I got the TGT-BK58T to hold up my Nikon Coolpix S3600 for using its panorama assist mode and for stabilizing the camera during tightly zoomed shots. It works great for that, although a dinky point-and-shoot looks a little silly on a big old tripod. Then I got back into film with an AE-1 Program and suddenly was much gladder I'd bought this tripod. It holds up the film SLR pretty well, whether flat or on an angle. I found this to be quite beneficial when shooting waterfalls recently, since I got the steady support I needed in a fairly lightweight package that was easy to carry on a day hike. I love the quick-release plate and wish I could buy a couple of extra ones. The carrying handle is very handy as is the accessory hanger on the bottom; if you're on location and need to weigh down your camera for long exposures, this is where you hang your weight. (Quick tip: tie a length of paracord to a rock and use that if you don't have any beanbags.) I like the black paint job that makes this tripod look more expensive than it is, and more professional too. For about $30 I don't think you'd find much better a tripod to put your lighter-weight cameras on; if you're shooting something heavy enough to need a heftier tripod, chances are you can afford it. One kvetch I have with this particular tripod is that it's rather long and hence fairly tricky to carry in a backpack. That only matters if you have to hike out to your location and carry it with you; there are smaller, lighter tripods but the good ones are more expensive than this one. I've been on several hikes with this tripod and have yet to find a good way of mounting it to my backpack; perhaps I just need to suck it up and continue experimenting.
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