Weifeng WF-717 Camera Tripod with Fluid Video Head DSLR
The Weifeng WF-717 is one of the most popular entry-level professional video tripods. It offers a number of professional features: a fluid head for smooth panning and tilting, a vertical counter-balance, a bowl mount for easy level adjustment using the well positioned level bubble, a mid-level spreader for added stability and a quick release plate. The pan and tilt functions are lockable but do not have controllable drag, generally reserved for more expensive tripods. The max height of the tripod is an industry standard 1.55m. The tripods legs have three stages and solid knobs for locking them in place. The tripod itself is around 4kg and is rated for loads up to 6kg.
The WF-717 is constructed of metal, aluminium alloy and a minimum of plastic components.
While it is built to stand up to regular use with the appropriate handling, it is not fit for use as a heavy duty professional tripod that is regularly knocked and thrown about. Therefore, we recommend this tripod for people making short or budget films and people undertaking light commercial videography. We do not recommend it for use in a rigorous environment such as studio or corporate video work or in any situation where it may have to stand up to knocks and abuse.
Please note that many tripod sellers fail to distinguish between the tripod legs load capacity and the video head load capacity, which are two entirely different things. The included legs of the WF-717 support weights up to 6kg. The WF-717 fluid head is rated for a payload of up to 2-3kg and is designed for modern lightweight camera setups, such as a DSLR with lens and basic accessories. While it may be able to hold more weight than this, it is not designed for such payloads.
1.55m Industry Standard Height - Superior to 1.8m
The WF-717 is manufactured and available at three different heights, 1.3m, 1.55m and 1.8m.
We offer the 1.55m version because it is the industry standard height of tripod legs and produces the most balanced functionality. When fully extended, the 1.55m height offers a near perfect shooting height for normal shooting applications, primarily shooting people. The tripod legs are 1.55m fully extended and, with the video head and camera attached, the actually shooting height of your lens is at least 5-10cm taller than 1.55m, resulting in a shooting height of, at minimum, 1.6m.
The 1.3m is too short for shooting human subjects producing a low angle effect. The 1.8m version, when fully extended, is too tall for shooting most people and must be lowered using the bubble level, taking extra setup time. The 1.8m height is not tall enough for proper high angle shots and, when fully extended, positions your camera lens at an awkward height that will generally never be useful. Furthermore, the minimum shooting height of the 1.8m version is .83m, while that of the 1.55m version is .72m. Generally speaking, the extra room to move down (10cm) is more valuable than the extra 25cm of maximum height, particularly as you can always place your 1.55m tripod on a raised level, but you cannot reduce the minimum height of the 1.8m tripod any further.
WF-717 vs FC-270a
The WF-717 and FC-270a are made by the same company and include exactly the same tripod legs. The differences lie in the fluid heads. The FC-270a head, known as the FC-02H, was designed as an update to the WF-717 head with smoother panning and tilting. It also offers a lock to turn the counter-balance off or on, whereas the WF-717 has a fixed counter-balance. The WF-717 has nonetheless maintained its popularity, with some users prefering the greater damping that the head offers. Ultimately, it is a matter of individual preference with advantage going to the FC-270a in terms of smoothness and the advantage going to the WF-717 in terms of resistance or damping.
WF-717 Tripod + Fluid Video Head
Tripod Legs load capacity up to 6kg
Fluid Head load capacity up to 2-3kg
Maximum operating height 1.55m.
Minimum operating height 0.72m.
Versatile -65 to 90 degree tilt range
Fixed vertical counter-balance
360 degree pan range
Fluid head system for smooth panning and tilting
60mm bowl mount
Well positioned built-in bubble level
Extendable 37-58cm long handle can be installed on the right or left side of the head
Quick-release plate with 1/4inch and 3/8inch male screw threads. Includes a Dual-Lock system with a second safety locking pin that prevents equipment from unexpected drops
Ergonomic tripod leg knobs ensure fast height adjustment with strong locking.
Mid-level spreader for added stability
Rubber feet for smooth or uneven ground to prevent skidding
Portable soft case for carrying
Construction: Metal, Aluminum alloy, Plastic
Included in Package:
1x Aluminum Tripod
1x Fluid Video Head
1x Handle for Head
1x Soft Case
(1x) Weifeng WF-717 Camera Tripod with Fluid Video Head DSLR Camcorder WF717 Fancier
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