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|Product Weight:||4.2 pounds|
|Package Length:||24.8 inches|
|Package Width:||5.7 inches|
|Package Height:||4.4 inches|
|Package Weight:||4.3 pounds|
|Average Customer Rating:|| based on 11 reviews|
|Average Customer Review: ( 11 customer reviews )
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8 of 8 found the following review helpful:
sweet Aug 01, 2009
By Richard Braun
Well made and very sturdy. Ball head is smooth and easy to operate. Would have given five stars but to raise center shaft you must have small hands to fit between Tri legs where they meet at the top. there is a twist adjustment 3 or so inches below. hard to fit hands in to rotate to tighten or loosen. Looks great with my new Nikon D-40. I captured some great night moon shots with it. Im very happy with this purchase. Good looking product.
7 of 7 found the following review helpful:
A great tripod Jul 01, 2010
By Jerry Block
This is the 2nd Slik Pro 340-BH AMT that I have purchased. It was a gift for my daughter. It is a slight variation from my original purchase because the first time I only had ordered the legs. (I had a ball head from a previous tripod purchase that I use.) That being said, I can't personally tell you how well this ball head works. I can tell you however the rest of the tripod is perfect. It is sturdily built. and operates smoothly. I prefer the thumb lock legs to the twist locks found on other brands because they set up quicker and are easy to operate. The 340-BH AMT is perfect for close-up nature photography because the legs spread out (at different locking levels), letting you get close to the ground to shoot close ups of low botanical or other ground level subjects. You can even shoot the undersides of subjects which is a viewpoint often forgotten (or not known) to less experienced photographers. When doing this, you invert the center column so that the camera is under the tripod. That way you can lower your camera right down to your subject. I would suggest that if you are working this way, you should consider having an accessory right angle finder to use with your brand of camera. I also purchased Slik's 6" column accessory that can be used to exchange with the one that comes with the tripod for your convenience. You remove the furnished center column and exchange the ball headto the shorter one. Then insert the shorter assembly back into the tripod in it's place. If you know you are going to do a lot of this low work, it is a modest convenient investment. On the high end now, (for myself, at 5' 9"), I wish that the tripod was a little taller in order for me to shoot standing full upright, I often have to shoot with the center column extended. If the tripod was not as sturdy as it is, this could be a problem. Because of the convenient collapsed size, this could be a trade-off if you are taller. You would have to shoot slightly hunched over. When I first started shooting in the early 1980's I worked with a Vivitar brand of tripod that is not made anymore. The Slik Pro 340-BH AMT has all of the features that were on this tripod what were important to me to do my style of photography.. I am glad I found it.
6 of 6 found the following review helpful:
A Top Value Product! Mar 14, 2010
By William J. Duncan
I just bought a second copy of this tripod. That's how much I like this product. For the cost, I really don't think there is anything better. I hike with all of my photo gear, so weight is key for me. This guy is very light. I looked at other manufacturers who make similar models and none compare to how light this Slik is until you get into carbon fiber, but those are more than twice the price. The ball head is basic and does everything I need. Even without all the latest safety gizmos, I still trust the head and plate to hold my gear secure. I love the split column. With other manufacturers you have to buy a second to have a shorter reach. Anyway, like I said, for the money there is nothing better. My only minor complaint is that the rubber leg ends are not on tight enough. I lost two of them before taking the third one off. Since then, I've been using the bare metal. Oh, well, it still does its job. When I receive the next one I'll super glue the caps on to the ends of the legs.
4 of 4 found the following review helpful:
Lightweight & Sturdy Feb 21, 2010
By Luke S
I bought this locally at a Penn Camera retail store. I looked very closely at this and the Manfrotto 190 series and felt this is an all around better product then the Manfrotto 190 series. Here are the benefits I found in the Slik tripod.
Pros (compared to Manfrotto 190 series):
- Noticeably lighter (I carry my tripod around a lot so this was a big factor)
- Lower cost (because it included a ball head)
- Comes with SBH-200DQ ball head
- Ball head has two axis levels which is much nicer then the manfrotto ball heads I saw, this was also a big selling point for me
None I could find, better then the manfrotto for everything I needed
3 of 3 found the following review helpful:
The Slik PRO 340BH Tripod Apr 18, 2011
By Oasis Shutterbug
This unit is very well designed and manufactured. The twin bubble levels are useful. The knob which tightens on the ball simultaneously controls both vertical and horizontal movement plus horizontal rotation. The handle on the knob can be pulled out and rotated 360 degrees to any one of twelve positions, a nice plus. Quick release plate (Model 6183 BK) replacements are available for about $20. You can replace the ball head with another type if you wish.
The center column can be inverted for ultra-closeup work. It has two sections, so can be shortened if needed. There is an adjustment for how loose the column is when sliding up and down. A separate knob locks the column in place. One reviewer commented on the fact the former was hard to get to. That can be true, but you really don't have to change it very much. Most of the time, you would lock or unlock the column with the easy to reach knob on the outside.
The legs are sturdy with upper sections padded for comfort. There are three different settings for each leg angle with solid locks for each. However, if you spread them out to the 2nd or 3rd settings when fully expended the legs flex considerably and you lose stability. There are no adjustments on the locking levers to tighten or loosen them (as there is on the Canon 500 monopod), but this does not seem necessary.
Areas for improvement are few. The owner's manual was obviously translated by a non-native English speaker, but is well illustrated. I wish the ball head lock had a bigger "sweet spot" where it held the camera still but still allowed adjustments. It goes directly from locked to loose in just the least fraction of a knob turn. Minor stuff - still five stars!
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