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Sunpak Compact SXL Tripod with 2-Way Pan Head

B&H # SUSXL Mfr # 620-465
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Product Highlights
  • Supports 3.3 lb

The Sunpak Compact SXL Tripod features a two-way pan head with textured surface and easy-grip pan handle. Oversized leg locks assure fast setup. The gearless "lift'n'lock" center column features an oversize locking collar. Rubber leg tips provide traction outdoors and protect surfaces indoors.

Lightweight and sized perfectly for fitting into a backpack, the Compact SXL Tripod is an excellent vacation tripod when traveling. Ideal for backpackers wanting camera or camcorder support.

Maximum Height 44" (111.8cm)
Minimum Height 13" (33.0 cm)
Folded Length 14.2" (36.1cm)
Load Capacity 3.3 lb (1.5kg)
Leg Sections 4
Leg Lock Type Flip-lock
Independent Leg Spread No
Center Column Sections 1
Center Column Type Sliding
Center Brace Yes
Spiked Feet No
Head Type 2-Way pan & tilt
Head Mount Thread Size Head is not removable
Weight 1.6 lb (725g)
Sunpak Compact SXL Tripod with 2-Way Pan Head
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    SunpakCompact SXL Tripod with 2-Way Pan Head
     
    4.0

    (based on 14 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (7)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (6)
    • Folds away (4)
    • Stable (4)
    • Attaches firmly (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Travel (7)
      • Landscape/scenery (3)
      • Night shots (3)
      • Wildlife (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Casual photographer (4), Photo enthusiast (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (9)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Works well, within it's limits

      We use this tripod with our D70 with the smaller lenses and it works just fine, nice and compact and you can't beat the price. Just be mindful that you're also losing a little...Read complete review

      We use this tripod with our D70 with the smaller lenses and it works just fine, nice and compact and you can't beat the price. Just be mindful that you're also losing a little max height with the compact size.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      ehhhh

      It was much smaller than I anticipated, and the tripod doesn't fit in the bag they "give" you but for the price its a 3 star. It's true what they say...Read complete review

      It was much smaller than I anticipated, and the tripod doesn't fit in the bag they "give" you but for the price its a 3 star. It's true what they say folks, you get what you pay for. So if you are looking for a disposable tripod (which I was) Sunpak makes them for cheap.

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      4.0

      Compact and Light, that's what I wanted

      By Barry C

      from Phoenix, AZ

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • No Quick-release Plate
      • Not Sturdy

      Best Uses

      • Travel

      Comments about Sunpak Compact SXL Tripod with 2-Way Pan Head:

      I recently purchased a TAMRAC Evolution 9 backpack to carry my camera gear and tablet while traveling. I wanted a lightweight tripod that I could attach to the outside of the backpack, because I didn't want to carry my sturdy Manfrotto tripod in its sling bag.

      My requirements were: (1) inexpensive, because I already have a "proper" tripod, (2) lightweight, so that I could carry it on my backpack, (3) short when collapsed, so that it would fit on the outside of my backpack, and (4) able to support my Nikon D7000, 18-200mm lens and flash.

      This COMPACT SXL TRIPOD met all my requirements. It's inexpensive, light, only 14" long when collapsed, and supports up to 3lbs.

      Because it's small and inexpensive, it's not the most robust tripod in the world, but that's to be expected. The legs are lightweight and have a lot of "wiggle" when extended, and the tightening-arm that controls the forward/backward pitch of the panhead is quite flimsy, but the tripod works well for light-to-moderate use.

      It's only rated to support 3lbs weight (1.36kg), but it was fully capable of supporting my Nikon D7000, 18-200mm lens, and SB-400 flash which together weigh 1.54kg, and it seemed like it could easily support more.

      If you're looking for a solid tripod for regular use, this may not be the item for you. However, it met my requirements and met my expectations, so I'm very satisfied.

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      4.0

      compact and easy to use

      By photo nut

      from mass.

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attaches Firmly
      • Good Stability

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Travel

        Comments about Sunpak Compact SXL Tripod with 2-Way Pan Head:

        use this tripod for travel. only thing item i found a minor issue with is it was not a quick release system and you could not swap the tripod head out for a different one.

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        • No

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        3.0

        Maybe OK

        By Gail

        from New Mexico

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Travel

            Comments about Sunpak Compact SXL Tripod with 2-Way Pan Head:

            Have not yet used this tripod, except to test at home. Works OK, a little difficult to hold the height while tightening. Very first thing to happen was one of the cotter pins fell out of a camlock. Put it back in with no trouble, but will it stay in the field?

