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Slik U212 Deluxe Tripod with 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head (Quick Release) - Supports 5.50 lb (2.49 kg)

B&H # SLU212 Mfr # 612-212
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The U212 Deluxe is an all-purpose tripod. Features include rectangular legs that maintain torsional strength & retractable spikes for all terrain use. Each leg angle can be individually adjusted to compensate for unusual surfaces and ground level shots. The geared center column tension control gives just the right support for varying camera weights, and a bubble level establishes accurate vertical positioning. A special threaded panhead mounting post on one leg is ideal for low-angle photography. For shooting vertically with telephoto or zoom lenses, a camera locking brace provides a tight camera-to-tripod mount which prevents camera slipping.

Maximum Height 63.0" (160.0 cm)
Minimum Height 24.8" (63.0 cm)
Folded Length 27.0" (68.6 cm)
Load Capacity 5.50 lb (2.49 kg)
Leg Sections 3
Leg Lock Type Flip levers
Independent Leg Spread Yes
Center Column Sections 1
Center Column Type Geared
Center Brace Yes
Spiked Feet Yes
Head Type 3-Way pan & tilt with quick release
Head Mount Thread Size 1/4"-20
Weight 6.00 lb (2.72 kg)
Slik U212 Deluxe Tripod with 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head (Quick Release) - Supports 5.50 lb (2.49 kg)
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  • 3-Year Warranty
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    SlikU212 Tripod
     
    4.8

    (based on 43 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (34)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (8)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Stable (34)
    • Attaches firmly (28)
    • Large range of motion (27)
    • Strong clamp (24)
    • Easily adjusted (3)

    Cons

    • Heavy (12)

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/scenery (26)
    • Portraits (26)
    • Night shots (23)
    • Home (17)
    • Travel (17)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (18), Semi-pro photographer (12), Casual photographer (4)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (23), Yes (3)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    1 Tuff & Versatile Tripod

    I purchased my U-212 in 1986 & nearly 25 years later it's still a top performer. Soon after purchase, I did testing on the leg section & concluded that it will safely...Read complete review

    I purchased my U-212 in 1986 & nearly 25 years later it's still a top performer. Soon after purchase, I did testing on the leg section & concluded that it will safely support 28 Lbs. (With legs fully extended). Because the original head is what limits it to 5.5 Lbs.rating, I replaced it with a Manfrotto 229 Super Pro Head (26.5 Lbs. capacity) turning it into a SUPER Tripod & ever since it's been my out-of-studio/on location Tripod. Due to its unique design/individual leg adjustment, it is the most versatile Tripod I've found.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Good, but not great

    This was my only tripod for nearly 20 years. A leg lock (the plastic collar) finally snapped last winter in sub-freezing conditions and I replaced it with a larger, simpler unit (Slik...Read complete review

    This was my only tripod for nearly 20 years. A leg lock (the plastic collar) finally snapped last winter in sub-freezing conditions and I replaced it with a larger, simpler unit (Slik Pro 780DX).

    Its range of setup possibilities was very good, but the overall height limitation was always a problem for me, since the center column had to be extended considerably for me to use when standing fully upright.

    The position locks on the head always "crept" when tightening, creating the need to anticipate and compensate for the shift when setting up.

    The leg braces were potential finger-killers when breaking the unit down or carrying it.

    But... it was strong right up until it died, and I did put it to a lot of rough use. If you're shorter than about 5'6", the height limitation might not be a problem, but any tripod's center column should be an option of last resort, not a regularly used feature. The extension crank on my unit was never smooth, always balky.

    The locking post/locking lever makes mounting and dismounting gear simple and quick, and replacement/spare posts are inexpensive and easy to keep around.

    I would recommend this with qualifications, and would highly suggest that a buyer get some hands-on experience with one before purchasing. The price may make it just the thing for you, but be aware of the shortcomings!

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    5.0

    Replacing my 30 year old U212

    By Bill

    from Laurel Springs, NJ

    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 U212 Tripod:

      My old U212 has a boken crank handle, after more than 30 yeare of hard use. It was time to get another one of these truly universal tripods. Fast setup, rock solid.

