The Slik Pro 330 DX is a light set of sticks, weighing an impressive 1.4kg without the head, and that figure puts it on a par with some carbon fibre stands. However, on further inspection it’s obvious that this featherweight status has come at a cost.
The titanium alloy legs are split into three independent sections, which taper quite thinly. After applying pressure to the legs at maximum height, they did start to bow slightly, and the ‘whip’ in the extended tripod was quite extreme. At first glance, the plastic leg locks that hold each section in place appear delicate, but on testing performed well, giving a vice-like grip with no slipping.
The Slik’s chunky metal leg locks feel strong and stable and operate smoothly. There are also two locking mechanisms preventing the centre column from falling out of position - the first as a thumbscrew on the front of the body, the second being a larger twist-lock in-between the legs - which both provide ample support, stopping the centre column from dropping.
For the £90 price tag you’ll also receive an all-metal pan and tilt head, too, providing you with everything needed to get snapping fresh out of the box. The head can also be easily removed by twisting it counter-clockwise and revealing a 1/4in thread underneath.
- Street price: £99 (As of July 2016)
- Weight: 1.4kg
- Max height: 160cm
- Visit: www.slik.com
This review was first published in the May 2011 issue of Digital Photo - download back issues here.