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SiruiT-1005X 5-Section Aluminum Tripod
 
4.7

(based on 49 reviews)

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95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Folds away (37)
  • Lightweight (37)
  • Stable (29)
  • Unfolds quickly (22)
  • Compact (6)

Cons

  • Poor quality (3)

Best Uses

  • Travel (32)
  • Landscape/scenery (22)
  • Night shots (16)
  • Home (7)
  • Portraits (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (24), Semi-pro photographer (8), Pro photographer (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (38)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great travel tripod

The sirui is the ideal travel tripod that folds into a very small package and can easily fit in an average camera bag or backpack. I was very impressed with the quality of this...Read complete review

The sirui is the ideal travel tripod that folds into a very small package and can easily fit in an average camera bag or backpack. I was very impressed with the quality of this tripod. I have owned a Gitzo studex aluminum tripod for 25 years now and as I am now also 25 years older I wanted a smaller package when I go light or go hiking. I looked into the Gitzo travel tripods and as good as they are, the price of these things borders on the ridiculous. I looked quite a bit for a small tripod and looked into the manfrotto and benro's also. There is something a little extra about the quality of the sirui tripods that sold me on this brand. The fit and finish seems superior to even the long established manfrotto brand. I know Sirui is relatively new to the US market but for [$] you can't go wrong. They also have this model in carbon fiber for $200 more but the weight difference is only about 6 ounces. For that small a difference I'd rather have the extra $200 in my pocket. Yes I'm cheap as well. When I purchased this tripod I quickly did some vibration testing and compared it to my Gitzo which weighs about 10 pounds with the Kirk ballhead. I was extremely impressed with the stability and it compared very well with my old Gitzo. I even tapped the tripod during a long exposure and it did show some vibration. I did the same tap test with the Gitzo and it showed the same vibration as well. An incredible performance considering the size and weight difference between the two models. Additionally the leg locks are better than my old Gitzo by a long shot. I'm sure the new G-lock legs are better now than the Gitzo's of the past, but the sirui leg locks have an extra click when you twist them to unlock. This is a safety feature that prevents the legs from collapsing when the leg lock is loosened a bit. Only when the lock is loosened beyond this click will the leg close. If my old Gitzo's leg lock becomes loose the leg starts collapsing and down goes the whole rig. Sirui doesn't seem to advertise this feature on their website but it's an extra touch of quality that deserves mention.If you are very tall this tripod may be on the smallish side for you but any travel tripod will most likely be too short as well. I'd rather have to stoop over a bit and have the added support of a tripod than not have one any day. I've always believed that great pictures require a tripod. I always said taking quality pictures without a tripod is like playing a violin without strings. It can't be done. Only time will tell if this tripod will last as long as my old Gitzo, but all in all a great product at a price point no one else can match.

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Weak Twist Locks

The first time I extended the legs one of the plistic parts inside the twist locks broak. The inside of the twist locks are made of very thin plastic and are fary to easy...Read complete review

The first time I extended the legs one of the plistic parts inside the twist locks broak. The inside of the twist locks are made of very thin plastic and are fary to easy to break. I have returned the tripod (thanks BHP) and decided to go with a Benro for travel. My Gitzo is a bit to bulky for airline travel.

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5.0

Very Happy with This Tripod

By Tony

from NW Ohio

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Folds Small
  • Good Stability
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Sirui T-1005X 5-Section Aluminum Tripod:

      I got this tripod to be a lightweight, compact travel option. For this it excels.

      Being a five section it isn't quite as quick to setup as a tripod with less sections, and being as compact as it is, it doesn't get super tall.

      Having gotten that out of the way, I really like this tripod. The leg sections lock and unlock easily with only a very short turn of the lock collars. The collars turn smooth and easy. The legs adjust smoothly and lock solidly.

      When set up it is very solid and stable. It feels like a very sturdy, solid platform.

      It is very lightweight, which is great for travel, but it doesn't provide a very heavy base for a heavy camera. This can lead to a bit easier to tip platform then some heavier tripods, but that is the nature of any lightweight tripod. It hasn't been a problem so far, and it has a spring-loaded hook on the bottom of the center section for adding ballast weight for added stability if needed.

