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Not a lot of love for Slik tripods. Why?

 
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Feb 16, 2012 01:22 |  #1

I've noticed there isn't much love for Slik tripods around here. Any reason?


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Feb 16, 2012 01:32 |  #2

cause mine broke after the first week




  
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Feb 16, 2012 01:44 |  #3

I barely every use a tripod, but I have a $50 Slik that I've had for six or seven years now and it gets the job done when I need it to.

It's definitely not the best tripod ever, but like I said, I hardly ever need one.


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Feb 16, 2012 01:50 |  #4

I was considering Slik, but after reading Fricks Slik tripod broke first week, I'll pass.


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Feb 16, 2012 04:59 |  #5

It's possible that they are often associated with their cheaper products. Their higher end models are definitely worth looking into and cost a lot less than a comparable Manfrotto.

I have a Slik PRO 700DX and absolutely love it! Solid, tall, good lever-locks, and it can get pretty low.


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Feb 16, 2012 06:56 |  #6

A Slik S502 was my first tripod and I still have it. It's an aluminum 5-section model that isn't the most stable but did the job for many years. Now my working tripods are carbon fiber Benro and Gitzo models and they are light years away from the Slik. I think the higher end Sliks are competitive but their reputation might have been tarnished a bit by their less expensive models. I've not seen them in my local stores for a long time.


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Feb 16, 2012 07:15 |  #7

I still have my Slik Pro 700DX but I bought a Giottos because I was shooting more macro and the multi positional center column enabled me to get closer to the work. I bought the Slik before I stumbled upon POTN.


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Feb 16, 2012 07:47 |  #8

I'm Slik fan from way back

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Feb 16, 2012 09:11 |  #9

I am a big fan of Slik tripods. I currently use a Pro 700DX and a Sprint Pro II (for long distance hiking when I don't want to carry the heavier 700DX). Both are fitted with Giottos ballheads. I have never had any issues with these or the one they replaced after 20 years of use. I'm not sure why Slik doesn't get more props in the photography world. IMO they should!


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Feb 16, 2012 10:11 as a reply to  @ shack's post |  #10

I too have a 700DX and the Slik head.
I have a manfrotto ballhead too
It's heavy, but a good tripod for anything up to a 300 f2.8.


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Feb 16, 2012 11:32 |  #11

http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …_504QF_II_Video​_Head.html (external link)

Got one of these and they are great bang for the buck - had it for 5 years with no probs. Slik's success has been built on these cheaper offerings which contributes to the brand's perception.


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Feb 16, 2012 11:38 |  #12

Euro852 wrote in post #13906742 (external link)
I was considering Slik, but after reading Fricks Slik tripod broke first week, I'll pass.

I found out not to go cheap on a tripod. I would suggest manfroto or gitzo.




  
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Feb 16, 2012 11:43 |  #13

Echo63 wrote in post #13908281 (external link)
I too have a 700DX and the Slik head.
I have a manfrotto ballhead too
It's heavy, but a good tripod for anything up to a 300 f2.8.

I've got the 700DX as well, great legs! The Slik ball head I have is ok, but I did like the Manfrotto head better. I think I'll move to RRS or similar when I upgrade.




  
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Feb 16, 2012 11:59 |  #14

I will add this... I bought a Slik tripod bag direct from Korea on eBay for around $30 and that thing makes carrying a tripod very comfortable. The strap is very wide at the top, tapering down to semi thin at the bottom and it even distributes the weight on my shoulder. I take my tripod with me all the time if the venue allows for it, ie, gardens, hiking trails, etc.

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Feb 16, 2012 12:12 |  #15

The Slik heads are just ok, which is why I went with Giottos heads. Both sets of legs are excellent. The Sprint Pro II legs I use for hiking were only rated for 4 lbs. with the included ballhead, but I went on their site and discovered the legs by themselves are rated for 9 lbs. I replaced the head with a Giottos rated for 11+ lbs and now I have a stable tripod that will easily hold my 60D with my 15-85mm, 70-200 F/4 IS or my Tokina 10-17 and just barely tips the scale at 2 lbs.


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