Are you looking for a lightweight travel tripod with all of the same characteristics as a standard tripod?
The best travel tripods must meet somewhat different criteria than the finest tripods. When folded, they should be compact enough to fit inside a bag or at least hang onto one. They should also be light enough that wearing them all day won't put too much strain on the user, whether they're touring city streets or trekking through the mountains.
Sirui has launched the AM-2 Series Travel Tripods with four amazing models. These new lineup is lightweight, with the largest and heaviest model weighing in at 1.22kg (2.69lbs). The tripods are suitable for uses that range from macro to travel photography, according to the company.
The Sirui AM-2 Series Tripods cost between $109.90 USD to $289.90 USD. This price includes delivery and warranty.
The tripods are corrosion-resistant and offer excellent stability. Anti-slip leg locks, leg angle adjustment buttons, 1/4"-20 auxiliary connector, replaceable feet for use with metal spikes, provided adjustment tools and tripod bag, and, in certain instances, an integrated ball head are among the features that vary by model. The optional low gravity A-10R ball head, which costs $99.90, can be used with the AM-2 series.
The tripods are available with ball heads and center columns, specifically the B-00K Ball head, the SL-100 and SL-200 Center Column.
In depth, the B-00K Ball head has full metal knobs for better usability. The release plate is rubberized and has three slots in which either the 1/4 “screw can be used. This is especially handy for cameras whose tripod mount is not central on the base of the camera. The diameter of the ball is 29mm, the weight is 0.200kg. The height is 70mm and the load capacity is 10kg.
The SL-100 Carbon Fiber Center Column has stable stability and can handle weight up to 12kg/26.46lb by using lightweight, corrosion-resistant, high-strength carbon fiber and sturdy 22mm/0.87" diameter leg tubes. The mounting screw can be simply changed from 1/4" to 3/8" by twisting the Allen wrench supplied. As a result, the SL-100 works with a variety of heads and cameras. Meanwhile, it can be used with all AM series small tripods since it has a 3/8" screw hole on the bottom. With a simple adjustment mechanism, the height of the 2-section SL-100 can be modified from 190mm/7.5" to 310mm/12.2". It can be used as a tripod and monopod center column, as well as a sturdy tiny tabletop monopod or selfie stick. It can be immediately mounted to cameras using reversible 1/4" and 3/8" screws. A powerful half-turn twist lock extends or retracts the middle column in seconds while preventing it from slipping down. When needed, the SL-100 center column can be linked to a tripod and monopod for further height, or it can be disconnected in seconds for lower weight. The SL-100 center column is made of carbon fiber and is small (190mm/7.9") and light (0.13kg/0.29lb). It will easily fit into your bag. This camera is ideal for trip photography.
The SL200 Carbon Fiber Center Column is an accessory carbon fiber center column for select Sirui tripods. This lightweight column features a twist-lock joint that allows it to extend 4.7" from a folded length of 7.9", for a maximum length of 12.6". It incorporates a reversible 1/4"-20 to 3/8"-16 head mounting screw and adds a mere 8 oz to a tripod leg set. Compatible with All tripods with 3/8" thread screw and min. 49mm mounting plate.
The Sirui K-20x Ball Head is an extremely sturdy head with control knobs for pan, tilt, and tension, plus an Arca-type clamp for the included quick release plate. The pan, tilt, and quick release knobs are all separate, while the tension knob is integrated into the ball-locking (tilt) knob. The head tilts 90° for portrait orientation. The interior ball locking of the K-20x head has a sphere tolerance of 0.01mm, and it's equipped with an orientation-memory locking dial. This helps yield a high load capacity of 55 lb. The quick release clamp features a secondary release button that prevents any inadvertent disengagement of the camera/plate from the clamp, thereby adding to the head's overall security & stability. The Arca-type platform conforms to standard sizes, so you can use compatible plates from other manufacturers. The three control knobs allow a photographer to exercise extremely fine control over the orientation of the camera, whether it's a DSLR, 35mm, medium-format camera, or even a camcorder. Pan, for instance, can be adjusted while the tilt stays locked, enabling precise movement that's measurable – there are degree markers at the panning base for panoramic photography. The K-20x is CNC-machined from an aircraft-grade aluminum alloy and anodized with an oxidation treatment that ensures a durable, high-quality finish.
Now, lets take a look at the Specifications of each tripod.
AM-223 is a 3 section Carbon FIber Tripod. The minimum height is 58mm and the maximum height is 350mm. The minimum tube diameter is 16mm and the maximum tube diameter is 16mm. The retracted height is 215mm. The weight of this tripod is 0.205kg and the maximum load capacity is 15kg.
AM-225 is a 5 section Carbon FIber Tripod. The minimum height is 70mm and the maximum height is 1200mm. The minimum tube diameter is 10mm and the maximum tube diameter is 22mm. The retracted height is 390mm. The weight of this tripod is 0.73kg and the maximum load capacity is 6kg.
Third is Sirui AM-254 Carbon FIber Tripod. The price of AM-254 tripod is $169.90 USD. The price of AM-254 tripod with SL-200 center column is $179.90 USD and the price of AM-254 tripod with K-20x ball head is $259.90 USD. A-10R ball head with TY-50 QR plate is also compatible for this tripod.
AM-254 is a 4 section Carbon FIber Tripod. The minimum height is 80mm and the maximum height is 1200mm. The minimum tube diameter is12mm and the maximum tube diameter is 22mm. The retracted height is 390mm. The weight of this tripod is 1.020kg and the maximum load capacity is 1.2kg.
Finally comes the Sirui AM-284 TravelLegs Pro Carbon Fiber Tripod.The price of AM-284 tripod is $199.90 USD. The price of AM-284 tripod with SL-200 center column is $209.90 USD and the price of AM-284 tripod with K-20x ball head is $289.90 USD. A-10R ball head with TY-50 QR plate is also compatible for this tripod.
AM-284 is a 4 section Carbon FIber Tripod. The minimum height is 450mm and the maximum height is 1775mm. The minimum tube diameter is17mm and the maximum tube diameter is 29.4mm. The retracted height is 535mm. The weight of this tripod is 1.38kg and the maximum load capacity is 15kg.
This wraps up the introductory journey of Sirui AM-2 Traveler Series Carbon Fiber Tripods. Now, we will leave the space for you to take your valuable decision.