Sirui ET-2004 Aluminum Tripod with E-20 Ball Head

Sirui ET-2004 Aluminum Tripod with E-20 Ball Head

Sirui ET-2004 Aluminum Tripod with E-20 Ball Head

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Product Highlights

  • Load Capacity: 26.5 lb
  • Max Height: 57"
  • Min Height: 5"
  • Folded Length: 17"
  • Leg Sections: 4
  • Weight: 3.5 lb
  • E-20 Ball Head with TY-50E QR Plate
  • Reverse-Folding Legs
  • Short Center Column Included
  • Custom Padded Case & Shoulder Strap
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Sirui SUET2004 overview

  • 1Description

The ET-2004 Aluminum Tripod with E-20 Ball Head from Sirui is a 4-section aluminum tripod with an included ball head and quick release plate.

With the center column extended, the tripod's maximum height is 57"  The tripod weighs 3.5 lb and can support up to 26.5 lb. An included short center column allows for changeover to shoot macro or from low angles. Also, the center column can be inverted to shoot from under the tripod.

The 4-section legs feature flip locks for easy adjustment and each leg can be independently placed at three position angles and automatically lock in place for secure shooting on uneven ground. The legs on the ET-2004 fold up 180º for compact storage and transport; its folded length is just 17". The tripod's rugged spider is made from forged aluminum alloy and the legs are made from economical aluminum alloy for stability, performance and longevity. Feet with retractable spikes provide further stability when shooting on soft or slippery surfaces.

The E-20 ball head and a quick-release plate are supplied with the ET-2004 tripod . The ball head provides separate adjustment knobs for panning and locking, the locking knob is metal with a solid grip and wear-resistant surface. The E-20 ball head's locking mechanism can support up to 44 lb and is built to for smooth, vibration-free movement. A bubble-level is supplied for fast and accurate alignment.

In the Box
Sirui ET-2004 Aluminum Tripod with E-20 Ball Head
  • E-20 Ball Head
  • TY-50E Quick Release Plate
  • Short Center Column
  • Custom Padded Case
  • Shoulder Strap
  • Adjustment Tool
  • Limited 6-Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description

    Sirui SUET2004 specs

    Tripod Head
    Head Type Ball Head
    Base Mount 3/8"-16 Thread
    General
    Load Capacity 26.5 lb / 12 kg
    Maximum Working Height 57" / 145 cm
    Max Height without Center Column 48" / 122 cm
    Minimum Working Height 5" / 13 cm
    Folded Length 17" / 43 cm
    Materials Aluminum Alloy
    Weight 3.5 lb / 1.6 kg
    Legs
    Leg Lock Type Flip Lock
    Independent Leg Spread Yes
    Leg Sections 4
    Tripod Feet Features Spiked
    Center Column
    Center Column Sections 1
    Center Column Extension Type Rapid
    Lateral / 90-Degree Center Column No
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 6.65 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 21.5 x 5.7 x 3.7"

