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Photek TRI-X-2500 Tripod Extender

B&H # PHT2500 Mfr # TRI-X-2500
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You Pay: $79.95
Product Highlights
  • Lateral Side Arm with Ball Head
  • 38" Long Telescoping Arm

The Photek TRI-X-2500 Tripod Extender adds a horizontal lateral arm to any standard tripod that has a 1/4"-20 or 3/8" mounting stud. It features a ball head with a quick-release plate. The Extender has a telescopic design and an overall length of 38", and shipping weight is 3.5 lb. For added stability it has a built-in counter weight inside the arm.

Lateral arms enable cameras to be positioned above or below the tripod in a 90° position, which might otherwise be obstructed by the tripod legs.

A quick-release plate (model TRI-X-2500-P) on the supplied ball head makes it convenient for mounting digital, 35mm, or medium format cameras.

Head Mount Thread Size Dual: 3/8"-16 and 1/4"-20
Photek TRI-X-2500 Tripod Extender
  • Telescopic Extension Arm
  • Ball Head with TRI-X-2500-P Quick-Release Plate
  • Soft Case
  • 1-Year Warranty
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    PhotekTRI-X-2500 Tripod Extender
     
    4.4

    (based on 27 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (16)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (6)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    95%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Improves tripod function (12)
    • Easy to use (11)
    • Fits well (9)
    • Solid/sturdy (8)
    • Strong construction (7)

    Cons

    • Heavy (3)

    Best Uses

    • Home (9)
    • Video (6)
    • Portraits (4)
    • Macro (3)
    • Studio (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (11), Casual photographer (5), Pro photographer (4), Semi-pro photographer (4)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (19)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    unique and very useful

    I really like the Phototek extender. I have several tripods (Manfrotto, Vanguard) that allow you to reorient the center column to be horizontal, but none of them allow you to have such...Read complete review

    I really like the Phototek extender. I have several tripods (Manfrotto, Vanguard) that allow you to reorient the center column to be horizontal, but none of them allow you to have such a long reach as the Phototek.

    Plus, when you use the center column of a tripod this way, you lose the standard use of the center column - to adjust the height (unless you adjust the legs, of course). This is not a trivial concern when shooting straight down. In my case, I sometimes want to shoot large objects like a newspaper fully-opened. So I need to get up pretty high, especially when using a macro lens instead of a wide-angle one. Using the Phototek allows me to get out pretty far and also up pretty high using the center column in the normal way.

    The counter-weight that is built into the Phototek is very helpful. I noticed right away that it seemed less "tippy" than when I have used the regular center column horizonally in the past.

    The ballhead you get with it is pretty nice. It has only one control to tighten and loosen everything (the ball and the turn mechanism at the bottom), but it loosens gradually with some tension, unlike some inexpensive heads that are all or nothing. The pan mechanism was VERY rough on mine. I put a few drops of oil onto it and it got a lot better, although it's still kind of rough.

    As someone else mentioned, the quick-release is just like a Manfrotto quick release, so you can use your old plates.

    You can mount the Phototek either at the top of the center column like a head, or even mount it on top of a head, which would give you tilt and rotate control over the entire extender arm.

    I tried it with my Canon 60D plus a pretty heavy Sigma 17-70 lens and was able to move the arm very far out from my Manfrotto aluminum tripod without it threatening to tip over, with only about 12 inches or even less of the Phototek on the counter-weight side. I could have easily extended it the entire way (with nothing on the counter-weight side) had I used some kind of weight on the tripod legs or with a bag in the center.

    The Phototek is very handy and at an excellent price for such a nicely-finished product.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Not bad

    just got it recently, and it seems fine. I like the counterweight, although it could be heavier, because you can extend your camera quite far out with the extending arm, and if...Read complete review

    just got it recently, and it seems fine. I like the counterweight, although it could be heavier, because you can extend your camera quite far out with the extending arm, and if you're not careful, your tripod could tip over from the weight of your camera. Anyway, it's easily remedied with an improvised counter-weight.
    One flaw I've noticed is the part to which you attach the ball-head is a bit loose, and haven't figured out how to fix that yet. hasn't affected shooting yet, but maybe in the future..

