After booking a well deserved holiday to Iceland it was advised to take a long a tripod to capture the world famous Northern Lights as holding a camera may cause the image to be blurred. As we already have a professional Nikon D5000 DSLR we wanted a beginner tripod as we were unsure whether or not we would need it again after our trip to Iceland.
Hama star 62 tripod review
After doing a little research Hama star 62 was better for beginners and those who didn’t want to spend too much money. It also came with a carry case which came in handy for those long exposure camera shots. The reviews were mixed and most did note that the camera was very fragile if not handled with care and that workmanship was poor as glue could be spotted on most joints and plastic components. Ours had no faults but it was very light, there was a hook on the bottom for weighing it down if it got windy or if you were using a heavier lens.
The tripod came with no instructions so it was a little worrying when we were playing about with all the components as we were scared to break it. I was surprised to find that it didn’t come with instructions and you are just meant to know what all the functions and attachments are. It wasn’t hard to figure out but like I said my main concern was some components snapping as you try to figure out its does. The website states the retail price at £43 but I got mine for £13 including delivery brand new so it’s worth shopping around.
In all it was ok to use after you figure out what all the little knobs and components are there for and it was very sturdy. There are two spirit levels which come in handy for when you need to set it up on uneven ground. This tripod is only recommended for beginners are it would be too light and too fragile for professional use even then the £43 price tag is not justified.