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|Weight||6.00 lb (2.72 kg)|
|Head Mount Thread Size||1/4"-20|
|Head Type||3-Way pan & tilt with quick release|
|Center Column Type||Geared|
|Center Column Sections||1|
|Independent Leg Spread||Yes|
|Leg Lock Type||Flip levers|
|Load Capacity||5.50 lb (2.49 kg)|
|Folded Length||27.0" (68.6 cm)|
|Minimum Height||24.8" (63.0 cm)|
|Maximum Height||63.0" (160.0 cm)|
Mine finally bit the dust after 22 years of flawless service. The leg latch brackets have embrittled and are starting to crack :(I'm buying another.
I bought this at VanTuil photo in Erie PA in about 1983 to use with my Canon F1n cameras. 30 some years later it is still my daily use tripod. The only drawbacks are 1. it is too light for my 600mm lens, no surprise there and 2.
I bought this tripod after reading reviews from other users in which they stated that they had used the same tripod for 25 or more years. This is a sturdy tripod, and no lightweight.
I was lucky to find it on the second hand market. It was alread 25 years old and after only few months the leg lever got broken. Either way I can-t think of better tripod.Absolutely sturdy, versatile,with flash sockets. I had 10 tripods so far and this one is a father of tripods.
My old U212 has a boken crank handle, after more than 30 yeare of hard use. It was time to get another one of these truly universal tripods. Fast setup, rock solid.
I wanted a nicer tripod that was good for everyday use for a casual photographer. This exceeded my expectations.
I purchased this back in 1986 along with a couple of Canon T90's and I recently (December 2013) used it with my recent purchase of a Sony Alpha 77. During that time span I have gone through 3 different lens mounts and 3 different flash systems.
Everything still works just a s day one...30 years ago. Of course it does have some plastics so use "common care" and it will never fail. It is heavy compared to some current offerings, but again I see no need just to change.
I've used a U-212 since 1982, and have never had an issue with it. GREAT tripod. The quick release head works very well, but if you get a U-212, buy an extra quick release camera screw, or have a machinist make you a couple of them (very easy, quick job to make them). They're easy to lose!
very stable, easy to adjust