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Slik Sprint Mini ll GM Tripod Review

Slik Sprint Mini ll GM Tripod Review - Daniel Bell reviews the Slik Sprint Mini ll GM tripod.

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Category : Tripods, Monopods and Other Supports
Product : Slik Sprint Mini ll GM
Price : £55
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Slik Sprint Mini Ii 2

The Slik Sprint Mini ll GM is a compact tripod, ideal for carrying when out walking. It features a ball and socket head with a quick release plate and 4 section multi-angle legs. It is available for £54.99.

Sprint Mini ll GM   Slik Sprint Mini Ii 7

Slik Sprint Mini ll GM Tripod Features

  • Made from aluminium
  • Compact
  • Weighs 780g
  • Folds to just 35cm in length
  • Extends to a maximum height of over 1 metre
  • Supports camera gear up to 2.2kg in weight
  • Speed release leg locks and gearless centre column
  • Three position adjustable angle leg
  • Versatile ball head with a quick release plate
Slik Sprint Mini Ii 8   Slik Sprint Mini Ii 9

Slik Sprint Mini ll GM Tripod Handling & Performance

The Slik Sprint Mini II GM is certainly lightweight and small enough to get in a camera bag, I carried it around the Highlands in my bag alongside a Nikon D3000 as well as my Tamron 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5 Di II and 70-300mm f/4-5.6 lenses. Setup is easy, although can take a little while to unclip all the leg sections and extend, there is no weight in the legs to help them extend so it needs to be done manually. The quick release plate means that you save time by being able to quickly attach your camera.

Slik Sprint Mini Ii Gm Outdoors 1

It's certainly worth noting that if you have back problems, you may find this tripod hard to use, as you need to bend over to look through your viewfinder. You'll be OK if you have a camera with a tilting screen and can use live view, if not, the pro version extends to a more comfortable 1.6m.

Slik Sprint Mini II GM Outdoors   Slik Sprint Mini II GM Outdoors

If you like to take pictures of subjects which are extremely close to the floor the Slik Sprint Mini is ideal. By unscrewing the centre column in the middle, you can quickly switch your camera to be underneath the traditional position and by adjusting the legs you can set it to get as close as your lens allows.

Value for money

The Slik Sprint Mini II GM tripod is a budget travel tripod, available for £54.99. The pro version, which has a maximum height of 1.6m, is available for £64.00. Other lightweight travel tripods to consider include the Hama Traveller Mini Pro at £19.95, Hama Traveller Compact Pro at £35.00, Manfrotto MKC3-P02 Compact at £36.95, Giottos MT9340B at £64.95 and Benro A0180T at £79.99.

Slik Sprint Mini ll GM Tripod Verdict

The Slik Sprint Mini II GM is a sturdy, lightweight travel tripod which is extremely easy to carry around. The rotatable ball head makes it easy to adjust from portrait to landscape position, or you can even unscrew the centre column to switch the camera to be able to shoot in low down positions. Available at a reasonable price, it comes recommended.

The Slik Sprint Mini II GM tripod is an ideal travel tripod for those who like to shoot landscapes and subjects close to the ground.

Slik Sprint Mini ll GM Tripod Pros

Can be adjusted to shoot low down
Quick release plate
Small and light enough to comfortable carry around

Slik Sprint Mini ll GM Tripod Cons

A little short for those with bad backs
Takes a little while to adjust all the leg sections

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Slik Sprint Mini ll GM Specifications

ManufacturerSlik
Tripods
ConstructionAluminium
Maximum Height109cm
Minimum Height15cm
Maximum Weight Capacity2kg
Number of Leg Sections4
HeadBall head with 6252 quick release
Box Contents
Box ContentsTripod with case
Dimensions
Weight780g
WidthNo Data
Height350mm

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Paul Morgan e2
13 16.1k 6 England
9 Sep 2012 2:23AM
Its very similar to the Hama mini pro and now down to about 17 on Amazon.

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Tramster 4 1 United Kingdom
27 Jan 2014 3:51PM
I have the Hama Mini Pro for travel photography, but it is just not strong enough and my 2nd one has failed clamps after just 3 monthsSad.
Regards John Hales

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