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    5.0

    Extremely happy!

    By Alemansteph

    from Los Angeles, ca

    Comments about Photek TRI-X-2500 Tripod Extender:

    I am so excited to have gotten this fine piece of equipment. I am a food photographer and taking overhead shots was a pain without having a lateral arm. Now that I finally have my hand on this it makes shooting that more fun!

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    3.0

    MIXED BAG

    By Spot

    from Ky

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Fits Well
    • Improves Tripod Function

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Photek TRI-X-2500 Tripod Extender:

        The tubing could be stouter. A couple of excursion inhibiting indentations have developed w/in the initial usage period. The extender to camera linkage and the ball head work well. The unit is surprisingly well balanced w/out the use of a counter weight.

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        • No

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        2.0

        Not robust enough

        By Boaz

        from Hayward, CA

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Improves Tripod Function

        Cons

        • Poor Design

        Best Uses

          Comments about Photek TRI-X-2500 Tripod Extender:

          After using this product a few times only I noticed that it is hard to slide the extender in and out. Apparently, the tightening ring deforms the rod, even when using very little force.

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          • No

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          4.0

          Good, it does the job, but...

          By Mars

          from San Antonio

          Comments about Photek TRI-X-2500 Tripod Extender:

          Good, it does the job, but it needs a better weight to counter balance the camera. More stability

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          5.0

          Just what I needed

          By Catamount

          from Upper Valley of Vermont

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Fits Well
          • Improves Tripod Function
          • Solid/Sturdy

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Studio

            Comments about Photek TRI-X-2500 Tripod Extender:

            I wanted this arm to fit on a "vintage" tripod I inherited from my Dad and it works great. It fit snugly and with confidence and it's extra length meant I could not only move the camera away from the center line of the tripod but also that I could reach up. The included ball head works wonderfully and I'm now able to get shots that I could not get before.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            4.0

            suits our needs

            By Lars the Lab Manager

            from New Haven, CT

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Fits Well
            • Improves Tripod Function
            • Solid/Sturdy

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Portraits
              • Video

              Comments about Photek TRI-X-2500 Tripod Extender:

              We're using this product to shoot overhead footage of an experiment set-up on a table. extender arm does exactly what we need it to do and will come in handy for other study documentations.

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              • No

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              3.0

              Pretty good but...

              By Photofan 97

              from Brooklyn, NY

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Improves Tripod Function
              • Solid/Sturdy

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Photek TRI-X-2500 Tripod Extender:

                  I bought the tripod extender to get ability taking nadir picture during shooting 360x180 panoramas. It works as expected. I like counter weight inside the arm that allows keeping stability of the whole assembly with my camera on it, even thought the arm as a result getting heavy. What I really do not like is very long locking screw. Due to this ridiculously long screw it create dent on the arm surface. I did not pay attention to the notification about this in the manual. But if manufacturer knows about this it should be notified with sticker attached to the arm. It is common sense isn't it. And in addition the notification is not correct also: it is about precaution to prevent from over tightening but how you can feel it is over or not without wrench with torque limit.
                  So after I found a few dents on the arm surface I cut the screw making it shorter but still long enough to get reliable locking without leaving dents on the arm surface.
                  This is the only reason I gave the extender 3 stars.

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                  • No

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                  (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  unique and very useful

                  By RAH

                  from Hampton, New Hampshire

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Pros

                  • Opens Quickly
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Macro Objects

                    Comments about Photek TRI-X-2500 Tripod Extender:

                    I really like the Phototek extender. I have several tripods (Manfrotto, Vanguard) that allow you to reorient the center column to be horizontal, but none of them allow you to have such a long reach as the Phototek.

