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KirkMini Table Top Tripod
 
3.0

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3.0

Competitor to Leica Tabletop Tripod

By Cinghiale

from Santa Clara, CA

About Me Photo Enthusiast

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Pros

  • Compact
  • Durable
  • Easy to Use
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Functionally Limited

Best Uses

  • Family Photos
  • Landscape/Scenery

Comments about Kirk Mini Table Top Tripod:

Mini Table Top Tripod by Kirk is basically the direct competitor to Leica Tabletop Tripod (B&H # LETT).

It borrows several ideas from Leica:

1. Staggered leg arrangement that allows all legs to fold one next to another.

2. Virtually same height.

3. Strong all-metal aluminum construction.

4. Simple nut and bolt based design that tightens everything together. Essentially a friction-based lockup.

Since I also own Leica Tabletop Tripod and use both of them fairly regularly, I can safely say that this particular tripod gets less use in my case and fills a very particular niche due to the following few shortcomings that it has:

1. The top base is a separate piece from the top leg (unlike on Leica, where the top leg and base are a single solid cast piece). This means that when you loosen the bottom screw - everything is loose and everything rotates freely, including the camera or ballhead that you have attached to top base. This makes adjustments to leg positions quite a bit more difficult.

2. The bottom nut protrudes too far down, making this tripod less useful as a chest brace and therefore limiting its use to surfaces for the most part.

3. The bottom nut is also more difficult to fully tighten, the winged nut design on Leica is far easier in that regard. This particular task gets especially difficult if your hands are wet or if you're wearing gloves.

4. The curve-down shape of the bottom portion of the legs makes this design a little less suitable for use on uneven surfaces, where you're trying to set the tripod where the legs can't achieve a full vertical top-bottom contact. The straight-line design of Leica Tabletop Tripod legs is again better for this type of use.

What this tabletop tripod by Kirk is definitely excellent for is conditions where you need to use some equipment mounted on top of it that benefits from longer mounting stud that Kirk has. The mounting stud on Leica tabletop tripod is shorter by a about full and a half turns of threaded section.

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