    Sirui SUET2004 reviews

    ET-2004 Aluminum Tripod with E-20 Ball Head is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 26.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this No issues whatsoever with the tripod - Love the ball head. Tension on all knobs is very precise and adjusts and holds very small incremental adjustments. Shooting a 5D Mark III and 70-200 2.8 in vertical is rock solid. The foot adjustment is also a very fine thread that allowed me to slowly extend the spike for grip and still use the rubber foot for stability on slippery wet seaweed covered rocks. There is a small learning curve on ball head placement when the tripod is folded to eliminate the knobs from contacting and rubbing the legs. You want to be sure the legs contact the rubber bumper, rather than rest on a knob. The bag is well padded.
    Date published: 2016-11-13
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heavier is NOT always better! I recently bought and returned a 5 lb Manfrotto tripod with a heavy head with two grips (levers) to adjust. Turns out my camera's LCD screen would not work properly with this head. B&H, being the fantastic company they are, allowed me to return the almost-new tripod and head and suggested I purchase the Sirui one. WOW..so much lighter, the ball head is so much easier to use and does all the things the Manfrotto did! I bought both of these tripods sight unseen and just wish the sales rep had told me about the Sirui tripod in the beginning. You won't go wrong with this one! AND, its own carry case is included.
    Date published: 2015-03-31
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from very well built, i'm a believer very well built, this is a great field tripod. light enough to pack out into the field and sturdy enough to support 26 pounds. At 17 inches folded and weighing in at only 3.5 pounds it makes a great travel pod. It comes with it's own heavy duty bag and strap, but I strap it the side of my back pack and it rides just fine. i've never been a big fan of ball heads until now. I don't shoot video so I can't comment on how well it would work for that.
    Date published: 2016-03-08
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Top quality, robust system Purchasing a tripod is not easy, especially since there are countless brands and models to choose from. I did a thorough research and found that most sites only suggest the popular brands. This brand is not very popular, and I think it's because many people seem to be discouraged to buy Chinese products due to quality concerns. This is not the case. Don't get discouraged by the low count of customers and reviews of this tripod, because it is exceptional.Before purchasing a pretty good $+ Manfrotto tripod (very similar to this ET-2004), I had the chance to get my hands on this exact Sirui tripod, and was immediately hooked. I found that the quality slightly exceeds the Manfrotto tripods on the $-$ range.The tripod has an exceptional build. The adjustment knobs rotate smoothly and are perfectly fit into the screws and tubes, so you notice absolutely no looseness. You get a great feel when adjusting the different knobs on the ball head and moving its parts. When releasing the knob for the rotating mechanism, the parts remain smoothly fit so you can rotate the head in a sort of gliding continuous motion, avoiding erratic sudden movements, which is very pleasant when using a tripod.The tripod is sturdy and stands surprisingly firm. For added stability, you can hang your camera bag from the hook on the center column, which is a nice feature most tripods of this class have. When using it outdoors, you can rotate the rubber feet and you extend the metal spikes which help stabilizing it on soft surfaces. Again, this spike mechanism is wonderfully snug and smooth with no looseness on the rubber feet.The legs are easy to adjust, and provide three different angles, with the widest being flat on the floor. For this low configuration, a short center column is also provided to position the camera at the lowest possible height for Macro Photography. The short tube comes inside a nice dedicated black SIRUI pouch with closing lanyard. Bear in mind that if you're looking for more height, this short center column can also be screwed on top of the longer center column to increase the maximum tripod height which may come in handy.To adjust the included quick release plate to your camera you can unfold the metallic petal below the plate, and rotate it to tighten the screw into the camera's bottom. It is not very easy to get a firm hold on the petal because it lies slightly deep inside the bottom of the plate, especially if you have thick fingers. Fortunately, it also has a coin groove and the Allen key hole, so tightening is really no issue (Allen keys are included, see below). if you forget to tighten the plate+camera on the ball head, the plate has a mechanism to avoid it from sliding off the head protecting your camera from falling accidentally. To fully release the plate from the head you press the quick release button to override this mechanism. Other generic QR plates can be attached, so there's no brand exclusiveness with Sirui, which is not common on the popular brands.The nylon bag is very resistant and has a has a large strong central zipper. The bag walls are padded and it has both outer and inner zipper pockets to store the manuals and allen keys. You can use the included strap both for carrying the bag with the tripod inside, or just to carry the tripod, and it's pretty comfortable both ways.It comes with a small plastic bag including 3 instruction manuals (written in perfect english) for the strap, ball head and tripod. The manuals are wonderful to read since they are really short and explain everything you need to know about your product with clear images. Read before using it, as they have a couple of helpful tips. Along with the manuals come the 4 adjustment Allen keys, one pair for each of the 2 sizes needed.Being the aluminum version, it's not as light as the carbon fiber ET-2204. But compared with other brands' aluminum tripods it is generally lighter, and for the remarkable load capacity of 26.5 lbs, it's hard to find a tripod weighing under 5 lbs.This tripod lacks the 90 rotating center arm feature present in other slightly pricier tripods of other brands. I don't need this feature at all, so I can't really give any helpful advice on this, sorry!Based on my experience, this tripod is comparable to a $- tripod, making it really competitive in price. I highly recommend that if you are undecided between this and a popular brand tripod, try seeing both at a store or renting them if possible, to get the feel and judge for yourself hands-on.5 stars.
    Date published: 2016-01-26
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from High Build Quality, Surprising Price We primarily use the tripod for landscapes on hikes. It serves this role well, with little fuss.Best about it are, high fit and finish for the price. Good working height considering it's only a three section. I personally like that it is a lever-release for a speedy leg drop and secure.Only couple negatives for us were the ball head and country of origin. Ball head isn't bad, but it has been sticky in operation, however that may clear up with use. It is Made in China, which may be a concern for those trying to stay away from supporting The PRC.
    Date published: 2014-08-29
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Powerful all-rounder I looked for a practical outdoor-tripod and considered the Sirui ET-2004 to be the best choice. Lightweight (it's lighter than my similar sized Velbon carbon tripod with heavy-duty RRS ball head), high load capacity, made of aluminium (stiffness), 3 to 4 section legs with spikes, RRS/ArcaSwiss-plate compatible and simply well- manufactured ball head were the specifications it should have. (a friction knob was not required in my case) I am amazed about its high quality since it is a product of china. This tripod can keep the 5DMkIII and all my lenses in position - up to 70-300mm (DO) tele zoom without any problems. Only the 300mm f2.8L IS II + LongLensSupport causes some problems in steep shooting angles. So, for heavy lenses (>2kg) I'd recommend a bigger ball head with a load capacity of about 20kg or similar for fixation at steep angles. If you don't need to fix the lens at steep shooting angles (e.g. for wildlife photography), this tripod + this ball head still works perfectly. Overall, I'm very happy with the Sirui ET-2004.
    Date published: 2015-04-12
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Tripod that Helps One to Adapt I am at a stage of life when a tripod that allows me to continue photography outdoors is most appreciated. The aluminum tripod is strong, yet much lighter than my trusty Bogen 3130, which probably won't get out of the house much any more. I can use the SIRUI ET-2004 to hold any of four cameras (three film SLRs and one mirrorless camera) for portrait or macro photography. Walking down into the garden with a cane is no problem, since the ET-2004 is easy to carry, and it sets up fairly easily. (I do recommend attaching the camera plate t the camera before heading out. The procedure gives me one less thing to remember.) I do wish the tripod's legs extended and retracted a little more easily. Currently they are hinged to the center pole, and one bends them down before using the tripod, then back up after using it. That's fine. The hinges, however, require a bit more pressure than is comfortable to apply sometimes. A little thought takes care of the issue, and it is not a large problem. I just wonder whether a screw mechanism might serve as well and be easier to work.
    Date published: 2015-04-29
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from 100% Recommended Was looking for a affordable but solid tripod. Ended up with this one and I am very happy with my choice. Despite its light weight, It is very well manufactured. Great quality. Use it professionally for 360 panorama photography. It is quick to set up and very easy to adjust, which is important to me since I have to shoot several locations and have to re adjust every single time. Over all if I would take a point away it would be for the height. Another 4-6 inches would be perfect, but I am not complaining. Great product, great price - 100% recommended.
    Date published: 2015-09-16
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