                    Plus, when you use the center column of a tripod this way, you lose the standard use of the center column - to adjust the height (unless you adjust the legs, of course). This is not a trivial concern when shooting straight down. In my case, I sometimes want to shoot large objects like a newspaper fully-opened. So I need to get up pretty high, especially when using a macro lens instead of a wide-angle one. Using the Phototek allows me to get out pretty far and also up pretty high using the center column in the normal way.

                    The counter-weight that is built into the Phototek is very helpful. I noticed right away that it seemed less "tippy" than when I have used the regular center column horizonally in the past.

                    The ballhead you get with it is pretty nice. It has only one control to tighten and loosen everything (the ball and the turn mechanism at the bottom), but it loosens gradually with some tension, unlike some inexpensive heads that are all or nothing. The pan mechanism was VERY rough on mine. I put a few drops of oil onto it and it got a lot better, although it's still kind of rough.

                    As someone else mentioned, the quick-release is just like a Manfrotto quick release, so you can use your old plates.

                    You can mount the Phototek either at the top of the center column like a head, or even mount it on top of a head, which would give you tilt and rotate control over the entire extender arm.

                    I tried it with my Canon 60D plus a pretty heavy Sigma 17-70 lens and was able to move the arm very far out from my Manfrotto aluminum tripod without it threatening to tip over, with only about 12 inches or even less of the Phototek on the counter-weight side. I could have easily extended it the entire way (with nothing on the counter-weight side) had I used some kind of weight on the tripod legs or with a bag in the center.

                    The Phototek is very handy and at an excellent price for such a nicely-finished product.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Excellent Quality Item

                    By Ken W

                    from Montclair, NJ

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    See all my reviews

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Compact
                    • Opens Quickly
                    • Strong Construction
                    • Sturdy
                    • Well made

                    Cons

                    • None

                    Best Uses

                    • Any Vertical Shooting
                    • Home
                    • Portraits

                    Comments about Photek TRI-X-2500 Tripod Extender:

                    Use for shooting items vertical below the tripod. Great for shooting clothing items etc. A great piece of equipment to have. Also great for extending flash units. High and low.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Good product

                    By G

                    from Fair Haven, NJ

                    About Me Casual Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Simple To Use
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Home

                      Comments about Photek TRI-X-2500 Tripod Extender:

                      I use this product for my HD USB Camera on my tri-pod. It supports the camera perfectly.

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                      • No

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                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Very useful

                      By Alan P

                      from Springfield, Va

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Home
                        • Macro Photography
                        • Photographing Flat Art
                        • Table Top Photography
                        • Video

                        Comments about Photek TRI-X-2500 Tripod Extender:

                        I have used this to take macro pictures of fungus in the park, taking picture of flat art aiming straight down and taking pictures in my wife's workshop at angles and positions I could not get before.
                        Very sturdy.

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Heavy duty!

                        By Sharon M.

                        from Fort Lauderdale, FL

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Strong Construction

                        Cons

                        • Heavy

                        Best Uses

                        • Home
                        • Video

                        Comments about Photek TRI-X-2500 Tripod Extender:

                        Great quality, heavy duty product. Works great, but you need to make sure you have a nice sturdy tripod to use it with. It's heavy, so you have to make sure you level it with your tripod so your camera doesn't end up toppling over from the weight. Above all this is really a good extender. I wished it were less heavy though for easier handling.

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                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Good quality, good price.

                        By CJL

                        from Manchester, NH

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        See all my reviews

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Strong Construction

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Photek TRI-X-2500 Tripod Extender:

                            Very well made, including the ball head. The only reasonably priced way I could find to extend more than 22" off center. You will need a weight bag on your tripod as a counter balance when fully extended. You will also probably want a better bag for it, as the one it comes with is not padded.

