Seeing as i’m a huge fan of their filters, K&F Concept were kind enough to send me their TM2515T DSLR Camera Tripod Monopod Kit 60inch to take out for a test run.
For a very long time (many years), I’ve been the proud owner of a Manfrotto tripod, it’s a sturdy number but weighs a ton and is far too big to attach to a backpack so I have to carry it around using a sling. Imagine your full camera kit, camera sling on one side and heavy tripod sling on the other side. It’s quite tiring for most quick photography excursions.
Let’s take a look at the TM2515T tripod. Here’s the main features:
- Folded 15.4″ (39cm)
Non Rusting – aluminum magnesium alloy
- 1.1” (28mm) Ball head
- Central column moves from 0 to 180 degrees, can be rotated 360° horizontally, for panorama shooting
- 25mm large diameter aluminum alloy tube, the load capacity can reach 22.04lbs (10kg), provide security and stability support
- 5 sections leg can adjust the height from 15.35” to 60.62”; the N. weight with ball head is only 3.63lbs; can be 180° reflexed, which is super portable with tripod carrying bag
- Can be rotated 360 degrees
- It can be turned into a monopod or walking stick – Height : 139cm
The tripod comes in this nice, sturdy, zip bag with handles and shoulder strap.
The tripod fits inside easily due to the clever leg mechanism which folds back up around the centre column to make it extremely compact, at least half the size of my other tripod.
To open the tripod, you simply fold the legs down and the spring locks click into place. There are three notches on the legs to allow for different angles. To fold back up, hold the thumb latches and fold, easy.
Once setup, the TM2515T has a multitude of settings that can be adjusted to position it for just about any shoot imaginable. The center column can be adjusted for added height with a simple twist of centre lock. The centre post can also be inverted and rotated 90 degrees so it’s possible to position the camera in a boom position if you intend to do overhead shots on product shoot for instance.
The inclusion of a ball head has been a big plus for me personally as I’ve been wanting to move from a two-way head. The TM2515T ball head is super simple to use and locks into any position securely, I had no trouble with my Canon 7D and Sigma 10-20mm lens. The head includes a standard quick release plate but I’m looking at swapping to an L bracket as the clamp is Arca-Swiss compatible.
As mentioned earlier, the tripod is very compact and very lightweight and easily fits on the side of a backpack. This is one of the big plus points.
I’ve been using the tripod for the last couple of days, most recently to a night photography shoot where it performed admirably. Although being lightweight, the tripod is sturdy and does not shake, and the ball head held the camera in position with no movement, both a definite pre-requisite for long exposure photography.
All in all, I’m exceedingly pleased by this tripod and feel very confident recommending it to anyone looking for a solid, portable tripod at an excellent price point. My aforementioned Manfrotto is now going to a friend. The K&F TM2515T is going to all my shoots!