Best tripod under £150: 04 Slik Pro 500DX
Price: £130, $130
Buy it: www.sliktripod.co.uk
Slik’s AMT (Aluminium-Magnesium-Titanium) material is claimed to beef up the strength-to-weight ratio of this kit, but it’s one of the heavier tripods in the group at 2.6kg and has a fairly modest maximum load rating of 4.5kg.
The design is quite basic but does offer three selectable leg angles, which are easy to operate.
Rigidity is pretty good at all height settings, up to a maximum of 167cm. For fine positioning the three-way head has two locking arms for tilt and swivel, plus a thumbscrew for panning.
Everything locks off solidly, and to avoid these handles sticking out during carriage you can remove one completely and screw it into the one that’s still attached, so the tripod fits into its unpadded bag.
Pros… Sturdy, and easy to use for low-level shooting
Cons… Maximum load rating isn’t impressive
WE say… Versatile and well engineered, it’s great value
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