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Slik Pro 500DX Tripod with 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head - Supports 10 lb (4.5 kg)

B&H # SL500DXP Mfr # 615-320
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The Slik Pro 500DX Tripod is a full size eye-level tripod that uses Tri-Titanium material, a strong aerospace alloy compromised of aluminum, magnesium and titanium. The Slik Pro 500DX tripod has a strength-to-weight ratio 40% greater than comparable tripods in its class.

The included 3-way pan/tilt head includes a built-in quick release shoe that can slip in from any direction. It features a locking lever and safety catch to prevent accidental release.

Grooves on all leg segments eliminate leg twist and increase strength
Omni-directional quick release plate can be mounted in any direction, with dual safety locks
Individual 3-position leg angle locks for low angle work or use on uneven terrain
Lift'n'lock center column with dual locking control
Rubber leg tips for maximum traction outdoors and protection to surface indoors
Optional short center column for low-angle use
Maximum upper leg diameter of 26.8mm
General
Load Capacity 10 lb (4.5 kg)
Maximum Height 63.95" (162.5 cm)
Maximum Height w/o Column Extended 52.9" (134.5 cm)
Minimum Height 18.5" (47 cm)
13.8" (35 cm) with optional short center column
Folded Length 27.4" (69.5 cm)
Leveling Bubble/Illuminated No
Weight 5.4 lb (2.45 kg)
Head
Head Type 3-Way pan & tilt with quick release
Quick Release Yes
Legs
Material Tri-Titanium (titanium and magnesium alloy)
Head Attachment Fitting 1/4"-20 & 3/8"-16
Leg Stages/Sections 3/2
Leg Lock Type Flip levers
Independent Leg Spread Yes
Spiked/Retractable Feet No
Center Brace No
Center Column
Center Column Type Sliding
Center Column Sections 2
Slik Pro 500DX Tripod with 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head - Supports 10 lb (4.5 kg)
  • Quick Release Plate
  • Carrying Case
  • 3-Year Warranty
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    SlikPro 500DX Tripod with 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head - Supports 10 lb (4.5 kg)
     
    4.7

    (based on 92 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

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      (60)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (32)

    • 3 Stars

       

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Stable (62)
    • Unfolds quickly (38)
    • Lightweight (19)
    • Folds away (18)
    • Durable (13)

    Cons

    • Heavy (23)
    • Cumbersome (3)

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/scenery (55)
    • Portraits (44)
    • Night shots (42)
    • Home (36)
    • Travel (23)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (42), Semi-pro photographer (19), Casual photographer (11), Enthusiast (7), Semi-professional (4)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (34), Yes (5)

    Reviewed by 92 customers

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    5.0

    Excellent product and service from B&H

    By double R

    from Vancouver,Canada ( Best place on Earth)

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Durable
    • Easy to Use
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Travel
      • Video
      • Weddings/Events
      • Wildlife Photos

      Comments about Slik Pro 500DX Tripod with 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head - Supports 10 lb (4.5 kg):

      This product was recommended to me by my tenant, after using his Pro 34DX I upgraded and bought the Pro 500DX and have been very happy using the product. Highly recommend this to anyone who is looking for a solid, durable and easy to use product.

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      4.0

      Better than Sunpro

      By Rick the elk watcher

      from Snowmass, CO

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Slik Pro 500DX Tripod with 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head - Supports 10 lb (4.5 kg):

            Use it for my Bushnell spotting scope. Head is metal and more stable than the discontinued Sunpro model I returned. Very knowledgeable and accommodating customer service people.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Great tripod for the price

            By C Monty

            from New York, NY

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Folds Small
            • Good Stability
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Home
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Night Shots
              • Portraits
              • Sports/Action
              • Travel
              • Video
              • Weddings/Events
              • Wildlife

              Comments about Slik Pro 500DX Tripod with 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head - Supports 10 lb (4.5 kg):

              I'm still pretty novice with the whole photo/video thing, so I went into this purchase fairly blind and relied mostly on what the salesperson was telling me. Well, they did not lead me astray. This tripod is excellent for doing both photography and video. The motion of the head is fluid, so you get smooth camera movement while doing video, and also has a dynamic range of positioning, so you can experiment with interesting shot framing. The middle column is reversible, so you can turn it upside down for low angle shots, and the legs maneuver independently so you can better position them in uneven terrain. I'm glad I made this purchase, and you will be too if you buy it. The only drawback is that all of the things that make it maneuverable also make it take longer to unfold/collapse.

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              5.0

              Great deal...Great tripod

              By Troutman

              from Northern NY

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Folds Small
              • Good Stability
              • Lightweight
              • Unfolds Quickly

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Night Shots
                • Portraits
                • Sports/Action
                • Travel
                • Video
                • Weddings/Events
                • Wildlife

                Comments about Slik Pro 500DX Tripod with 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head - Supports 10 lb (4.5 kg):

                This tripod seems sturdy and well built. The locking mechanisms on the legs are easy to use quickly. The pan/tilt head is great and I like how the handles unscrew so the tripod will fit nicely in the carry bag. The tripod is the perfect height for me (5'8"). Wish it had a T level, but no biggie. I would recommend it to anyone, especially those who are just starting out.

