Solid Performance, Solid Value A.M.T. makes all the difference.
SLIK's exclusive A.M.T. super Aluminum-Magnesium-Titanium alloy legs make the PRO 500 DX tripod legs rock steady, yet lighter than it looks. The A.M.T. alloy has a 40% greater strength to weight ratio than standard aluminum, making it lighter and stronger than the standard metal used in most tripods.
A tripod should be solid and easy to use, so you spend more time concentrating on your photography than you do your equipment. The PRO 500 DX legs makes setting up easy with secure, speed-release leg locks . A gearless center column and 3-position, adjustable angle leg locks allow easy set-up on uneven ground or steps.
The PRO 500 DX center column is actually two threaded pieces that unscrew to convert the top piece to a short column. This combined with the adjustable leg angle locks allows the tripod to be lowered to just 13.8 inches for very low angle or macro photography in the field.
big, bulky, and heavy
Ordered the 500DX sight unseen and felt it was to heavy for an old guy to tote around. I already have a video/digital tripod. I really wanted a lighter "pod and I asked for a 330DX as an exchange on Nov 25. It's been 10 days since and can't comment on the 330 because its back-ordered. I guess te exchange went well but have nothing to show as of Dec 5. I was notified it occurred
I bought this Tripod to use with my Canon A2E, 50D and, my 5D. My daughter is taking Photography in collage and snapped it up 3 days after I received it. I have a f 2.8 70-200 lens with a 2x extender (which she is also using) and, she says the tripod is sturdy and no problems at all. she uses it for a wide range of photography and seems to like it alot. When I get it back I'll tell you how I like it but, I may just have to get another one for me. Heh,Heh!!
I like the height and sturdiness of this Tripod. I don't think this is heavy at all. Well made too.
I have used this tripod with my Nikon D90 and various lenses, to include a big, heavy Nikor 300mm f2.8. The tripod is solid and performs well. I like the fit and finish, and the many functions to include multiple locking positions for the legs at the pivots. I would like a smoother pan for using a video camera, but this head really isn't made for that. For the price and the class this tripod is in, it is an excellent product.
This tripod is outstanding-I agree with all the favorable reviews of the tripod. The pan and tilt head does not live up to the quality of the tripod. The pan and tilt handles are too loose in their threads when loosened enough to unlock the pan and tilt functions. Couple the loose handles with the sticking of the pan/tilt movements, and I find this combination unsuitable for precise adjustments; such as macro or astro photo work. The head is OK for standard photography, but even then the problems I mentioned are noticeable and can cause some frustration. I recommend purchasing the legs without this head, and order a better head or ballhead. I cannot recommend this tripod 'WITH THIS HEAD' to a friend.
After reading the reviews and looking at Slik's Web site I settled on the 500DX. The super A.T.M. is very strong and stable. The weight isn't a big deal. The tripod sets up fast is very sturdy and easy to use. One feature that the web site didn't mention, the legs have three angle positions, very cool. I switched out the head to a ball head it didn't really need it I had an extra one, the pan and tilt head works just fine.
Exactly what I was Looking for- It squats real low for those macro shots.
I am a retired professional photographer who was looking to replace a well-worn tripod, and found the SLIK PRO 500DX to meet all my demands -- very well built, yet lightweight, and sturdy without being cumbersome... It is easy to unfold and extend and to close up. It is exactly as advertised by Adorama -- a company you can trust. It is now my Number One buying source.
This is a monster of a tripod and the perfect choice for semi-pros like me. For the price I doubt if there is any better choice available. I bought this tripod after a lot of research and it has yielded me with perfect results.[@] A very stable tripod for those long exposure shots. Folding/unfolding is also quite simple and quick.thanks,[@]