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Perfect Travel Tripod / Monopod Combo - Sirui N-2004 and G-20 Ball Head

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[HD video below] If you enjoy photography and travel frequently, you may be wondering what the best tripod to buy is.

 Of course, you need it to be light weight, yet strong and reliable, and it helps if you can carry it onboard aircraft without worrying about airport restrictions. In Japan for example, the height of the tripod (folded up) decides whether you can carry it on the aircraft with you, or not.

And what about those times that you do not want to use a tripod, and would prefer a monopod instead. Do you really need to take both with you?

This is where the Sirui N-2004 Tripod comes in. Made of forged aluminium, the Sirui N-2004 has a load capacity of 15 kg, which is sufficient for large pro cameras such as the Canon 1D X and Nikon D 4, even when combined with a super telephoto lens. It weighs just 1.6 kg making it is easy to carry around all day, and comes with a neat little bag that includes a shoulder strap, and padded handle.

 When the legs are folded and reversed, the tripod's height is just 46 cm, but once you extend them the tripod measures 1.65 metres (not including the ball head) in height. And although we do not show you this in the video, you can also lower the tripod - stretching out the legs all the way - to give you a shooting height of just 170mm above the ground.

Sirui has also added a monopod to the system, saving you the trouble of carrying two devices. One of the legs simply twists off, you attach the head as shown in the video, and within seconds you have a sturdy monopod.

The tripod also features a hook so you can weigh it down further, the short centre column for low level shooting, and a useful safety button on the head, so your camera does not fall off if you accidentally forget to fasten it. An unobtrusive level gauge has also been added and helps determine whether the head is flat or not.

As there are very few tripod/monopod combinations on the market, choices are limited, but if you require a strong system that you can use the best pro DSLRs with, and also need something extremely portable, then the Sirui N-2004 may well be the answer.

Sirui G-20 Ball Head

The G-20 Ball Head, featured in the below movie, has a 36mm screw, weighs 0.4 kg, has a maximum load capacity of 20 kg, and a height of 98mm. 

Sirui N-2004 Tripod + Sirui G-20 Ball Head

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