Tripod can be said to be the indispensable partner in photography career ,a lot of skills of shooting is often depend on the tripod, such as the night scene photography, macro photography, etc, the role of the tripod is not be ignored, the author evaluation of the comans tripod is --TM - 286 - c + CN-1 and TK C 257+CV-0 .
Tan Zhou town, zhongshan city of guangdong province ,China(Mainland) is rich in manufacture photographic equipment Coman photographic equipment (zhongshan)co., LTD is located in here ,Coman company was founded in 2010.
Coman has its own strong technology and first-class enterprise team in the field of redundancy technique, product development and sales. It is a newly set-up technology enterprise which develops and produces good quality professional photography tripods and ballheads.
Left: TK-257+CV-0 Right: TM-286C+CN-1
TK - 257 + CV - 0 is belong to oyager Series Tripod Kit ,and TM - 286 - c + CN - 1 is belong to EMU Series Tripod Kit, then what is the difference about the two tripods, the author first introduce the TM - 286 - c + tripod.
The TM-286C+CN-1 Tripod
The TM C 286C+ CN - 1 tripod legs can be inverted and folded back 180 and be transformed to a monopod . This design makes the tripod is very small after folded, it is convenient to carry, the design of transformed to a monopod can be better adapt to the different environmental needs.
TM - 286 - c + CN - 1 180 degree reverse and folded
The tripods metal parts is forged by high strength aluminum alloy, the material has high strength, good stability, good characteristics of the motor ability. The foot tube adopts 8 layer carbon fiber materials, the material of carbon fiber makes is very light in weight, only 1.82 kg. The legs are made by a newly development technology - Disposable hot coiled process, which makes the texture more elegant, the products lighter. Compared with todays other brands of carbon fiber tripods, Comans disposable hot coiled process 8X tubes are stronger in load pressure and stronger laterally.
The type of Product and material identification
We can see in the picture , this tripod adopts unique automatic pressure type gear regulating mechanism, the design can be more quickly adjusted the tripods height than the others tripod.
This tripod is made of 4 section feet pipe , the maximum diameter is 29.0 mm, the minimum diameter is 18.5 mm, maximum length is 1720 mm, normal height is 1450 mm, the minimum of 250 mm, the folded height is 460 mm, the bear weight is 14 kg, so this tripod is fit support large-Frame camera or medium format cameras. We know the rubber feet may not unstable in some of the ground , but this kind of tripod match with stainless steel spiked, the tripod can be configured with either screw-in rubber feet or stainless steel spiked feet ( available separately) to meet the needs of your shooting locations and conditions.
Transformed to a monopod
We may need to move the camera back and forth in some situation, at this time, the tripod is not very convenient for us , so we need a monopod to assist our to shooting, this tripod can be help us at this time .
Through the above picture , one of foot tube of the tripod is thread mace removable design, can be connect with the headball transfer to the monopod.
This TM-286C+CN-1 tripod match with the CN-1 headball. Coman Professional CN- Series ballheads are high-end ballheads. Each head maintains constant resistance throughout its range of operation and provides exceptional stability. The body and the ball are made from high class aerospace material,
The diameter of the ball is 36mm, the height of the headball is 98mm,the diameter of the base is 54mm,the work temperature is -2545 degree. The bear weight is 25kgs. Although the carbon fiber material of TM-286C is too light. It is so perfect to match with the CN-1 headball.
Non-oval ball design offers high friction damping and allows easy and smooth operation.The main knob and the constant damping knob are concentric. Its more convenient and quick for the user to operation. Sets a constant damping adjustment make smooth operation.
The headball CN - 1 adopt the international standard of spiral clamping platform, the quick released plate is in common use with the international standards clamping platform,it is very convenience. The international standard safety stop nail design can stop the gears from falling off by accident.according to the comans instruction, the headball designed for top class photographers. Each head maintains constant resistance throughout its range of operation and provides exceptional stability.
The TK-257+CV-0 tripod
Finish comment the TM-286C+CN-1,we will talk about TK-257+CV-0 next. The TK-257+CV-0tripod legs can be inverted and folded back 180 and be transformed to a monopod too . But there have some ddifferent , This tripod is very economical , it made of high quality aluminium alloy pipes imported from Japanese, so that it can realize more economic, light weight and strong stability.
Coman aluminum tripods are made from high quality aluminum materials which are imported from Japan, through our second cold pressure process, the wall thickness of the newly formed aluminium tubes is now 1.0mm and 0.8mm, compared with the former 1.5mm. The second process not only maintain the original strength and high rigid, but also reduce the weight by 30%. Although this tripod is not the carbon fiber,the weight is so light. There are 5 sections made of the tripod. The maximum diameter of the tube is 25.5mm, the minimum diameter is 12mm. The maximum hight is 1600mmthe normal height is 1350mmthe lowest 220mm.The bear weight is 8KG, and the net weight is 1.47KG.
brand and the model Foam grip
This tripod undergo a special anodized suiface treatment that make all metal surface highly resistant to wear and increase durability and weather resistance . To improve the service life of the tripod. This kind of tripod also adopted the pressure type adjustment, can quickly adjust to the appropriate angel .But the difference is its use the flip lock button on the foot , it made of with high elasticity and high toughness engineering plastic, the author found that the fiip lock is a little tight to open it . but is not affect the whole feeling to use it.
TK-257+CV-0can be transfer to a monopod
TK-257+CV-0 is the same as the TM-286C+CN-1, One iof the foot tube can be removable, can be quickly converted into a monopod, the monopod can be use in crowded places or motion Shot.
But there have some differents, you can put the foot tube connect the center column,so that make the monopod more higher. But is not convenience to carry it.
The CV-0 headball is match with the TK-257+CV-0 tripod, it is a small volume and light weight, easy to opposition and economy. The hight is 80mm, the diameter is 44mm, the net weight is 0.28kg..
Damping control and adjustment
The body and the ball are made from high class aerospace material, with advanced shock absorption to insure accurate panoramic images. The same as the tripod,
The metal surface dispose by double oxidation process of the lacquer bake, has a very good wear resistance.
This series headball adopt the design of double insurance torsion, it must be reverse pressure insurance twist can be take out the quick released plate by move the flip, it can be guarantee the safety of the equipment effectively. safety device will put the flip rebound to Insurance locked autokinetic. It is very convenient.
According to the evaluating of the TM-286C+CN-1 and TK-257+CV-0 tripod.we can see that, coman is a new enterprise in the market. But the product is so professional in the design and manufacture. The Products as well as other products on the market. The TM-286C+CN-1 is RMB:2380.00 on the taobao. The TK-257+CV-0 is RMB:580.00 on the taobao.
Left: TK-257+CV-right: TM-286C+CN-1
The summary owe owe of the evaluation:
1\Can be transfer to a monopod, it is convenience to use conversion between with tripod and monopod.
2\ TM-286C+CN-1 can be configured with either screw-in rubber feet or stainless steel spiked feet ( available separately) to meet the needs of your shooting locations and conditions.
Disadvantage: It has a little longer to not convenience to carry out after it transfer to a monopod about TK-257+CV-0.