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Slik PRO 500HD Tripod with 3-Way Panhead w/Quick Shoe

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Product Highlights
  • Aluminum, Magnesium, Titanium Alloy
  • Supports up to 11 lb (5 kg)
  • Extends to 65" (164.85cm)
  • 25.7" (65.28cm) Minimum Working Height
  • 3-Way, 2-Handle Pan Head w/Quick Shoe
  • 3 Independent Leg Sections
  • Lever Leg Locks
  • Sliding, Reversible Center Column
  • 14" Working Height W/Column Reversed
  • Folds to 27.4" (69.5cm)

Slik's PRO 500HD Tripod with 3-Way Panhead w/Quick Shoe is constructed from an aluminum, magnesium, and titanium alloy that provides sturdy support for up to 11 lb (5 kg), at a maximum height of 65" (1.65 m) and a minimum of 25.7" (65.2 cm). A sliding, reversible center column, lever leg locks and all-weather rubber grips make the Pro 500HD versatile and easy to use. With the center column reversed, a working height of 13.9" (35.31cm) is possible. The included three-way pan head has two pan and tilt handles, and is very easy to operate. A convenient four-way quick shoe can be mounted in any direction.

Super Alloy A.M.T
Slik A.M.T. (Aluminum-Magnesium-Titanium) alloy offers an exceptional strength-to weight ratio more than 40% greater than other similar Slik tripods.
Grooved Tubular Legs
The groove, in the already dynamically strong circular tubing, prevents the leg from spinning around and allows simple, secure locking. It also lets you to extend the leg from any section, regardless of the order.
Lever Locks
The PRO 500HD features simple-to-use lever locks for quick set-up.
Reversible Center Column
The center column height is easily adjusted; just loosen the locking collar and pull up. Camera height and direction can be adjusted in one motion. The gearless and detachable center column can be inverted for extremely low angle positioning.
Three-Position Leg Angles
The legs on the PRO 500HD can me set to three different leg angles for stable positioning on inclined or uneven ground
Three-Way, Two-Handle Panhead
The easy to operate panhead makes camera positioning easy. It features two separate locking handles for simple panning and tilting.
General
Load Capacity 11 lb (5 kg)
Maximum Height 65" (164.85cm)
Maximum Height w/o Column Extended 55" (139.7cm)
Minimum Height 25.7" (65.2 cm)
Folded Length 27.9"(70.87cm)
Weight 5.9 lb (2.67 kg)
Head
Head Type SH-736HD 3-way, 2-handles
Quick Release Quick shoe
Legs
Material Aluminum, magnesium and titanium alloy
Head Attachment Fitting 3/8"-16
Leg Stages/Sections 3
Leg Lock Type Lever lock
Independent Leg Spread Yes
Spiked/Retractable Feet No
Center Brace No
Center Column
Center Column Type Sliding with dual locking system
Reversible
Center Column Sections 1 x 10" (16.25cm)
Bubble Level No
Slik PRO 500HD Tripod with 3-Way Panhead w/Quick Shoe
  • 6256 Quick Release Plate for SH-736HD Head
  • Carrying Case
  • Limited 3-Year Warranty
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    SlikPRO 500HD Tripod with 3-Way Panhead w/Quick Shoe
     
    4.8

    (based on 46 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (36)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (10)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Stable (36)
    • Unfolds quickly (19)
    • Lightweight (14)
    • Folds away (9)
    • Durable (6)

    Cons

    • Heavy (4)

    Best Uses

    • Stabilization (24)
    • Landscape/scenery (12)
    • Movies (10)
    • Video (8)
    • Wildlife (6)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Tech savvy (15), Casual photographer (5), Photo enthusiast (5), Aspiring film maker (4), Film professional (4)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (39), Yes (5)

    Reviewed by 46 customers

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    5.0

    Fantastic Tripod

    By Topkek

    from Providence, RI

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easy to Use

    Cons

    • Bulky

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Slik PRO 500HD Tripod with 3-Way Panhead w/Quick Shoe:

    Amazing tripod for your buck. I will be brief with the review since it needs no further explanation.

    Pros
    -Sturdiness. It is almost Nokia.
    -Smooth pan. It has specialized panning friction mechanism for smooth video recording.
    -Price (Relatively for a tripod of this quality)

    Con(s)
    -Heavy, but the pros make up for it.

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    • No

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    4.0

    Seems good

    By Jon C

    from State College, PA

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Durable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery

      Comments about Slik PRO 500HD Tripod with 3-Way Panhead w/Quick Shoe:

      It seems to be pretty good so far. I've had a little trouble getting it to stay in the proper spot sometimes but it might just be me not doing it correctly.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Great at this price point

      By wk05

      from Western CO

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easy to Use
      • Great Picture Quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Video
        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about Slik PRO 500HD Tripod with 3-Way Panhead w/Quick Shoe:

        As a weekend warrior who takes his gear in the high country and on the raft this tripod and head works well without the worry of banging an expensive piece of equipment around. I can get a fluid panning shot both vertically and horizontally……I don't always get it the very first shot but I haven't had to try more than a few times to get the fluid pan we all want. This is a great step up from the cheap stuff without breaking the bank!

