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Sunpak carbon fiber tripod is cheap, light

One of the most recent additions to Sunpak's tripod line is the 523PX Pistol Grip Tripod, an inexpensive, full-size carbon fiber tripod with a pistol grip ball head, available for $179.

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One of the more recent additions to Sunpak's tripod line is the 523PX Pistol Grip Tripod, an inexpensive, full-size carbon fiber tripod with a pistol grip ball head. Available for $199 from Best Buy, it's one of the cheaper carbon fiber tripods around and it's lightweight and very portable because of its carbon fiber construction.

The Sunpak 523PX Pistol Grip Tripod has seven-layer carbon fiber legs with a maximum height of 64 inches, and is 27.3 inches long when collapsed. It has three positions of leg angle locks for low-angle photography, with a minimum height of 12 inches. There's a second center column for low-level photography and retractable leg spikes for when outdoors.

The tripod features a pistol grip ball head, with a detachable quick-release camera plate that can hold up to 6.1 pounds. There's a built-in bubble level for setting up shots. Foam leg pads make carrying comfortable, and a padded tripod carrying case with shoulder strap is included.

The Sunpak 523PX Pistol Grip Tripod also comes with a lifetime guarantee.