Giottos MTL 9351B Tripod & MH5001 3-Way Head

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Giottos MTL9351B

A compact, sturdy and reasonably priced tripod

Pros: Sturdy, light, good value
Cons: Over-elaborate controls

Constructed from durable die-cast aluminium with a cobalt paint finish,
the MTL 9351B is a versatile and practical tripod that can be picked up
for under £130 if you shop around. With three leg sections that extend
to 137cm - or 156cm with the centre column raised - there should be
enough height to suit most needs, while a choice of three leg-angle
positions means the tripod can also be set as low as 26cm with each leg
fully splayed. The MTL 9351B is designed to hold up to 5kg, which
should be more than ample for the average mid-range DSLR and standard
zoom combination.

Better still, the adjustable centre column
can be adjusted through a 180-degree arc, which could prove helpful for
macro or still-life photography where the camera needs to be positioned
closer to the subject. The centre column also features a useful hook on
the bottom to hang a bag (or likewise) off to gain a bit of extra
stability, along with a small bubble level.

The MTL 9351B
tripod folds down to 64cm. At 2.1kg it's not too heavy to carry around,
although the length can be a bit impractical in tight spaces and crowds
of people. Leg sections are held in place via a series of quick-action
lever locks that can be individually tensioned with Allen keys. On our
test model they felt just right. Centre column rotation is controlled
independently of height via a handle underneath the crown, although of
course it can also be controlled by a screw-lock on the head.


The MH5001 three-way head on top is made primarily from die-cast
aluminium and feels suitably tough. Large, rounded grip-lock handles
make it easy and quick to use, although the quick-release plate can
sometimes be a bit fiddly to remove. There's also a small bubble level
on top of the base. It's worth noting that the head mounting thread on
the tripod can be switched between ¼ and ¾ inch allowing for a wider
range of alternative heads to be fitted. One small criticism of the
tripod - with all the adjustability navigating one's way around all the
various screw-locks can sometimes get a bit confusing, especially the
two centre column screw-locks controlling height and tilt angle. To
help, the words 'rise' and 'tilt' are written on the side of each
screw-lock.

Overall, we were suitably impressed with the MTL
9351B and MH5001 combination. Anyone looking for a versatile and sturdy
tripod on a budget should take a closer look.\n

Verdict

Overall, we were suitably impressed with the MTL 9351B and MH5001 combination. Anyone looking for a versatile and sturdy tripod on a budget should take a closer look.

Verdict

Overall, we were suitably impressed with the MTL 9351B and MH5001 combination. Anyone looking for a versatile and sturdy tripod on a budget should take a closer look.

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Price as reviewed

£130.00

Scores

Scores
Overall Score 89%