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KF Concept SA254T1 tripod

Aluminium tripod with ball head and transverse bar

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A while ago, Keith reviewed the K&F TM2534T tripod, which offered a transverse bar mount at the top.

K&F have a new version that has longer leg sections which adds up to a considerably higher maximum height and extension.

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I’ve a short video (3m:30s) looking at the main feature of the tripod.

Tripod and side bar

The original 2534T has been a favourite with clients when used on our Product Photography training courses. The sidebar just lets you offset the camera from the tripod centre enough to make some shots a lot easier.

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Stability issues mean that some form of weight attached to the hook at the bottom of the centre column should always be considered.

At full extension the basic tripod is a good height.

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Note the complex looking head assembly. This includes the ball joint for the crossbeam.

tripod-head-assembly

There is a conventional (detachable) 1.1 inch ball head on the tripod.

The max loading is listed at 10kg (22 lbs.)

arca-mount

This takes the supplied arca style baseplate.

Other heights

Of course, you don’t have to extend all the leg sections,

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The legs have wider settings that may be useful for stability.

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Whilst I’d not recommend this next extended use outdoors on a windy day, it’s great for the odd look down shot for when I’m working in factories.

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One leg unscrews to make a huge monopod if you need a pole to support your camera.

monopod

Working at the side

Whilst the sid bar extends a fair distance, take note of the marking on the bar if supporting something like a camera.

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I was using the tripod for a few photos of the Canon PRO-300 printer I’ve been testing for a review.

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Note how I’m using my phone as a remote for the camera.

This makes it much easier to set up shots. For the maximum height, it means I don’t need a stepladder, and even more importantly it eliminates vibration.

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Reversing the tripod centre pole

The centre pole can be reversed for low angle shots.

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At full extension like this a remote control is ideal since I noted that it could take a few seconds for the camera to steady.

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Choosing a tripod

A carbon fibre tripod may save me a bit of weight, but one like this is great for my on-location commercial work. It’s not usually feasible to take a full studio stand, so a tripod like this helps.  In using the smaller TM2534T I’ve really appreciated the benefits over a simple up/down head.

Whatever you choose, think about the sorts of photography you’re doing. For low down close working I know my back appreciates being able to position the camera for flexibly.

I’ve looked at several different styles of tripod from K&F – all my articles are listed in the K&F category in the dropdown menu at the right

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