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      5.0

      Well made with nice materials

      By Mehul

      from Cleveland, Ohio

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Home
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Night Shots
      • Portraits

      Comments about Slik U212 Tripod:

      I wanted a nicer tripod that was good for everyday use for a casual photographer. This exceeded my expectations.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Versatile tripod

      By Alvin

      from Phoenix, AZ

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Video
        • Wildlife

        Comments about Slik U212 Tripod:

        I bought this model tripod over 30 years ago and it served me well. A leg locking lever ultimately broke so looking for a replacement I noticed the same SLIK model U212 showed up at B&H so I immediately placed an order for a replacement. Looks like the replacement should last me 30 more years. It holds my cameras with heavy lenses which are heavier than the capacity rating indicates. It's no lightweight so it's quite sturdy for a medium duty tripod.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Long term review

        By Carl, just journeying through

        from Southampton UK

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Heavy

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Slik U212 Tripod:

        I purchased this back in 1986 along with a couple of Canon T90's and I recently (December 2013) used it with my recent purchase of a Sony Alpha 77. During that time span I have gone through 3 different lens mounts and 3 different flash systems. My photography kit has changed considerably over the years but the one stable item (excuse the pun) over the years has been the Slik U212 Deluxe tripod (called the Slik 88 Black Diamond in the UK) I bought mine in America so it is the U212 Deluxe.
        Slik have updated it a little over the years, the camera platform is now cork lined (mine is ridged plastic and about six months ago the larger part fell off - might get around to replacing it some day but the camera platform is still usable) I have used a fluid head at times but the three way pan / tilt is still smooth in operation. I never found a use for the plastic sliding bit in the middle of the platform so that got discarded many years ago. The quick release post is the best I have ever come across, so easy and quick to lock and release, the only fault is the camera does not sit flat with it still attached but I would rather have that minor inconvenience in return for the rapid positive locating and locking in place.
        It is so flexible to use on uneven ground and yet quickly and easily locks into a stable rigid platform.
        I have used it for copying, the reversible column coming into its own for such work, with a sliding head I have used it for macro work, landscape work is so easy with the built in bubble level, the scale for the various sized focal length lenses also comes in useful and I had no problems with flicking the head vertically for portraits (some tripods feel flimsy in this respect)
        It is coming up to 28 years old and it has a few dents and scrapes to its legs which bear testimony to the use it has had over the years. The feet / spikes have a real use for indoor or outdoor work. The centre column is not used much but is available for the few times I have needed the extra height. I have used it as my main tripod and never wanted for any other features, It functions as it should and has never let me down, I have full confidence in this piece of kit, everything else I have has changed over the years but not this, Slik had a good design back then, they have tweaked it slightly, the only thing I can quibble about is now as I am heading into my sixties the weight is starting to remind me that this is a sturdy tripod built for a function and not to a price

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        5.0

        After 30yrs Still the only one I need

        By amb

        from santa maria ca

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Pros

        • Good Stability

        Cons

        • Heavy

        Best Uses

        • Home
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Night Shots
        • Portraits

        Comments about Slik U212 Tripod:

        Everything still works just a s day one...30 years ago. Of course it does have some plastics so use "common care" and it will never fail. It is heavy compared to some current offerings, but again I see no need just to change.

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        5.0

        Very solid, adaptable tripod...

        By Jon

        from Saco, ME

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Attaches Firmly
        • Center Post Screw
        • Good Stability
        • Heavy
        • Large Range of Motion
        • Leg Spikes for Dirt
        • Low attachment for macro
        • Quick Camera Release
        • Quick release leg locks
        • Smooth Panning
        • Strong Clamp

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Slik U212 Tripod:

          I've used a U-212 since 1982, and have never had an issue with it. GREAT tripod. The quick release head works very well, but if you get a U-212, buy an extra quick release camera screw, or have a machinist make you a couple of them (very easy, quick job to make them). They're easy to lose! Also, [@] sells a circular carpenter's level for a couple of bucks that works for leveling the tripod much better than the one below the tripod head - with the [@] level, you can place it right on top of the camera's hot shoe and make sure the camera, not just the tripod, is level. Oh, be gentle with the leg locks if you're using the tripod in freezing temperatures - they're plastic, and while I've never had one break in the cold, I can see how it would be easy to force and break the cold plastic. Other than these two or three minor caveats, the tripod really is a good one. You won't be sorry if you get it. Great value for the money. Oh, figure out a way to carry it - a spare camera strap works well - you won't want to carry this one in your hands.

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          5.0

          great tripod

          By Gpa

          from madera,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
            • Video
            • Weddings/Events

            Comments about Slik U212 Tripod:

            very stable, easy to adjust

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            • No

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            4.0

            Sturdy but complicated

            By Manufacturing Megan

            from Philadelphia, PA

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Attaches Firmly
            • Good Stability
            • Large Range of Motion

            Cons

            • Complicated Controls
            • Heavy

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Portraits

            Comments about Slik U212 Tripod:

            I am a marketing coordinator for a manufacturing company and use the tripod for semipro product photographs. The tripod is very sturdy and stable but has way to many levers and swivels. It's hard to adjust the legs perfectly. Even with the bullseye level I have a difficult time getting everything perfectly aligned.

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            4.0

            Very good camera locking mechanism.

            By Brendan

            from Toronto

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Attaches Firmly
            • Good Stability

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Slik U212 Tripod:

                While ball-head or axis is going to be up to the preference of the individual, I can assume everyone will want to keep their expensive camera firmly attached with no 'wiggle'.

