I received my Slik tripod today that I was very much looking forward to. My Manfrotto 525P kit is just too bulky and heavy when riding my bicycle around town to shoot video. (or the occasional photograph)
Besides, I already had a Fancier 717AH video head and only needed an extra pair of legs to have a second tripod for events and video registrations.
I bought this from a US eBay seller and got slapped with €30 VAT and import taxes when the courier delivered at the door. As a business, I get the VAT back (€20) and the import tax I can deduct later on but still... this was the first time in years I had to pay for importing gear. I had practically forgotten about these taxes! It's probably because it's the biggest piece of gear I have imported in years.
|Lowest leg position, but you can remove half the center column for lower angle|
|left Manfrotto, right Slik|
The Slik Pro's legs can be extended in two stages. Additionally, the legs' angle can be adjusted in 3 stages to get all the low and high angles you need. All in all, this tripod looks and feels good but will have to prove itself in the field. It is not up to par with a real video tripod like the Manfrotto 525P kit but at 1/4 of the price no one would expect that. About performance and durability I will write more once it's taken some beatings during my bike rides around town.
|highest position for video use|
|leg angle lever locked|
|leg angle level open|