As we all know, tripods are getting really creative these days. From the Joby GorillaPod, to Breffo’s SpiderPodium, to the QuikPod. There are so many options available on the market these days. Personally, I have the Velbon C-600, which is a fluid head tripod. I decided, you know what, let’s give Slik’s tripods a try. Daymen Marketing was nice enough to send us the Slik Pro 500DX tripod. The thing I like is that the Slik has a nice carrying case. Slik has been in the tripod industry since 1952 when Slik Elevator Tripod Co. was founded in Japan.
Here are some specifications regarding the Pro 500DX:
When a company uses the word “pro” in their product, a lot of people these days, think yeah, seriously? It’s way overused in the electronics industry. Howver, when Slik uses the word “pro” in their products, they truly mean it. The Slik Pro 500DX tripod is made for the professional photographer or videographer. It’s made of AMT technology which means it’s a mixture of aluminum, magnesium, and titanium, which means the tripod will be lighter.
The tripod takes quite a bit of room, more I find than my C600. I just found my C600 has a lot more features than the Slik Pro 600DX. There is no level on the tripod, something relatively easy to add, which tells you if your tripod is of course, level. The legs cannot be adjusted at the bottom like on my C600. The tripod shoes are plastic, which can be subjective to wear and tear quite quickly. A lot of things, I just found, on my first glance at the product were missing. I like the C600 because I can adjust so many things, the shoes have this kind of metal spike on it, which I am assuming is for grass areas, and also, it’s extremely stable.
However, the good thing is the protective foam on the legs that will reduce wear and tear of the product. This is one thing I do wish my C600 had. There is a quick release plate lock, but it’s made of plastic, which really doesn’t classify a “pro” product. Professionals use tripods daily, and significant wear and tear will occur especially to the plastic release lever. I need a tripod that I can easily set up and go, within a minute. The more I look at the Pro 500DX, the more I see things that are truly missing from this “pro” labelled product.
Overall, for professionals, I would look for a different tripod, with more features, and a better built quick release system. The Pro 500DX isn’t bad, mind you; it’s just subject to a lot of wear and tear. If it was improved, and has more features, I would recommend it. If you are just a beginner getting into photography, maybe you want to try the Pro 500DX. But those who know there stuff, and need something good and robust with tons of useful features, I suggest looking elsewhere, more so, towards the Velbon C-600.
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