I think I’ve found my ideal travel tripod.

Hi folks,

I think that you all know that I’m always looking for a small lightweight tabletop type tripod to accompany me on my travels and I think this is my best effort yet, the Slik Multi Pod 3×4 Multi Purpose Compact Tripod Kit, catchy name ๐Ÿ™‚ , which incorporates a ball head. Tripods are not something that I often get very excited about but this one holds a lot of promise

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Tripod with integrated mobile phone mount, telescopic center column attachment/selfie stick etc., GoPro (I don’t have one) mount attachment thing or cold shoe mounting gear like perhaps a microphone, LED light or small field monitor etc.,ย  and mesh case. If you’re a Vlogger then this might well prove to be a very versatile setup.

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With legs not extended and mobile phone mount flipped up.

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With legs fully extended and mobile phone mount retracted as it would be to mount a camera. The large knurled knob makes tightening/loosening the tripod screw fairly easy.

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With tripod legs fully extended and center column extension fitted and not extended.

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Mobile phone attached, you can see the cold shoe on the top of the mobile mount. This is where the GoPro attachment fits or maybe another cold shoe mounting device. I very rarely take pictures with my mobile phone, that’s what my cameras are for ๐Ÿ™‚ , but I know that an ever-increasing number of folks do, and it’s still handy to have an integrated mount for a phone, just in case.

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E-M5 mk II , grip and M.Zuiko 12-40 mm mounted with legs not extended. This is just about my heaviest combination of body and lens and it supports it well.

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As above with tripod legs equally fully extended. The legs don’t add much in height but they increase stability and can be individually adjusted in 5 locking stages to suit uneven surfaces.

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I think that it’ll also work well with my diminutive Tough TG-5 and you can of course also use the legs folded flat as a grip. I think that it’d also work as a chest pod. It’ll also be very useful in conjunction with the TG-5’s amazing telescope macro mode.

So a pretty versatile, well thought out, bit of kit. It wouldn’t be well suited for large, heavy DSLRs and/or lenses but it’s perfect for my MFT gear and also my TG-5. Lastly it very much ticks the “it has to be small and light” box. ๐Ÿ™‚

Kind regards