we bought it. The Tripod is solid/superb and very light. Its lighter than some carbon fibre ones. May not hold the same capacity but the 2 lenses I used on them (not particularly heavy) had no issues. Carried it around NYC for hours and hours with no issues at all. Quick to setup. Used a joby universal plate at the bottom as I have a blackrapid rs7 so don't have to undo it to use it.
    Date published: 2016-01-08
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wilderness Tripod I wanted to find a wilderness tripod, one that is reasonably light, strong and compact. The TR-553-228 has come as close as I could expect. I did not give it a 5 star only because of what it is. The two 4 stars are the simple head, which works fine, just not as fast and easy, and the 53 maximum height, something I am happy to live with as the 12 OA length drops into my travel bag. Operation is solid and the tripod section has a sturdy, well built feel to it. It would be nice if it came with 2 arca style heads as I will switch from a camera to a scope, so I have to find another QR plate somewhere.
    Date published: 2015-12-10
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exceeded my expectations Light and compact, but sturdy and tall enough when extended to get a good angle for a family portrait. Adequate stiffness for my APS-C DLSR with a 200mm f-2.8 telephoto lens. The ball head has nice smooth movement and a firm hold. There is a pan motion axis separate from the ball head with a scale marked in 5 increments and a locking knob. The padded bag with a (shorter than I'd like) strap makes it easy to cary.
    Date published: 2015-01-28
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