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Jessops TP327 Camera Tripod / Closed Length: 69 cm / Max. Height: 167 cm / Weight: 1732 g / Leg Gauge: 27 mm / Braced: Yes / Number of Sections: 3 / Leg Locks: Clip / Elevation Control : Crank,Pneumatic / Quick Release Platform: Yes / Carry Handle: Yes

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      13.01.2013 09:06
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      3 stars

      My husband is massively into photography and spends an enormous amount of his spare time taking some amazing pictures. Over the years as I have watched him, my own interest has increased and now, although I am nowhere near as good as him, I quite enjoy photography too. A few months ago I decided to invest in a tripod for him (us!). Before I got interested in photography, I didn't understand the need for a tripod and couldn't understand why a table, etc wouldn't do the job just as well!! I have since however learnt the importance of a fixed base for an SLR, especially an SLR with decent features. The first time I understood the importance of one was on holiday last year when my husband started setting up his tripod and giving the girls some sparklers. He asked them to try and draw love hearts in the air, and using a specific setting on his camera he was able to capture the full circle or love heart that was hanging in the air from the sparkler. This doesn't sound all that exciting but for anyone that has every tried to take a photo of this or even watch someone with a sparkler, you'll realise that you cannot capture the full symbol or whatever they have drawn as it disappears too quickly. The importance of the tripod was the fixed point to ensure that it was capturing the same background image, etc. Of course there was a need to try and stay in the same place and not to move the feet too much but the pictures he captured that night were just beautiful. Another reason to invest in a tripod is the ability to shoot the night sky. When I first started following my husband's interest I naively didn't realise you couldn't pick up stars etc in the night sky with a 'normal' camera, and couldn't understand his excitement when he first got his SLR. It wasn't until he explained and I saw just how magnificent his photos were that I realised how important the tripod was to keep the shot steady and focused. He went out really late one night in the forest in Lapland hunting for the Northern Lights which I was desperate for him to see - the photographers ultimate photograph. Unfortunately despite the clear skies we didn't see them whilst there, but his photos are absolutely amazing and he assured me he would not have had the same success without a tripod. This tripod while fairly expensive for a tripod (you can pick them up from £10), isn't a professional one, they are much much more expensive at upwards of £300, so this tripod is more suited to the amateur, keen photographer with a little more experience than someone just starting out who perhaps could get away with a basic and cheap one to start with. For the £45 that I paid for it, I do think it's a fairly decent bit of kit, perhaps a touch overpriced in comparison to similar products but in hind sight I perhaps didn't exactly know what I was looking for when I bought this for my husband as a little gift. For us, the most important point to this tripod is its weight. We holiday quite a lot and knowing we were going to Lapland for a week at Christmas time, I knew he would want to bring it with us, so it had to be lightweight enough that it would be a viable option to pop in a suitcase and then be carrying around with us on journeys out in Lapland. Our previous holiday hadn't been an issue as we had driven to France so the weight didn't come into it, but it fit neatly into our suitcase this time and was lightweight enough that it didn't cause any issues with the baggage allowance. This is just as important in the UK, as I would imagine that the majority of times the tripod would be needed for most photographers would be for outdoor shooting and you're most likely going to be walking with it, but it just isn't an issue and in comparison to some quite weighty alternatives this one is a nice manageable weight, at just under 4 lb's. At its full extension the tripod will reach a pretty decent 5.5 feet, but we have found that the higher you extend it the more likely it is that it starts to become less stable. We have only noticed a 'wobble' once when it was extended to full height, but the camera itself doesn't seem all that secure way up there! Given that the camera we are using at the moment was £700, we could do without it falling off! Quite a cheap SLR in comparison to some, but still a lot of money to us! We have in fact stopped extending it to such a height and now stop at around 4 feet where it seems much more stable. This kind of height would mainly be for photographers wishing to take portrait photos anyway which we don't really do so it hasn't been a massive issue for us, but is worth considering if you are thinking about buying this specific tripod. The tripod also gives the option to tilt and move the camera angle from shooting just straight forward which is handy. The release for the camera is also decent and doesn't leave you faffing to remove it. Another little feature to the tripod is the spirit level which allows you to check that you are shooting straight, however we have found that this seems to have a mind of its own and moves around whenever it wants so we don't really use this to be honest. *This review was written before Jessops went into administration. If you have the option to pick up this camera second hand though or from a secondary retailer, I would recommend if the price is lower than the £45 I paid, as it wasn't worth this price.

