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Slik AF-2100 Pistol Grip Head (Quick Release)

B&H # SLAF2100 Mfr # 618-210
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Product Highlights
  • Supports 10 lb (4.53 kg)

Slik's AF-2100 has a unique patented single action pistol grip.  Simply squeeze the trigger, set your camera to the desired position and release the trigger; your camera is immediately locked right where you want it.  The AF-2100 can be used with all makes and models of tripods that have either a 1/4"-20 or a 3/8"-16 threaded center column post.

Ingenious Panning Axis Quick Release Mechanism
Where your thumb rests upon the AF-2100 there is a lever; push the lever up and the quick release plate can rotate upon the panning axis, and pull the lever down to make the plate lock into place.  In this way you're able to follow action which solely needs left/right panning adjustments without the need to constantly squeeze the pistol mechanism, which would quickly tire your hand.
Bull's Eye Style Bubble Level
At the top of the AF-2100 there is a bull's eye style single bubble level, which helps to quickly achieve a perfectly level shot with just a glance at your hand.
Base diameter of 2.0" (5.1 cm)
Maximum Camera Supported 35mm SLR
Load Capacity 10 lbs (4.53 kg)
Height 5.3" (13.5 cm)
Quick Release Yes
Spirit Level Yes
Tension Control No
Tripod Mount Thread Size 3/8"-16 (with removable 1/4"-20 adapter bushing)
Weight 1.88 lb (0.85 kg)
Slik AF-2100 Pistol Grip Head (Quick Release)
  • Quick Release Plate for the AF2100 Pistol Grip Head
  • 3-Year Warranty
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    SlikAF-2100 Pistol Grip Head (Quick Release)
     
    4.7

    (based on 29 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (22)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

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    93%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Large range of motion (23)
    • Attaches firmly (22)
    • Stable (22)
    • Strong clamp (17)

    Cons

    • Heavy (3)

    Best Uses

    • Portraits (15)
    • Landscape/scenery (12)
    • Wildlife (12)
    • Night shots (10)
    • Sports/action (10)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (10), Semi-pro photographer (7), Pro photographer (5)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (9)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Very solid. Stays where you put it!

    I recently returned to photography after a five year hiatus. I wanted to get another quick release plate for this head and was happy to see they still make it. I've used this head...Read complete review

    I recently returned to photography after a five year hiatus. I wanted to get another quick release plate for this head and was happy to see they still make it. I've used this head for -- jeez...probably twenty years. While I've never put the large telephotos on it, it handily holds a large zoom lens on a pro body without a problem. It locks exactly where you put it and the pistol grip lets you get just the right position. I couldn't think of a better head for a tripod.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Good but with a slight problem

    I really like the flexibility and speed enabled by pistol grip tripod heads. I used to use a Manfrotto 222 Joystick Head, but it eventually lost all of its tension and just flopped...Read complete review

    I really like the flexibility and speed enabled by pistol grip tripod heads. I used to use a Manfrotto 222 Joystick Head, but it eventually lost all of its tension and just flopped around. (I tend to use heavier cameras, e.g., a Hasselblad and now the Nikon D800). I bought the Slik AF-2100 pistol grip head a couple of years ago, and it worked well until a few months ago. At that point, it was working well for horizontal photos, but when I repositioned for a vertical camera, the quick release started slipping and I couldn't keep my camera in a set position. The quick release rests on a rubberized pad, and the pad seemed to have developed some wear. I fixed it with some masking tape to increase friction (grip tape would probably work well also); it doesn't look pretty, but it holds the camera solidly. If I had to buy another pistol grip, I would probably buy one of the higher end ones, such as the Vanguard GH-200 Pistol-Grip Ballhead.

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    5.0

    Very versatile

    By Mondongo

    from Sydney, Australia

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Attaches Firmly
    • Good Stability
    • Large Range of Motion
    • Quick to use
    • Very comfortable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Portraits
      • Sports/Action
      • Video
      • Weddings/Events
      • Wildlife

      Comments about Slik AF-2100 Pistol Grip Head (Quick Release):

      I use this as a quick use tripod head for flash portraits and find it very stable and successful for quickly reframing shots on the fly. It balances well, the trigger method is smooth and intuitive and the angle of the handle relative to the camera/lens direction adjusts well for ease of use. I can shoot all day on a Nikon D3S and 70-200 zoom with the lens mounted on the Slik, my left hand on the release handle my right steadying the camera and firing ..it's very smooth and effortless. The change from horizontal to a vertical framing is quick and easy. I find the offset trigger mechanism far more successful than the quick release designs that sit directly under the camera. I don't use it for time exposures as I prefer a heavy ball head for that use.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Great tool!