      The legs flip over the top of the extended center section to achieve the minimum folded length. The legs fold up right around the still attached ball head and the whole thing fits (with attached head) in the included carry case. It's a tight fit with anything other than a small ball head, and may not fit at all with a larger head (because the legs wouldn't fold in close enough), but with a Benro BH1 head it fits. It makes for a very lightweight, easy to carry or pack complete tripod setup. The padded carry case itself is nice and is decent quality.

      The tripod comes with a short center section post in it's own little pouch for a bit if needed. Tools for adjusting tension, etc. are included as well.

      Very pleased with this tripod.

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      4.0

      2 pounder for light travel

      By The Wizard

      from Solano County, CA

      About Me Enthusist, Parent, Retired Detail Oriented

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Folds Small
      • Good Stability
      • Lightweight
      • Springed Leg Spread Locks
      • Unfolds Quickly

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Long Hikes Long Travel
        • Stabilization

        Comments about Sirui T-1005X 5-Section Aluminum Tripod:

        Sirui is gaining marketshare and competing with RRS & Gitzo in quality but not in price. 6 YEAR Guarantee. I also prefer the spring loaded leg spread locks found in Manfrottos and Sirui but not found in RRS, Gitzo, Induro. The tripod is quite solid for its size and weight. For me the carbon fiber version at .5 oz lighter wasn't worth the extra money. Heard a ridiculous compliant that there were too many leg section tighteners. How else can one get the height relative to the small packing size? I loosen all five with one hand motion. I realized one can't do it all with one tripod so I have a big CF Sirui M3204 for short walks and car travel, and this mini for longer hiking and airplane travel.

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        5.0

        Nice build quality for a good price

        By FTC

        from New Jersey

        Comments about Sirui T-1005X 5-Section Aluminum Tripod:

        Well constructed, ergonomic, light and compact. Good value for money.

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        5.0

        Sirui T-1005x Tripod

        By PH CIB

        from DES MOINES, IOWA

        About Me Fun photography

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Folds Small
        • Good Stability
        • Lightweight

        Cons

        • NONE

        Best Uses

        • Photography And Video

        Comments about Sirui T-1005X 5-Section Aluminum Tripod:

        Packs small and light, stable, I am only 5'6" so tall enough for me, plus I use light cameras with tilt screens so works very well, with five sections a little slow to set up, but when I need to use a tripod I have plenty of time, and the five sections are what makes it so small by reversing the legs over the ball head. I also have a Manfrotto Tripod with a geared head I used for Medium Format and still use it for heavy gear, but this little light, packs small, Sirui Tripod is a joy to carry around and use with lighter gear.

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        5.0

        The right Pod

        By Photo Jim

        from Louisiana

        About Me Photography enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Folds Small
        • Good Stability
        • Lightweight
        • Unfolds Quickly

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape Macro Photogra

          Comments about Sirui T-1005X 5-Section Aluminum Tripod:

          Light weight compact travel tripod. Quick and easy set up and take down, legs splay to 180 degrees for very low angle or macro shooting. Small compact and light weight but yet strong enough to hold a full size DSLR.

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          4.0

          Good traveling tripod

          By Curator of Good

          from Orlando, FL

          Comments about Sirui T-1005X 5-Section Aluminum Tripod:

          Very light and compactable, easy to set up, feels sturdy. Haven't had a lot of opportunities to use it yet, but I'm looking forward to getting out into the field with it more.

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          5.0

          Great value and light weight!!

          By DanTheMan

          from Boston

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Durable
          • Easy to Use
          • Lightweight
          • Low Height For Macro
          • Versatile

          Cons

          • Non-removable Feet

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Sirui T-1005X 5-Section Aluminum Tripod:

          Bought this as my first tripod and I am not disappointed. It is very lightweight even with a Oben ball head I purchased which added a pound!Its very sturdy and very easy to use. I love the twist locks which are fast and lock really well. It has two leg warmers for the cold weather, rubber feet and twist locks, lightweight aluminum legs and center column, a hook to hang a bag or weight, a smaller column for macro photography or for a lower profile, a carry bag and strap, and Allen wrenches for adjustments. What made me purchase it was the weight, the lowest height, and the height when folded which makes it easy to transport. The only negative that I have is that the feet do not unscrew to add spikes if needed. I remedied this by hanging my bag from the hood and buying a rock bag for extra support on windy days. I highly recommend this tripod for people who want a lightweight, ultra portable, and low height for macro.

