SIRUI Tripod ET-2004 + E20 Ball Head (6YR AUSSIE WTY) Kit Video Photo SLR Camera. Be absolutely sure of the true Sirui experience and that you're getting what you pay for. Because ours are not those very good-looking (but illegal and generally useless) fakes. Beautiful Sirui Custom Fitted Case included (padded). Sent safely and reliably from Sydney.
No issues whatsoever with the tripod - Love the ball head. Tension on all knobs is very precise and adjusts and holds very small incremental adjustments. Shooting a 5D Mark III and 70-200 2.8 in vertical is rock solid. The foot adjustment is also a very fine thread that allowed me to slowly extend the spike for grip and still use the rubber foot for stability on slippery wet seaweed covered rocks.
There is a small learning curve on ball head placement when the tripod is folded to eliminate the knobs from contacting and rubbing the legs. You want to be sure the legs contact the rubber bumper, rather than rest on a knob. The bag is well padded. All our reviews are Verified Buyers. Sirui ET-2004 Aluminum Tripod with bubble level, and E-20 Ball Head.
The ET-2004 Aluminium Tripod with E-20 Ball Head from Sirui is a 4-section. Aluminium tripod with a matched ball head and quick release plate included. With the centre column extended, the tripod's maximum height reaches to 1.4 metres (55)! The tripod weighs just 1.4 Kg (3.0 lb) and provides ample support at a super-light weight which makes it ideal for travel.
An included short centre column allows for changeover to shoot macro or from low angles. Also, the centre column can be inverted to shoot from under the tripod. The 4-section legs feature flip locks for easy adjustment and each leg can be independently placed at three position angles and automatically lock in place for secure shooting, even on uneven ground. The legs on the ET-1004 fold up 180º for compact storage and transport; its folded length is just 42cm (16.5).The tripod's rugged spider is made from forged Aluminium alloy for strength, using the very latest technology, and the alloy legs too are designed for stability, performance and longevity. To make this kit, an E-10 ball head plus quick-release plate are supplied with the ET-1004 tripod. The ball head provides separate adjustment knobs for panning and locking, the locking knob made of metal with a solid grip and wear-resistant surface. The E-10 ball head's locking mechanism can support up to 18.14Kg (40 lb) and is built for smooth, vibration-free movement.
A bubble-level is also included for fast and accurate alignment. Maximum Height w/o Column Extended. 121.5 cm (47.8).12 kg (26.5 lb). 2.54cm to 7.62cm Screw (1/4"-3/8"). 1.6 Kg (3.5 lb). 2.52Kg (5.55 lb). 52.3 x 14 x 9.15cm (20.6 x 5.5 x 3.6). I compared this with most all other tripod leg/head combinations with similar features and this appeared to be the much better deal for the price, so I took what I thought was a risk in purchasing this Sirui unit. This is replacing my old Promaster so it's been a while since I seriously looked at tripods. The Promaster is a warhorse of a tripod that I still punish in the ocean, so that is the only action this unit hasn't seen yet. Everything about this oozes quality. The retractable spiked feet are also VERY nice and top quality. The head is rock solid too and very smooth, with both the controls and panning. The price was not my only criteria but there are other brands almost twice this price for the features. It is also very stable, even fully extended. So if you are looking for an Arca-Swiss compatible head with a great weight capacity, retractable spiked feet, flip-lock levers, two padded legs, compact design, center column ballast hook and a beautiful padded case, then look no further! Purchasing a tripod is not easy, especially since there are countless brands and models to choose from. I did a thorough research and found that most sites only suggest the popular brands. This is not the case.
Don't get discouraged by the low count of customers and reviews of this tripod, because it is exceptional. The tripod has an exceptional build. The adjustment knobs rotate smoothly and are perfectly fit into the screws and tubes, so you notice absolutely no looseness.
You get a great feel when adjusting the different knobs on the ball head and moving its parts. When releasing the knob for the rotating mechanism, the parts remain smoothly fit so you can rotate the head in a sort of gliding continuous motion, avoiding erratic sudden movements, which is very pleasant when using a tripod. The tripod is sturdy and stands surprisingly firm. For added stability, you can hang your camera bag from the hook on the center column, which is a nice feature most tripods of this class have.
When using it outdoors, you can rotate the rubber feet and you extend the metal spikes which help stabilizing it on soft surfaces. Again, this spike mechanism is wonderfully snug and smooth with no looseness on the rubber feet. The legs are easy to adjust, and provide three different angles, with the widest being flat on the floor. For this low configuration, a short center column is also provided to position the camera at the lowest possible height for Macro Photography.The short tube comes inside a nice dedicated black SIRUI pouch with closing lanyard. It is not very easy to get a firm hold on the petal because it lies slightly deep inside the bottom of the plate, especially if you have thick fingers. Fortunately, it also has a coin groove and the Allen key hole, so tightening is really no issue (Allen keys are included, see below).
If you forget to tighten the plate+camera on the ball head, the plate has a mechanism to avoid it from sliding off the head protecting your camera from falling accidentally. To fully release the plate from the head you press the quick release button to override this mechanism. Other generic QR plates can be attached, so there's no "brand exclusiveness" with Sirui, which is not common on the popular brands.The nylon bag is very resistant and has a has a large strong central zipper. The bag walls are padded and it has both outer and inner zipper pockets to store the manuals and allen keys.
The manuals are wonderful to read since they are really short and explain everything you need to know about your product with clear images. Read before using it, as they have a couple of helpful tips. Along with the manuals come the 4 adjustment Allen keys, one pair for each of the 2 sizes needed. Being the aluminium version, it's not as light as the carbon fiber ET-2204.
But compared with other brands' aluminum tripods it is generally lighter, and for the remarkable load capacity of 26.5 lbs, it's hard to find a tripod weighing under 5 lbs. This tripod lacks the 90 rotating center arm feature present in other slightly pricier tripods of other brands. I don't need this feature at all, so I can't really give any helpful advice on this, sorry!
I highly recommend that if you are undecided between this and a popular brand tripod, try seeing both at a store or renting them if possible, to get the feel and judge for yourself hands-on. Please note: all our items are genuine and supplied in full retail packaging unless otherwise noted -- exactly as the best retailers sell, but without the retail price tag.
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The item "SIRUI Tripod ET-2004 + E20 Ball Head (6YR AUSSIE WTY) Kit Video Photo SLR Camera" is in sale since Friday, July 28, 2017. This item is in the category "Cameras\Tripods & Supports\Tripods & Monopods".The seller is "sellingoutsoon" and is located in Sydney. This item can be shipped worldwide.