Folded Length: 18.5 inches
Maximum Load: 4.4 pounds
Maximum Height: 63.6 inches
Minimum Height: 6.5 inches
Leg Sections: 3
Head Type: Ball Head w/quick release plate
For ultralight backpacking evangelists, carrying two extra pounds (not even including the camera) might seem an unforgivable sin. Given how well this small tripod performs (with some caveats), two pounds is more than reasonable for my needs. The Sprint Pro II also packs down to 18.5 inches and offers a 63 inch maximum height, thanks to the space-saving 3-section leg design. Like any tripod design, the performance of the tripod extended to its maximum height is highly limited (you better be on very sturdy, stable ground with no wind.) I find most general landscape and nature work looks much better from lower angles, anyhow, so height is not as much of an issue. Overall, I think the specs for the Sprint Pro are reasonable. Sure, I’d love to shave the weight in half, but if I’m going to bother lugging a tripod in the backcountry, I want one that works well and isn’t overly fussy. The Sprint Pro II fits that bill.
|Adjustable leg positions allow work on unstable terrain.|
|A removable center column and adjustable leg position allow for extremely low angle work, barely over 6 inches from ground.|
At under $100, the Slik Sprint Pro II is a bargain. It is durable, versatile, very compact, performs well, and is relatively lightweight for those who want a “true” tripod for travel or backpacking and hiking. Pay attention to the 4.4 lb. load capacity, however. For lightweight DSLRs and point-and-shoots, the Sprint Pro II is definitely worth considering. Those with bulky telephoto lenses or heavy flash units will probably want to consider other options.
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B&H for $90
Amazon for $90