Insight on a "new" tripod

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  1. SecondShot

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    Hey guys,

    So last week I got a gift from my father-in-law who had dropped off a tripod for me. He'd heard that I was researching tripods and trying to find a cost-effective one that still was able to carry an anticipated load. I was still in the middle of researching joby and some lower-end manfrotto tripods, when he dropped his find at Goodwill. For $5, he was able to snag a SLIK 511QF Pan/Tilt tripod.

    I was very happy and surprised because I had never had a tripod, and figured anything is better than nothing. I started to dig to find out more on this tripod. Google, Amazon, Ebay - anywhere that I could think of that could tell me its strengths and weaknesses, reviews, weight limit, anything. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to glean much online. From what I could deduce, it's a discontinued model in a video tripod series. It has collapsible/extendable legs and can extend/telescope up to 57". It's fairly light, but seems sturdy.

    I did some test shots, and it seems straightforward enough, but I was curious if anyone knows of SLIK's reputation/craftsmanship or anything that might be useful to know about video tripods, etc.
     
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    Adorama sells Slik. Here are some of their models, I didn't see the one you listed but you should either be able to find a comparable one or contact Adorama and ask there customer service reps if they know anything.
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    Slik makes consumer-grade tripods which range in quality from decent down to 'barely acceptable'. Some (especially older ones) tend to have weak/poorly designed leg hinges and locks and use a lot of plastic, however as long as you're not going to hang a full-frame DSLR with a 400mm 2.8 off of this tripod, it should be okay for the near-term. I would be very careful though, to examine all of the joints, hinges and locks/stops and ensure that they work correctly and are not damaged.
     
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    Here is a link from the U.S. Distributor of Slik. It is likely that yours is somewhere between the 505QF and the 515QF i.e. a 10-11lb capacity. THK Photo Products, Inc.
     
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    Thanks for the links and breakdown Scatterbrained and Tirediron. I did a cursory check on the legs, and they seem reliable enough - but I think you might be on to something about the plastic - the feet are plastic (where i'd expect rubber feet for better grip). The base seems fine, some sort of metal alloy, but the head is mostly plastic.

    If anything, I suspect it may do me fine, and help me determine what to look for whenever I upgrade :)
     
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    Why do you want to read a review of something you already have? Reviews are to aid to potential buyers make a decision. If anything you should be writing a review!
    Have a play with it and judge for yourself.

    It's depressing to realise that we've become so reliant on google that we've lost the ability to think for ourselves.
     
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    He said himself he has never had a tripod so was likely looking for some info on the one he was just given and how it stacks up to others. i.e. should he keep it or keep looking.
     

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