[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?
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
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.