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SiruiT-1205X 5-Section Carbon Fiber Tripod
 
4.8

(based on 26 reviews)

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    (21)

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    (4)

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    (1)

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96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Folds away (25)
  • Lightweight (25)
  • Stable (21)
  • Unfolds quickly (15)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Travel (22)
    • Landscape/scenery (18)
    • Night shots (14)
    • Wildlife (7)
    • Home (6)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (15), Semi-pro photographer (8)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (24)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Lightweight stability

    I picked up this tripod as a substitute for my Manfrotto 055XPROB on my upcoming trip to Italy. The Sirui fit the bill because it is light, yet seems comfortably stable for my D600...Read complete review

    I picked up this tripod as a substitute for my Manfrotto 055XPROB on my upcoming trip to Italy. The Sirui fit the bill because it is light, yet seems comfortably stable for my D600 w/24-70. I've not taken it outdoors yet, but inside it allowed me to take some wonderful shots so far.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    A Bundle of Compromises

    This is a tripod I would love to love, but...

    It is incredibly small and lightweight, making it perfect for travel or backpacking. A little short (even fully...Read complete review

    This is a tripod I would love to love, but...

    It is incredibly small and lightweight, making it perfect for travel or backpacking. A little short (even fully extended) so if you are pushing 6 ft tall it will leave you hunched over.

    It appears to be very well made. Nice fit and finish, good appearance, quality materials, etc.

    The downsides are significant. Sirui engineers have seen fit to make the leg angle too narrow which in turn has significant impact on stability. The footprint is just too small. Combine the small footprint with the long center column to bring it up to usable height (even longer when the extension is added) and the thing becomes unusabley unstable on anything but the flattest, firmest of surfaces.

    Spreading the legs introduces a new set of problems since it not only lowers the tripod, but now the lowest/smallest leg sections begin to flex under the weight of attached gear.

    To be fair, I am not using lightweight gear on this thing. Commonly a Canon 7d and 24-105 L or Tokina 11-16 lens. Forget putting a 100-400 L lens on it!

    The best use I have found is for those low to the ground shots with the ultrawide lense, but I could use a mini tripod just as well at a fraction of the price for those.

    All that said, a few days ago I carried this thing on a 7 mile hike through a wilderness area and loved its light weight. Got some good, low shutter speed shots of some waterfalls, but I just can't get over how unstable the thing feels set up when I have a couple grand of gear sitting on top of it.

    If you buy, be very aware of the tradeoffs you are making with this tripod. It could be perfect for some, while others will find it of marginal or even poor functionality.

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    5.0

    Wonderful tripod and great service

    By Chris

    from Maine

    Pros

    • Folds Small
    • Good Stability
    • Lightweight
    • Quality Construction
    • Smooth operation
    • Unfolds Quickly

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Sirui T-1205X 5-Section Carbon Fiber Tripod:

        This is a great lightweight tripod. It feels amazingly stable given its size and weight.

        I use it for my 2 mirror less systems with great results.

        The main reason I decided to submit a review is a recent great experience with the customer service. I often use my tripod as a walking stick when negotiating rocky seaside terrain in Maine. I got the leg wedged between two rocks with my full weight on it and cracked the lower leg. I called customer service and had a new leg in 2 days. It was easy to replace so I'm now back happily shooting.

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        5.0

        Great lightweight option

        By DChiker

        from Washington, DC

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Folds Small
        • Good Stability
        • Lightweight
        • Unfolds Quickly

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Travel

          Comments about Sirui T-1205X 5-Section Carbon Fiber Tripod:

          Love how compact this tripod is. I will use in conjunction with LowPro's smallest waist pack. Seems studty to use with Leica M.

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          5.0

          Great product

          By GIGI

          from New Jersey

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Folds Small
          • Good Stability
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Sirui T-1205X 5-Section Carbon Fiber Tripod:

            Used for traveling. Light weight. Firm and strong. Small to carry around.

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            5.0

            much better than I expected

            By Pd printer

            from CA

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Folds Small
            • Good Stability
            • Lightweight
            • Unfolds Quickly

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Backpacking
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Travel

              Comments about Sirui T-1205X 5-Section Carbon Fiber Tripod:

              I have several larger tripods(Gitzo) but I needed a smaller and lighter tripod for traveling,hiking and backpacking. Even fully extended it is stable enough for lighter cameras. For macro applications it can be used with legs reversed - column facing down.
              It benefits from a high quality head. I am using an Arca Swiss P0 which works great on it. For transportation the legs can be reversed to achieve the smallest length and this also works with this tripod head perfectly (see picture).

