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|Hama Profil Duo III: Click on the thumbnail for the larger image.|
Available for under £25, this new addition to Hama's tripod range should suit the budget conscious after a reasonably lightweight full size tripod and a monopod for an SLR or video camera, with a standard kit lens attached.
Hama Profil Duo III: Features
Being a budget model, the tripod itself is a no frills item, with the legs extending in three sections. The legs are braced to the centre column, which should provide extra rigidity, but at the expense of flexibility as the legs cannot be opened any wider than the bracing will allow. This could pose problems if setting up the tripod on uneven ground, such as steps, or for getting shots from a very low angle.
Extending the centre column beyond the 'stop here' marker reveals a monopod which can extend to 164cm. The plastic foot at the base can be twisted to release or tighten the sections of the pole once it has been adjusted to the desired height.
The Profil Duo III weighs 1.6kg, which is fairly typical of this kind of tripod. A black carry bag is also included in the price, which is a nice touch.
Hama Profil Duo III: Performance
A plastic 3-way head comes attached, supplied with a cork-topped quick release plate. The plastics used are fairly rigid and shouldn't have too much trouble coping with a consumer SLR and consumer grade lenses. The maximum weight the tripod can support is listed as being 4kg, which I personally feel is a little optimistic as the plastic does flex noticeably under load.
The legs are secured with plastic clips, and are actually quite stiff, securing each leg position well. The centre column is also simple to release, making it easy to remove the separate monopod. The individual sections of the pole can be prone to slipping if not tightened correctly, or if too much weight is applied to the monopod, although I believe it will suffice for most consumer level SLRs and lens combinations. I wouldn't go putting a 70-200mm f/2.8 on there though.
Attaching a camera is simple. The supplied quick release plate is well designed and tightens to the base of the camera using a folding wingnut, so there is no need to find a spare penny each time you wish to tighten or undo the plate.
Hama Profil Duo III: Verdict
For a beginner starting out with their first digital SLR, this tripod should be an excellent choice. It's cheap, fairly lightweight and the removable monopod is a welcome bonus.
Although the build quality has some shortcoming, this is to be expected for a tripod of this price range. When compared with alternatives costing the same, it is actually very well built.
Hama Profil Duo III: Pros
Easy to use
Hama Profil Duo III: Cons
Plastic flexes under heavy loads
Monopod sections may slip under load or if not tightened enough
Hama Profil Duo III: Specification
|Leg sections||3, 2 extendable|