The Slik Pro 400 DX is the heaviest of the group, at 2.52kg with the included SH-705E 3-way head attached. It has a far stockier build in comparison to its rivals, and the thicker leg sections felt reassuringly chunky and secure. Although it doesn’t come with a carry-case, all three legs feature an insulated foam covering, which not only gives protection from cold weather, but also makes it much more comfortable to shoulder in transit.
In its folded state, the Pro 400DX measures 65cm in length, and this is increased to 155cm when extended to its maximum height. To aid with shooting low to the ground, the centre column can be fully removed and reversed as well as being shortened by unscrewing the bottom half. On our test subject, the chunky plastic flip-locks were quite stiff, though this could be easily adjusted using an Allen key. Applying pressure to the legs at its full height showed no signs of slipping, and its far thicker leg sections were able to control ‘whip’ well. At the neck of the tripod a thumbscrew keeps the centre column locked in place, alongside an additional twist lock that provides a second level of security to prevent slipping.
Included with the Slik Pro 400 DX is the SH-705E 3-way head that attaches via a pro-style, 3/8in thread. Although the head itself is simple in design and lacks any additional features like a spirit level, it nonetheless operated smoothly and was easy to use, making it a solid starter head that could easily be upgraded to a more advanced option at a later date.
- Price: £74.95 (Secondhand price as of July 2016)
- Weight: 2.52kg
- Max load: 4.5kg
- Visit: www.slik.com
This review was first published in the November 2012 issue of Digital Photo - download back issues here.