This is my very first review of any product so forgive me if I'm doing it wrong. So the tripod I've been using for a few years decided that it longer wants its head to stay on. That's all well and good if that's the direction the tripod wants to go in its life, but it's less than ideal for me. This lead me on a pretty short hunt for a new tripod. My search began and ended as most searches do: on Amazon. It was there that I decided to go outside of my $20 comfort zone and spend a whole $40 (hey, I'm a student) on the 62 inch Dolica ball head tripod.
Now, as an "amateur photographer" (whatever that means), a college student, and an all around cheap person, price comes before quality for me and it's lovely when the two meet in the middle. My initial impression of the Dolica is that it does just that.
The 62" Dolica is made of aluminum with plastic leg locks which result in a fairly low weight of 2.5 lbs, while being able to support up to 13.2 lbs. This makes it light enough for me to consider taking it backpacking. I mean, it's still heavy as far as backpacking goes, but nowhere near as heavy or bulky as my previous tripod. That's another quite nice feature about it. When completely folded, it is rather compact. Upon digging around online, it seems like that is actually one of the selling points of the ball head style (which I'm already a fan of). It also has some nice foam grips on all three of the legs. Now, I don't know how much good they'll end up doing me, but they certainly are a nice touch aesthetically at least. Did I mention this is my first review? The top plate also contains both a bubble level and a compass, the center post has a retractable hook for hanging counterweight, and the feet have adjustable spikes presumably for rough terrain, or for hunting squirrels.
Another neat feature is that you can remove the entire center post and flip it upside down so to can get really steady macro shots (if only I could find my macro lens). Again, this is my first ball head mount tripod, so maybe this is a somewhat standard feature. A feature that compliments the ability to flip the center post is the highly adjustable legs. Each leg has three angled positions in addition to the obvious leg height adjustments that I foresee being incredibly useful. At this point, I feel like I should mention the price again. I bought this puppy for $39.95 on Amazon.
I guess it's really a matter of opinion whether or not you think that $39.95 is a good value for the feature set that this tripod provides, but I personally think it's fantastic. While I haven't really tested any other similar style tripods, I can say that looking through some of the other more expensive options on Amazon, and you really don't get that much more despite the price tags of over $100.
In summary, I'd absolutely say that the Dolica AX620B100 62-Inch Proline Tripod and Ball Head (what a mouthful) is a quality product at a quality price. It can support more weight than I'll ever put on it, had a solid feature set, and has a sturdy enough construction that I think it'll last, so long as I'm not too rough with it. All in all, I'd give it a total rating of 4.5
Rating - 4.5 out of 5
As this has been my very first review, I imagine it was pretty rough. If you do happen to come across this, and you actually get this far, leave a comment on what I should improve on in any future reviews I might do. Feel free to also leave any questions in the comments if you are thinking about buying this tripod. I'd be happy to answer them.