Sirui T-005 tripod review

A rather cunning plan comes together well in this off-beat tripod design from Sirui

Sirui T-005
(Image: © Sirui)

Digital Camera World Verdict

For a compact carbon tripod, this Benro is impeccably finished but comes up short in max operating height - but it offers a lot for the money


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    Very small when folded away

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    The twist clamps for the five-section legs have slick action

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    Bubble level

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    Allows low shooting height


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    Maximum height is not that great

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Just when current travel tripods designs were starting to look pretty similar, Sirui bucked the trend with its T-005. Naturally it still has three legs and they swing up dutifully for stowage. However, considering that the maximum operating height is relatively limited in small tripods, Sirui has taken the step of giving the centre column a minimum length that’s no shorter than the height at which the feet wrap around the head. It therefore can’t drop down into the tripod spider, but you can still make it longer, thanks to its two-section extending build. This enables a decent maximum operating height of 141cm, despite the kit having the joint shortest folded height on test, of 32cm.


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Matthew Richards

Matthew Richards is a photographer and journalist who has spent years using and reviewing all manner of photo gear. He is Digital Camera World's principal lens reviewer – and has tested more primes and zooms than most people have had hot dinners! 

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