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        04.05.2012 01:46

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        A nice little tripod for a nice little price, for the pro or the amateur

        As a basic entry level tripod this is one of the best on the market. The adjustable height and angle make the framing of your next shot far easier and the feet are extremely stable on uneven ground. Uneven ground is also well dealt with due to the independent adjustability of each leg making it possible to take photos on hills or even on stairs; while the crank that alters elevation can adjust without changing positions. The range of heights is pretty large, and a much better option than those mini tripods you can buy, which arent really useful for much. The build quality is good, with sturdy metal legs and hard wearing toggles and controls. The legs are however a bit of a faff to get in the correct position and it takes a little bit of time to get the calibrations all correct due to there being 3 different extension points on each leg, which if your in a hurry to get a snap is no good. However, if your using a tripod, its most likely you will not be in a hurry so its not so much of an issue. The handle to alter the position of the camera is very sensitive to touch which makes positioning easy, but can cause some shake during exposure. But the detachable clip makes the removal and installation of the camera on the tripod extremely quick and easy, so you can grab it off quickly if you need to make a quick shot; and replace it just as easily to get on with your longer exposures. The tripod is also not the lightest in the world, but as long as you strap it to a backpack its alright - the handle that is attached is a bit awkward to hold as the legs tend to move around and trap your fingers, not fun. I would reccomend getting a bag for it to go in that can go over your shoulder - much easier.

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        25.04.2012 22:19
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        A great tripod from Jessops, definitely worth its price.

        Over my time in college studying a photography A Level, I found that I needed a reliable tripod that didn't mean spending hundreds on an over the top professional tripod with fancy features. I checked out a few cheaper than this, but eventually decided this was the better option and popped into my local Jessops to pick one up. I was very please when I returned home with my new toy. As it does everything I needed it to and was very reliable. To really test out how good and sturdy the tripod was, I took my 32mm film camera into a low light and set it up on my tripod with a low shutter speed. Having borrowed a friends tripod to do this previously my results weren't good, but with this tripod I found that my photographs had developed looking perfect!! Here's some specs for you! Length closed (cm) : 69 Max. Height (cm) : 167 Weight (g) : 1732 Leg gauge (mm) : 27 Braced : Yes Number of Sections : 3 Leg Locks : Clip Elevation Control : Crank,Pneumatic Tensionable Elevation : Yes Quick Release Platform : Yes Tripod Case Size* (cm) : 72 Spiked Feet : No Spirit Level : Yes Carry handle: Yes When the legs are all together, you can carry the tripod around with the thick plastic handle attached to it. Very portable! You can adjust the legs of the tripod to reach the perfect positioning for your photographs/video work, and when fully extended the legs reach around a meter and a half long! There isn't much else I can tell you about the tripod, oh! except that it has a nifty little inbuilt spirit level. Handy for those moments when you need to be extra picky about framing and getting it all level. Overall though, this tripod has served me very well. It's sturdy, very easily adjustable and suits my needs, and is even portable! A great product that I would definitely recommend.

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          03.10.2010 10:22
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          Good for Occasional Use

