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Slik MINI PRO III Compact Lightweight Table Top Tripod
- Extremely lightweight and Weighs less than a pound
- The bottom of the center column has a suction cup, which can be used to mount the SLIK MINI on a clean smooth glass surfaces, including windows
- Features a 2 way pan head and has a centre column for added stability
- 3 Year Warranty
Extremely lightweight 2 section mini tripod is compact, versatile and ideal for low position and close-up macro photography.
The SLIK MINI series have great feature, the ability to use the tripod as a Chest-Pod camera support. To use it as a chest-pod, first loosen the locking collar around the center column, pull out (raise) the center column at least one inch and tighten.
Then, with the legs spread, place the feet of the legs against your upper chest.
Loosen the tripod head and position the camera so you can see through the viewfinder comfortably.
This will better stabilize the camera and help avoid image degrading camera shake.
Maximum Operating Height: 8.46 in. / 245 mm
Minimum Operating Height: 5.78 in. / 147 mm
Maximum Center Column Extension: 1.75 in. / 45 mm
Folded Length: 7.80 in. / 210 mm
Weight: 0.75 lbs. / 330 grams
Number of Leg Sections: 2
Leg Lock Type: Twist Lock
Maximum Load: 2.75 in. / 1,240 mm
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
For a tripod, it's compact size gives it a huge advantage. I never take my larger tripod on vacations, because it's much too bulky. On the other hand, I take my Slik Mini everywhere, as it's small enough to fit in my backpack, luggage, and even my jacket pocket. I've taken it to multiple continents on multiple trips, and it has never failed me. A very sturdy tripod, with expandable legs and a raisable center column, it's the best compromise I have found for stability, portability, convenience, and size in a tripod.
4 Years since I wrote my first evaluation I still have the tripod. It is so well made I expect it will last forever. Since writing the first evaluation I have used it with several cameras, including a Canon 60D, most often by bracing the legs on my chest.
Recently I purchased a Canon Vixia camcorder and am making considerable use of the tripod with it. It has made a big improvement in the videos I shoot, they are much smoother than before. Bracing the legs on my chest and turning my body, as needed, I avoid the ups and downs, camera shake, etc, that you can't avoid when the camera is hand held and you are looking at what you are shooting on the screen. Also, I am much better able to keep the camera steady on a level plane than when shooting hand held.
I will be going on a 7-day cruise on the inside passage on the west coast of Alaska in a few months. Because this is said to be very beautiful country, and because part of the time we will be sailing among icebergs and glaciers, I expect to shoot a lot of video. This tripod is going be getting a lot of work.
ORIGINAL 2009 REVIEW.
This is a great little tripod. Small enough to be carried in my camera bag and versatile enough to be used in a variety of situations. I have a Canon SX10IS, which is about the size of a dslr. The small tripod that I had previously was not able to give proper support because the legs did not extend out far enough. The camera would tip over when on the tripod. This is not a problem with this tripod. The camera is very secure. The instructions that come with the tripod explain how to use it by bracing it against your chest. I have tried this several times and it is very effective. In low light situations, for example, using the tripod in this way makes the camera much more stable so there is less likelihood of blurring due to camera shake with low shutter speeds.
I got it specifically to use with my spotting scope when at the rifle range. Shooting at 200 yards, it's darn near impossible to see where the rounds are landing on the target (or OFF the target) without the use of a spotting scope. So I bought a relatively inexpensive 20x to 60x variable power spotting scope which came with a tripod. Unfortunately, the included tripod is a full-length model and is terribly cheap. I'm almost afraid the included tripod isn't stable enough to not tip over and damage the scope.
Since my local rifle range has wide concrete table tops at each shooting station, there is plenty of room to put down a shooting mat and set the Slik next to it. The stability is OUTSTANDING and the range of adjustment in the ball head is perfect. I have great confidence in this lightweight, compact tripod to keep my spotting scope safe and secure -- AND keeping it focused on my target without drifting away.
Adequate footprint to support a larger DSLR
Slight (not quite 2 inches) extension in the legs
Simple but effective cork protected camera mount
Smooth ball head
No notch or lock for legs in the open position
Support post and suction cup use limits any height adjustment.
Overall this little tripod delivers. Even with a good sized DSLR and lens combo, the support was solid so long as the lens is set up to hang over one of the legs. The Ball Head is small and has a limited range of motion without lining up the slot in the head and although the clamp is pretty basic, it worked well and kept the camera solid any place I wanted to lock it in.
I have used a couple of table top tripods in the past that have left me wondering if they were good for anything heavier than a point and shoot - feeling like they might give out and leave my camera in a pile at any moment, but the Slik instills confidence, particularly when the center post is adjusted with the support cup firmly against the table... rock solid. Of course, when it is configured like this you have eliminated any height adjustment which is one of my "Cons".
My only other complaint is that there should be a lockout or at least a notch to hold the legs in their full open position. I found that moving it around the work surface the legs wanted to shift or collapse a bit. With the soft rubber caps for feet, it doesn't necessarily settle into a full open position on its own. Small complaint, but I guess that shows how much I enjoy this little gem.
Worth the money, highly recommended.