At almost half the price of our test’s next cheapest tripod, Slik Sprint Mini II is a truly affordable option. On picking it up, its lack of weight is striking. Manufactured from magnesium alloy, it tips the scales at just 784g including the bundled SBH-100DQ BK ball head. This, combined with its collapsed length of 35cm, makes it well suited for packing inside a camera bag.
The Mini II’s four-section legs extend to a maximum height of 109cm, the lowest in the test, something that will concern taller photographers who‘ll be forced to crouch down during use. Its length is fixed using plastic flip locks that unfortunately don’t feature any visible screws for retightening. A plastic speed release lock enables each leg to be set to one of three angle positions. At 15cm, the tripod offers the shortest working height available in the group, allowing for excellent low-angle shooting, complemented by a centre column that can be easily removed and inverted. Each leg has rubber feet for grip and padding for comfortable use in cold conditions.
While the ball head’s friction screw can be tightly locked down, its quick-release plate is small and requires a coin to attach it. There’s no safety catch, either, making it one of the weaker head offerings here. The Mini II offers good stability, even when fully extended, but it can safely support just 2kg, making it a tripod better suited for compacts and CSC use rather than DSLRs. It comes with a drawstring carry case.
- Street price: £54.99 (As of July 2016)
- Folded length: 35cm
- Max operating height: 109cm
- Weight: 780g
- Leg sections: 4
- Visit: www.slik.com
This review was first published in the Spring 2016 issue of Digital Photo - download back issues here.