Q666c tripod - recommended or stay away?

DenverDutchman

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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-Portable-Ballhead-Samsung-Olympus/dp/B00LUUHDPO/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1417659458&sr=8-6&keywords=q666c
http://www.amazon.com/AFAITH-Q-666C-Portable-Monopod-Compact/dp/B00GKE3W8C/ref=sr_1_2?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).
 

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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.
 

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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:
 

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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.
 

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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-TX570DS-Compact-Professional-Monopod/dp/B00L6IUHUS/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1418103470&sr=1-1-fkmr0&keywords=dolica+reversible+traveler+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.
 

DenverDutchman

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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
 
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