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              4.0

              Lightweight stability

              By Bill

              from Alexandria, VA

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Folds Small
              • Good Stability
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Night Shots
                • Portraits

                Comments about Sirui T-1205X 5-Section Carbon Fiber Tripod:

                I picked up this tripod as a substitute for my Manfrotto 055XPROB on my upcoming trip to Italy. The Sirui fit the bill because it is light, yet seems comfortably stable for my D600 w/24-70. I've not taken it outdoors yet, but inside it allowed me to take some wonderful shots so far.

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                4.0

                Compact & Light

                By APP

                from Hermosa Beach, CA

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Folds Small
                • Lightweight
                • Unfolds Quickly

                Cons

                • Unstable-certain Settings

                Best Uses

                • Travel

                Comments about Sirui T-1205X 5-Section Carbon Fiber Tripod:

                I bought this item specifically for backpacking trips. As advertised it is light and compact, it fit easily into my backpack and added little weight. I did find it is not the most stable when used with the legs opened at their smallest angle from vertical (fyi, my camera and lens weighed approximately 4 lbs). I caught it a few times tipping over on this setting. After that I made sure to spread the legs more or to keep the camera strap in my hand to make certain it didn't tip over. Despite this issue it met all my needs and I'm glad I purchased this item. Good value for the price.

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                5.0

                Take your tripod? You bet.

                By SpiritsMom

                from Western New York

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Folds Small
                • Good Stability
                • Lightweight
                • Unfolds Quickly

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Night Shots
                  • Travel

                  Comments about Sirui T-1205X 5-Section Carbon Fiber Tripod:

                  Amazingly light weight, but sturdy. You won't think twice about whether or not to take your tripod with this one.

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                  5.0

                  Light and compact - quick to setup

                  By ScotiaViolet

                  from Canada

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Folds Small
                  • Lightweight
                  • Unfolds Quickly

                  Cons

                  • Unstable

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Travel

                  Comments about Sirui T-1205X 5-Section Carbon Fiber Tripod:

                  I purchased this tripod because I wanted a lightweight, compact tripod I could take with me pretty much anywhere, but particularly on hikes for landscape photography. I also wanted something with a decent load weight and good quality so it would last a long time as I upgrade equipment over the years (I currently have a Canon Rebel T4i). This tripod has filled this need very well. I know with a larger, heavier tripod, I would leave it behind. Adding a ball head adds weight but the I purchased the G-10 and it fits almost totally within the legs when folded so does not add to the folded length. I also found the twisting legs very quick and easy to setup and back fold-down. It also comes with a good quality carrying case. Only negative is it can be a tad unstable when full extended was the last section of the legs are quite thin. There is a hook to add extra weight (e.g. hang your backpack) to help with that if needed.

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                  4.0

                  Light, nicely made

                  By Selky1

                  from Portland, OR

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Folds Small
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Sirui T-1205X 5-Section Carbon Fiber Tripod:

                      Small, light, nicely made. Totally sufficient. Not a Gitzo, but very good for the price.

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                      3.0

                      A Bundle of Compromises

                      By WillyBFriendly

                      from Stayton, Oregon

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                      Pros

                      • Folds Small
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                      • Unstable

                      Best Uses

                      • Travel

                      Comments about Sirui T-1205X 5-Section Carbon Fiber Tripod:

                      This is a tripod I would love to love, but...

                      It is incredibly small and lightweight, making it perfect for travel or backpacking. A little short (even fully extended) so if you are pushing 6 ft tall it will leave you hunched over.

                      It appears to be very well made. Nice fit and finish, good appearance, quality materials, etc.

                      The downsides are significant. Sirui engineers have seen fit to make the leg angle too narrow which in turn has significant impact on stability. The footprint is just too small. Combine the small footprint with the long center column to bring it up to usable height (even longer when the extension is added) and the thing becomes unusabley unstable on anything but the flattest, firmest of surfaces.

                      Spreading the legs introduces a new set of problems since it not only lowers the tripod, but now the lowest/smallest leg sections begin to flex under the weight of attached gear.