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                4.0

                Way better than what I had

                By Ian

                from Queens, NY

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Good Stability
                • Large Range of Motion
                • Strong Clamp

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Night Shots
                  • Portraits

                  Comments about Slik Pro 500DX Tripod with 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head - Supports 10 lb (4.5 kg):

                  I generally use this tripod for landscapes, low light photography, and head shots. It seems like it is built to last. My previous tripod is dinky compared to the 500DX. Although this tripod is very tough extended at regular height, when the legs are flipped out, it has some give. When the legs are not flipped out, it is very still and does not budge. In addition, the head that it comes with is more fluid-like than my old tripod. I can definitely see this being used to get a fluid like panning effect.

                  Overall, the features on this tripod are great. It looks very professional (hence the "pro" in front of the 500DX). The quick release latch needs some applied pressure for it to make sure it firmly locks into place but it just makes me make sure my camera is staying put.

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                  5.0

                  Great!

                  By Nick

                  from UK

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Pros

                  • Good Stability

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Home
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Night Shots
                    • Portraits
                    • Sports/Action
                    • Travel
                    • Weddings/Events
                    • Wildlife

                    Comments about Slik Pro 500DX Tripod with 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head - Supports 10 lb (4.5 kg):

                    Nice Tripod. Stable. Not that Heavy, my last tripod must have been heavier! Useful to remove half of centre column as using my Manfrotto Joystick head makes this eye height when camera fitted without raising column, so no wobble on long exposures.

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                    5.0

                    Pro 500DX Tripod

                    By hikinglo

                    from Ohiopyle, PA

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Home
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Night Shots
                      • Wildlife

                      Comments about Slik Pro 500DX Tripod with 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head - Supports 10 lb (4.5 kg):

                      Good all-around medium duty pod. I use mostly outdoors in easy to rugged terraine for nature compositions, but also for some studio stills. I like the leg pads for shoulder carrying when moving about outdoors. I've seen some comments about weight. I'm a 5'6", 115lb disabled female, and I think it's fine weight-wise. I'd like it to be lighter, but who wants the wind to blow it away or rattle your long exposure outside? Might as well not use a tripod at all then! I'm used to a ball head that pans and tilts with one lever, but I can adapt to the two-handled dealie for the price.

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                      4.0

                      fantastic bang for the buck

                      By Photos by KJS

                      from North Dakota

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Easy to Use

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Family Photos
                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Weddings/Events
                        • Wildlife Photos

                        Comments about Slik Pro 500DX Tripod with 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head - Supports 10 lb (4.5 kg):

                        This thing is a brute, very happy with it so far. This will suit all my needs. I debated about this one vs. the 700 Slik and I'm glad I went with this one. It sets up fast, easy to use and still attaches easily to my Lowpro bag for travel. You can't go wrong with how well built this thing is for the price.

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                        5.0

                        Solid and great value

                        By lilypunk

                        from Brooklyn, NY

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Durable
                        • Easy to Use

                        Cons

                        • Heavy

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Slik Pro 500DX Tripod with 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head - Supports 10 lb (4.5 kg):

                          No complaints so far - a little heavy but need that for the robustness

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                          • No

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                          4.0

                          Excellent Tripod

                          By EE

                          from Iowa City

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Durable
                          • Easy to Use

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Sports/Action
                            • Wildlife Photos

                            Comments about Slik Pro 500DX Tripod with 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head - Supports 10 lb (4.5 kg):

                            This is an excellent tripod. My only complaint is that it takes a little too much work to get it to the lowest point.

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                            • No

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                            5.0

                            exactly what i needed

                            By dovy g

                            from lakewood nj

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Compact
                            • Easy to Use

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Slik Pro 500DX Tripod with 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head - Supports 10 lb (4.5 kg):

                                i needed a tripod well made and with a dual axis panning leveler and this is it for me at a great price too

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                                • No

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                                5.0

                                super

                                By ryan

                                from new jersey

                                About Me Casual Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Durable

                                Cons

                                • Bulky

                                Best Uses

                                • Family Photos
                                • Landscape/Scenery
                                • Wildlife Photos

                                Comments about Slik Pro 500DX Tripod with 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head - Supports 10 lb (4.5 kg):

                                Great product, complete confidence with it holding a couple thousand dollars in equipment a few feet off the ground

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                                4.0

                                Very nice, but one small issue

                                By dawhoo

                                from charleston, sc

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                Pros

                                • Solid
                                • Sturdy

                                Cons

                                • Paint chips off

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about Slik Pro 500DX Tripod with 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head - Supports 10 lb (4.5 kg):

                                  I use this is a studio setting and love it. All of my exposures are between 1/3 and 2 seconds, and it's very stable. However, the part that attached to the head, all the paint is chipping off the swing arm. This tripod hasn't really moved more than 5 feet in 4 months, so with real-world use, I think the paint chipping would be worse. That said, if I ever get another tripod, I'm getting this one again. It's solid, sturdy and I don't feel like my camera is going to fall out.

