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Takes only 48x60" of floor space, breaks down quickly, accepts all 4x8' Plexiglas or Formica (not included) and holds them flat. Features adjustable back frame from flat to 90°, dual hooks for seamless paper rolls, adjustable working height from 29-35", surface tilts up 12° for special effects. Shipped UPS unassembled. Includes precision level.

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Reviewed by 1 customers

 
2.0

Poor fabrication and cheap materials

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from Columbia, SC  -  Pro Photographer

If you don't want to read in-depth my advice would be to keep looking for another product table. This table, while able to hold 50-Lb products using a sheet of 1/8" plexi-glass is wobbly, poorly fabricated/cheaply constructed, and is not a good value for the price, nor is it a piece of professional/studio grade equipment. If you want to know how I came to this conclusion, read on. This is my first ever in-depth review, so please bear with me. I am not a product or studio photographer for what its worth. I came to research and purchase a product table when an existing commercial client asked if I could help them with the photography of several hundred items for their databases and sales materials. Not knowing how to use the word no, I said "of course," and began researching what I would need to pull off a high volume of quality product photography in a short period of time. I came across the Adorama Delta 1 The Studio table and it appeared to fit the bill for what I needed. I wanted this product table to be great, however no-matter how hard I have tried to like it, It just isn't a good value for the cost. There are a few bright spots, but over all I have a hard time rating this product table more than a 1.5 out of 5. The following review is a combination of both my initial impressions, and five months of actual use. Upon receiving the box, my initial thought was "this can't be it…" but it in fact it was. I was both impressed and concerned with the lack of weight and small size that the table frame shipped in. All totaled the box that arrived at my house was approximately 5" x 9" x 96" and weighed about 25-lbs (estimate). Inside were color coded, paper wrapped tubes (pictured) that made up the frame, a bag of hardware and seven pages of photo copied basic assembly instructions (pictured) that included a list of hardware, tools needed (A flat head screwdriver is the only tool listed, however you will also need 9/16 and 11/16 wrenches as well as a rotary tool w/ grinding stone, and a hammer), and pictograms of how the color coded packages of 1" square tube comes together to form the frame of the table. Having plenty of experience in assembling flat packed furniture from big box stores, I got right to work thinking this would be a fairly straightforward process, which it should have been. My first moment of dismay occurred when I tore into the White and Red packages to find that the flat black paint had already begun to chip off, allowing the metal underneath to begin rusting (pictured). I figured that it was no big deal as I planned to USE this table hard, and it would need some touchups soon enough. Unfortunately I also came to realize very quickly the fittings that were pressed into the tubes (pictured) were not inserted straight, they were all askew by approximately 5-10 degrees. When coupled with the holes that were drilled into the tubes at other random angles this made for quite a frustrating assembly process that is not suited for the faint of heart (the application of brute force was required) or those without a basic understanding of mechanical engineering. In addition to the poor fabrication of the tubing, the threads on the inserts wen't all cut properly so this led to screws binding and seizing. The final result for these screw/fitting combinations was to get the screw in as far as possible and finish the job with aforementioned hammer (see video). At this point I should have taken the table apart and shipped it back, however I couldn't get it disassembled enough to fit it back in the box from which it came, so I pressed on with the completion of the lower frame. When it came time to install the upper arms, which allow the 90-degrees of tilt and the use of a roll of seamless paper as well, I ran into another stumbling block. The holes that were drilled in the tube appear to have been done too quickly with a really dull drill bit, and were never de-burred afterwards. This left the extremely tight tolerances where the upper and lower frames came together un-useable. I backed the two screws in the upper sections and used a rotary tool w/ a small cylindrical grinding stone to smooth out the burrs and gain back the 1/8" I needed to get the bolt that acts as the pivot point for the upper and lower sections through. Once I had the pivot bolts in, I quickly came to realize that hand tightening them wasn't an option if I wanted a secure/stable work surface, which is when I realized I needed the 9/16 and 11/16 wrenches. After all was said and done, nearly 3.5 hours had passed since I started the assembly process, but I finally had a standing, somewhat secure product table frame. The following morning I went and picked up a 4' x 8' sheet of 1/8" plexi to act as my table surface. The installation of the plexi was a little unwieldy and would have been better accomplished by a team of two, rather than one lone photographer in a studio. When I went to raise the upper section from flat to vertical I began to wish I had an extra set of arms, but I was thankful that I hadn't put the wrenches from the previous afternoon away yet, as I had to tighten the bolts with even more force to get the back to stay up at an almost 90-degree angle. When all was put together, and adjusted, just over 4.5 hours had been spent on initial assembly and setup. I stepped back and marveled at the masters degree in mechanical engineering I had just earned setting this thing up, and got started with my lighting setup for testing, which thankfully went very smoothly, and I was able to achieve the exact type of professional imagery the client was looking for. A few days later, an assistant and I broke the table down into its four major components that were secured with the wing nuts (for the most part) and transported the studio to the client's location, and re-set the table in approximately 1.5 hours with very few headaches compared to the initial setup. The following 15 shoot days went off with out a hitch. There where a few nervous moments when some heavy items were placed on the table and it began to groan or wobble, but it held together and got the job done. By the end of this shoot almost all of the paint had chipped off the two channels where the plexi is secured at the top and bottom, and the points where the upper and lower sections meet had begun to buckle from the constant amount of pressure needed to keep the back of the table at a near 90-degree angle. One day of the shoot required gray seamless paper to be used, and another day required a black roll of seamless. The 53" rolls of Savage paper ordered just barely fit the cross bar w/ 1/8" to spare on either side, so binding was an issue when we unrolled more as needed. As it stands today having shot four projects with this table I can safely say it has paid for itself (just barely) if it falls apart tomorrow. If I had it to do over again though, I would continue my search (I initially wanted to order the Manfrotto table, but it was backordered and delivery couldn't be guaranteed on the timeframe we needed). I would have been willing to pay 2x or 3x the cost for a table that would last, or would have been happy with this table at a much lower price point. I don't see this table making it through more than two more projects as it is now. I have found a local fabrication shop who is willing make some modifications (welded bolts instead of pressed in, etc) to the table and its design to help fix some of the issues and hopefully make it last.

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Leonard L  what's the max weight for this table? and is it sturdy/durable?
Brett F  I have had 50-pound bags of rice, sugar, and flour on the table using a 1/8" sheet of plexi-glass. It was wobbly but it held. In my opinion the weight limit of this table is more dependent of the plexi or other substrate you are using rather than the frame itself.
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