Gear Review Slik Mini II tripod

Discussion in 'Gear Reviews' started by wsp_scott, Jan 31, 2017.

  1. wsp_scott

    wsp_scott Member

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    I recently got a Slik Mini II (amazon link) because I wanted something with a little more flexibility that the Joby Gorrila pod (amazon link), but still not too heavy. I've never had a "fancy" tripod, so I have no idea how this compares.

    The Joby is ~$50 and the Slik is ~$80. And 14oz vs 28oz, I wish I had just bought the Slik and skipped the Joby.

    I'm pretty happy with the stability of the Slik, but I never extended the center column. I'm not sure how well it would work with a heavier camera or a longer lens, but the price and weight make it a pretty good deal for my setup. The only thing that gives me pause is the locking mechanism for the legs, they are plastic and seemed a little "fragile" when the temperature was in the 20s. Hopefully, they will hold up.


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    A couple photos for comparison.

    The camera is a Nikon D5100 with a 18-105 lens that weighs 36.45 oz. The ball head is solid enough that portrait mode photos were no problem, landscape mode was very stable.

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    The chair is a "normal" dining room chair to give an idea about height. Without any legs extended, the Slik is very compact and easy to fit in the side pocket of my pack.

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    With the legs completely extended

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    With the center column extended as well.

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    The legs have 3 positions (angles), this is the most extreme.

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    Middle position of the legs.

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    Steepest angle of the legs.

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  2. IntrepidXJ

    IntrepidXJ ADVENTR

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    Just picked up one of these to bring along on the longer backpacking trips. I removed the lower portion of the center column and replaced the ballhead with my Acratech. Can't wait to try it out in a few weeks...I think it's going to be much nicer to carry than my Gitzo on the longer trips.
     
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  3. wsp_scott

    wsp_scott Member

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    I'm still happy with mine. I wish I could get a tripod that looked like my last photo above. That would work for 90% of my needs and I assume it would be a lot lighter. But a little more than 1.5 pounds is not a huge amount to carry.

    How much does your usual camera setup weigh that you wanted to switch out the ball head? I haven't noticed any slipping with my D5100.
     
  4. IntrepidXJ

    IntrepidXJ ADVENTR

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    Depending on the lens I use, probably between 3-5lbs, but I didn't really change out the ballhead because I was concerned about the weight. I changed it because I like and am comfortable using the Acratech ballhead I already have (plus it has some additional features), but also because I keep an L-bracket on my camera at all times and the ballhead that came with the tripod isn't compatible with it.
     
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  5. Rockskipper

    Rockskipper Member

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    I just bought a Joby, but I haven't had a chance to try it out yet. The Slik looks pretty cool. I don't need much, as I'll just use it on my Canon M5 and occasionally on my small Canon SL2 with a 70-200 lens. Do you think the Slik would hold a Canon 7D Mark 2 with a 100 to 400 lens? We're talking probably at least 4 pounds, maybe more.
     
  6. wsp_scott

    wsp_scott Member

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    I think the tripod would hold that much weight especially if the legs weren't extended all the way, not sure about the ball head especially with a 400 lens.

    My biggest issue with the Joby was sometimes you have to lay down on the ground to frame a shot and that is with the tilt screen of my D5100, it was just frustrating to use for things like waterfalls or stars. I decided the weight penalty of the Slik was worth it since the rest of my backpack is reasonably light.
     
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  7. Wanderlust073

    Wanderlust073 Member

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    I bought this a few years ago an it has held up well. Holds up to 13 pounds, weighs 1.5lb itself. Costs a bit more, sure, but that's like three grand worth of gear you're perching on it lol.

    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BFDETS0/?tag=backcountrypo-20
     
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  8. Rockskipper

    Rockskipper Member

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    I like the light weight. It doesn't really seem that expensive compared to a lot of tripods. Thanks for the heads up.
     
  9. pixie1339

    pixie1339 Desperately Seeking Sandstone

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    I bought one of these about 7 years ago. They're nice little tripods. While I prefer to use my bigger tripod for most circumstances, I still pack this one on backpacking trips since it's over a pound lighter than the other one. I did have to change out the ballhead, though. It was fine at first, but I eventually experienced slipping when using my heavier lenses. Since changing the ballhead, I haven't had any issues.
     
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