      By Gracie

      from East Tennessee

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Travel
        • Wildlife

        Comments about Slik AF-2100 Pistol Grip Head (Quick Release):

        My husband is elated with this new grip head. It will allow him a lot more flexibility while photographing wildlife on the move. Wonderful product!

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        • No

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        3.0

        Good but with a slight problem

        By JJ

        from Tucson AZ

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Pros

        • Large Range of Motion

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Travel

          Comments about Slik AF-2100 Pistol Grip Head (Quick Release):

          I really like the flexibility and speed enabled by pistol grip tripod heads. I used to use a Manfrotto 222 Joystick Head, but it eventually lost all of its tension and just flopped around. (I tend to use heavier cameras, e.g., a Hasselblad and now the Nikon D800). I bought the Slik AF-2100 pistol grip head a couple of years ago, and it worked well until a few months ago. At that point, it was working well for horizontal photos, but when I repositioned for a vertical camera, the quick release started slipping and I couldn't keep my camera in a set position. The quick release rests on a rubberized pad, and the pad seemed to have developed some wear. I fixed it with some masking tape to increase friction (grip tape would probably work well also); it doesn't look pretty, but it holds the camera solidly. If I had to buy another pistol grip, I would probably buy one of the higher end ones, such as the Vanguard GH-200 Pistol-Grip Ballhead.

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          • No

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          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Wouldn't use any other

          By Peter

          from Dedham, MA

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Night Shots
            • Portraits
            • Travel
            • Video
            • Wildlife

            Comments about Slik AF-2100 Pistol Grip Head (Quick Release):

            Use for short and mind-length (Canon 70-200) lenses, stills and video

            Extremely stiff hold while utterly fluid adjustment with grip
            leveling bubble useful
            quick-release is indeed quick but also safe -- you have to take deliberate steps to release camera
            Had mine for ten years, no problems at all, use it all the time as amateur

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            • No

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            5.0

            Coolest thing since sliced bread

            By NAU Photo Student

            from Flagstaff, AZ

            About Me Photography Student

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Attaches Firmly
            • Good Stability

            Cons

            • Heavy

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Slik AF-2100 Pistol Grip Head (Quick Release):

            The pistol head provides all the flexible and stability you will ever need to get a great photo.

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            • No

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            5.0

            So far I am impressed...

            By kpov44

            from Grand Rapids, MI

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • It is a little heavy

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Slik AF-2100 Pistol Grip Head (Quick Release):

            I have only had the AF-2100 Pistol Grip Head by Slik since Christmas but I can tell that this is a much better product than the previous pistol grip that I owned. It is very tight and stays in place once you release the grip. There is one thing that I would add to this and I have not seen a company do this yet, is to add a small shutter release by the trigger. That would free up your other hand a bit. But until they design something like that, this is a great working pistol grip.

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            • Yes

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            4.0

            beats all other pistol grips!

            By skywarrior

            from ellsinore, mo.

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Portraits
              • Sports/Action
              • Wildlife

              Comments about Slik AF-2100 Pistol Grip Head (Quick Release):

              i've tried all of the other pistol grips out there, this is the best of them, not perfect, but works as its specs call for. very useful within its conservative weight range.

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              • No

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              5.0

              Quick release

              By jsd75050

              from lawton,ok

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about Slik AF-2100 Pistol Grip Head (Quick Release):

                This grip makes it easier to adjust the camera angle

                • Was this a gift?:
                • Yes

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                5.0

                Great Ballhead

                By LTG

                from Salem OR

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                • None

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Macro
                • Night Shots
                • Wildlife

                Comments about Slik AF-2100 Pistol Grip Head (Quick Release):

                This is my first ballhead. With so many choices it was difficult to pick one. Since I purchased a Slik carbon fiber tripod, I decided to get a Slik ballhead too. The AF-2100 seemed very simple to use, so I ordered it. I have not been disappointed.

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                • No

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                5.0

                Sturdy and works well.

