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SLIK PRO 700DX Professional Tripod with Panhead (615-315)
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- Height\ 24 2/5 - 74 4/5"
- Weight\ 11 lbs.
- AMT alloy legs for an exceptional strength-to-weight ratio
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|Item Dimensions||30 x 10 x 10 inches|
|Item Weight||8.09 pounds|
|Shipping Weight||9.95 pounds|
Top Customer Reviews
The pan head is rated for 15 pounds of equipment, and though the tripod itself can carry much more weight, the combination is a nice one. The pan head has nice controls, has two useful bubble levels built in, is built to high standards, and utilizes the Slik "Quick Shoe" system to full advantage. I have used many tripod systems over the decades, and have used many quick release plates as they came to market. Nobody has come up with a system that can beat the round plate system that Slik has on the market now. Not even the expensive European brands. It is secure. A camera or flash can be mounted in seconds even in total darkness,and the camera or accessory can be rotated on the head a full 360 degrees while securely locked onto the head, and before snapping the position locking tab shut. I bought 3 additional quick shoes that now live on my camera bodies, and long lenses. There is nothing else like it.
Ball head fans (I'm one) can swap out the pan-tilt head for the Slick ball head 800, or any other ball head on the market in about a minute. Both the standard and short center columns come with reversible threaded studs to handle most heads that might interest you.Read more ›
But my enthusiasm has waned just a bit after what happened this last weekend. I was setting up for an outdoor portrait shoot. When I pulled one of the legs out in the same way I've always done, the end segment of the leg simply came all of the way out of the rest of the leg, as if I were taking my shoe off and my foot came with it! Some little pieces of white plastic fell out on the ground. It was clear that these little pieces were critically important to the locking mechanism but I played with it for several minutes and could not figure out how to fix it immediately, so I wasn't able to use it that day. Thank goodness it wasn't a wedding where this would have been a fairly serious problem - and an embarrassment as well.
I contacted support at THK which provides support for this tripod here in the USA. I'm happy to report that I got a rapid response from a knowledgeable support person. I'd asked if I could fix it myself and he helpfully sent me a parts diagram. I haven't been able to fix it yet, but if I can't I'll send it in for warranty repair.
Still, I didn't expect this to happen. I simply haven't used the tripod that heavily and even if I had, it looks and feels so sturdy that I never would have expected a leg simply to break. I need a tripod this coming weekend once again and I'm either going to have to fix this one or buy another to use while this one's being repaired. Having two tripods is of course not a bad thing. But I'm not sure I'll buy another of this same model.
I bought this model because I too saw the many good reviews it's gotten. Perhaps I got a bad one. That can happen with any mass-produced product.
This tripod has two handy bubble levels, a max height of 74 inches (great for us taller photographers) and an optional short center colum for low level shots.
Buy this tripod and it should outlast your camera.
Mine came with a "free" tripod bag from Slik. It's nice to have, but the tripod only fits into it with one or both of the pan-head handles detached. The handles, for some reason, are slightly different lengths, but both thread into the up/down and the right/left hinge for the pan-head. If you use the wrong one, it will bottom out before it tightens the connection so you end up having to take it all the way out and put the other one in. I ended up using colored tape to mate the right handle with the right hole, and that works OK. The tripod only fits in the case with the handles off (as best I can tell) so you end up taking them on and off, and once off, they are loose in the tripod bag, or worse, somewhere else when you go to use your tripod. If anyone from SLIK reads this, I'd suggest you just put a 25 cent bolt into the bottom of the extension tube plug, and that way the handles (which mate together) could be stored attached to the tripod. My only other issue is the instructions, which should be better. There is actually no clear diagram of how to mount the camera on the head, so you're left to figure that out.
Still a good unit for the money though. I can live with the other stuff, just suggestions that wouldn't seem to take much work and could make a very good tripod a great tripod!
2/9/08 UPDATE: I figured out that if you nest te two pan head handles and attach them to the "up/down" part of the head, it is possible to store the tripod in the bag that way and have all the parts together. In use, the tripod is rock solid and a great value for the money.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is one of the best tripods I have ever had. It is truly heavy duty and sturdy. We shoot in bracketed settings so making sure the lens / camera doesn't move at all is very... Read morePublished 2 days ago by R. Mckibben
Aside from it's weight, this is an awesome tripod!! I had my 7D and Sigma 150-500 mounted on it during a storm with wind gusts up to 25 mph, (sustained at 10-12) and she handled it... Read morePublished 4 days ago by George Schuler
I was used to a very compact, portable tripod that I purchased for $20 at a box store when looking for a cheap tripod to try taking some celestial pictures with my SLR I had also... Read morePublished 23 days ago by misterpinkey
Probably the sturdiest tripod for the money. When buying a tripod, you are either paying a premium for light weight, stability, or both. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Lance D.
This was a pleasant surprise. I needed a sturdy tripod that would hold 15-20 pounds of equipment (D810, SB-900, Soft Box, and Quantum battery). Before dropping $500-$1000. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Phil Howell
Atypical SLIK product... Excellent. Product vendor provided superior servicePublished 1 month ago by Dennis A.
Nice build and expect it to last a long time with the great range of motion at full stand-up capability for my binos and camera.Published 1 month ago by David W Somers