The new Slik COMPACT II tripod is the successor to the popular and long-lasting Compact-XL tripod. The COMPACT II has improved ease of use by adding Slik Speed-Release leg locks which are faster and easier to operate than the traditional twist-lock legs. Also there is a bubble-level at the top of the center column to help level the camera for the perfect shot. The COMPACT II is less than 14.2 in. long when completely collapsed and about 39 in. when extended to it's full height. This makes it a perfect travel companion.
The tripod comes with a Slik 2-way pan head that has independent pan and tilt locks. The camera can be locked in one direction, but still move in the other direction. The 2-way pan head is great for taking video with a compact digital camera or following a moving subject.
Reviewed by 3 customers
If you're looking for a traveling companion, this will do it. Nice, light & functional.
Upon receiving this tripod, I was quite impressed. I purchased it for use with a Zen-Ray ED2 20-60x82mm Spotting scope which weighs 64 oz. This tripod is rated for about half that weight. I have used another Slik tripod in a similar capacity and have been very impressed with its craftsmanship, so I decided to give the Compact 2 a try. I was very pleased to find that the head held this heavy spotting scope well and maintained its position without tipping or moving. I probably wouldn't leave it fully extended on a windy day with the spotting scope attached as it would probably tip over, but when being used only partially extended, it supports the scope well. The three things to keep in mind with this tripod are that it does not have a head that has quick-change plates, so it has to be screwed into whatever you are attaching it to each time. It also doesn't extend very high, so it does not work well for anyone of any height who wishes to use it in a standing position. Another thing that could be improved on is that the legs will not extend past the angle shown in the photos. I prefer to sit inside my tripod on a small chair as I glass, and the legs on this tripod do not extend wide enough to do this. However, given the fact that the tripod is small and my spotting scope has an angled eyepiece, it was easy to position in front of myself where it could be easily and comfortably used for extended periods of glassing. My main purpose for this tripod is to scout for wildlife, and to do so from a seated position with the spotting scope mounted low to the ground. The locations I glass from are often a fair distance from where I can park, so having a lightweight, compact tripod to add to my backpack has become a necessity, and this tripod fits the bill well. Another great product from Slik.
I got this tripod for back packing and hunting. I put a 2.5 lb. spotting scope on it and was perfect. It folds very short and is very light and way cheaper than carbon fiber. I'll use it for camera shots also. Perfect for my application and I'm very picky but practical.[...] Oh, by the way, I just turned 60 and I've seen junk in my life and this is not junk.