The Slik Pro 340 QF Tripod with 504QF Pan Head has a maximum load capacity of 6.1 lbs for properly balanced photo equipment and is compatible with digital cameras that have HD video recording capability. It comes with 504QF-II smooth-moving pan head that has a quick-release button for easy mounting and removal of cameras. The fluid effect 2-way head moves in 2 directions and has a quick-release platform that flips up and locks at any angle, for taking vertical shots. Speed-release leg locks make it easy to set up the PRO 340 QF Tripod securely and the 3-position multi-angle leg locks make for easy set-up even on uneven surfaces.
The gearless center column unscrews into 2 pieces converting the top piece to a short column and the adjustable leg locks allow the tripod to be lowered down to 10" for low angle shoots. The 340 QF tripod is lightweight (3.92 lbs) and has a maximum height of 57.3". Featuring 4 sections, the tripod can collapse down to 20.9". With the padded leg wraps, the portable tripod is comfortable to carry. The legs are made of AMT (Aluminum-Magnesium-Titanium) alloy that provide the tripod with strength and durability.
This is a very durable but light weight tripod. I am an advanced amatuer.
This tripod is hefty enough for my D600. It may be a bit too low for anyone taller than my 5 ft, 4 in. I like to stoop down a bit to look through the viewfinder and also be able to see the settings on the screen on top of the camera with the center column raised half-way. The center column came with an attached extension tube which could be removed when using the tripod for low angle shots. I was pleasantly surprised to find out that this product is actually a PRO 340DX and not the ABLE as advertised. This has the round grooved leg sections instead of the "D" shaped legs of the ABLE line. It also came with a decent ballhead but the shortcoming I see with the ballhead is that it has no separate panning control knob. This really isn't an issue for me because if you leave the center column at its lowest position and leave the tightening screw loose, you could pan reasonably well this way. This is a backup tripod for me but it really complements my older Manfrotto.
Used it for sunsets. It`s very lite weight,..But feels very strong. I have not found anything I dislike about it.
I have Bogen(Manfrotto)and Gitzo tripods. I bought this tripod because I want a light weight, low cost tripod to carry around. I will also use this tripod to support a 80mm spotting scope for bird watching. When the central column is low, the tripod is very sturdy and can support a full frame DSLR or a field scope no problem. When the long central column is fully extended, I would only use it for a APS-C DSLR with a kit lens. It is good enough for my applications.
Great product for travel and portrait/landscapes at night. Light and folds down nice for travel. Only downside is that there is no level but, for the price, can't be beat!
I've been using this for the Nikon D5100 I also purchased with the gift money. So far I've been pretty happy. This is the first tripod I've ever used so I have nothing to compare it to but I've been getting good night shots and it doesn't seem to be blowing around in the wind in the timelapses I've done. The quick release is great and I've gotten some nice panoramic pictures as well. The one thing I would say is it's a lighter duty tripod. I'm planning on shooting some video and I don't think it will handle that as well but for basic photography I think it adjust really well and is good for someone who is looking for a good quality, light duty, tripod just for taking some pictures.
I have used it outside and I like it alot, I would like it to be a little taller, but for a travel tripod it works great.
This was a gift from my wife, with a few hints from me. I have used this tripod to steady my d3100 with various lenses including the Nikon 55-300. It works great for my style of sunset shooting which sometimes requires a very low placement of the camera. I prefer its compact size over other tripods I have used as well as its relatively light weight. My only complaint is the head's side handle has to be removed for compact storage and transport. Still, a great product. This is my second Slik product and it will not be my last!
Great little tripod. I keep it in the trunk for backup and when I need to pack-it in. I've used it with a Nikon D90 and Nikkor 70-300 with good stability.
For the money this is an outstanding tripod; it comes with a 3 way Pan/Tilt head - all metal, no flimsy plastic! - that can be swapped-out for a Ball Head or different Pan/Tilt head from Slik, or just about any major manufacturer. The angle and length of the legs can be adjusted independently, which is ideal for when you're setting up on rough ground for instance, or on a flight of stairs! In fact, the legs can be opened out practically "flat," to get you close to the ground, and this is VERY important, the Center Column is in TWO parts, and NOT one as detailed in the spec above. By unscrewing the lower section of the column, and opening the legs out as wide as they can go you can get your camera down to about a foot off the ground, which gives you a whole new perspective on things; great for landscape or architectural photography! One minor quibble or "Con" is the Horizontal Tilt Handle. Because of the design of the head the tripod CANNOT be stored in a bag with this handle in place. You have to unscrew it and either drop it into the bag as is, or screw it into the end of the Vertical Tilt Handle, which is how the tripod arrives. Like I said, a minor issue and certainly not one that would make me take off a Star from the rating. In fact, because of the independently adjustable legs, there's a wide range of Horizontal Tilt adjustment available, more than on any other tripod I've used, and that long handle becomes VERY welcome! The combination of the black finish and the foam leg wraps give this tripod a very classy look, and whilst this is the most expensive tripod I've purchased, after using it for a couple of weeks I can say that it's worth every penny... HIGHLY recommended!