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Sirui N-1204X 4-Section Carbon Fiber Tripod

You Pay: $399.95
Product Highlights
  • One Leg Converts to Monopod
  • Maximum Height of 63.0"
  • Load Capacity of 26.5 lb
  • 8x Carbon Fiber Legs
  • Forged Aluminum Chassis
  • Rapid/Reversible Center Column
  • Split Center Column for Low-Angle Shots
  • Folds Down to 17.3"
  • Weighs Just 2.4 lb

The Sirui N-1204X 4-Section Carbon Fiber Tripod is a great tripod for travelers and other adventurous photographers who need to pack extremely light and reserve the option to, at a moment's notice, slim down their camera's support system to just a monopod. The N-1204X features a leg that unscrews and attaches to a second included mounting plate and, optionally, the tripod's removable center column, to form a monopod that ranges from 16.5" (collapsed) to 61.4" long (with the center column attached).

Reaching a maximum height of 63.0", the tripod is quite versatile in its own right – the N-1204X weighs just 2.4 lb but supports up to 26.5 lb thanks to its thick upper leg sections and forged aluminum chassis.

The compact N-1204X tripod's legs fold upward 180° around the tripod head to achieve a relatively compact folded length of 17.3". The entire package stays very compact to fit comfortably in most carry-on bags and many backpacks.

The tripod's center column is reversible and split into two sections, so that you remove part of the column and set up extremely close to the ground for ultra-low-angle shooting. With the longer center column section removed you can set the legs at their wide angle (80°) and shoot from only 6.3" from the ground.

Minimal diameter difference between each leg section for greater overall stability
Silicone twist locks for leg stages
Automatic leg-angle lock mechanism for speed and convenience – independently lock legs into place at three different angles: 23°, 52° & 80°
Split center column allows the tripod to reach extremely low positions – minimum height of 6.3"
An additional mounting plate attaches to the unscrewed monopod leg to mount a camera. A wrist strap is included for security in case the operator's grip slips
Leg warmer on the monopod leg facilitates handling in extreme weather conditions and helps protect it
Center column hook allows you to add a ballast for a sturdier setup in windy conditions
Reversible 1/4"-20 & 3/8"-16 screw on mounting plate enables the attachment of virtually any camera, camcorder, or head
Well-designed padded travel bag with sturdy shoulder strap for carrying
Load Capacity 26.5 lb (12.0 kg)
Maximum Height Tripod: 63.0" (160.0 cm)
Monopod: 61.4" (156.0 cm)
Maximum Height w/o Column Extended Tripod: 52.0" (132.0 cm)
Monopod: 52.4" (133.1 cm)
Minimum Height Tripod: 6.3" (16.0 cm)
Monopod: 16.5" (42.0 cm)
Folded Length Legs reversed: 17.3" (44.0 cm)
Legs folded down: 20." (52.0 cm)
Weight 2.4 lb (1.1 kg)
Material Carbon fiber
Head Attachment Fitting 1/4"-20 & 3/8"-16
Leg Stages/Sections 3/4
Leg Lock Type Twist lock
Diameter (Top Leg Section) 1.0" (25.0 mm)
Independent Leg Spread Yes
Spiked/Retractable Feet No
Center Brace No
Center Column Type Rapid, reversible
Center Column Sections 2
Bubble Level No
Sirui N-1204X 4-Section Carbon Fiber Tripod
  • Short Center Column
  • Monopod Mounting Plate with Reversible Screw (1/4"-20 & 3/8"-16)
  • Wrist Strap
  • Hex Keys
  • Carrying Case
  • Padded Shoulder Strap
  • Limited 6-Year Warranty
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    SiruiN-1204X 4-Section Carbon Fiber Tripod
     
    4.6

    (based on 5 reviews)

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    80%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (5)
    • Durable (3)
    • Easy to use (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/scenery (4)
      • Travel (4)
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      5.0

      Sirui vs. Goliath (Manfrotto)

      By BM

      from South Korea

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Folds Small
      • Good Stability
      • Lightweight
      • Unfolds Quickly

      Cons

      • No spiked feet

      Best Uses

      • Backpacking
      • Hiking
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      • Hiking Backpacking
      • Home
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Night Shots
      • Portraits
      • Travel
      • Weddings/Events
      • Wildlife

      Comments about Sirui N-1204X 4-Section Carbon Fiber Tripod:

      I have been carrying Manfrotto carbon fiber tripods with Markins ballheads everywhere for many years supporting my Canon DSLR's and L-series lenses. First the 055MF3 (4.4 lb) and now the 055CXPRO3 (3.6 lb), both with spikes (more weight) in a custom made bag. But now I wanted something smaller and lighter to use with my Fuji X-T1 and XF lenses and also something smaller/lighter to carry in the mountains. Manfrotto's latest line is a pound heavier than my current 055CXPRO3. Anything smaller and lighter is too short - I'm 6'1". So it was time to look elsewhere.My goal was smaller and lighter with minimal loss of height and stability compared to my Manfrotto 055CXPRO3.Lever-locks vs. Twist-locks... (The endless debate)I have always preferred lever-locks over multi-turn twist locks. These Sirui twist locks have a soft easy grip silicone that requires only 1/4" turn to lock and unlock. There is a slight click feeling when it unlocks, so there is no guessing if you went far enough. These twist locks are really clean and compact compared to lever lock hardware. Less brush trimming on the trails from now on! (Sirui does make other similar models with lever-lock legs)The reversed folding legs fold up completely around my Markins Q3 Emile (not Traveler) ballhead with a short-shaft QR-48 Quickshoe clamp. The reversed legs are compact and great for traveling in the very nice padded carrying case which is included. Even comes with a detachable adjustable padded strap for carrying either the bag or only the tripod.While out shooting where I frequently take my tripod in/out of the bag, reverse folding/unfolding the legs (also column up/down each time) is extra work/time. I'm having another custom bag made that fits my N-1204X (with Markins Q3 installed) without reverse folding the legs.The leg angle position tension comes adjusted a bit tight from the factory. If it doesn't loosen up, I'll back off the tension screws a little, hex wrenches are included. The leg angle automatic spring locks have just the right amount of spring tension for a positive click feeling.I did not buy this tripod for the monopod leg feature, but it is streamline, well designed, and solidly built. A second mounting plate (with wrist strap) for the monopod top is included. Just glancing at the tripod, it's hard to notice the extra monopod leg coupling. For extra height, the center column attaches to the top of the monopod leg. So I might actually use the monopod where tripods are prohibited.Both mounting plates have a reversible stud for either 1/4" or 3/8" mounting.The N-1204X (and other Sirui "X" models) has a 2-piece split center column for easy quick low-angle shooting. Just remove the lower section, install the second ballast hook (if needed), and you're now shooting low. This split column is quicker and easier than having a separately carried short column that swaps out with the long column. This Sirui design works similar to my previous Manfrotto 055MF3.The center column locks down solid, even fully extended. Will it perform as rigidly as a larger tripod that weighs 5-8 pounds? Of course not, there are always trade-offs. If it's windy, don't fully extend the column and hang your pack from the provided ballast hook.One thing I do miss on the N-1204X are retractable spiked feet. They are only available on Sirui models with larger leg tube diameters, N2204X for example. For now, I'll keep my Manfrotto 055CXPRO3 around for when I need spikes or a horizontal column.At first, the Surui N-1204X seems a bit pricey, but after using it a few times, it's money well spent. The design is solid and well engineered with just about every feature anyone could want. Plus it doubles as a monopod, once less piece of gear to carry. And all the extras you might want... are already included in the box. AND, it comes with a 6-year warranty.

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      3.0

      Good value, but you get what you pay for

      By Dave__C

      from Melbourne, FL

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Lightweight
      • Unfolds Quickly

      Cons

      • Not Good In Wet Condition
      • Weak Construction

      Best Uses

      • Hiking

      Comments about Sirui N-1204X 4-Section Carbon Fiber Tripod:

      I bought this tripod recently and took it with me on a trip to Zion. It is indeed lightweight and compact which is why I bought it. Unfortunately, it's not a good tripod to use in wet conditions. By that, I mean setting up in a stream bed. When the tripod was very wet, I found that the legs were really difficult to tighten and would tend to slip.When I set up in the sandy stream bed and pushed the tripod down to get it well seated, the legs would often collapse. After a few hours of hiking and set-up/take-down, I found that one of the legs no longer would tighten so I had to make-do as best I could with an un-secure leg.Also, when the water was flowing very fast at all, the tripod would begin to vibrate severely. I suspect any tripod of this size would suffer in that regard, so I don't think that's a mark against it, but it is a warning that if you go to Zion and hike the Narrows, take along a more sturdy tripod than this one.

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      5.0

      Love it

      By Ian

      from Melbourne, Australia

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easy to Use
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Travel

        Comments about Sirui N-1204X 4-Section Carbon Fiber Tripod:

        Very impressed by the engineering in this. They made a better mouse trap and it's fantastic. Solid, secure, and never had any problems in any way. It's just about perfect (can't think of anything bad) and is the only tripod I use now.Being lightweight, it's great for travel. But it's so much more. It's very steady and highly adjustable and customization. As it mentions the mono pod feature, I will say it's OK in a pinch, but it's fairly short (I'm 6'4) so not really a replacement for a proper mono pod. Beyond that, the legs can be tightened or loosened at the chassis - which is nice for micro adjustments (I tend to move a leg to level out the camera once the head is tightened). I also have the Sirui K-10X ballhead. It's excellent as well. Easy to use and very secure.ONE THING TO KNOW - to fit into the Sirui bag with ball-head attached: extend the center column all the way up. The legs flip up and the bottom of the legs will be resting against the ball head/arca plate. Feels weird at first, but it actually shortens the entire package.Just buy it and love it!

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        5.0

        Sirui Tripod for Travel

        By LT Colonel

        from North Carolina

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Durable
        • Easy to Use
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Travel
          • Wildlife Photos

          Comments about Sirui N-1204X 4-Section Carbon Fiber Tripod:

          This is a great tripod for travel. I've even packed it in my lightweight carry-on bag. Support my Canon 6d 3/300mm lens just fine. Great product.

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          5.0

          Excellent quality - I would buy again

          By AAA - An Aspiring Ansel

          from Longwood, FL

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Durable
          • Easy to Use
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Sports/Action
            • Travel
            • Wildlife Photos

            Comments about Sirui N-1204X 4-Section Carbon Fiber Tripod:

            I conducted an extensive review of ALL travel tripod options before deciding that this one was the best. I felt it offered numerous height change options, and for macro photography has a range that gives me from a frog's eye view all the way up to my 6'2" height without bending over. It is 1/10 lb higher weight than the comparable leading brand, but offers more flexibility for the taller traveler. Excellent quality at an appropriate price, this tripod eliminates the spikes worry that can raise the interest of the TSA, and the hook for additional weight helps steady the platform overall. Very well engineered. I believe Sirui is here to stay!

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