Sirui T-005 5-Section Aluminum Tripod with C-10 Ball Head - Black

Sirui T-005 5-Section Aluminum Tripod with C-10 Ball Head - Black

Sirui T-005 5-Section Aluminum Tripod with C-10 Ball Head - Black

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Product Highlights

  • 54.6" Maximum Height
  • Folds Down to Just 11.8"
  • Arca-Style Quick-Release Clamp
  • Separate Knobs for Pan & Tilt
  • 8.4 lb Load Capacity
  • Weighs Just 2.2 lb
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Sirui T-005 Overview

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The Sirui T-005 5-Section Aluminum Tripod with C-10 Ball Head - Black is an excellent camera support for travelers who need a compact, lightweight, and stylish tripod & head combo. With upward-folding legs, it collapses to just 11.8" with the head attached and weighs just 2.2 lb. Supporting loads up to 8.4 lb, the head/tripod are plenty capable of supporting any DSLR camera with most lenses up to 300mm, as well as any point & shoot or compact camcorder. It's also extremely well-suited for mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera models.

The T-005 features silicone twist locks for easy setup, and with all four leg stages and the center column fully extended, the tripod reaches a maximum height of 54.6" with the head attached. The C-10 is an extremely capable ball head – its separate knobs for pan and tilt adjustments enable you to perform tasks such as panoramic photography while keeping the tilt locked.

With an Arca-style quick release platform and an included plate, the head also accepts plates from many manufacturers, including Sirui itself, Acratech, Foba, Graff, and Wimberley.

Forged aluminum results in stronger components than the traditional casting process that's often used for tripod chassis. Forging leads to more compacted metal and enhances the integrity of metal grains so they remain consistent and continuous. This leads to a longer product life and better performance
Anodized surface treatment makes the T-005 tripod highly resistant to wear & tear, scratches, and corrosion, thus increasing its durability
Three leg-angle positions (23°, 52° & 80°) – each leg can be set independently for use on uneven terrain
C-10 ball head has a roundness tolerance within 0.01mm of a perfect sphere
Well-designed padded traveling bag with shoulder strap for carrying
In the Box
Sirui T-005 5-Section Aluminum Tripod with C-10 Ball Head - Black
  • Soft Carrying Case
  • Quick-Release Plate
  • Allen Keys
  • Limited 6-Year Warranty
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    Sirui T-005 Specs

    General
    Load Capacity 8.4 lb (3.8 kg)
    Maximum Height 54.6" (138.8 cm)
    Maximum Height w/o Column Extended 47.8" (121.3 cm)
    Minimum Height 13.5" (34.3 cm)
    Folded Length Legs folded down: 22.2" (56.3 cm)
    Legs reversed: 11.8" (30.0 cm)
    Weight 2.2 lb (1.0 kg)
    Head
    Head Type Ball head with separate knobs for pan & tilt
    Ball Diameter 1.14" (29mm)
    Quick Release Arca-style
    Legs
    Material Aluminum
    Head Attachment Fitting 1/4"-20
    Leg Stages/Sections 4/5
    Diameter (Top Leg Section) 0.87" (22mm)
    Leg Lock Type Twist lock
    Independent Leg Spread Yes
    Spiked/Retractable Feet No
    Center Brace No
    Center Column
    Center Column Type Rapid
    Center Column Sections 1
    Bubble Level No
    Packaging Info
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 13.9 x 3.7 x 3.8"