                      To be fair, I am not using lightweight gear on this thing. Commonly a Canon 7d and 24-105 L or Tokina 11-16 lens. Forget putting a 100-400 L lens on it!

                      The best use I have found is for those low to the ground shots with the ultrawide lense, but I could use a mini tripod just as well at a fraction of the price for those.

                      All that said, a few days ago I carried this thing on a 7 mile hike through a wilderness area and loved its light weight. Got some good, low shutter speed shots of some waterfalls, but I just can't get over how unstable the thing feels set up when I have a couple grand of gear sitting on top of it.

                      If you buy, be very aware of the tradeoffs you are making with this tripod. It could be perfect for some, while others will find it of marginal or even poor functionality.

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                      • Yes

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                      5.0

                      Great compact Tripod

                      By Larry

                      from Post Falls, Idaho

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Folds Small
                      • Good Stability
                      • Lightweight
                      • Unfolds Quickly

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Travel
                        • Wildlife

                        Comments about Sirui T-1205X 5-Section Carbon Fiber Tripod:

                        This is a great little compact tripod. I bought it for my wife to use. She loves it. It weighs next to nothing and can be folded down to a really small size for travel.

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                        5.0

                        Good tripod for the value

                        By ipphoto

                        from nw of the 48

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Folds Small
                        • Good Stability
                        • Lightweight
                        • Short Center Column
                        • Unfolds Quickly

                        Cons

                        • Small Leg Section's Weak

                        Best Uses

                        • Home
                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Night Shots
                        • Travel

                        Comments about Sirui T-1205X 5-Section Carbon Fiber Tripod:

                        The tripod appears to be well constructed. Make no mistake, it's not a Gitzo or any high end tripod. But it doesn't cost 3 times either.
                        The features that I was looking for were short colapse size, tall enough while extending all legs without extending center column, and stable enough for quick work while on travel. This tripod seems to have it all.
                        Now if you 6 foot tall and plan to use this tripod standing up, this tripod isn't going to help. I'm 5'5, and at the max height w/o center column up, the camera view finder is at my shoulder, which causes me to bend down a little bit.

                        One thing negative that I have to say, the smallest section of the legs seems to be very weak for long exposure shots. You can tap on it and feel its vibration. For long exposure, I'd use the first two leg sections ans squad down instead of use all leg sections.

                        Overall it's a good tripod that gears toward people who travel light, and I didn't regred the purchase a bit.

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                        4.0

                        great travel tripod

                        By Paul from Boston

                        from Boston

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Folds Small
                        • Good Stability
                        • Lightweight
                        • Unfolds Quickly

                        Cons

                        • None

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Night Shots
                        • Travel

                        Comments about Sirui T-1205X 5-Section Carbon Fiber Tripod:

                        Really light, folds small but quite sturdy. Seems very well made. Fits easily into my carry-on luggage and light enough that I can carry it around all day in my backpack. Quick to set up and take down, and a pleasure to use. If it had retractable spikes it would be perfect, but for me that is a minor point. No regrets about the purchase.

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                        5.0

                        amazing travel tripod

                        By JRedziniak

                        from Brooklyn, New York

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Folds Small
                        • Good Stability
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                        • None

                        Best Uses

                        • Home
                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Night Shots
                        • Travel

                        Comments about Sirui T-1205X 5-Section Carbon Fiber Tripod:

                        Picked this up right before flying to Cancun from which i returned yesterday. It is incredibly light and super sturdy. I would've completely overlooked the company if it wasn't for the salesman in the store which pointed this out for me and because of that I'm really glad I consulted someone for advice while in the store. Because of its collapsed size and weight, I was really sceptical of the sturdiness but once i opened it up it really shocked me at how great it holds up.

                        I use this with my Benro BHD2 ballhead and its a bit awkward since the ballhead is heavier than the tripod but in general its a great set up and I had no problem traveling with it. I would give this 10 stars if I could, its worth every penny.