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                            • No

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                            5.0

                            WOW

                            By Wilsun

                            from Columbus, Ohio

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Strong Construction

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Macro

                              Comments about Photek TRI-X-2500 Tripod Extender:

                              Bought this to off-set my macro slider from my tripod. Works like a charm! I use it with Bogen 3236 tripod (very heavy) & and 410 jr. I can put the camera where ever I need it.

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                              • No

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                              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              3.0

                              Shoot it Flat

                              By lucky lulu

                              from New York, NY

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Compact

                              Cons

                              • Unbalanced

                              Best Uses

                              • Visual arts

                              Comments about Photek TRI-X-2500 Tripod Extender:

                              I found this extender very helpful in shooting flat works of paper. I recommend weighting the tripod if you are using a heavier camer like the 7D, otherwise your set up will tip over.

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                              5.0

                              Meets my needs for horizontal extension

                              By Laurence, the pro @ US National Archives

                              from Silver Spring, MD

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about Photek TRI-X-2500 Tripod Extender:

                                    Well constructed. Versatile (can mount on any tripod). If additional counter-wight is needed...heh...just add a counterweight!

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                                    • No

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                                    5.0

                                    Excellent piece of kit

                                    By Pablo Picasso

                                    from UK

                                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                    Pros

                                    • Attaches Firmly
                                    • Good Stability
                                    • Large Range of Motion
                                    • Strong Clamp

                                    Cons

                                    • None

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Home
                                    • Landscape/Scenery
                                    • Overhead photography
                                    • Portraits
                                    • Video

                                    Comments about Photek TRI-X-2500 Tripod Extender:

                                    This item integrates perfectly with my Giottos centre column tripod for overhead photography projects where the centre column is just not quite long enough. It is reasonably heavy but this reflects the quality of it. Has a great solid ball head with camera plate. Cannot fault it. Balked at the shipping and customs to import to UK though as this was more than the unit itself!! Nobody's fault but my own government...

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                                    5.0

                                    High Quality

                                    By Jim the Runner

                                    from Columbus, Ohio

                                    About Me Casual Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Attaches Firmly
                                    • Good Stability
                                    • Large Range of Motion
                                    • Strong Clamp

                                    Cons

                                    • Heavy

                                    Best Uses

                                      Comments about Photek TRI-X-2500 Tripod Extender:

                                      This is a very sturdily built piece of equpiment. The ball joint is perfectly sized to hold even a heavy camera with out slipping.

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                                      4.0

                                      Good

                                      By TJ

                                      from Kuwait

                                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Attaches Firmly
                                      • Good Stability
                                      • Strong Clamp

                                      Cons

                                      • Heavy

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Home

                                      Comments about Photek TRI-X-2500 Tripod Extender:

                                      I use Canon EOS 7D (which weighs a bit less than 1kg, ~2.2lb).
                                      I used my camera with this lateral arm and seems it is stable, but of course you have to be careful on how to balance the arm with the tripod.

                                      The arm comes with a ball head already, but it can be detached and another head would fit it. To me, it is sort of a deal. It's like having a new head to use with other tripods now.

                                      The ring that holds the arm can be removed so you would screw it on the tripod easily and then fit in the arm. The arm itself has a knob in the middle to control the length of the arm and it holds firmly. Maximum length is about one meter (~3ft), more or less.

                                      The weight of the arm is a bit unexpected, but it is reasonable. When collapsed and fit into its case, the arm is a bit longer than a real human arm, might even fit into a tripod's case altogether if feasible.

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                                      5.0

                                      Great!

                                      By Jen's Creation Station

                                      from Montana

                                      About Me Casual Photographer

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Easy To Use
                                      • Fits Well
                                      • Solid/Sturdy

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Home
                                        • Video

                                        Comments about Photek TRI-X-2500 Tripod Extender:

                                        I use this product to film YouTube videos with my digital camera and although it does need a counter weight, I really like the results. I like that I can adjust the length of the arm to exactly where it needs to be for a great video. [...]

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