                This tripod has the best attach and lock of any I have ever seen.

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                5.0

                Excellent gift!

                By kwanking

                from Diamond Bar, CA

                Verified Buyer

                Comments about Slik U212 Tripod:

                convenient, sturdy product, works well

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                5.0

                Excellent build quality

                By Scott the traveller

                from Texas

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Good Stability
                • Large Range of Motion

                Cons

                • Weak Clamp

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Night Shots
                • Travel
                • Wildlife

                Comments about Slik U212 Tripod:

                Just getting used to the way it functions. The support arms on each leg are very different from any tripod I have used in the past but seems to work well so far

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                4.0

                Great tripod

                By Melissa

                from Phoenix, AZ

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Night Shots
                    • Portraits

                    Comments about Slik U212 Tripod:

                    This is an awesome tripod for shooting studio portraits, landscapes, and macro. It is sturdy and has an L-bracket on the head (I wasn't expecting that). There is a bubble level under the head position the tripod level, but the only way to tell if the horizon is level is to check the notches on the side dial and through the viewfinder. I really liked the height without having to telescope the center column. I am 5'7" and it is almost eye level when the legs are fully extended.

                    Only downside for me is the quick release doesn't latch on the first try every time, so be careful when placing the camera back on the head.

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                    5.0

                    Practical - Portable - Affordable

                    By Alan

                    from Elizabethtown, US

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Attaches Firmly
                    • Good material
                    • Good Stability

                    Cons

                    • 360 dial moves

                    Best Uses

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

                    Comments about Slik U212 Tripod:

                    I like the weight of this tripod, it's not to heavy to carry, and it's not to light to be unsteady. Thus this isn't a flaky tripod. The only con I found was that the 360 degree panorama dial moves when you turn the camera. But that's not really a con, since we should be looking at the pictures we take: there is no such thing is as mathematically precise panorama. Thus that is a somewhat useless feature, but still cool to have. Overall; I enjoy the product. It's supports my 5D Mark II with an EF 24-70mm f2.8 canon lens (all together my heaviest setup)! It's stable, and it doesn't seem like it'll ever fall apart on us. My photography accreditation is located at www.circleshift.com

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                    • Yes

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                    5.0

                    Heavy Duty - Works Well

                    By Fun Guy

                    from California

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about Slik U212 Tripod:

                      This tripod is definitely heavy duty. After owning several low end tripods and watching them fall apart decided to upgrade. This tripod is extremely well built and heavier then most. Me personally I like the heavier tripod. I know my equipment is not going anywhere. While this tripod is a little heavy I don't feel it is to heavy to carry unless maybe you have a really long hike. It doesn't mention it in the ad but this tripod also comes with a bag to carry the tripod in.

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                      5.0

                      U212 Tripod 32 years Strong

                      By Nic Mangler

                      from Louisiana

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Pros

                      • Attaches Firmly
                      • Good Stability
                      • Strong Clamp

                      Cons

                      • Heavy

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about Slik U212 Tripod:

                      I've had the tripod at least 32 years, It's amazing it's still in production and pretty much the same as it is today, everthing I used it for has gone obsolete or drasticly upgraded.Now using it for my new DSLR, kinda nice to mix the old history, with the new.

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                      5.0

                      Still tthe Best Tripod I have ever had.

                      By Phil

                      from Newington, CT

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                      • Heavy

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about Slik U212 Tripod:

                      I use his tripod whenever need to keep the camera steady.

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                      5.0

                      Durable

                      By bobkautzman

                      from Vermont

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Pros

                      • Good Stability
                      • Large Range of Motion

                      Cons

                      • Heavy

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Night Shots
                      • Portraits

                      Comments about Slik U212 Tripod:

                      I've had this tripod for 20 years and it's still going strong. Great for macro work and uneven ground because of it's independent leg design.

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                      4.0

                      Works great

                      By Sac Dad

                      from Sacramento

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                      • Heavy

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about Slik U212 Tripod:

                      A little bulky and heavy, considering my search for a "compact tripod" brought this as a result. But, sturdy, and works well.

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                      • No

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                      4.0

                      Looks robust

                      By Jim the Runner

                      from Doha, Qatar

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Good Stability

                      Cons

                      • Heavy

                      Best Uses

                      • Night Shots

                      Comments about Slik U212 Tripod:

                      Not bad at all

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                      • Yes

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                      5.0

                      U212 is a strong and versatile friend

                      By Teddy

                      from Boston

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Durable

                      Cons

                      • No 38" Euro adaptor

                      Best Uses

                      • Fieldwork

                      Comments about Slik U212 Tripod:

                      Use for rugged fieldwork assignments. Inexpensive enough, you don't feel you need to coddle. Rugged enough for long days in the field. Super steady and versatile.

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