    Sirui T-005 Reviews

    T-005 5-Section Aluminum Tripod with C-10 Ball Head - Black is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 43.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent travel tripod Super piece of equipment for the photographer who must travel light. This is about the size and weight of a 1-liter bottle of soda and fits neatly inside the mid- to large-size camera bag. I just took it on a two-week trip to Italy. In the day I did not mind carrying it even though I did not use it. At night it was invaluable for a lot of good photos. Functions beautifully out of the box. Seems like a high quality product. Caveats: 1) I find it a little tedious to open and close, but that's because there are five sections to each leg. 2) The ball head holds a heavy tele zoom just fine for horizontal photos but struggles with verticals.
    Date published: 2012-09-01
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from The good and the bad, but not the ugly The good: As someone who travels by motorcycle to shoot I love how compact and sturdy this tripod is. The ball head travels smooth and the legs can be configured to just about any position quickly. Nice! The bad: It doesn't take a conventional quick release plate and doesn't have a ring for an R-strap. In portrait position with a full sized SLR the weight of the camera causes it to slip no matter how tight you screw it on your camera. Still, it did a solid job on my trip to Colorado. A fix of the mounting release and this could go from 3 to 5! Come on Sirui! Definitely NOT ugly. Love the red finish!
    Date published: 2012-09-04
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Severly underated travel tripod So many people and reviews told me this tripod was not strong enough, not good enough and not solid enough to not only support a DSLR, but support it with a variety of average weight lenses. All wrong, not only does it support my T3i with the heaviest lens and all the accessories I have, but it does so while fully extended. This is a great travel tripod and highly portable, just don't lose the Allen wrenches. Also, if stability is an issue for you, get a weight to hang from the hook on the bottom, underside, of the center column. This was a great add-on to my starter production package I received as a birthday gift.
    Date published: 2012-08-22
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pro tripod in the small pack I am very happy with this purchase. Very well built tripod, yet extremely light. Packs nicely and short (can go in the bag easily) .Ball head feels very good low friction and smooth. Easily handles Canon 7D with Macro 100 mm (my heaviest lens) and there should be room for even larger lens. I often need desk top tripod for macro which does not take much space, provides good stability and is easy to set up. This is perfect for that. I was a bit concerned about max height (since I am a tall guy 6'5 that was not a problem at all . Do have to bend down a bit but considering that is lighter than a camera body it is optimal. I do have vanguard heavy & tall tripod for outdoors if I need lots of stability but for travel this tripod is perfect. The way it folds is very good. Value is good.
    Date published: 2012-05-03
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from The perfect budget travel tripod The tripod axiom is that you can only choose two: portable, sturdy, cheap. For a sturdy, cheap (and heavy) tripod, buy a Manfrotto. For a sturdy, portable (and expensive) tripod, buy a Gitzo. For portable, cheap (and flimsy) one, get an off-brand. And if you want a tripod that performs reasonably in all three areas, buy the Sirui T-005. I live in Africa, a land of unexpected beauty. I often stumble onto photographic opportunities that beg for a tripod: an unexpected waterfall, a lightning storm, a starry sky, a panoramic sunrise, a cave painting, a tiny insect, etc. My Manfrotto is rock solid, but because of its bulk, it stays at home or in the car 90% of the time. I needed a tripod that would disappear into my backpack or SlingShot 202, then reappear whenever I needed it. It needed to be sturdy enough to hold my 7D and 70-200 f/2.8 IS without the ball head slipping. I needed to be able to shoot verticals with a 24-70 or 16-35 without the whole thing falling over. And it needed to be affordable. The Sirui T-005 is exactly what I was looking for. Some of the things I like most about it: -It's unbelievably small. Pulling it out of my bag feels like doing a magic trick. -It feels well-built. Everything moves fluidly and silently. -With a little practice, the twist lock legs are very fast to open and close. -I love the built-in hook below the center column where I can hang my backpack for extra stability. -If everything is tightened properly, the ball head doesn't seem to creep even under a 7 lb load. There are only a few things I don't like as much: -After my grip-release ball head, I find it complicated to work two knobs, one for panning, one for tilting. -If you don't have a hex key or screwdriver, you won't be able to tighten the shoe to your tripod mount. They include two hex keys - stash them wisely. -Other reviews I read suggested that the center column is reversible. This isn't true. However, after collapsing the legs, this can shoot just over 1' above the ground, which is fine for me. There are sturdier tripods out there, and cheaper ones, and even slightly lighter ones. But if I could custom-design a tripod to fit my travel photography needs, this is what the final product would look like.
    Date published: 2012-04-11
