Tripods are an essential and convenient device that helps us create high-quality photos or set additional lighting in various conditions and situations. In this short review, I will try to tell you about all the functionality and capabilities of an inexpensive tripod from Andoer under the TTT-663N marking. We will also consider what is included in the basic package, and what can be purchased for an additional fee complete with a tripod.
- Brief specifications
- Packaging and equipment
- Transformation and adjustment
- Brand: Andoer
- Model: TTT-663N
- Materials: aluminum and plastic parts
- Maximum design load weight: 3 kilograms
- Maximum possible tripod height: 1465 mm
- Tripod height excluding center extension: 1215 mm
- Minimum tripod height excluding ext. sections: 455 mm
- Tripod folded length: 480mm
Packaging and equipment
The product comes in a regular branded cardboard box. Unfortunately, I have not preserved it, but there is nothing remarkable in it, the box is quite soft. However, everything came to me without damage. Inside the box is the tripod itself, pre-packed in a special fabric case. Thanks to a special strap, the tripod in the case can be conveniently carried both on the shoulder and on the back.
Transformation and adjustment
The tripod is a classic tripod with four sections on each leg to increase the overall length of the tripod. The length of the tripod when folded is 480 millimeters, but the minimum height without extension of additional sections is 455 millimeters.
At the end of each of the “legs” there is a special rotating tip that will help you set up the tripod, both on flat surfaces and outdoors on various uneven surfaces.
Each of the retractable sections of the “legs” is fixed with a special plastic latch. Thus, you can set the height of the tripod you need.
It should also be noted the presence of special inserts made of a material similar to dense foam rubber. This is very convenient, especially in the cold season, when it is unpleasant to take on the bare metal of a tripod at low ambient temperatures.
The next position of the tripod, after the base one, when one section of the “leg” is extended, its height leaves 710 millimeters from the floor or the ground to the highest edge on which the camera or other equipment is mounted.
Further, it is possible to set the tripod to a height of 970 or 1215 millimeters using additional retractable sections.
When unfolding the tripod, you also need to remember to fix it with a special latch, which, after locking, prevents the tripod from folding.
To increase the maximum height, you can use the extension of the special central section, you can extend the section by rotating the special lever. In this case, the maximum tripod height will become equal to 1465 mm, however, I will immediately note that I almost never use a tripod in this position, since I consider this position to be extremely unstable for use with a SLR camera.
Also, if you need to evenly install a tripod with a camera, you can use a small water level, which is installed on the tripod body.
To mount a camera or other equipment on a tripod, you need to remove a small platform with a standard screw. Thanks to a special lock, the platform is removed and installed very quickly, and most importantly, it is convenient.
Using the main handle of the tripod, you can rotate the camera around its axis by 360 degrees, and you can also set the desired vertical tilt angle. Once the camera is set at the desired angle, it can be fixed by tightening the appropriate screws.
If necessary, you can also adjust the angle of the camera, as shown in the photo below, but, to be honest, I have never used this function in real conditions.
Also, sometimes on the street with a strong wind, you need to load the tripod by hanging an additional weight on a special hook. I usually hang my backpack on it. In the photo, purely for example, I hung a bag from the camera.
In general, I will say that the tripod is definitely worth the money, it is much better than models with a price of up to $ 20. I am not afraid to use a tripod with my camera, it seems to me reliable and convenient. However, on the street in the wind, I try not to move away from the tripod when shooting. Still, with a strong gust of wind, the tripod can tip over, so extra care when using with expensive equipment does not hurt. I can safely recommend the tripod for purchase, it is really a good and inexpensive model. Well, that’s all, you can find more interesting reviews and selections on my blog site. Thank you for reading the post to the end.