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Q666c tripod - recommended or stay away?

Discussion in 'Accessories' started by DenverDutchman, Dec 3, 2014.

  1. DenverDutchman

    DenverDutchman Mu-43 Regular

    73
    Jul 10, 2013
    Colorado, Denver area
    Hi,

    I'm in the market for a travel tripod for my EM-5 set up and came across various variations of the "Q666c tripod". The reviews and specs look very promising, but I was wondering if anyone here used this set up?

    Examples on Amazon include:
    http://www.amazon.com/Koolehaoda-Po...?ie=UTF8&qid=1417659458&sr=8-6&keywords=q666c
    http://www.amazon.com/AFAITH-Q-666C...?ie=UTF8&qid=1417660682&sr=8-2&keywords=q666c

    Many more variations can be found on eBay.

    I'm also considering tripods from Sirui (t-005x) and MeFoto (Backpaker and Roadtrip models).
     
  2. WendyK

    WendyK Super Moderator

    Feb 28, 2014
    Northern Virginia
    Wendy
    I don't have experience with that particular tripod, but if you decide not to get that one I will share that I also considered the Sirui and both the MeFoto models you mentioned. I ended up with the MeFoto Roadtrip, and I am very happy with it. I found that I have used the monopod configuration much more than I thought I would (for macro and in the bleachers at nighttime football games where space is tight, to name two examples) so I am glad I bought that model. Just something to consider.
     
  3. nixapatfan

    nixapatfan Mu-43 Regular

    27
    Feb 26, 2014
    I have the aluminum version(almost half price) of that tripod and I have no problems recommending it, but I'm also not a heavy tripod user so take my review based on that. My review here https://www.mu-43.com/showthread.php?t=63307
     
  4. DenverDutchman

    DenverDutchman Mu-43 Regular

    73
    Jul 10, 2013
    Colorado, Denver area
    Thanks Wendy. The monopod option can be a killer feature indeed. I was in Antelope Canyon recently and it would have been an awesome solution.
     
  5. DenverDutchman

    DenverDutchman Mu-43 Regular

    73
    Jul 10, 2013
    Colorado, Denver area
    Yes, the aluminum version of that same tripod is probably the best option. I read your write up ... "good tripod without paying for marketing, sales and support" is spot on it seems :thumbup:
     
  6. tm3

    tm3 Mu-43 Regular

    134
    Apr 17, 2011
    in another forum someone bought the Q999, had problems with it, ditched it, and got the Q666 with an initial report of being pleased with it.
     
  7. Larry H-L

    Larry H-L Mu-43 Regular

    33
    Aug 6, 2013
    Ohio, USA
    Larry
    Haven't use that one, but I do own a Sirui travel tripod, truly excellent build quality.
     
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  8. TassieFig

    TassieFig Mu-43 Top Veteran

    533
    Oct 28, 2013
    Tasmania, Australia
    +1
     
  9. silver92b

    silver92b Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 7, 2013
    Atlanta, GA
    I don't know about that one, but Dolica makes some great tripods. I first bought this one http://www.amazon.com/Dolica-ZX600B103-Professional-60-Inch-Series/dp/B008JE4S6G/ref=pd_cp_p_0 and then I found the smaller reversible one which is not CF but aluminum, but more compact and quite nice, I think it's this one: http://www.amazon.com/Dolica-TX570D...eler+57+inch+tripod+with+integratable+monopod
    The last one can be converted to a monopod as well. Both were under $100 at Costco, the smaller one was under $50. Don't let the low price fool you, these are very good quality lightweight units that will serve you well.
     
  10. DenverDutchman

    DenverDutchman Mu-43 Regular

    73
    Jul 10, 2013
    Colorado, Denver area
    Thanks for this post silver92b! The Dolica TX570DS looks just about perfect for my needs! Only weighs 2.5lbs, converts to Monopod and it's only $59 at Costco so that's a no-brainer.

    Thanks again!
    Hans