          Keen to get Mr Frank into a hobby other than playing on his iPhone or computer games, I spent last Christmas trying to fan into flame a glimmer of interest from his quarters in photography. My photography-enthusiast brother-in-law helped me pick out all the equipment that he thought would help a beginner photographer get started, and I bought it all for Mr Frank to get him started on my chosen hobby for him! Obviously I knew that I needed to buy Mr Frank a camera and a lens, but a tripod is something I had not considered. My brother-in-law assured me it is an essential piece of kit for even a beginner photographer and is particularly useful for shots that the photographer wants to be in (ie. Whole family shots) and pictures using a slow shutter (so the camera does not shake). My thrifty brother-in-law found this tripod on ebay for £10 which I was really pleased with. New it would have cost around £50 which I was not willing to spend in case Mr Frank rejected my chosen hobby for him. The tripod was still in its box with instructions, and it has remained there for most of its life since purchase. Fortunately, this is not because Mr Frank rejected the idea of photography as a hobby, but rather because it's a bit bulky to carry around. The tripod has been used on a few occasions and has proved to be useful and easy to use. We have not referred to the instructions at all, as we have both used tripods before and this one is not much different to most tripods. It has three legs which extend and retract easily, and two spirit levels at the top to enable you to check you have got it level. It is easy to fix the camera to, and use the top lever to angle the camera correctly. It has a carry handle along the legs to try and make it easier to transport. However, I think that if you wanted to carry it any distance it would be better to have an over-the-shoulder strap, as this little handle does not leave your hands free. As a basic tripod it seems to do the job of stabilising the camera effectively. I don't know how it would fare in inclement conditions or rough terrain, but for our purposes of the occasional family photo or shot with a slower shutter it has been fine. For £10 I can't complain, and I'm glad I didn't spend any more on it knowing how little we actually use it.

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            14.09.2009 11:31
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            Better available at lower costs.

            Some people see Jessop's as a place to trust in the photography world and others see them as rip off merchants that over charge for basic products, I won't give my opinion on Jessop`s on the whole but I am here to give you my opinion of their TP327 Tripod. Firstly i should start by saying that although I am a professional portrait photographer, this is not a professional tripod. This tripod is available at my camera class for people to use and to learn with and as I have shown people how to use it on many occasions as well as using it myself; I felt that I was qualified to give my opinion on it. I will abstain from comparing it with professional tripods, simply because it cannot compare, this tripod costs around £50 whereas my tripod of choice cost me nearly ten times that. This Jessop`s tripod is very lightweight and therefore easy to carry around, which is important of course and especially so if you are an outdoor photographer covering a large area in a day shooting in many places. There is more needed from a tripod though than just being portable and the main thing a tripod should have is of course stability, after all that is the entire point in using one. The Jessop's TP327 Tripod is stable to a point, that point being at about half of its full height, once you go above half height the unit starts to wobble a bit and did not fill me with confidence at all and if it is an outdoor shoot and there is a strong wind then I feel you will get better results hand held than you will using this tripod at anything over half height. Fully extended this tripod can reach 167 centimetres or five and a half feet if you prefer, this is not really high enough for me as a portrait photographer as most adults I photograph tend to be a bit taller than that and therefore I could not get to eye level with them using this tripod. I also find that a really tall tripod and a remote shutter release for your camera can give you the option of taking landscape shots from a completely different perspective, my own tripod reaches nearly seven foot fully extended and there can be little need for more height than that. The top of this tripod is fitted with a flat quick release platform to attach your camera to the tripod with and although it does its job well enough it is nowhere near as good or as flexible to use as a ball head which gives you almost as much freedom as shooting hand held. The movement of this tripod for panning and tilting is quite smooth but still not perfect and getting the exact angle for a shot can be tricky. The worst thing about this tripod is the spirit level that it has fitted which is supposed to allow you to ensure that you are shooting straight, this is especially useful when shooting outdoors on rough or uneven ground. Unfortunately the spirit level on this just simply does not work, the bubble pops around randomly all over the place and when I used a hot shoe spirit level attached to my camera it never agreed with the one on the tripod and it was always the tripods one that was wrong. The tripod is easy to use and does have a very simple set of adjustments to raise and lower the height but all you are getting is a cheap tripod and to be honest it is over priced at £50, you can get better tripods from Sony for around the £35 mark and if you need a strong, sturdy and reliable tripod then I am afraid you simply have to spend over £100. The Jessop's TP327 Tripod`s features: Closed length - 69cm Maximum height - 167cm Weight - 3.82lbs Leg gauge - 27mm Number of sections - 3 TO SUM UP: The long and the short of it is that with most things you simply get what you pay for but I have to say I do not feel you get what you pay for with this but rather you get slightly less. It could do with being a lot more stable at full height or in fact anything over half and it could do with a spirit level that actually works. The good points are the fact that it is lightweight and portable and also easy to use but this in itself is not enough and even when you add to the fact that you get a free carrying bag it is still not enough to convince me to recommend this to anyone at its cost of a bit over £50. My advice would be that if you are on a tight budget then look at the Sony tripods from £35 upwards but if you can spend a bit more then look at the Manfrotto 7301YB which costs around the £120 mark or if you need a professional tripod then you can look at the much more expensive tripods from Manfrotto or Giotto. Thanks for reading © thebigc1690