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        5.0

        Great Recovery!!!

        By S. James

        from Bartlesville, OK

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easy to Use

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Slik PRO 500HD Tripod with 3-Way Panhead w/Quick Shoe:

          Now this is a tripod! I do a lot of video, so when I heard about the ballhead tripod I thought it would give me a smoother transition. I purchased one of these ballhead tripods and it was not at all what I had hoped it would be. After a quick return to B&H I purchased this tripod and could not be happier. It is heavy duty and easy to expand. It has special pan and tilt friction control knobs just for video. Works great!!! I would recommend for anyone.

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          • No

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          4.0

          Good, sturdy tripod

          By GlennS

          from Houston, TX

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Good quality

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Bird Watching
            • Landscape/Scenery

            Comments about Slik PRO 500HD Tripod with 3-Way Panhead w/Quick Shoe:

            I bought this product for a bird-watching scope. All connections are secure, pivots screw tight and works very well with minimal shake. It is a little heavy, but if you're not carrying it far, that's no problem.

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            5.0

            Sturdy, well made tripod

            By Doug

            from Woodbury, NJ

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Easy to Use
            • Good Features For Price
            • Stable

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • General Photography
              • Photography
              • Viewing wildlife

              Comments about Slik PRO 500HD Tripod with 3-Way Panhead w/Quick Shoe:

              The Slik Pro 500XD is a nicely made, sturdy tripod. I bought this primarily for birding with a lightweight spotting scope (Theron Saker) - even though it is not a single-handle model like most spotting scope tripods.

              A friend recently purchased a Vortex Pro GT tripod for his heavier scope. The Vortex tripod is lighter than this Slik model, but I wanted a tripod with a bit more weight.

              My Pro 500HD will also do double duty with a camera, so I appreciate the extra features for the same price as the Vortex.

              As someone else reported, I rather quickly noticed a slight bit of paint removed from the knuckle joint where the legs meet the body, but this does not concern me. This tripod should continue to perform well for a long time to come.

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              4.0

              Great value for the price

              By Jan

              from Olympia, WA

              About Me Photography Student

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Good Stability
              • Unfolds Quickly

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about Slik PRO 500HD Tripod with 3-Way Panhead w/Quick Shoe:

                This is a great tripod...very sturdy and easy to use. I have a remote shutter release but find that if I don't use it and manually push the shutter, it holds the camera firmly in place with no "shake".

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                • No

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                4.0

                Sturdy but plate requires orientation

                By Shooter71

                from Minnesota

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Good Stability

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Home

                  Comments about Slik PRO 500HD Tripod with 3-Way Panhead w/Quick Shoe:

                  I like the tripod as it is well built and sturdy. Only thing that would be helpful would be to have a plate that does not require any orientation like my cheap one is in which it can be mounted on any side.

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                  5.0

                  Great buy for the price

                  By Ch sl

                  from NYC

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Good Stability

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Slik PRO 500HD Tripod with 3-Way Panhead w/Quick Shoe:

                      Very sturdy, easy to use -- overall this item is worth way more than the icket price.
                      Highly recommend.

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                      5.0

                      Solid

                      By Eric Shmerick

                      from Monroe Twp., NJ

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Slik PRO 500HD Tripod with 3-Way Panhead w/Quick Shoe:

                            I bought this after reading a lot of reviews for products (even more expensive ones) on BHphtovideo.comI'd read complaints about other Tripods, where the head wasn't strong enough for heavier gear, so I went with this one and I am very pleased with my purchase. It is exactly what I need in terms of durability and portability.

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                            • No

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                            5.0

                            Great Tripod for the money!

                            By Spence

                            from New York, NY

                            About Me Pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Good Stability
                            • Unfolds Quickly

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Travel
                              • Video

                              Comments about Slik PRO 500HD Tripod with 3-Way Panhead w/Quick Shoe:

                              This tripod was a quick and easy purchase before I roadtripped across the country. I shoot fashion photography as well as videography, and my previous tripod broke right before the trip. I came in with 5 minutes to choose a tripod before I left and this one fit all of my criteria. I don't need anything fancy, simply something to hold my camera while I shoot tethered, but this had some pretty nice perks to it as well. The HD Pan is pretty decent, could be a bit smoother but for the money is a nice addition. My only suggestion is to have a little hook to hang some sand bags off of from the main pole, but this tripod is pretty heavy so I don't see myself needing it.

