Slik Pro 340DX £95, $130

A model of tra­di­tion, with its three-way head the Slik is the most con­ven­tional tripod on test

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The Slik is the only tripod on test that’s sup­plied with a con­ven­tional three-way head. It’s ar­guably more suit­able for ar­chi­tec­tural shots and sce­nar­ios where you want to make very fine ad­just­ments in one plane. For stowage, you need to re­move one op­er­at­ing arm and screw it into the other to stop it stick­ing out at right an­gles.

Slik claims that its AMT (Alu­minium Mag­ne­sium Ti­ta­nium) al­loy has a 40 per cent strength-to-weight ad­van­tage, com­pared with the alu­minium used in most tripods. It’s a lit­tle dis­ap­point­ing, then, that this is one of the heav­i­est tripods in the group, at 1.74kg, while the max­i­mum load ca­pac­ity is a merely av­er­age 4kg. The max­i­mum op­er­at­ing height is among the low­est at 145cm, while the folded height is the sec­ond high­est at 48cm.

Per­for­mance

Out­right rigid­ity is good but not great. Like the Man­frotto on test, the Slik has clip locks for its four-sec­tion legs. They op­er­ate smoothly, as do the three-way locks for the multi-an­gle leg fa­cil­ity. An­other nicety is the ad­justable fric­tion damper for the cen­tre col­umn, and the fact that the col­umn can be split to en­able low-level shoot­ing down to 25cm, with­out in­vert­ing the col­umn. Over­all, though, it’s out­classed by newer de­signs.

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