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Hama Omega Carbon II review

A complete tripod kit, the Hama comes with ball and socket head, and a reasonable price tag

Our Verdict

For

  • Quite inexpensive for a carbon fibre tripod
  • Spiral-etched leg sections ensure smooth extension and contraction
  • Adjustable friction damper and panning control in ball head

Against

  • No weight saving
  • Lacks a pivoting centre column facility
  • Prone to flexing when all four leg sections are extended
  • Cameras feel a bit wobbly on the quick-release plate

You can usually expect to pay upwards of £300 for a decent quality carbon fibre tripod and head. This makes the full-sized Hama Omega Carbon II look something of a bargain, because it's widely available for around £180 and comes complete with ball and socket head, plus a good quality padded carrying case.

One of the main attractions of carbon fibre camera tripods, compared with their aluminium cousins, is that they save weight, while still offering good stability. Let's see if the Hama delivers on its potential.

The Hama Omega Carbon II tripod and head kit has a combined maximum load rating of 4kg. That's easily sufficient for a bulky DSLR and long telephoto zoom lens but, even so, the load limit is only half that of some competing (and slightly cheaper) aluminium tripod and head combinations, such as the Benro A297EX and BH2-M ball head, or the Giottos MTL9361B and MH1311652 ball head.

The folded height for carrying the tripod around is 69cm, and the maximum height in use is 174cm, with the centre column fully extended. That's not particularly impressive considering that the Hama Omega Carbon II has four-section legs, whereas most tripods of this size have only three sections.

As well as having an extra set of clip locks that you need to operate to extend the tripod to its maximum height, it also means that the bottom leg sections are quite thin and spindly. From top to bottom, the diameters of the sections measure 28mm, 24mm, 20mm and 16mm.

As with most modern tripods, you can adjust the legs to any of three different angles from the centre column. This enables shooting down to a height of 48cm, and you can also unscrew the safety ring from the bottom of the centre column, so you can invert it and shoot from lower levels with the camera upside-down. However, unlike some competing tripods, the Hama Omega Carbon II lacks a pivot facility for the centre column.

Other features include both a compass and bubble level on the tripod shoulder, and a weight hook at the bottom of the centre column. The ball and socket head provided in the kit has a full complement of locking screw, adjustable friction damper and separate panning control. The last of these has a handy scale calibrated in 9-degree increments.

Tech Specs

Product TypeTripod
Head TypeBall Head
Maximum Height1740 mm
Minimum Height685 mm
Brand NameHama
Form FactorFloor Standing
Load Capacity4 kg
Head Mount Thread Size1/4"
ManufacturerHama GmbH & Co KG
Product ModelCarbon II
Product NameOmega Carbon II Floor Standing Tripod
Product LineOmega
Manufacturer Part Number4292
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.hama.co.uk
Marketing Information

The Omega Carbon II has an adjustable height of 68 to 174cm and weighs 2.5kg including the tripod head, making it the perfect travel companion. A hook on the end of the extendable central column can is ideal for hanging from your camera bag, providing extra stability and keeping your belongings off a muddy floor. Features common to both the Omega Carbon II & III tripods are an impressive 3D precision ball head consisting of a separate ball and pan head lock, adjustable friction and a quick release plate with safety catch and locking screw.

Package Contents
  • Omega Carbon II Floor Standing Tripod
  • 1 x Tripod Bag
  • Allen Key
Limited Warranty5 Year
Weight (Approximate)2.50 kg