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                                  5.0

                                  Nice Tripod

                                  By rickalamos

                                  from Los Alamos, NM

                                  About Me Casual Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Compact
                                  • Durable
                                  • Easy to Use
                                  • Lightweight

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Landscape/Scenery
                                    • Long exposure
                                    • Weddings/Events

                                    Comments about Slik Pro 500DX Tripod with 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head - Supports 10 lb (4.5 kg):

                                    I needed a good tripod after purchasing a cheap one which broke on its first use. This tripod exudes quality and value. It is quick to setup and breakdown and a pleasure to own and use. The tripod has no bubble levels but there is room for a round bullseye level on top of the center post.

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                                    4.0

                                    Not bad at all.

                                    By markusha

                                    from Toronto, ON Canada

                                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Easy to Use

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Family Photos
                                      • Landscape/Scenery

                                      Comments about Slik Pro 500DX Tripod with 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head - Supports 10 lb (4.5 kg):

                                      Quality sturdy tripod but not professional. Easy to use. Could be better with Ball Head and head safety lock/pin.

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                                      5.0

                                      Slim pro 500dx tripod

                                      By Rick in OC MD

                                      from Ocean City, MD

                                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Durable
                                      • Easy to Use

                                      Cons

                                      • Bulky

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Family Photos
                                      • Landscape/Scenery
                                      • Video

                                      Comments about Slik Pro 500DX Tripod with 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head - Supports 10 lb (4.5 kg):

                                      Great tripod with useful levels, easy to use controls on leg adjustments and accurate panning.

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                                      5.0

                                      Great tripod

                                      By Mojan

                                      from Reston VA

                                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Durable
                                      • Easy to Use

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                          Comments about Slik Pro 500DX Tripod with 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head - Supports 10 lb (4.5 kg):

                                          Love the look and feel of this Tripod. It's very sturdy and easy to use.

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                                          5.0

                                          Little things in a small package

                                          By jsd73505

                                          from Lawton, ok

                                          About Me Pro Photographer

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Durable
                                          • Easy to Use
                                          • Lightweight

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Family Photos
                                            • Landscape/Scenery
                                            • Weddings/Events
                                            • Wildlife Photos

                                            Comments about Slik Pro 500DX Tripod with 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head - Supports 10 lb (4.5 kg):

                                            this tripod is a great addition to my photogrqaphy arsenal

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                                            • Yes

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                                            4.0

                                            A good, sturdy tripod

                                            By Chris

                                            from Wyoming

                                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

                                            • Good Stability
                                            • Unfolds Quickly

                                            Cons

                                              Best Uses

                                              • Landscape/Scenery
                                              • Nighttime
                                              • Wildlife Photos

                                              Comments about Slik Pro 500DX Tripod with 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head - Supports 10 lb (4.5 kg):

                                              This is a very nice, stable tripod. It remains fairly stable even in Wyoming's winds, though honestly if you raise the center column to its maximum height, it can get a bit wobbly.

                                              If you've looked through the reviews, you've seen that some people thinks it's too heavy, and others think it's light enough. I'm in the middle. If I were carrying it around in my hands all day, it would definitely feel heavy. But when I'm outdoors, I often strap it to the side of my pack and I barely notice the weight.

                                              Strapped to my pack, the collapsed height is ok, but not great, as it's tall enough to snag on branches occasionally. Incidentally, I'd considered the Pro 700DX, but decided against it because of the additional height when collapsed.

                                              A few things may not be clear from the product description. First, the minimum height with the "optional center column" does not require anything additional. Instead, you simply need to remove the lower section of the two-piece center column. Second, you can flip the entire center column upside down and get the head even closer to the ground. Third, the tripod comes with a carry sack. I use that when I'm moving around outdoors for the added protection. A quibble: the handles on this case are next to useless, unless you want to carry the thing in your hand like a purse. A shoulder sling would have been much more practical.

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                                              5.0

                                              Great tripod for newbies

                                              By Photographer lady

                                              from NYC, NY

                                              About Me Casual Photographer

                                              Verified Buyer

                                              Pros

                                              • Compact
                                              • Durable
                                              • Easy to Use
                                              • Excellent tripod value

                                              Cons

                                              • Heavy to carry long time

                                              Best Uses

                                              • Family Photos
                                              • Landscape/Scenery
                                              • Sports/Action
                                              • Travel
                                              • Video
                                              • Weddings/Events
                                              • Wildlife Photos

                                              Comments about Slik Pro 500DX Tripod with 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head - Supports 10 lb (4.5 kg):

                                              I use this tripod for photographing portrait and various items - basically interior/house work. This Slik tripod is excellent for this work because it is very stable and sturdy, easy to mount camera, position and photoshoot the subject. It is somewhat heavy for carrying it for long walks in outside environments. But is folds up to a manageable size.

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