Photek TRI-X-2500 Tripod Extender

Photek TRI-X-2500 Tripod Extender

Photek TRI-X-2500 Tripod Extender

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  • Lateral Side Arm with Ball Head
  • 32" Long Telescoping Arm

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Photek Trix-2500 overview

  • 1Description

The Photek TRI-X-2500 Tripod Extender adds a horizontal lateral arm to any standard tripod that has a 1/4"-20 or 3/8" mounting stud. It features a ball head with a quick-release plate. The Extender has a telescopic design and an overall length of 32", and shipping weight is 3.5 lb. For added stability it has a built-in counter weight inside the arm.

Lateral arms enable cameras to be positioned above or below the tripod in a 90° position, which might otherwise be obstructed by the tripod legs.

A quick-release plate (model TRI-X-2500-P) on the supplied ball head makes it convenient for mounting digital, 35mm, or medium format cameras.

UPC: 811761010791
In the Box
Photek TRI-X-2500 Tripod Extender
  • Telescopic Extension Arm
  • Ball Head with TRI-X-2500-P Quick-Release Plate
  • Soft Case
  • 1-Year Warranty
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    • 1Description

    Photek Trix-2500 specs

    Head Mount Thread Size Dual: 3/8"-16 and 1/4"-20
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 3.45 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 25.6 x 4.5 x 1.2"

    Photek Trix-2500 reviews

    TRI-X-2500 Tripod Extender is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 63.
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from A Means To An End I tried using my Canon 5D Mark III but the body was too heavy. Used my Fujifilm x100s and it was the right weight. I needed a way to shoot directly above and this arm served it's purpose okay. It shakes quite a bit though and you have to wait until it's still if you are shooting natural light without strobes and a low shutter speed. I got the photos I wanted and set out to get, but it was a little cumbersome to get them. Used it as a means to an end and if you are looking for something affordable, this will do the trick as long as your camera doesn't weigh a lot.
    Date published: 2014-11-03
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not for heavy cameras Before purchasing I called and spoke with a representative to make sure this would suite my needs. I explained the camera and lens that we would be using, and was assured that we wouldn't need a counterweight. It's possible that might be the case with a better tripod, but as it was someone had to constantly hold the end of the arm so that the camera didn't fall forward (and this was after switching to a significantly lighter lens than the one we originally wanted to use). I would say that's my only complaint. Otherwise it was easy to install, easy to use, and acted as advertised.
    Date published: 2015-08-19
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Solid and easy to set up This adaptor attached really easily to our tripod, and looks to be able to hold a good amount of weight (camera, battery, etc.)... there is only a slight tilting of the arm that is easily corrected by manipulating the quick-release plate attached to the camera. The quick-release plate is actually my favorite thing about this adaptor. It's really well made, and I have no worries about the camera detaching from the mount. The only not-so-great thing about the adaptor is the wobble factor. It takes quite a long time to settle, if bumped, and sometimes waiting for the camera to be able to refocus is annoying, but I'm sure that is common with all horizontal adaptors.
    Date published: 2015-10-22
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from OK for studio, too unsteady for field I bought this extension arm to connect to my Gitzo 3542LS tripod to use it as a copy stand and for macro photography. Gitzo's lateral arms cost an arm and a leg (pun intended), the price on the Photek is much more reasonable. It seems sturdy enough. The ballhead is not amazing, but acceptable for the price. Where I have reservations is stability - the arm vibrates very visibly. It's OK in my use case (indoors, I can use MLU and a remote to activate the camera to avoid inducing vibrations, or shoot tethered), but I wouldn't use this in the field.
    Date published: 2015-02-02
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing product! We did a lot of research before making this purchase and we couldn't be happier with this product! It is heavy duty, and very good quality. It came in excellent packaging that made sure it was protected during shipment. It is true though that you need a heavy duty tripod to hold it - we have one that is on the cheaper side and this extender is just too much for it. But if you have a good tripod, this extender works like a charm. Excellent product and excellent quality!
    Date published: 2015-12-17
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from unique and very useful I really like the Phototek extender. I have several tripods (Manfrotto, Vanguard) that allow you to reorient the center column to be horizontal, but none of them allow you to have such a long reach as the Phototek. Plus, when you use the center column of a tripod this way, you lose the standard use of the center column - to adjust the height (unless you adjust the legs, of course). This is not a trivial concern when shooting straight down. In my case, I sometimes want to shoot large objects like a newspaper fully-opened. So I need to get up pretty high, especially when using a macro lens instead of a wide-angle one. Using the Phototek allows me to get out pretty far and also up pretty high using the center column in the normal way. The counter-weight that is built into the Phototek is very helpful. I noticed right away that it seemed less tippy than when I have used the regular center column horizonally in the past. The ballhead you get with it is pretty nice. It has only one control to tighten and loosen everything (the ball and the turn mechanism at the bottom), but it loosens gradually with some tension, unlike some inexpensive heads that are all or nothing. The pan mechanism was VERY rough on mine. I put a few drops of oil onto it and it got a lot better, although it's still kind of rough. As someone else mentioned, the quick-release is just like a Manfrotto quick release, so you can use your old plates. You can mount the Phototek either at the top of the center column like a head, or even mount it on top of a head, which would give you tilt and rotate control over the entire extender arm. I tried it with my Canon 60D plus a pretty heavy Sigma 17-70 lens and was able to move the arm very far out from my Manfrotto aluminum tripod without it threatening to tip over, with only about 12 inches or even less of the Phototek on the counter-weight side. I could have easily extended it the entire way (with nothing on the counter-weight side) had I used some kind of weight on the tripod legs or with a bag in the center. The Phototek is very handy and at an excellent price for such a nicely-finished product.
    Date published: 2013-05-26
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Pretty good but... I bought the tripod extender to get ability taking nadir picture during shooting 360x180 panoramas. It works as expected. I like counter weight inside the arm that allows keeping stability of the whole assembly with my camera on it, even thought the arm as a result getting heavy. What I really do not like is very long locking screw. Due to this ridiculously long screw it create dent on the arm surface. I did not pay attention to the notification about this in the manual. But if manufacturer knows about this it should be notified with sticker attached to the arm. It is common sense isn't it. And in addition the notification is not correct also: it is about precaution to prevent from over tightening but how you can feel it is over or not without wrench with torque limit. So after I found a few dents on the arm surface I cut the screw making it shorter but still long enough to get reliable locking without leaving dents on the arm surface. This is the only reason I gave the extender 3 stars.
    Date published: 2013-08-26
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great for coin photgraphy I bought this so I could take photos of coins and needed an extension. I like the ball head as I can remove it and use it on an old table drill press that was made to be a copy stand, which is a lot more rigid. Only thing I don't like and is the reason for the 4 stars, is, it vibrates while making adjustments on the camera or touching anything but that's one of the reasons for using timed exposures. This could be becuase of the tripod. It's a little heavy for field use but is great for inside. I'm going to modify my tripod to use a 3/8 bolt or screw instead of the 1/4 bolt. That's a little too small for hold all this to the tripod. Thanks goodness both threads are present on the mount to tripod.
    Date published: 2015-09-28
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