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                              • No

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                              5.0

                              Good, Sturdy Tripod

                              By madscout636

                              from Menomonie, WI

                              About Me Casual 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
                                • Video
                                • Weddings/Events
                                • Wildlife

                                Comments about Slik PRO 500HD Tripod with 3-Way Panhead w/Quick Shoe:

                                I am barely an amateur photographer and this is my first tripod. As a whole the unit feels very sturdy. I have a Canon T3i that I am using with a handful of lenses.

                                Pros:
                                -The upper sections on the legs are pretty beefy, contributing to the sturdiness.
                                -The upper sections are also covered with a soft foam which is nice for picking up and handling the unit even when loaded with camera and equipment.
                                -The head is built solidly and movement/ rotation is very fluid and predictable(good for video/panning)

                                Cons:
                                I don't have many cons as this is my first tripod and I am still getting used to how I am going to use it.
                                -The quick shoe/quick release mount on the camera covers the battery cover on the bottom side of my camera(Canon T3i). This isn't a dealbreaker for me because I don't have to pull the battery very often. The mount has a folding wing nut that makes it easy to loosen for battery access.

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                                • No

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                                4.0

                                Priced rit

                                By Soccer Dad

                                from Seattle

                                About Me Casual Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

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

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

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

                                  Comments about Slik PRO 500HD Tripod with 3-Way Panhead w/Quick Shoe:

                                  Sturdy but not heavy. Easy to adjust.

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                                  • Yes

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                                  5.0

                                  Fantastic!

                                  By Annie

                                  from Denver, CO

                                  About Me Photography Student

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  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 PRO 500HD Tripod with 3-Way Panhead w/Quick Shoe:

                                    I loved this product. It's very sturdy and strong. Very durable and flexible. I use this all the time and I have never had a problem with it. The only down side is that it is on the heavier side, but I personally like having the tripod heavier because it feels stronger and more sturdy that way. Love it!

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                                    5.0

                                    Steady as she goes....

                                    By MichaelM

                                    from San Rafael, CA

                                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                    Pros

                                    • Sturdy
                                    • Well Built
                                    • Well designed

                                    Cons

                                    • Heavy

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Bracketing
                                    • Landscape/Scenery
                                    • Night Shots
                                    • Portraits
                                    • Video
                                    • Wildlife

                                    Comments about Slik PRO 500HD Tripod with 3-Way Panhead w/Quick Shoe:

                                    I haven't had the pleasure of using some of those more expensive tripods, but the Slik Pro 500HD has got to be the best for the price. If not the best overall. It may be relatively big and heavy, but that's what makes a steady and dependable tripod.

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                                    5.0

                                    Good, Solid Tripod

                                    By Russ

                                    from State College, 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 500HD Tripod with 3-Way Panhead w/Quick Shoe:

                                      So far, I am happy with this tripod. It is versitile in that the post can be inserted right side up or upside down. It easily supports my Nikon 90 with all my lenses, It is well made, stable, easy to use and the Slik 6225 quick release plate makes it very easy and fast to switch cameras or other devices. It replaces a tripod I bought used in the late 50's that gave up the ghost! Tripods have come a long way in that time!

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                                      5.0

                                      Perfect tripod

                                      By crushonfood

                                      from Texas

                                      About Me Tech Savvy

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Good Stability

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Movies

                                        Comments about Slik PRO 500HD Tripod with 3-Way Panhead w/Quick Shoe:

                                        Tripod is smooth and well constructed. I picked this tripod due to its 65" height, independent moving legs, and price.

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                                        5.0

                                        Good for stills and video

                                        By Tom

                                        from Kansas City, MO

                                        About Me Tech Savvy

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Good Stability

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Movies
                                          • Stabilization

                                          Comments about Slik PRO 500HD Tripod with 3-Way Panhead w/Quick Shoe:

                                          I bought this to use with both video and still photography. The pan and tilt are smooth and I like that it can be lowered for still photography by spreading out the legs and shortening the center column. You can also reverse the column to get even lower.

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                                          5.0

                                          Great outdoor tripod

                                          By Chuck

                                          from Franklin Lakes NJ

                                          About Me Tech Savvy

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Good Stability
                                          • Unfolds Quickly

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Stabilization

                                            Comments about Slik PRO 500HD Tripod with 3-Way Panhead w/Quick Shoe:

                                            I have a 32 year old slick M-410 tripod and it is 20 lbs this one is half the weight and has a lot more versatility . you can't beat Slik

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                                            5.0

                                            Solid and affordable

                                            By Daggah

                                            from South Korea

                                            About Me Tech Savvy

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

                                            • Good Stability

                                            Cons

                                            • Heavy

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Stabilization

                                            Comments about Slik PRO 500HD Tripod with 3-Way Panhead w/Quick Shoe:

                                            I purchased it for photography use, but the panhead is probably better suited for video. Still, it serves its purpose well and is stable. Coming from a cheap no-name tripod that literally fell apart from extending the legs, I am very satisfied with my purchase.

                                            Do note that its size and weight do not make it a particularly portable tripod, however.

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