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great portable tripod I bought this tripod for both outdoor/hiking trips and backpacking abroad. I have used this tripod with a Canon 5d Mark II and 24-105 L lens. This tripod is extremely compact and light. Less than 12 inches, it can fit sideways at the bottom of my daypack and comes with a bag and strap for carrying over the shoulder. It is extremely well built. Many tripods of this size and weight are gimmicky, fragile and very unstable, but this is a well-constructed and cleverly designed device. Obviously, it can't be as stable as something much heavier and larger can, but all the connections are very high quality and firm. Any instability (and on a calm day there was hardly any) is only caused by the limitations of making a tripod that collapses to such a compact size. The 5-part legs come with screw-style connections which are very quick to open and close (from the compressed position, all 5 can be turned at once with one hand). The legs have three different locked positions for various heights, and with everything fully extended, the overall height is both comfortable and truly amazing considering the folded size. There is a hook for attaching extra weight for stability. The head is good quality and has a separate control for the rotation and ball, making it useful for panorama work. It is very strong for a tripod in this class, and rated for a much higher weight than anything similar I found. However, the one drawback was that my camera had to be screwed to the plate very tightly to avoid it unscrewing itself in portrait mode. It did work when attached with a screwdriver or allen wrench (included with tripod), and my camera is very heavy (3.5 lb), however I did feel that repeated forceful attachments with the allen wrench was weakening the point where it fits into the screw, so it might be worth taking a couple of spares. No such problems occur in landscape mode, and with a compact camera or entry level dslr, this will not be a problem. Further cons include: that the tripod does not come with a bubble (or other) level and, being a slightly less popular brand, it is hard to find parts such as a spare plate. I travel for extended periods, often in developing countries, and require as little luggage as possible, so finding this is one of the very few ways I can afford the space/weight to carry a tripod at all. If the choice is between not taking a tripod or getting something as light as possible, it's the perfect choice. I could not find another tripod as light/compact as this which did not make me think it was a novelty item and, though some of those toy travel tripods are less than a third of the price, this is an absolute bargain. It cannot be as stable as something two or three times as long and heavy (and most tripods are), but for stability vs size/weight, this is probably one of the best tripods you can buy. If you can afford the extra size and weight, then it might be worth further research, but if you're feeling that any tripod is too much of an extra burden to carry, this is the answer you are looking for.
    Date published: 2012-01-15
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from A sleeper hit in my book I was looking for an affordable, lightweight, compact ballhead tripod when I was tipped off to the Sirui brand on some photography forums. My main photography system is the Sony NEX so I was looking for something that would complement its size and portability especially since I like to do mainly travel and outdoor photography. Suffice to say when I received the T-005 I was pleasantly surprised. When you open the box the tripod is in its completely folded position which is about 12 exactly (Sirui site says 11.8) which is actually about 2/3 shorter than the monopod I use so the portability is obvious from the get go. The legs have 180 degree rotation (with three locking positions at nearly flat, 45, and 30). I found the two foam rubber sleeves on two of the legs as well as a spring loaded weight hook to be a nice touch. The legs have 4 sections apiece. Fully extended with the head the tripod reaches nearly 54 inches (which is my chin at 5'8) so you will have to bend over to see into your viewfinder if you're any bit tall. At the full extension there is some wobble due to the thinness of the section legs. This is a compact travel tripod so know what you're getting into. The legs have what I like to call smooth resistance as you rotate them into place, but don't be expecting to throw this down within seconds. Personally I can unlock all 4 sections of each leg at once but still expect to have to take a few seconds each to tighten the thing up. Being the aluminum version, the tripod and head together weighs 964g (2.2lbs) with the ballhead coming it at 194g (.42lbs) by itself. My monopod without a ballhead weighs 1.6lbs so I don't feel I am sacrificing anything by choosing the tripod over it. I also don't have any regrets for getting the aluminum over the carbon fiber. In talking about the ballhead, there's really nothing I can complain about with it. It's strong enough for what I need it to carry (supposedly rated for 8.8lbs), it moves smoothly and locks down tight, and it has a pan knob if that matters. The QD plate is Arca-Swiss compatible and compares with a plate as equally as well made as any of the rest of the tripod. I actually like the ballhead so much I bought another Sirui one for my monopod. Overall I recommend this tripod and really have no complaints about it.
    Date published: 2012-02-21
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Decent Tripod This tripod makes a great travel tripod. It folds to less than 12 and weighs only 2.2 lb. However, the quick release plate is quite unsatisfactory. It's very slippery smooth and will not grip securely to the camera. The 1/4 screw requires a coin, screwdriver or allen wrench to tighten. I contact cemented a thin piece of rubber, the type used to open jars with, to the release plate and that resolved the slippage problem.
    Date published: 2012-01-20
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