K&F BA225 Compact Tripod/Monopod Kit
ULTRA-Lightweight Compact Tripod (SKU:KF09.077V1)
We have various tripods that cater for various scenarios depending on location and requirements. Recently we were looking at the K&F range of Carbon Fibre tripods for their light weight and functionality. After trekking across the countryside with backpack and tripod you want one as light as possible. When K&F contacted us, asking if we wanted to try out their BA225 tripod we jumped at the chance. As we have said previously their tripods have always been of good construction quality with a lot of thought going into the design.
Delivery was pretty quick considering all the issue with international postage these days to the UK. Initial impressions upon opening the box were all good. KF tripods always arrive in a good sturdy packaged box with its own branded carry bag. The tripod looks good with its orange and black colours. Weighing in at just 1.02Kg (2.2lbs) it sure was light and is by far the lightest tripod we have had to date.
The tripod is a lot more compact than most of the others in the K&F range measuring just 14″. More impressive still is that it has a load capacity of 8kg (17.6 lbs). In its various forms it has an extendable height of 60.2″ (153cm) in tripod format or 159cm in monopod format.
We liked the angle adjustment buckle that locks the legs in place rather than the ratchet lock type and the metal twist locks on the 5 section leg tubes. We found that very easy to use, sturdy and functional. The tripod being made with carbon fibre was very sturdy whilst being very lightweight.
We took the tripod out with the 5d Mkiv and an array of lens and it handled the balance no problem in various configurations. The quick release plate gripped well and worked no problem. The ball head was rock steady with no creep and the locking nuts all performed as one would expect.
The tripod is easy to set up, the five sections leg tubes work well with the spiral twist locking system allowing for easy leg length adjustments. Key elements are coloured orange such as the 28mm large KF-28 ball head giving a larger sphere for more stability. The centre column lock and leg angle adjustment release buttons were sturdy and gave worked really well with panoramic shooting.
In a detachable monopod format we found it perfect when getting across fields especially when an over curious young bull cow decided he did not want anyone else there and chased me across the field to the gate. The monopod over my shoulder with camera and lens attached was quite well balanced in a stress testing episode.
In all configurations the tripod was steady and coped with the weight distribution easily. Even For low angle photography with the centre axis inverted for those close up macro photographs we found that this tripod worked flawlessly.
All in all this is a great tripod with a scope to be used in all sorts of settings and configurations. Being so light you do not even notice when it is attached to your backpack. This is definitely one worth having in your kitbag.
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