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OSN OS-500

Lightweight tripod with 3-way pan head

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Item # 780OS500

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Shoot in low light — or explore exciting time-lapse photography concepts — with the portable and convenient OSN OS-500 deluxe lightweight tripod. It features a three-way "fluid effect" panhead that is designed to smooth out live moves when shooting motion video. An included quick-release mount attaches to your camera or camcorder's base and makes it possible to change from a fixed to mobile shooting posture in seconds.

The center column is adjustable via a geared cranking mechanism, for easy height adjustment. Non-slip feet give you a secure platform on most surfaces. And an incorporated bubble level makes it possible to properly set your vertical orientation in moments.

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What's in the Box:

  • OS-500 tripod with 3-way head
  • Vinyl carrying case

Product Highlights:

  • supports digital cameras and camcorders weighing up to 4.5 lbs.
  • maximum height: 57"
  • 3-way fluid effect pan head for smooth camera movements
  • geared center column
  • 3-section legs with quick lever leg locks
  • quick-release plate for quickly mounting your camera
  • retracted length: 22.25"
  • weight: 2.4 lbs.
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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Overview: The OSN OS-500 is a deluxe lightweight tripod for shooting film, digital, or video cameras. It has a 3-way panhead with a quick-release platform, a geared center column, and non-slip rubber feet. The tripod comes in a handy vinyl carrying case.

3-way Panhead: The OS-500 is equipped with a 3-way fluid head, which can pan, tilt, and rotate 90° for vertical (portrait) photos. It has a quick-release plate with a standard 1/4" camera screw. The plate lets you quickly remove the camera from the tripod, and locks into the head with the shoe lever when returned to the tripod. The head has a single bubble level to help you get your pictures level perfect.

3-Section Aluminum Legs: The 3-section telescoping legs include quick lever leg locks for quick and easy leg positioning. The legs have radial leg braces for added stability. The non-slip rubber feet provide steady, free-standing support. The self-leveling feet have a ball-and-socket design for improved stability.

Geared Center Column: The geared center column is equipped with a hand crank to make it easy and convenient to raise the panhead to the desired picture taking height.

Handle: The OS-500 has a convenient carrying handle that allows you to easily move the camera to a new shooting position.

Accessory Hook: The tripod features an accessory hook on the bottom of the center column. This can be used to hang a camera bag, purse, or other items to keep them off the ground or floor. You can also attach a weight to the tripod for maximum stability.


  • Operating Height:
    • Maximum: 57"
    • Minimum: 21.5"
    • Folded Length: 22.25"
  • Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Loading Capacity: 4.5 pounds
  • Diameter of Tripod Legs: 0.83"

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Lightweight, but packed

Written by Ralph Graves, Staff Writer - Creative, on 4/3/2012 10:39:00 AM

This is a lightweight tripod indeed. But that doesn't mean it's stripped-down. There are plenty of extras that make the OS-500 ideal for outdoor use.

First, the feet are in ball sockets, so they can provide a more stable base on uneven terrain. Speaking about unevenness, there's a level built into the base to ensure the mount's perpendicular to the ground. And a second level under the quick-release plate is a welcome help for setting the mount properly.

I also like the portability of this mount. There's a handle just under the brace so I can grab it and go. And if I'm going for more than a few steps, I can just throw it all into the travel bag and start hiking.

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