                By Todd

                from Michigan

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about Slik AF-2100 Pistol Grip Head (Quick Release):

                  Works perfectly! You can point the camera in any direction including straight up and down. The trigger feels very sturdy and it fits comfortably on my tripod or monopod.

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  I like it~

                  By NthWilliam

                  from Richmond, BC, CA

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

                    Comments about Slik AF-2100 Pistol Grip Head (Quick Release):

                    I found this more convenient comparing to the ball-head style.
                    Faster adjustment can be done with one hand.

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                    5.0

                    [...]Excellent Product

                    By Birder Dr. Dave

                    from Chicago, Illinois

                    About Me Casual Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Sports/Action
                      • Wildlife

                      Comments about Slik AF-2100 Pistol Grip Head (Quick Release):

                      This product is a must for the avid birdwatcher with a spotting scope.

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Solid as a rock and easy to use

                      By Flash

                      from BG, KY

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Slik AF-2100 Pistol Grip Head (Quick Release):

                          No more adjusting two or three levers to get the right shot. Just squeeze and adjust with one hand. Flips easily for portrait or landscape shots.

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                          4.0

                          Very Slick

                          By Bill

                          from Minnesota

                          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
                            • Portraits
                            • Video
                            • Weddings/Events

                            Comments about Slik AF-2100 Pistol Grip Head (Quick Release):

                            The panning feature and quick release are a little cumbersome and there isn't a level for flipping to portrait. Other than that, it's all good. Easy to use, quick to adjust and adds height to the tripod.

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                            4.0

                            Very Convenient.

                            By Hiker

                            from Calgary, AB Canada

                            Verified Buyer

                            Comments about Slik AF-2100 Pistol Grip Head (Quick Release):

                            Using with monopod.

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                            4.0

                            Seems to work very well

                            By Fred

                            from Lewes,DE

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

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

                              Comments about Slik AF-2100 Pistol Grip Head (Quick Release):

                              The easy movement makes it very easy to get my camera in the position I need for a good shot.

                              It does just what I was looking for in a Pistol Grip Head.

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                              5.0

                              Solid Convenience

                              By Beer Barrel Cactus

                              from Tucson,AZ

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

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

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Landscape/Scenery
                                • Night Shots

                                Comments about Slik AF-2100 Pistol Grip Head (Quick Release):

                                Quick, solid convenience after years of the 3 "Twisty-Stix"... Why didn't I do this years ago?
                                Used mostly in macro & landscapes, It has also been handy in any tripod situation...for vertical shots just be aware of the spot it tips and with a little practice, you'll be smooth.

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                                2.0

                                Not for me

                                By SFC

                                from Ashland, OR

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                Pros

                                  Cons

                                  • Unstable

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Sports/Action

                                  Comments about Slik AF-2100 Pistol Grip Head (Quick Release):

                                  These ball heads seem like a great idea, but really aren't in practice (that's why I eventually sold mine). For one thing, it's tall, and I found that the extra height subtracts vertical stability and can add high-frequency vibration. If you want to shoot vertically, the whole thing tips WAY over. And finally, I intensely dislike the quick-release plate: it has to be oriented just-so on the camera, and then just-so on the top of the head or you can't get it in. I always found I was never oriented correctly. Otherwise, very well-made, and you don't need a coin to affix the plate to the camera with the built-in tab.

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                                  5.0

                                  This is my second one

                                  By Natures Images By Warren

                                  from Fair Oaks, CA

                                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

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

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Landscape/Scenery
                                    • Night Shots
                                    • Portraits
                                    • Travel
                                    • Wildlife

                                    Comments about Slik AF-2100 Pistol Grip Head (Quick Release):

                                    Just one squeeze and your camera is pointed
                                    right where you want it. No more turning two,
                                    three or more knobs to make adjustments. I
                                    use it for nature, macro, and fine art
                                    reperduction shots.

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                                    5.0

                                    very good pistol

                                    By Mark

                                    from Elmwood Park NJ

                                    About Me Pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

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

                                    Cons

                                    • Heavy

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Macrophotography
                                    • Photography
                                    • Portraits

                                    Comments about Slik AF-2100 Pistol Grip Head (Quick Release):

                                    Little heavy but large range of motion helps quickly adjust the angle of the camera,
                                    very useful for macrophotography or when quick angle adjustment needed

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