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          5.0

          Great little tripod

          By GastonGC

          from Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Durable
          • Easy to Use
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Travel

            Comments about Sirui T-1005X 5-Section Aluminum Tripod:

            I didn´t have the chance to test it outdoors yet, but it looks sturdy enough for my 6D + 24-70 f2.8L at home. I don´t know how it´s gonna handle strong winds, but the tripod packs small and the build quality looks great to me.The carrying pouch is fantastic, way better than anything you can get from manfrotto or similar brands included.Make sure to buy a light head as well, because my ballhead is quite heavy for this little tripod (Sirui K-20X)

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            5.0

            The best travel tripod I have found

            By Creative Jedi

            from Des Moines, IA

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Durable
            • Easy to Use
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Sirui T-1005X 5-Section Aluminum Tripod:

              I often have to travel by air to video shoots around the country and overseas. I needed to find a tripod that would be suitable for shooting video with my Panasonic AF100 and GH3 cameras, yet be able to fit in my backpack camera bag for carry-on. I actually have tried several over the past few years, and this is by far my favorite. It is very well made and smartly designed, and as stable as possible for something of this size and weight. To shoot video, I add an old Bogen fluid head that I've had for years, but is quite compact itself. These sticks hold that head and the AF100 with no problem, particularly when I do not have to extend the legs fully. This tripod includes a very well-made bag, tools, and a shorter center post that is in its own bag as well. Altogether, a very well done product.

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              5.0

              STRONG steady and lightweight

              By dw

              from Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact
              • Durable
              • Easy to Use
              • Great value
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Travel
                • Wildlife Photos

                Comments about Sirui T-1005X 5-Section Aluminum Tripod:

                Finally found a tripod that meets my criteria for strength, compactness and weight. Fits in my backpack with ease next to a monopod, walking stool, m4/3 body, five lenses and other necessary bits. Easy to extend and manipulate to fit in tight spaces and easily packs away. And, it comes with a very nice padded case with a dedicated strap. I use it for landscape and wildlife photography. Excellent $ value.

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                5.0

                Exactly what I was looking for

                By Kenny

                from Fort Worth

                Comments about Sirui T-1005X 5-Section Aluminum Tripod:

                Super compact, fit right in to my carryon bag. Super light. Gets very low to the ground. Great price.

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                4.0

                Good but heavy

                By Simon

                from Moscow, ID

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact
                • Easy to Use

                Cons

                • Heavy bulky

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Sirui T-1005X 5-Section Aluminum Tripod:

                  I was looking for a backpacking tripod and this one looked appropriate, however, once I unpacked it I noticed that is way too heavy for what I needed. I did not use it but it looks sturdy, just too heavy for my needs. Also, the weight on the description is wrong, it's not 2.2 lb as stated but rather 2.6 lb. Not a huge difference for some but it is for me as I carry this on my back for many miles. I'm returning it and hence the 4 stars.

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                  5.0

                  Nice travel tripod

                  By Rostonics

                  from Weston, Florida

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Compact
                  • Easy to Use
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Travel

                    Comments about Sirui T-1005X 5-Section Aluminum Tripod:

                    I love this tripod. I purchased it to have a smaller, travel one. To be honest, I have not taken it on any trip yet, but have been testing it at the home studio.I fitted it tripod with a Induro ball head that I had around, which was a bolt-on job. The tripod holds my tiny Olympus OMD EM5 very nicely, I have not tested it yet with a heavier camera, but I already know that this particular ballhead has a hard time keeping a 5DMII in one position. The tripod has many features that only bigger, pricier units have. The legs can be positioned at several angles and they can be folded backwards, which saves another couple of inches off the length and the tripod has a reversible center column with a weight hook to stabilize it. There is also a center column extension to offer more height.I was pleasantly surprised with the bag that came with the tripod, which has some nice design elements. It has hooks to attach it to the bottom of a backpack and the strap doubles as a tripod strap. It takes a little bit to get used to the extra leg sections, but this is a small price to pay for the reduced size.

