Sony VCT R640 Tripod
Get the professional's touch in your digital photos and videos with lightweight, ultra-functional tripods designed exclusively for your Sony digital i...
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Review of "Sony VCT R640 Tripod"
As a professional photographer I have previously shared with you my opinions on many cameras so I thought I would now share with you my opinions of some of the many accessories involved in photography too, starting with the Sony VCT-R640 tripod.Although this tripod is nowhere near top of the range it does pretty much everything you would expect of it and at a great price. Sony products are always of high quality and this tripod is no different. It can be used for still imaging cameras or video cameras as long as they do not exceed 3Kg in weight which unless you are using top end professional cameras with huge lenses they will not.
It is fully tilt and pan operable which means it will tilt 90 degrees downwards, 65 degrees upwards and will pan a full 365 degrees, thus allowing you to capture images from all angles without dismounting and re-setting the camera. The tripod is virtually silent when tilting and panning which is excellent if being used with video cameras because you do not want the sound of some squeaky tripod in the background of what you are filming.
The Sony VCT-R640 tripod comes with a quick release mounting shoe which means the camera can be removed and replaced on the tripod very quickly without it having to be unscrewed each time, simply screw the camera to the fitting shoe then attach the shoe to the tripod with one click and remove when needed and replace with simple one click motions.
Using the tripod is simple, just spread the legs and adjust to required then snap over the leg clamps to hold that height securely before shooting. Simply use the pan handle to smoothly search for the perfect shooting angle and the tilt mechanism to perfect your shot.Why use a tripod?
I am sure most people know the reasons for using tripods but I will explain briefly for those who may not. The use of a tripod in still photography is to acquire that perfect blur free photo, avoiding any hand shake that may occur. Even the latest cameras with anti-blur mechanisms cannot completely eradicate the problem so for those perfect portrait shots or especially tricky outdoor condition shots a tripod is a must for anyone serious about their photography.For video capture a tripod is somewhat self explanatory, who wants to hold the weight of a video camera for perhaps half an hour to film a wedding or longer to film a child's school play? No one exactly so stick it on the tripod get your preferred angle and start filming and if you need to adjust during filming then do so with the pan and tilt options.
Choosing a tripod.
In my opinion this tripod is one of the best you can get for the money, priced at between 22 and 35 pounds depending on where you purchase it; it is fairly close to the bottom end of the price range but more mid to high range in quality. You can purchase tripods for as little as £10 these days but they are very limited and when you consider that some tripods will set you back as much as £300 it's no wonder a tripod for a tenner is limited. The Sony VCT-R640 however will compete with much higher priced tripods very well. It has all the functions and stability and matches in size exactly with a Panasonic tripod I have used which cost four times what this little Sony one cost and if pushed to choose one I would probably come out on the side of this Sony one.I purchased this one from Amazon a few months back for my partner to use as she is just getting into photography herself and it has been a great investment at only £28. I find myself reaching for it as often as I reach for my own much more expensive tripod when I am doing portrait photography on the move as it is lighter and easier to set up. All in al I would highly recommend this tripod to anyone serious about their photography but if you are into massive telescopic or panoramic lenses then you may need one which can handle more weight.
One tip I will give you on the care of this item is to say that if you are using it near the seaside or perhaps its a bit windy and dusty where you are shooting then be sure to wipe the tripod clean using a mild detergent and then dry thoroughly because you do not want the tilt and pan mechanism to become dry due to dust or sand gathering in it because then it will become sticky to manoeuvre and noisy which you want to avoid.©2008 thebigc1690
Product Information : Sony VCT R640 Tripod
Manufacturer's product descriptionGet the professional's touch in your digital photos and videos with lightweight, ultra-functional tripods designed exclusively for your Sony digital imaging device. You're shooting steady with Sony!
