Slik Pro 700DX kit (with three-way pan head) £170, $170

The heav­i­est tri­pod in the group – by quite a mar­gin – com­plete with a three-way head

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Buck­ing the cur­rent trend, this kit in­cludes a three­way pan head rather than a ball head. It tips the scales at 3.6kg, mak­ing it the heav­i­est tri­pod and head com­bi­na­tion in the group, but it’s more of a light­weight when it comes to max­i­mum load, its 6.8kg rat­ing be­ing one of the low­est. This is quite sur­pris­ing, given that Slik claims its AMT (Alu­minium Mag­ne­sium Ti­ta­nium) ma­te­rial gives a 40 per cent in­crease in strength-to-weight ra­tio com­pared with alu­minium.

The three-sec­tion legs are chunky, with greater di­am­e­ters than most com­pet­ing tripods, mea­sur­ing 30mm, 27mm and 24mm from top to bot­tom. Clip locks en­able se­cure fix­ing, along with smooth travel. At the top of each leg, a slid­ing pull-out mech­a­nism gives three lock­ing leg an­gles. The three-way head fea­tures two spirit lev­els.

Per­for­mance

The Slik is one of the more rigid tripods in the group. This is main­tained even at its im­pres­sive max­i­mum op­er­at­ing height of 191cm, which is only beaten by the 212cm of the gi­ant Gitzo. Low-level shoot­ing is catered for with a two-sec­tion cen­tre col­umn, the lower part of which can be un­screwed. It’s a good per­former, and the sup­plied three-way head can be eas­ily swapped for a ball head.

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