Tripods and monopods are essential parts of my photographic tool box. Without one or the other, any of my best images would not have been made. Or, if I was able to image the subject, the shot would probably not have been marketable.
Zomei Q666 Tripod/Monopod At a Glance[wp-review id=”789″]
Zomei Q666 Tripod/Monopod Review
Weight: 3.9 lbs
Collapsed Height: 15″
Extended Height: 62″
Maximum Load: 22 lbs
Head Type: Ball Head
Materials: Aluminum & ABS Plastics
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Weight is surprisingly on the modest side for such a full featured tripod. It’s not ultralight like a carbon fiber tripod, but the magnesium aluminum construction keeps it lighter than some other similarly sized tripods.
It comes in at just over 4 pounds with the supplied ball and socket head. When I decide I’m carrying a tripod with me, I simply plan for the extra bulk and weight added to my gear. Three or so pounds is light enough that I can handle it with one hand if I have to.
Major parts, the legs and center column, are made of an alloy of aluminum and magnesium. Besides offering great strength for a tripod of this size and weight, it also means that it is virtually impervious to corrosion.
Other parts are well made, too. The twist lock rings are strong and they operate smoothly. The ball and socket head and quick release seem up to the task for long term, medium duty use. Even the rubber feet are thick and just the right balance between being soft and grippy and being hard and strong. Zomei has a good track record of making quality equipment that lasts a long time.
Height of the Zomei Q666, fully extended, is just shy of 5 ½ feet. I found this to be adequate for most uses, but I would have preferred a few extra inches. I hate having to be in a slightly stooped over posture for any length of time, but for the compact size this collapses into, I could put up with it.
One of the nice things about this tripod is the reversible legs. Fold the legs back, covering the head, and this unit is not much bigger than many travel size compacts I’ve tested.
While discussing height, let me describe how to convert this into a monopod. Unscrew the tripod head from the center column. One of the tripod legs also unscrews. Then, combine them together to make the very capable monopod.
Stability of smaller lighter tripods is going to differ from their larger brothers, that’s merely a matter of course. For the size and weight of this tripod, I thought it was very stable. The strength of materials, along with the multi angle adjustment capability of the legs, means I could mount a medium size rig on this and expect good results.
Used as a monopod, stability depends a lot on the user. Having a quality ball and socket head, plus the magnesium aluminum alloy materials added to my ability to steady my camera and lens enough for the shots I was attempting at a soccer match I was at. The monopod was easy to use and definitely strong enough for the moderately heavy lens I brought.
As for the weight capacity, I actually felt more comfortable using the big, heavy lens I took to the soccer match with the Zomei Q666 set up as a monopod. Because I am part of the support in that configuration.
Used as a tripod, I would likely keep heavier rigs on the tripod with the center column not extended. Not a slight to the tripod, I think it’s merely a matter of physics. A larger, heavier tripod inspires more confidence in me when I am using my larger equipment.
The ball and socket head supplied with this tripod was the perfect match. It is very well designed and added to my plus marks for the tripod when rating strength, stability, and durability. It has several knobs for controlling the adjustments.
Wrapping It Up
My overall impression of this convertible tripod is positive. Not only is it strong enough to be more than capable for what many beginners will be using a tripod for, it also is very versatile with the monopod conversion. Serious users, including professionals, will be well served using the Zomei Q666.