Product Description: Sony VCT R640 - tripod
Product Type: Tripod
Placing / Mounting: Floor-standing
Tripod Head Type: Pan
Tripod Operating Height: 57 cm - 155 cm, 55 cm - 144 cm
Designed For: Action Cam-HDR-AS30; Cyber-shot DSC-H200, H300, HX10, HX200, HX50, HX60, QX100, QX30, RX10, RX100, TX100, TX30, W710, WX220, WX350, WX60; Handycam DCR-SX22, HDR-CX220, CX230, CX280, CX290, CX320, CX380, CX410, CX430, PJ220, PJ230, PJ50, PJ780, PJ790; a (Alpha) SLT-A65, A77; a (Alpha) NEX 5T, 5TY
Weight: 1.2 kg
MPN: VCT-R640, VCT-R640.AE
Product Type: Tripod
Weight: 1.2 kg
Placing / Mounting: Floor-standing
Tripod Legs: 3 leg(s)
Tripod Legs Sections Qty: 3
Tripod Legs Lock Type: Flip lock lever
Quick Release System: Yes
Tripod Centre Column Type: Geared
Max Operating Height: 155 cm, 144 cm
Min Operating Height: 57 cm, 55 cm
Supported Devices: Camcorder, camera
Features: Leg braces
Tripod Head: Pan
Designed For: Sony Action Cam-HDR-AS30VR ¦ Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H100, DSC-H200, DSC-H300, DSC-HX10, DSC-HX10V, DSC-HX200, DSC-HX200V, DSC-HX20V, DSC-HX30V, DSC-HX50, DSC-HX50V, DSC-HX60, DSC-HX60V, DSC-QX100, DSC-QX30, DSC-RX10, DSC-RX100, DSC-RX100 II, DSC-RX100 III, DSC-S5000, DSC-TX100, DSC-TX30, DSC-W710, DSC-W730, DSC-WX220, DSC-WX350, DSC-WX60, DSC-WX80 ¦ Sony Handycam CCD-TRV112, CCD-TRV119, CCD-TRV12, CCD-TRV138, CCD-TRV19, CCD-TRV25, CCD-TRV29, CCD-TRV308, CCD-TRV308KITB, CCD-TRV312, CCD-TRV318, CCD-TRV32, CCD-TRV328, CCD-TRV33, CCD-TRV338, CCD-TRV340, CCD-TRV36, CCD-TRV40, CCD-TRV41, CCD-TRV428E, CCD-TRV43, CCD-TRV46, CCD-TRV512, CCD-TRV52, CCD-TRV53, CCD-TRV57, CCD-TRV57E, CCD-TRV58, CCD-TRV608, CCD-TRV615, CCD-TRV62, CCD-TRV65, CCD-TRV65E, CCD-TRV66, CCD-TRV67, CCD-TRV67E, CCD-TRV68, CCD-TRV715, CCD-TRV72, CCD-TRV75, CCD-TRV81, CCD-TRV815, CCD-TRV82, CCD-TRV85, CCD-TRV87, CCD-TRV87E, CCD-TRV88, CCD-TRV93, CCD-TRV95, CCD-TRV98, CCD-TRV98E, CCD-TRV99, DCR-PJ5, DCR-SX21, DCR-SX22, DCR-SX22E, HDR-CX190, HDR-CX220, HDR-CX220E, HDR-CX230, HDR-CX280E, HDR-CX290, HDR-CX320, HDR-CX320E, HDR-CX380, HDR-CX410VE, HDR-CX430V, HDR-CX580V, HDR-CX720V, HDR-CX740E, HDR-CX740VE, HDR-PJ200, HDR-PJ200E, HDR-PJ220, HDR-PJ220E, HDR-PJ230, HDR-PJ260V, HDR-PJ260VE, HDR-PJ50, HDR-PJ580V, HDR-PJ580VE, HDR-PJ710V, HDR-PJ740VE, HDR-PJ760, HDR-PJ760V, HDR-PJ780VE, HDR-PJ790V, HDR-XR260V, HDR-XR260VE, NEX-VG20, NEX-VG20E, NEX-VG20EH, NEX-VG20H, NEX-VG30, NEX-VG30E, NEX-VG30EH, NEX-VG30H, NEX-VG900 ¦ Sony Mavica-MVC-CD1000, MVC-CD200, MVC-CD250, MVC-CD250KITIS, MVC-CD300, MVC-CD350, MVC-CD400, MVC-CD400KITIS, MVC-CD500, MVC-FD100, MVC-FD100KITIS, MVC-FD200, MVC-FD200KITIS, MVC-FD5, MVC-FD51, MVC-FD7, MVC-FD71, MVC-FD73, MVC-FD75, MVC-FD81, MVC-FD83, MVC-FD85, MVC-FD87, MVC-FD88, MVC-FD90, MVC-FD91, MVC-FD92, MVC-FD95, MVC-FD97 ¦ Sony a (Alpha) SLT-A55, SLT-A65VX, SLT-A77, SLT-A77VL, SLT-A77VM ¦ Sony a (Alpha) NEX 5R, 5RK, 5RL, 5RY, 5T, 5TY, 6, 6L, 6Y
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