                        the bag that it comes with is a really nice touch as well, not to mention the generous warranty. I really cant ask for anything more. my expectations are surpassed more so than with any other photographic purchase i've ever made

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                        5.0

                        Versatile

                        By Enthusiast

                        from New York

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Pros

                        • Folds Small
                        • Good Stability
                        • Lightweight
                        • Unfolds Quickly

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

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

                          Comments about Sirui T-1205X 5-Section Carbon Fiber Tripod:

                          Chose this model as replacement for the T-025. It is steadier for manual shutter release of my NEX camera with 18-200 lens. Light, sturdy, compact, versatile. Fast to setup/ fold. It appears as overkill for my camera/ lens combo based on the load rating. But the lighter T-025 in full extension did not prevent vibration when pressing shutter release manually. This model can be used as the table tripod as well as the field tripod. Short center column accessory can be used in table application or as an extension of the standard column. My only nitpick is lack of retractable metal points on the bottom. I have had many different tripods for different applications. With this one, I can get rid of most and save on weight and space without losing versatility. The winner.

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                          5.0

                          Buy This Great Travel Tripod

                          By kcool

                          from East TN

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Folds Small
                          • Good Stability
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Sirui T-1205X 5-Section Carbon Fiber Tripod:

                              I went to the Superstore in NYC to buy a tripod while on a vacation in NYC. I spent almost an hour working with a sales person to get just the right combo of function, size, weight and price.

                              Could I have purchased a taller tripod? Yes, but I wouldn't have a great travel tripod that folds up nicely in my camera bag.

                              Could I have purchased a tripod that could handle more weight? Yes, but I would have had to spend almost double the money.

                              The tripod is well built. The twist locks work much better than a snapping clamp lock in my opinion. They feel like they are grabbing much tighter and I don't have to worry about them slipping. The tripod is sturdy with a Nikon D300, gimbal head, and a 300mm 2.8 lens (we tested this in the store). It held the weight just fine. It comes with a case, which is nice and it also has grips on two of the legs for cold weather comfort. That has already come in handy.

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                              5.0

                              Great travel tripod

                              By John

                              from Southern California

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Folds Small
                              • Good Stability
                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Landscape/Scenery
                                • Night Shots
                                • Travel

                                Comments about Sirui T-1205X 5-Section Carbon Fiber Tripod:

                                VERY lightweight, easy to fit in any of my backpacks, stable and easy to setup on uneven surfaces

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                                5.0

                                Awesome and Light!

                                By jonnotoronto

                                from Toronto, Ont

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                                Pros

                                • Folds Small
                                • Good Stability
                                • Lightweight

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Travel

                                  Comments about Sirui T-1205X 5-Section Carbon Fiber Tripod:

                                  Used it with video fluid head for my 5Dii. Sturdy and great for travel, too.

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                                  5.0

                                  Perfect for taking everywhere

                                  By Travelgirl

                                  from Nasonworth, Canada

                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Folds Small
                                  • Good Stability
                                  • Lightweight
                                  • Unfolds Quickly

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

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

                                    Comments about Sirui T-1205X 5-Section Carbon Fiber Tripod:

                                    I just love the Sirui T-1205X tripod. It is very light and compact, but still sturdy. It is ideal for travelling and hiking... or just about anything! The maximum loading capacity is 22 lb, so it is good even for a big SLR with a big lens. It is well designed (it has 5-section legs and 3-angle leg settings for the perfect adjustment, allows low-height shooting, has a center column hook for extra stability) and it even comes with things like leg warmers and a carry bag, which many other brands (even the very good ones) do not include. I love my tripod and I would recommend it to anyone without hesitation. A tripod is a must for taking good photos, but you have to have one that is easy to carry and easy to use otherwise it stays at home gathering dust. This tripod, you'll take with you everywhere.

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                                    5.0

                                    This small tripod carries a big load...

                                    By John Sealander

                                    from Dallas, TX

                                    About Me Pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Folds Small
                                    • Good Stability
                                    • Lightweight

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Sports/Action
                                      • Travel
                                      • Wildlife

                                      Comments about Sirui T-1205X 5-Section Carbon Fiber Tripod:

                                      Seriously, I'd never heard of Sirui before I started my search for an ultra-compact carbon fiber tripod. Most of my sticks are Gitzo, but this time I needed something smaller that would easily fit in a Porta-Brace camcorder bag. I wasn't expecting much, but when I received the T-1205X, I was impressed. The build quality was excellent. It held my DLSR and camcorder steady and firm. Even with a ball head attached the Sirui would easily fit in my camcorder bag. At the price, this tripod is an incredible bargain. It is now my go-to travel tripod.

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