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              14.12.2008 01:10
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              Let me start by saying I am not the best photographer in the world, but I am very interested photography (and gadgets to be honest) so I'm always looking out for a good buy and a nice piece of kit. Which is why when this beauty struck my eye I simply had to have it. Like I said I'm no genius with a camera so you'll have to forgive me if I use any incorrect technical vocabulary and understand this is from an amateur's point of view. Well the tripod can be set up in roughly 30 seconds and the legs are separated in to two sections meaning it is more compact when not extended but can still reach a very good height of about 1m 60 just with the legs which is a very comfortale height for shooting pictures with. Along with the legs, there is also a "cranky pole sliding thing" (see getting very technical here) which can be used to extend the tripod a further 50cm in height, meaning even someone like me, being 6ft 2, can still get the camera up to eye level while the camera is still being supported. So what else makes the tripod so great to someone like me? Well there's also 2 spirit levels fixed on top which enable you to tell if the camera is flat or not and whether its poiting straight. Never really found a use for the second spirit level for my use. but the main one i very handy and has certainly straightened alot of my shots out over the years. The tripod also has little rubber shoes on the end of each leg which pivot meaning it can be placed on an un-even surface and stand upright to some extent but the main thing thats so great for me is the quick release. Unlike cheaper tripods where you have to screw your camera onto the top then unscrew it when you want to take it off, with this you simply screw a plastic plate on to the camera which then clips on top of the tripod meaning it can be put on and taken off in mere seconds saving valuable time when your trying to get that great photo. So to conclude: -----Pros----- Quick release Brilliant height Keeps photos level -----Cons----- Alot of knobs all over the place can be very confusing at first Not suitable for heavy use 5 Stars but only suitable for amateurs, professionals should seek a much heavier duty tripod if intended for outdoor. This tripod is made by jessops so can only be found at their store. However it currently RRPs at over 50 pounds, I suggest waiting for a sale as I managed to get this for 30 pounds over 2 years ago

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                05.12.2008 19:41
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                Decent Budget Tripod

                Not an iPod... A TriPod! This review is for the Jessops 'TP327' Tripod, rather than the post-apocalyptic TV series 'The Tripods' which aired in the mid 80's - anyone remember that? - check it out on youtube! Tripods serve the purpose of holding your camera steady, enabling you to achieve shake-free shots - hence, no more blurry images. Costing £58 from Jessops, the TP327 is very lightweight (1732g), and easy to carry round due to the strong plastic handle on its body. As a whole, the tripod is very stable, and i've used it in some pretty windy conditions when taking landscape shots on the Downs. When fully extended, the tripod can reach up to well over one and a half metres in height (167 centimetres infact), which gives more than enough adjustability for me to play with. On the downside, there is a spirit level embedded on the unit which is pretty much useless. The bubble moves quiite randomly, and clearly isn't woring effectively. I see from other reviews that this is a problem with this model as a whole rather than just a random malfunction. Anyway, it's not a big deal for me, as I wouldn't use it anyway. The top of the tripod features a 'quick release platform' which you can attach to your camera. This means that you can avoid screwing your camera onto the unit each time, and just clip the camera on instead - a very handy and time-saving feature. For the price, I would fully recommend this particular model. I have found it to be sturdy, light, and easily adjustable. What more could I ask for? - apart from a working sprit-level of course! Summary of Features: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Length closed (cm) : 69 Max. Height (cm) : 167 Weight (g) : 1732 Leg gauge (mm) : 27 Braced : Yes Number of Sections : 3 Leg Locks : Clip Elevation Control : Crank, Pneumatic Tensionable Elevation : Yes &: 3 way Quick Release Platform : Yes Tripod Case Size* (cm) : 72 Spiked Feet : No Spirit Level : Yes Carry handle: Yes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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