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            • No

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            3.0

            ehhhh

            By rocketmissile

            from Los Angeles, CA

            About Me Photography Student

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Attaches Firmly
            • Small

            Cons

            • Small Range

            Best Uses

            • Travel

            Comments about Sunpak Compact SXL Tripod with 2-Way Pan Head:

            It was much smaller than I anticipated, and the tripod doesn't fit in the bag they "give" you but for the price its a 3 star. It's true what they say folks, you get what you pay for. So if you are looking for a disposable tripod (which I was) Sunpak makes them for cheap.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            5.0

            It has the best price

            By Allan

            from NYC NY

            Verified Buyer

            Comments about Sunpak Compact SXL Tripod with 2-Way Pan Head:

            The price is really good. And It is not heavy at all to carry all day.

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            4.0

            Great tripod at an affordable price

            By Hologram456

            from Miramar, FL

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Folds Small
            • Good Stability
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Night Shots
              • Portraits
              • Sports/Action
              • Wildlife

              Comments about Sunpak Compact SXL Tripod with 2-Way Pan Head:

              The tripod came with a free carrying case, which was great, but the thing I really like about it, is the size. You can pretty much slip it into a back pack and tote it around very easily.

              If you have a heavier tripod, I would say get this as a backup that you can basically carry with you anywhere. Or if you're like me, and only use a tripod occasionally, then this is a good, inexpensive, and easy to carry around choice.

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              4.0

              small and light weight

              By bruyere

              from New York, NY

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Folds Small
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Sunpak Compact SXL Tripod with 2-Way Pan Head:

                  I haven't used this out in the field yet, but got it to travel wtih - wanted something small and lightweight to go in my suitcase, and this is the answer! Seems to be pretty sturdy and well made

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                  • No

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                  4.0

                  Sturdy, sturdy, sturdy

                  By Jim

                  from reedsport, oregon

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Folds Small
                  • Good Stability
                  • Lightweight
                  • Unfolds Quickly

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Wildlife

                    Comments about Sunpak Compact SXL Tripod with 2-Way Pan Head:

                    Easy to use, assemble and store for usage. Stable in wind.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Nice lightweight

                    By mike@bensalem

                    from Bensalem, Pa.

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Folds Small
                    • Lightweight
                    • Unfolds Quickly

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Night Shots
                      • Sports/Action
                      • Travel
                      • Wildlife

                      Comments about Sunpak Compact SXL Tripod with 2-Way Pan Head:

                      First off the head is removable. I replaced the head with a small Giottos ballhead and added a Manfrotto quick release. Made a wonderful light tripod for a Canon SX30IS, or any point and shoot camera.
                      Do NOT think you will be using the included bag, it's to small.

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                      • No

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                      4.0

                      Simple but good

                      By Allison

                      from New York, NY

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Attaches Firmly
                      • Good Stability

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Night Shots

                        Comments about Sunpak Compact SXL Tripod with 2-Way Pan Head:

                        Holds my DSLR with no problem. Retracts to a really small size which is useful for carrying around.

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

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                        4.0

                        Lightweight and compact

                        By RJ

                        from Passaic, NJ

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • traveling

                            Comments about Sunpak Compact SXL Tripod with 2-Way Pan Head:

                            This tripod is as advertised. It's compact and lightweight. It stretches quite a bit too for a compact tripod.

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                            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Excellent Tripod. Small and Sturdy!

                            By The perfecionist

                            from New York

                            About Me Semi-Professional

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easily Adjusted

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Home
                              • Travel

                              Comments about Sunpak Compact SXL Tripod with 2-Way Pan Head:

                              Took with me to a European vacation and it was of great help to get some difficult shots otherwise impossible without a tripod.

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                              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Works well, within it's limits

                              By hatchm

                              from NW Washington

                              About Me Casual user

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easily Adjusted
                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Travel

                                Comments about Sunpak Compact SXL Tripod with 2-Way Pan Head:

                                We use this tripod with our D70 with the smaller lenses and it works just fine, nice and compact and you can't beat the price. Just be mindful that you're also losing a little max height with the compact size.

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                                (3 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                2.0

                                No need to use the case

                                By Camera shy

                                from San Francisco, CA

                                Comments about Sunpak Compact SXL Tripod with 2-Way Pan Head:

                                The review is actually about the case, not the tripod. The tripod was affordable and compact, which was what I was looking for. I plan to use it for long exposure night shots while backpacking in Tokyo. It's strong enough (barely) to hold up my DSLR and 1:2.8, 75mm lens. The camera weights a little over 2 pounds, but it is a bit lens heavy. Tilt the camera down and it feels like the whole thing will tip over. The tripod height is okay for wide landscape shots, which is what I will be taking.The case is pretty much useless; the tripod barely fits the case. I have to adjust the tripod head in order for the case to zip up. If it wasn't for the fact the case was included in the B&H kit, I would not have even think about getting the case. The case was a nice bonus, but too bad it doesn't fit the tripod. I don't have high expectations from Sunpak, so I wasn't surprised of the case design. To me, Sunpak=disposable photo gear. I just needed a compact tripod to fit in my backpack for my trip; if it breaks, I'll toss it and place another order with B&H.

                                Expertise: Amateur DSLR photographer

                                Problems Encountered: The tripod barely fits the case.

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