Slik Pro 340DX £95, $130
A model of tradition, with its three-way head the Slik is the most conventional tripod on test
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.
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.