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                    4.0

                    Great product

                    By Kevin

                    from IL

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Folds Small
                    • Good Stability
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Travel

                      Comments about Sirui T-1005X 5-Section Aluminum Tripod:

                      This is a light weight, precision made tripod leg. I pair it with Sirui K-10x ball head which is also well made. The whold thing weights about 3 lb and is surprisingly sturdy for such a light weight. The case is nicely padded and also well made. It folds very small.

                      I would have given it 5 stars if it wasn't for a misleading statement in product description. The product description states that the center column can be reversed. However, it does not clarify that the reversed position is only meant for putting the tripod away for storage. You can't put camera at the reversed position. If you are looking at this tripod for very low angle shots, just be aware of that. Having said that, the minimum height of the tripod (with the short center column) is about 5" which is OK for most of my low angle shots.

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                      5.0

                      Great Tripod

                      By Nancy

                      from Connecticut

                      About Me Casual Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Folds Small
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Night Shots
                        • Travel

                        Comments about Sirui T-1005X 5-Section Aluminum Tripod:

                        Good for travel; well made

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                        4.0

                        Great small tripod!

                        By Yawn Leigh

                        from Baltimore

                        Comments about Sirui T-1005X 5-Section Aluminum Tripod:

                        I bought this tripod as I plan on travelling with it. Haven't taken it out to the field but it packs up small enough to fit into my roller. It feels stable when shooting on solid ground. It doesn't have the spikes for shooting outdoors, but my camera (d5100) and lenses are small/light enough that it doesn't need that much stability. I feel comfortable that the tripod can handle the weight

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                        5.0

                        Small and Tuff

                        By Bills Photo

                        from Wausa NE

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Folds Small
                        • Good Stability
                        • Lightweight
                        • Unfolds Quickly

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

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

                          Comments about Sirui T-1005X 5-Section Aluminum Tripod:

                          Portable, easy to set up. Fun to use. nice to carry. A good tripod to use when you travel. The tripod can hold 22# and I gave it 5 stars.

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                          5.0

                          Super light and sturdy

                          By Bigy

                          from Monterey

                          Comments about Sirui T-1005X 5-Section Aluminum Tripod:

                          This tripod is superlight and sturdy. It comes in a handy bag, everything is well designed to maximum efficiency.

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                          5.0

                          High-quality, compact travel tripod

                          By Jim D

                          from San Francisco, CA

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Folds Small
                          • Lightweight
                          • Unfolds Quickly

                          Cons

                          • Slightly Narrow Stance

                          Best Uses

                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Travel

                          Comments about Sirui T-1005X 5-Section Aluminum Tripod:

                          The 2 things that really caught my attention upon using this tripod were (a) its folded length is really compact; my Manfrotto 496RC2 ballhead does not add any length to tripod when folded (b) the leg hinge/ratcheting mechanism has a really solid feel, with a good amount of resistance. The leg locking mechanisms are smooth and don't require a lot of turning to lock and unlock.The 1 thing that I noticed deficient about this tripod is the slightly narrow stance. You should certainly hang a weight (camera bag or other) from the provided center section hook if you ever plan to take your eye off your camera rig for a moment when out in the field.If you already own a good ballhead and simply want travel-friendly tripod legs to mount it to, this is the tripod to get. I already carry this around in my messenger bag when I shoot around the city, but am really looking forward to travelling with it to Asia and Europe this Summer.

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                          4.0

                          Inexpensive, yet solid

                          By Pauley

                          from Rochester, NY

                          About Me Casual Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Folds Small
                          • Lightweight
                          • Low cost

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Home
                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Night Shots
                            • Portraits

                            Comments about Sirui T-1005X 5-Section Aluminum Tripod:

                            I haven't had this tripod long, but it has already been a marked upgrade from the [*] tripod I previously owned. Paired with Sirui's G-20X ballhead, I was impressed with its stability. The twist knobs that tighten or loosen the leg segments feel light-weight, but seem to hold the segments solidly with no shifts.

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