SLIK Sprint Pro II GM Tripod with Ballhead - Supports 4.5 lbs (2kg), Gunmetal (611-849)
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- Easy to use SLIK speed release leg locks
- Maximum height of 64 inches reaches eye level for most users
- 3 adjustable angles positions legs on uneven ground or steps
- Maximum upper leg diameter of 20mm
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|Included Components||Slik Sprint Pro II GM Tripod with Ballhead - Supports 4.5 lbs (2kg) - Gunmetal|
|Item Dimensions||6.7 x 3 x 18.5 inches|
|Item Weight||2.1 pounds|
|Shipping Weight||2.55 pounds|
|Tripod Head Type||ball head|
The second generation of the popular SLIK SPRINT PRO the SPRINT PRO II GM (gun metal finish) has padded leg wraps for more comfortable carrying. The new tripod also has a new SLIK SBH-100DQ all-metal compact ball head with quick release system for faster, easier mounting of a camera. The tripod is an excellent travel partner for a light-weight mirrorless interchangeable lens camera (ILC) system or light weight DSLR. With a capacity of 4.5 lbs. the tripod can handle up to a midrange DSLR with a standard or kit lens. The SPRINT PRO II GM is a full sized tripod when it is extended to its maximum height of almost 64 inches. The adjustable legs angles can be used to splay the legs out and lower the tripod. When used with the built-in short center column, (the included center column unscrews into two pieces) the camera is just 6.4 inches off the ground for extremely low angle or macro photography out in the field. Another way to get the camera low is to reverse the center column which could be used for macro photography or copy work.
Top Customer Reviews
I bought this one because I needed portability, but didn't want to compromise height. When fully extended, I don't have to hunch over to look through my camera. I am only 6', but this was important to me.
That being said, if you extend to smallest legs out, there is a bit of flex in the system and I spread them out a little extra to compensate.
The foam grips on all three legs give it a nice look like the heavier duty ones.
The ball lock is simple to operate and allows you to get any angle you desire. With a heavier setup, you will have to compensate for some flex down though.
the snap in plate works great, and I have now worn the part that holds it open out, it still locks securely and I have never had any problems or concerns with with my camera falling or coming out.
I did not receive a discount on this product for my honest opinion, I paid full price for the item.
-Aluminum construction. This means solid, jitter-free construction versus overpriced, plastic-construction tripods from Best Buy. I just shake my head at the Best Buy tripods.
-Amazingly portable due to its low mass and collapsible, 3-section leg design.
-The lowest leg sections are thin and small (diameter-wise). Great for reducing weight, but bad for stability. I recommend extending the smallest section last.
-A little unstable when fully extended. I'm 6'2", and to get the tripod to a comfortable height requires full leg extension and almost full extension of the stem. While vibration dampening is still good, the tripod has a tendency to twist about the center axis. So I rarely use it fully extended. I just extend the legs, leave the stem almost the entire way down, and squat to the viewfinder. :-/
-No pan. I know it's a ball head, and Slik doesn't claim it can pan. But it would be great to have pan as well since I love to shoot multiple-image panoramics. The ball head either allows several degrees of freedom (untightened) or none at all (tightened).
1. No counterweight at the bottom. On windy days it would of really come in handy. I often set this up with a remote and on windy days I had to stop everything and run to catch the falling camera. Hooking my Camera Pack to it would of been enough. Searched for a while but can't find an accessory that would work with the Silk Pro II.
2. The cork plate is not sturdy and it doe not have a tooless screw. You need a quarter or screwdriver to mount. Real pain when traveling with it.
The positive is it's super portable. Its not that wide or tall when folded. There are shorter tripods folded but not many that are less wide than this. It fit's into the side pocket of my Burton 26L Zoom Pack. It's only about 3" in diameter at it's widest point so it fits very well in smaller packs. Some of the really short tripods when folded are almost twice that.
I bought a different head with a tool-less camera screw and that helped but since I can't find an anchor hook I'm going to have to find another tripod. It's a shame because it's hard to find a tripod with these specs. Oh well.
I travel quite a bit, enjoy outdoors and hiking. I do not use a DSLR but rather a Sony NEX 3N mirrorless camera. With that in mind, I was interested in a lighter tripod but didn't want to compromise too much on quality or construction.
Pros: Lightweight and excellent aluminum construction means I can pack it up in a backpack and take it with me everywhere. It is ultra light (about 2 pounds) and set up takes only a few seconds. I'm 5'7" so rarely have to extend the center column. If I don't extend the last segment of the legs this is a very stable tripod. The ball head is versatile and with most of my lenses works well.
Cons: Stability definitely takes a hit if the center column is fully extended or if the last segment of the legs are fully extended in windy conditions. Not a rock solid tripod by any stretch, particularly under these conditions. If I have my 55-210mm telephoto lens the ball head/camera tends to tilt down a bit. I have to compensate for this by tightening the knob a bit past where I need it to let the camera "settle" into position. The quick release plate fits well but not rock solid tight. There's a little bit of give which can cause some additional movement that needs to be factored while adjusting the camera position.
While there are a few minor flaws (hence 4 stars and not 5), I have been very satisfied with this tripod. The light weight yet solid construction means you are not compromising one for the other. Stability can be a bit of an issue in high winds, or if the center column is fully extended. Truth is, under most normal conditions, neither one of these is a particularly big issue for me. I look forward to getting the most out of this little tripod for years to come.
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